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Remarketing: Everything You Need to Know

As a marketer, when you hear the term “Remarketing”, one of the first things to come to your mind are probably display ads. However, while ads are by far the most well-known and widely-used remarketing method, there is much more to remarketing if you know what you’re doing and have the right tech at your disposal! 

That’s why in today’s post, I will tell you all you need to know about remarketing – what it is, how to set it up, why to use it, and how to do it right.  While I will explain a bit about how web tracking and personalized ads work, I’ll also provide you with a few other strategies you can use and, last but not least, I will compare the different methods for you.

To begin, here’s a brief overview of what I’m covering is this article  in case you want to go straight to a specific section:

  1. What is remarketing?
  2. Is remarketing different from retargeting?
  3. Why should you use remarketing?
  4. What are the different remarketing methods and how do they work? 
    1. Display Ads
    2. Email and SMS Remarketing 
    3. Web Push Notifications
  5. How Web Tracking works
    1. How does the tracking through cookies work?
    2. What is the difference between 1st party cookies and 3rd party cookies?
    3. What is going to happen once cookies are prohibited
  6. Which remarketing method should you use?

1. What is remarketing?

To keep it brief, remarketing refers to all activities aimed at getting a customer who has interacted with your website in the past, to return to the site and, in the best-case scenario, convert. This can be done through a number of different channels such as personalized ads, email messages, or web push notifications, which we will look into in more detail in a bit.

What is Remarketing

2. Is remarketing the same as retargeting?

Even among experienced marketers there is some confusion regarding this question, so let me try to clear it up for you: 

Retargeting and remarketing are almost always used interchangeably, although according to some sources, there is a difference between the two:  

  • Remarketing: includes all channels aimed at retaining customers including ads, emails and other methods
  • Retargeting: originally only used when talking about retargeting ads

So, basically, Retargeting is one out of many ways of doing Remarketing. However, other sources claim the opposite, so don’t stress too much about this difference. 

It is more useful to know is that somehow it has established itself that Google uses the word remarketing, while most other competitors use the term retargeting to refer to all of their remarketing activities. For this article, though, we will keep it simple and only talk about “Remarketing”.

3. Why should you use remarketing?

Let’s face it, the vast majority of website visitors don’t make a purchase on their first visit. In fact, did you know that roughly 98% of these potential customers leave your website without having bought anything? The reason for this is not necessarily a sudden loss of interest in your products. Most of the time, people are simply reluctant to buy the first item they find. They need some time to consider your offer and compare the different options available to them. 

However, while shopping online, they are faced with A LOT of options, so you need to make sure that in the moment they are finally ready to make the purchase, your offer is fresh on their minds. And this is where remarketing activities come into play! They remind web visitors of products they previously showed an interest in and make it easy to complete the purchase with only a few clicks. 

But what makes remarketing so much more efficient than other marketing activities? 

  • Precision: For one, you’re targeting customers who have already shown an intent to buy what you’re selling. Add to that that the messages can be highly personalized as you’ve already collected info on the user, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that with remarketing you can achieve an extremely high CTR and CVR compared to other methods.
  • Cost: No matter which remarketing method you use, the CPC is low compared to other marketing activities.
  • Effort: Most remarketing campaigns are easy to set up yourself. They can be automated so they don’t require too much upkeep.

The result of this is a much higher ROAS compared to other marketing methods!

What are the different remarketing methods, and how do they work?

Remarketing Methods

a) Display Ads

As I already mentioned, this method is the oldest and most commonly-used remarketing channel. 

The way it works is pretty straightforward: A user visits your website and agrees to the storage of cookies on their device. Via these cookies you collect information about that user and their behavior. Once the user leaves your website, you can use the information you gathered in order to track them to other websites where you place tailored ads depending on what the user has shown an interest in.

How do you set up display ad campaigns yourself:

You can set up your own retargeting ads quite easily, all you need is access to your website’s code and an account on a remarketing platform. The most popular platform to use is Google Ads, but there are other providers such as: 

  • Facebook
  • Bing
  • Youtube (video ads)
  • Criteo
  • Adroll
  • Adform

Setting up a GoogleAds campaign only takes you a few minutes, but before you start, make sure you already have a general idea of what your campaign objectives are and which customer segments you want to target: 

  • Do you want to drive conversions, increase your CTR, increase brand awareness, …?
  • Do you want to reach all website users or only those who have bought on your site before, clicked on a certain category page, or fulfilled any other criteria?

Tip: If you are not sure yet, just take a look at the suggestions offered by Google

Strategies for targeting the right people

  • Segment your customers into similar groups! Some examples for segmentation that work well are based on product pages viewed, based on the stage in the funnel, based on how often they visited over the last month,…
  • Target visitors at an advanced stage in the funnel! These already showed the highest intent to buy and thus, are more likely to convert. E.g.: customers with abandoned shopping carts
  • Cross-sell to existing customers! Customers who already bought from you are more likely to do it again.
  • Schedule ads for times when the target audience is likely to see them! E.g. if your audience are teachers, you can assume that they have class in the mornings and can’t see your ads then,…
  • Adjust where necessary! Try different things, with time, you will see on which sites your ads perform best.

