The Hello bar has gained a lot of traction since we launched it last year, and we are always trying to make it better. This week we’ve added some enhancements to the stats section of Hello Bar and a few extra options to the Hello Bar settings area.
Stats: Date range selection & different range formats
Previously the stats section showed you one month, one week, or today’s stats. We’ve taken this to the next logical step and added more complex date range selection. We now support date range selection and show the last 30 days instead of this month. We hope that this change enables you to find the data you’re looking for, while being a welcome addition.
Options: Settings for showing, hiding & closing control
Each Hello Bar has an array of settings that you can use to customize the bar’s behavior. We’ve added two new options to the Hello Bar settings pane:
- Show This option is the counterpart to the Hide option. Show allows you to set a delay before your Hello bar is shown to your visitors.
- Closeable is an option that determines whether the visitor has control over the Hello Bar’s state. The tongue is not shown and there is no up-arrow that would normally allow the visitor to close the Hello Bar.
Using the new options you could create a Hello Bar that stays hidden for the first 15 seconds; as a visitor scans your site. The Hello Bar could then spring open as the visitor is making the critical decision of whether to stick around or go elsewhere. For an interesting twist you could also create a bar that is shown on page load, hides itself after 15 seconds, and then shows itself after 30 seconds if the user is still around. If you’ve got any other ideas on how these new features could be used, I’d love to hear them.
Check out the new options, and let us know what you think.