14 Aug 11 10:45 pm
I use hello bar as a popover on my site. It's not as intrusive and you can customize it to however you please.
I think more people are likely to x out of a pop up if they don't know what the website is really about, so I give them time to figure out if this is a website that could benefit them.
Also, with popovers, try to wait at least 20-30 seconds before it appears on the screen. I've noticed a lot of sites that have popovers, pop up instantly-- (it personally drives me nuts because I have no idea what the site has to offer and it's already asking me to sign in).
But definitely check out www.hellobar.com...
. it a pop up that slides down from the top of your page and it's a lot less annoying:)