In this recipe

Your social sharers are a valuable asset. Encourage users to share on social networks to increase engagement and virality, by getting those already inclined to share to share more.

Encourage Content Sharing on Social Networks
Encourage Content Sharing on Social Networks

Campaign Tools

In-app message with option to start from apush notification

Who to Target

Engaged users and users who have previously shared within the app.

When to Target

Inside the app experience, prompt for a share after a high value action has occurred (for example, “you’ve just completed your first run! share with friends”).

Push notifications should be used only in the context of rewarding those who already share and to explain a clear reward for sharing (for example, “invite 3 friends today and get a $5 off coupon!” or, “invite friends and each of you gets $5 off your next purchase!”).

What to test and optimize

Language matters. Test different versions of the message to see which one promotes conversion from non-sharer to sharer, or sharer to super-sharer.

What to Measure

  • Number of users who complete their first share
  • Number of times each user is sharing content
  • Subsequent number of viral downloads

How to run this campaign in Swrve


  • Engaged users: On the User Lifecycle dashboard, in the top right corner of the Engaged user lifecycle card, click the menu and select Create In-App Campaign.

Encourage Content Sharing on Social Networks

  • To target users who have shared before, on the Set Target screen, create an audience filter and on the Events tab, set one of the social sharing events to at least once.

 Set Target


  • On the Set Target screen, set the message to be triggered after a high value action, such as a purchase. 

Swrve - Set Trigger

Copy/Creative ideas

  • Explain the benefit of sharing; for example, $20 off for the referrer and the referee.
  • Make the share button more visible than the dismiss button.


  • Copy
  • Art
  • Button Copy
  • Timing of Message