Let’s look at the example of user A:

Remarketing Display Ads Example

User A needs new running shoes which you are selling on your website. 

As soon as he opens your site, he is asked whether he agrees to the storage of cookies on his device. Impatient to get to the shoes, he clicks “yes” without giving it another thought.  

After some browsing, user A finds a pair of shoes he likes and puts it into his cart.

However, doubts start creeping in: Is it really a good idea to buy shoes online without trying them on first? And does he even need a new pair at all? And what if he can find a better pair elsewhere?… He just needs some time to think on it, so he leaves your site without finishing the purchase.

Anyways, over the next few days user A probably uses his computer for other things, be it to read the news, to buy a birthday gift for his sister, or to plan his next weekend trip. But surprise! When he opens the online newspaper, he sees an ad of the exact same shoes he looked at. And while he compares flights for his trip, the same thing happens! And again while he is ordering the gift for his sister! 

What happened here is that, since user A agreed to the use of cookies, you as the marketer knew exactly what he wanted and could follow him to other websites to show him highly personal ads.

b) E-Mail and SMS- Remarketing

This method is focused on customers who have already purchased something on your website in the past or subscribed to your newsletter. Once you have their consent to use their personal information you are able to contact them about specific offers relevant to them, such as promotions or offers similar to what they bought in the past.

Email and SMS Remarketing

If you don’t want to reach out to all your customers, but only to specific groups, just segment them. This way you can single out only those customers who meet the criteria you defined, e.g. 

  • customers who bought a similar product in the past
  • customers who abandoned their cart
  • customers who looked at a product that wasn’t in stock at the time, but is now

Tip: There are ways to encourage more visitors to leave behind their contact information, e.g., by offering free gifts or discounts  in return.

Note: It is also considered email retargeting if you add your email subscribers to your ad network and configure targeted display ads specifically for that group.

To set up campaigns on your website, it is easiest to subscribe to an automation platform.

Let’s look at the example of User B:

In the past, User B bought a school bag from your site. You now have his email address. The summer holidays just ended, and you have a promotion for school supplies going on.

Because of his past purchase you know that user B probably has a kid who goes to school and conclude that he is likely to be interested in your promotion. That’s why his email address is added to a database of all customers who will receive this particular promotion. 

User B is feeling stressed since just the other day, his kid had come home from school with a list of materials for the next academic year, needed by next week. When he sees your personalized email about the promotion, he is relieved and heads to your site where he gets all his supplies.

Email Retargeting Example

 

c) Web Push Notifications

A relatively new remarketing method that is quickly gaining traction are push notifications. These messages exist for both mobile and desktop devices and can be sent either manually or automatically to contact website visitors whose personal information you don’t have access to. 

How it works is that first-time website visitors are asked whether they want to block or allow messages in a so-called Native Opt-In:

Web Push Notifications for B2B

If someone who opted in now leaves the site, a message can be sent to his browser encouraging him to return to the site and finish the purchase. The great thing about it is that no matter what the user is doing on his computer, the message will appear on his screen until he either clicks it away or opens it, so there is no ignoring it.

Mobile and Desktop Web Push Notification

Again, if you want to set this channel up for your website, it is best to get a subscription to a marketing automation platform which has the capabilities for web push-notifications such as Frizbit.

Let’s look at the example of User C:

User C opens your site to look for shoes. 

Since you are using web push notifications, she is asked whether she wants to block or allow messages in the Native Opt-In.

She clicks on “allow” and browses your site for a bit. Although there’s a pair of red shoes she likes, she ultimately leaves the site without buying it and without leaving her contact info. After all, the shoes will still be there tomorrow!

Later that day, she notices that she’s running out of dog food. When she opens her laptop to buy some, the following message is waiting for her on the screen: “Hey user C! Hurry! There’s only 2 of these red shoes left. Are you sure you want to miss out on them?”

User C is alarmed and doesn’t want to miss out, so she quickly decides to get the shoes before it’s too late.

Web Push Notification Remarketing

5. How does Web Tracking work?

Since web tracking is the technology behind every remarketing activity, let’s take a closer look at how it works. I already mentioned that cookies make it possible for a site to track a user to other sites he later visits. But what is a cookie and how exactly  is it able to follow you across the web just like that? 

a) How does the tracking through cookies work? 

When you visit a website, your browser sends it a message called an HTTP request. The website then responds to this message – both with the content you ask for, and with small text files, the so-called cookies, that the site wants your browser to save. If your browser does indeed save them, every time you revisit the website a particular cookie was sent from, your browser attaches this cookie to the access request it sends to the website. In this way, the website can identify individual users by their respective cookies and learn about their behavior. 

b) What is the difference between 1st party cookies and 3rd party cookies? 

Usually, websites use external software to handle their cookies, and there are 2 types of providers for this: single website trackers via 1st party cookies  and multi-website trackers via 3rd party cookies. While 1st party cookies keep the info gathered by each of their client websites separate, 3rd party cookies make it possible to share user information collected by multiple individual website’s cookies among all of their client websites. This means that websites can not only track your activity on their own site, but follow you to other sites as well.

c) What is going to happen after cookies are prohibited?

