Send Your First Smart Invite on iOS

Prerequisite

Send Smart Invites

GetSocial SDK provides two ways to send Smart Invites: using our data API or via provided GetSocial UI.

Smart Invites are powered by Smart Links. Internally we generate a unique Smart Link for each invitation and attach information about the sender to the Smart Link.

You can attach string-string key-value pairs to pass custom data with a Smart Link. Also, you can add one of the predefined parameters to change the behaviour of the Smart Link.

Receiving user can get the data attached to the Smart Link on the app start, even if an app was just installed from the store.

To create link params with key-value pairs you want to attach to the Smart Link:

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NSDictionary *linkParams = @{
  @"custom_key": @"custom_value", // custom key
  @"$title": @"Custom landing page title" // predefined key
};

Supported value types

The linkParams dictionary supports NSString* values for custom data, other types will be ignored.

Customize Invite Message Content

Some invite channels allow to customize text, image and subject. Check the details here.

Default Smart Invites message can be defined on the GetSocial DashboardAcquisition section → Smart Invites tab.

To customize content on the client side:

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GetSocialMutableInviteContent* inviteContent = [GetSocialMutableInviteContent new];
inviteContent.text = @"I can't stop playing! Get it here [APP_INVITE_URL]"; // NOTE: if you customize the text [APP_INVITE_URL] placeholder have to be used
inviteContent.subject = @"Check out this app";
inviteContent.imageUrl = @"https://docs.getsocial.im/images/logo.png";

Send Invites Using GetSocial Data API

The code below shows how to send Smart Invite with custom data and custom content attached via a Facebook channel. All supported Invite Channels are listed in GetSocialConstants.h file with GetSocial_InviteChannelPluginId_ prefix.

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NSString *inviteChannelId = GetSocial_InviteChannelPluginId_Facebook;

// Check if invite channel is available on the device.
// Alternatively you can get all available channels via [GetSocial inviteChannels]
if([GetSocial isInviteChannelAvailable:inviteChannelId]) {

    [GetSocial sendInviteWithChannelId:inviteChannelId inviteContent:inviteContent linkParams:linkParams success:^{
        NSLog(@"Invitation with referral data via FACEBOOK was sent");
    } cancel:^{
        NSLog(@"Invitation with referral data via FACEBOOK was cancelled");
    } failure:^(NSError * _Nonnull error) {
        NSLog(@"Invitation with referral data via FACEBOOK failed, error: %@", error.description);
    }];
}

Facebook Share Dialog will be presented as a result:

GetSocial Smart Ivites View

Send Invites Using GetSocial Smart Invites View

GetSocial UI library provide a view that lists all Smart Invite channels available on the device and enabled on the GetSocial Dashboard.

To send an invite with custom data attached using GetSocial UI:

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GetSocialUIInvitesView* invitesView = [GetSocialUI createInvitesView];

[invitesView setLinkParams:linkParams];
[invitesView setCustomInviteContent:inviteContent];

[invitesView setHandlerForInvitesSent:^(NSString * _Nonnull channelId) {
    NSLog(@"Invitation via %@ was sent", channelId);
} cancel:^(NSString * _Nonnull channelId) {
    NSLog(@"Invitation via %@ was cancelled", channelId);
} failure:^(NSString * _Nonnull channelId, NSError * _Nonnull error) {
    NSLog(@"Invitation via %@ failed, error: %@", channelId, error.description);
}];

BOOL wasShown = [invitesView show];
NSLog(@"GetSocial Smart Invites UI was shown: %d", wasShown);

You will see the following view on your screen:

GetSocial Smart Ivites View

[GetSocial sendInviteWithChannelId:...] and [GetSocialUi createInvitesView] are opening the selected invite channel with pre-filled invite message. If you want to handle sharing on your own and just need a Smart Link to invite uses you can use the following API:

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NSDictionary *linkParams = @{
  @"$channel": "my_custom_channel" // optional: set sharing channel for analytics, by default channel is set to "manual"
};

[GetSocial createInviteLinkWithParams:linkParams
    success:^(NSString *_Nonnull smartLink) {
        NSLog(YES, NO, @"Created invite url: %@", smartLink);
    }
    failure:^(NSError *_Nonnull error) {
        NSLog(YES, NO, @"Failed to create invite url, error: %@", error);
    }];

Retrieve Referral Data

Smart Invites are powered by Smart Links. To retrieve data attached to the invitation you have to follow Receiving Smart Links guide.

Retrieve Referred Users

Using GetSocial data API you can retrieve the list of users who installed application from the invitations sent by current user:

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[GetSocial referredUsersWithSuccess:^(NSArray<GetSocialReferredUser *> * _Nonnull referredUsers) {
    if (referredUsers.count > 0) {
        // current user invited others to the app
    }
} failure:^(NSError * _Nonnull error) {
       NSLog(@"Failed to retrieve Referred Users, error: %@", error.description);
}];

GetSocialReferredUser object contains user details, including installationDate, which is the date when the invited user installed the app.

This way, for example, you can reward your users for inviting other users:

  1. Read last reward check date from local storage.
  2. If GetSocialReferredUser object installationDate value is after reward check date, you can give the reward.
  3. Update reward check date to current date.

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