Default [Q] Smart alert for non-stock apps

I am using the stock ROM on the Galaxy S4 mini LTE, and I am using Samsung's Smart Alert to know if I got a call or text message while I was away from my phone.
I leave my phone on the desk, and when I come back I just pick it up for a second to see if it will vibrate to let me know if I got a call or text.

Right now I am using the stock messaging app that is on the phone, but I would like to switch to something else (Hangouts or EvolveSMS). I have tried both those apps but one thing I can't stand is that Smart Alert does not seem to work when I use them.

This is a deal-breaker for me because the S4 mini does not have a notification light and there is no way (other than Smart Alert) to know if I got a call or text without turning my screen on.

Is there any way to make Smart Alert work with non-stock apps?