Creating a Sign-up Bar

 Before you begin

In order to successfully create and activate a Sign-Up Bar, you will need to have created a Consent list in Audience. Moreover, a section with a domain must also have been set up in Data Sections; this, however, is an admin user task to perform. Also, is your tracking script installed? Without it, the sign-up bar will not appear in your website.

Make sure that you have an APSIS One cookie banner in your website before you create a sign-up bar.

Click on the corresponding links to jump to the Admin Users or Audience article.

 

Sign-up Bar in your website will allow you to obtain visitors' Email addresses with their consent. Show quick messages and make it easy for them to subscribe in the spot.

These can let your visitors know that you have a newsletter they can sign up for, offer a discount code, notify them of an ongoing sale... Anything that you want displayed on your site, always, sometimes, in every page of your site or only on specific ones.

 

Create and Activate

1. Head over to the Websitetool. You can do so from the shortcut on the calendar page or from your Tools page.

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2. Click Create a New Activity.

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3. The conversation wizard will open. Under Forms, click Sign-Up Bar.

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4. Follow all the steps to create and customise your Sign-Up Bar.

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Continue scrolling through this article to follow through every step.

Click on a step on the left side navigation to fast-forward.

 


 

Details

This is the very first step of creating your cookie banner. In this step, we will be fixing up the essential settings of your banner.

1. Enter a Working Name for your sign-up bar. This name is completely internal and will not be visible when the bar is on your website. Its purpose is to be able to tell your sign-up bar apart from other bars you've created in your APSIS One account.

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2. Choose the Domain to display the sign-up bar on. We will verify that your domain's tracking script is installed.

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Go here if you have domain-related questions.

 

Language Options

You may create more than one Signup bar for your domain by matching the domain's cookie.

Enable this feature if, for example, your domain can be shown in different languages. If you want to enable it, click on a language on the right side drawer. Read more about domains and language options...

To enable this activity for all the languages in your domain, simply click only on the domain.

Remember to create a separate Signup bar activity for each language that you support.

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3. Choose a communication channel to request consent for by clicking the drop-down menu under Channel.

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4. Select a list to save the data gathered with the bar.

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4. Tick the Topics you want to associate with this sign-up bar:

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5. Ready? Click Next.

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Settings

It's time to choose how the bar behaves in relation to the rest of your website.

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Position

1. Choose the Position you want your bar to have.

Click the radio button for the option you prefer: bottom of the page or top of the page.

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Display

1. Choose on which pages you wish to display your bar.

Click On All Pages to have it displayed on all pages.

If you only want it on your homepage, click On Homepage Only.

For a custom page, choose Only on This URL, and enter the desired address.

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3. Tick the Include the X Close Button box to allow visitors to remove the bar.

Of course, the bar will show up the next time they visit your website.

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Mobile

1. Choose whether it should be displayed only on desktop, mobile or both.

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Timing

1. Set the Timing for your sign-up bar.

By choosing never hide, the bar will always be in the page as long as the user doesn't close or submits information.

Hide bar after xx seconds starts a timer when the visitor loads the page. Enter the amount of time under Time.

Choose Show once in session to display it only once during their browsing session.

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When you're done with these settings, click Next.

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Messaging

The Sign-up bar is composed of a message, an input field and a button. The message depends on whether the visitor has just completed the bar, or has already done so in the past.

Since these messages are displayed in the bar, it's a great opportunity to be short and sweet. Be brief, friendly and get down to business.

As mentioned above, there are three types of messages: first, thank you and return message.

1. Click on a message below to expand:

First Message

Writing a First Message

The First Message is shown if your visitor hasn't seen or filled in the bar before. Welcome your customers next time they visit your website. Collect their email and allow them to opt-in... Watch the magic happen!

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1. Write your Sign-up bar message on the Message field.

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2. Write the button text on the CTA Message field.

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3. Don't forget about the Input text! This is the text that will be displayed in the box where visitors will enter their Email.

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Thank You Message

Writing a Thank You Message

This message will appear after your visitors have entered their Email and clicked the button.Show your appreciation with a "thank you" message once they opt-in, perhaps display a promotional code?

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1. Write this text under Message.

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Return Message

Writing a Return Message

With a Return Message you can keep returning visitors engaged. Write a nice, welcoming message and perhaps guide them to an offer.

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If you wish, you may skip this completely by ticking the Do Not Display on Return box.

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1. Write the return message here. Remember this will be displayed on your bar, so make sure that the text fits the bar design.

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2. Use the call to action button to direct them to a page of your choice by editing the CTA text.

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3. Where does the CTA take them? Add the CTA link.

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2. Done already? Click Next.

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Design

Ready to get creative? In this step you will be customising the look of your sign-up bar.

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1. Click on an item below to expand.

Banner Style

Styling the Sign-Up Bar

Customise the way your sign-up bar looks like by adjusting its size and colour.

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Click on a tab below to read more. 

Banner ColourBanner Height

How to Change the Sign-Up Bar's Colour

1. To choose a banner colour, click on the circle next to banner colour to open the colour picker.

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2. Use the colour picker to choose a colour that suits your website.

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  Quick Design Tip

Consider that the colour of the banner should coordinate with the colour of the font. The suggested black colour on the top right is a slightly toned down black, optimal for reading text in white backgrounds.

Don't forget to be consistent! If your brand already has pre-defined colours, make sure to choose a colour combination that favours what has already been chosen for your brand and your website.

3. If you already have a standard colour, enter the colour code in the Hex box.

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4. Go ahead and enter the colour in RGB format if you prefer that method

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5. If you want a quick solution, you may also pick one of our suggested colours by clicking it.

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Font Style

Styling the Sign-up Bar's Font

Customise the way you would like your banner text to be displayed.

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How to Change the Font Colour

1. Open the colour picker by clicking the circle next to font colour.

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2. Use the colour picker to choose a colour that suits your banner.

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  Quick Design Tip

Consider that the colour of the banner should coordinate with the colour of the font. The suggested black colour on the top right is a slightly toned down black, optimal for reading text in white backgrounds.

 

3. If you already have a standard colour, enter the colour code in the Hex box.

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4. Go ahead and enter the colour in RGB format if you prefer that method

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5. If you want a quick solution, you may also pick one of our suggested colours by clicking it.

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Button Style
Styling the Sign-Up Bar's Button

 

Customise the look of your banner's button.

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Click on a tab below to read more.

Button ColourButton BorderButton Text ColourHover Colour

How to Change the Sign-Up Bar Button's Colour

1. Click on the circle next to button colour to open the colour picker.

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2. Use the colour picker to choose a colour that suits your sign-up bar.

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  Quick Design Tip

Consider that the colour of the banner should coordinate with the colour of the font. The suggested black colour on the top right is a slightly toned down black, optimal for reading text in white backgrounds.

3. If you already have a standard colour, enter the colour code in the Hex box.

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4. Go ahead and enter the colour in RGB format if you prefer that method

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5. If you want a quick solution, you may also pick one of our suggested colours by clicking it.

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2. All done? Click Next.

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Overview

Here you will be reviewing all your Sign-Up Bar settings.

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1. Go through all your settings and double check that it's all correct.

If you wish to make changes, head to the left side menu and select the desired step.

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2. Click SAVE & FINISH to save your bar without activating it...

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...or click SAVE & ACTIVATE to start getting the most of the Website tool!

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