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What Are Push Notifications?
Reach people where they are…on their phone
Whether you’re a small business owner with a mobile app or a seasoned marketer, sending your first push notification can feel a bit like cannon-balling into a pool full of strangers. It’s scary and awkward and somewhat invasive. Why? What are push notifications?
1. Avoid being pushy, despite the name.
You’d rather be invited into someone’s house than forced. Now apply that to push notifications. Condense and frame the title; for example: “We’re giving away 15 free pizzas! Click to learn more,” instead of “CLICK HERE for a chance to enter our free pizza contest giveaway!” Remember, it’s a message from you to the consumer and you have a limited amount of characters to work with, so make the most of them. Be human; avoid robotic language and play to the consumer’s interests and benefits, not just your own. What benefit do push notifications offer? Push notifications can serve as a great customer retention tool, but they need to be read! So what would make you click if you were on the receiving end?
2. Hit the right target.
Geofenced push notifications create virtual boundaries (or a “fence”) around a particular area, so only users who travel in and out of the fence for a specified period of time receive the message. You can customize the push notification’s fenced area and duration our platform, sending only to users who enter your chosen hot spots during the span of an hour, a day, a week, etc. This considerably lessens your odds of bugging people with irrelevant notifications. Say a frequent customer is on an out-of-state business trip—they probably won’t care about your half-off appetizers deal, so leave them out of it. Notify people who are most likely to take advantage: the ones nearby.
3. Don’t wake me up, and…
Hopefully we all agree that the wee hours of the morning should be push-free, but there’s a lot more to timing than just that. Since poorly planned push notifications can drive people away just as quickly as they arrived, it’s important to consider the lifestyle and habits of your average user. Studies show the best time to send push notifications is between noon and 5pm on weekdays. Mondays are best avoided, since the average smartphone user tends to be busiest at the start of the week, but Tuesday through Friday you’re golden. Now, this only accounts for the average user. If your target demographic works weekends or odd hours, you’ll need to factor that in. The main takeaway? Send your push notifications when users have enough downtime to read them, but don’t disrupt their quiet hours.
4. Appreciate your positioning.
Something remarkable about your small business drove users to download your app. Don’t forget that. Guiding your target audience to profitable decisions has never been easier with today’s technology, so USE IT. With push notifications, you’re already leagues above email marketing. According to research, push notifications see 50% higher open rates than emails—that’s nothing to sneeze at. Wield your power wisely. If users have invited you into their sacred mobile space, respect and appreciate your position.
Here’s how it works:
1. First, enter your push notification message at your our platform dashboard online. This is just a simple piece of text that will let users know you’ve got something to share.
2. Then, choose the location you want to broadcast to (i.e. just your users in a particular neighborhood, or all your users throughout the entire world?)
Now the fun really begins…
3. After choosing your location, you can select your offer template. We have a variety of professionally created, industry-specific images for you to pick from, as well as your choice of color scheme. This ability to customize offer templates is an advanced feature that we are very proud of, and that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
4. Lastly, type in your offer text, and then set a date and time for sending. Now, you’re all set. Your offer is looking good and ready to help you drive some business!
Our push notifications also have a few extra features, just to sweeten the deal.
You can 1) sync your Facebook and Twitter accounts to the system, so that pushed offers are simultaneously posted to your social media pages, 2) choose what devices you message will go to (e.g. only Android users, or only iPhone users), and 3) send offers that contain a link to a URL or a tab within your app.
In short, our push notification system is one of the most advanced systems available, and it can be a major asset for boosting interaction with your users and increasing revenue.
So what is a push notification? When a user gets a push notification, it’s a message from a company they know and want to hear from. And from a business standpoint, the cost couldn’t be lower. Considering their effectiveness and ability to address a number of goals at once, we find push notifications to be just as good as, if not better than, text messages. (Of course, there’s no reason not to employ both in your marketing strategy, but if you can use only one, we know which one we prefer.)