iOS 6 Smart App Banners

With the release of iOS 6, Apple introduced a new way of promoting your apps. The feature is called Smart App Banners and it can be seen in Safari browser of your iOS 6 device.
  • As you can see, the app banner will be visible at the top of the webpage by pushing the whole page down a little, so this improves the browsing experience as compared to other promotional methods where adds are shown as full page display or as a pop-up window.
  • Tapping the banner will move you to the app itself or app in the app-store depending upon whether you have that app installed on your device or not.
  • Implementing the Smart app banner is very easy, just you need to add a meta tag of the following type in the head section of the page on which you want to show this banner :-
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    <meta name="apple-itunes-app" content="app-id=myAppStoreID, affiliate-data=myAffiliateData, app-argument=myURL">
    
  • content attribute of this meta tag have 3 parameters (1 compulsory + 2 optional) which are:-
  • app-id (required) :- The itunes id of your app.
  • affiliate-data (optional) :- The itunes string of the affiliate. Affiliates are the persons who earn some part of money as commission, if that app is bought by some client.
  • app-argument (optional) :- The url on which the app will open & jump if it is already installed on your device. Basically it provides a contextual navigation to your app.
  • Here are some quick examples of the meta tag :-
  • <meta name="apple-itunes-app" content="app-id=13456789">
    <meta name="apple-itunes-app" content="app-id=123456789, affiliate-data=partnerId=123&siteId=123456">
    <meta name="apple-itunes-app" content="app-id=123456789, app-argument=http://abcd/1159">
    
Enjoy the seamless promotional banners for your application !!