There are plenty of great messaging apps to choose from these days. Unfortunately, the quality of a chat app isnâ€™t the most important thing. Even the best messaging app is pointless if your friends and family donâ€™t use it.
Many of us are stuck with two options: You can concede and use whichever messaging app most of the people you know are using, or you can try to convert everyone to your favorite app. The latter isnâ€™t easy, but weâ€™ll try to give you some tips.
Ask Why Theyâ€™re Using the Current App
First and foremost, you should find out what the people you want to convince like about their current messaging app of choice. After all, if your app canâ€™t do the things they like to do, theyâ€™re probably not going to want to switch.
Youâ€™ll want to be able to explain how your app can do the same things their current app can do. Ideally, the app youâ€™re promoting can do these things easier or better. Itâ€™s important to figure out what it is that keeps them on the current app so you can target that specifically.
For example, maybe theyâ€™re obsessed with the sticker packs. You can show them that your app has sticker packs, too, and you could even offer to make a sticker pack and share it with them.
Tell Them Why You Switched Apps
You can talk about features all day, but sharing personal experiences is even better. Put yourself in their shoes and explain why you decided to make the switch. This is especially effective if you used their current app in the past.
If the person can understand why you switched, it may help them to see a reason to make the switch themselves. The reasons why you switched come down to your personal experience. Some examples include privacy and security concernsÂ andÂ cross-platform support, or even something as simple as stickers and GIFs.
There must be some reason why you started to use the app that you use, so explain that. Youâ€™re basically switching the roles of the first tip.
Unleash Your Inner Shill
Hereâ€™s where youâ€™re going to need to be a salesperson for your app. Show off what your app can do and explain how itâ€™s better than their current app. Help them realize that their current app is limited and get them excited to switch.
â€œYou like the stickers? Well, my app has even more stickers and anyone can make their own!â€�
â€œItâ€™s cool that your app can do phone calls. My app can do phone calls, and you can send audio messages, too.â€�
â€œMy app has a desktop program so you donâ€™t have to pull out your phone when youâ€™re using your computer.â€�
Essentially, youâ€™re advertising for your app. A commercial is nothing more than a plea to get you to do something, and thatâ€™s what youâ€™re trying to accomplish here.
Offer to Help Them Switch
This is a big one, especially if the person youâ€™re trying to convince isnâ€™t the most tech-savvy. They could be sticking with their current app simply because theyâ€™re familiar with it and donâ€™t want to learn something new.
Sending someone a download link to an app isnâ€™t super helpful. Offer to help them leave the old service and set up an account with the new app. Show them how their favorite features from the old app work in the new app. Help them add friends and family members and send their first messages.
If you can get them over the hurdle of learning a new app, thereâ€™s a good chance theyâ€™ll be more receptive to switching and sticking with it.
An Open Mind Is Key
Like we said in the beginning, the quality of your messaging app may not matter. These tips can be useful, but they wonâ€™t work if the person is using their app simply because thatâ€™s where most of their contacts are.
The most important thing in this quest is to find someone who has an open mind to switching.Â Maybe they donâ€™t mind using multiple apps, or theyâ€™ve been unhappy with their current app for a while, or they just really like you.
If you ask what they like about their current messaging app and they list all the other people that use it, youâ€™re probably not going to have much luck. The best feature in the world wonâ€™t be very convincing if they canâ€™t use it with others.
It can be frustrating to feel like youâ€™re forced to use messaging apps you donâ€™t like just to message a few people. Hopefully, these tips can help you convince at least a couple of them to switch to new apps.
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