With the release of the Facebook SDK version 4.28.0, App Invites is deprecated. It will be supported until February 5, 2018.
This guide details some best practices for App Invites so you use them effectively and provide the best experience for people using your app.
Check out the Analytics section for more on analyzing the performance of invites to your app.
Make it as easy as possible for people to invite their friends to your app. You should place the entry to app invites in a prominent location.
Include a label on the button for app invites. It should be clear what will happen when you tap the button.
You can personalize invitations sent from your app with a unique image. Use this to your advantage by using images that are relevant and showcase your app. App Invites are surfaced in a dedicated place in the Facebook mobile apps. People can view and return to invites at their convenience so making invites look beautiful will lead to increased conversions.
Consider these examples:
Use app invites to highlight exciting features in your application. When you add a new feature to your app you can use app invites to help spread the word. Utilize deep linking to bring new users directly to relevant content. See the App Links implementation section for more details: iOS, Android
Deep linking examples:
Incentivize Invite Accepts
It's against Platform Policy to incentivize invite sends; as an alternative, consider incentivizing invite accepts. You can use App Links here again to customize the incentive. For example: use an App Invites promo code with a deep link to key content, and then grab that promo code on app launch to give your new user an incentive to engage with your app!
High Quality App Store Page
If you think of app invites as a funnel, the last stage in the funnel is your app store page. Do not lose out on half of your installs due to a poorly designed app store page.
Consider including these in your app store page:
Usage in Games
You may be aware of another invites product specifically tailored to the mechanics of games, Game Requests. Game Requests have proven to be successful for game developers who have a presence on the web and mobile. If you are a mobile-only game developer we encourage you try out App Invites and determine the best solution for each of your games.