Up until now, remarketing ad providers have been relying on 3rd party cookies. However, Google announced that Google Chrome, the most common browser in the world, will prohibit the use of 3rd party cookies in 2022. This means that the future of remarketing with display ads is in shades, at least until a new alternative is being developed. Other remarketing methods, on the other hand, such as email, SMS, and push notifications, rely on 1st party cookies, which means they won’t be affected by this dramatic change in regulations. Read more on The Future of Digital Marketing Without 3rd Party Cookies.

6. Which remarketing method should you use?

While you ultimately have to make that decision for yourself and it really depends on your goals and your budget, here you’ve got a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of each channel:

Remarketin Channel Comparisson

To summarize:

Remarketing activities are marketing activities aimed at getting customers to re-engage with a website they had already abandoned. 

Because you’re only targeting visitors who have already shown an interest in your site, this is much more efficient than most other marketing methods.

There are 3 main methods of doing remarketing:

  1. Display Ads
  2. Email and SMS Remarketing 
  3. App and Web Push Notifications

Which one(s) you should choose for your site depends on your objectives and resources. While Display Ads is easiest to set up yourself, Push Notifications achieve the highest CTR and ROI.

No matter which channel you use, keep in mind that…

  • … timing can make a huge difference. CTRs are generally highest in the afternoon
  • … images and emojis make your messages more visually attractive and increase CTRs considerably
  • … there is such a thing as too much! You don’t want to make your customers uncomfortable, so limit the number of messages you send. For web tracking, you have the option to put a cap on the number of times a visitor is shown your ad

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Natura Reached a 16.8x ROAS Using Behavioural Emails and Web Push Notifications from Frizbit

Natura is a miscellaneous product retailer with 221 stores open between Spain, Portugal, Italy and Andorra. They recently launched their e-commerce site with 5 languages and were looking for a solution to engage, bring back customers and increase their revenue with a hyper pesonalized experience that fits their brand.

They implemented automated web push notifications and emails from Frizbit. 

Natura Success Story by Frizbit

By using behavioural, hyper-personalised emails and web push notifications from Frizbit, Natura managed to bring customers back to finish their transactions with a ROAS of 16.8x, a 0,10€ cost per session and a 4,3% increase sales increase for the month of July.

We have put together a complete Success Story explaining the problem Natura was facing and how Frizbit offered an all-in-one solution. In this study you will find all the information, data and insights about this specific case and understand how Frizbit offers the possibility to retarget completely anonymous users without ads and 3rd party cookies when they have already left your site.

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If you are interested in learning more about Natura’s success with retargeting email and web push notifications, download the case study by clicking here: https://dmgh2x5m53bk.swipepages.net/natura-success-story-by-frizbit

You can get in touch with Frizbit to request a demo and see the benefits it can present for your online business as well.

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Digital Marketing News, Updates and Insights from August 2021

Summer is coming to an end and it has gone by so incredibly fast that it feels almost as if just yesterday we were discussing and sharing digital marketing trends from July. Without almost realizing it a whole month has passed and it is time to sum up again what has happened during these past 30 days.

Here are the most important:

Digital Marketing News, Updates and Trends from August 2021:

1. Search Marketing Updates

  • Google Shares Insights on how they Generate Page Titles

The first thing people pay attention to decide if a website is worthy of their clic and relevant to their search is the title. Google puts extra effort into providing the best titles in Search results to connect people with the right content produced and offered by websites. 

In the past few weeks, Google has introduced a new system to generate titles for sites. With this new system titles are not going to change based on the query issued by the user, like they did before. Google states that “This is because we think our new system is producing titles that work better for documents overall, to describe what they are about, regardless of the particular query.”

The new system is going even more beyond the HTML to use text that people can see when they land on a web page. They are using the main visual title tagged with H1, other header tags and content that is prominent with the use of different styles. 

The reason behind this is that Google considers that HTML tags don’t always describe the content of the page so well for different reasons like being too long, having way too many keywords or an entirely lack of tags. 

This update is aimed to produce more accessible titles for pages, by even adding site names if considered relevant. In other cases, Google might select the most relevant part of a title when encountering extremely long ones, instead of showing it from the beginning and cutting what might be the most useful part. 

  • Google Simplifies Page Experience Report in Search Console

Early 2021 Google launched the Page Experience report in Search Console to give site owners a way to understand how their websites do against the page experience signals. This August, Google rolled out a new version that simplifies the report by removing some elements and fixing others. 

Digital Marketing News from August 2021

a) Removal of Safe Browsing widget: Google recognized that Safe Browsing issues, like third-party hijacking of sites, are not always under the control of site owners. That’s why they are clarifying that Safe Browsing is not used as a ranking signal and won’t show anymore in the Page Experience report. These warnings will still be shown in Search Console, but outside of the Page Experience report. 

b) Removal of Ad Experience widget: the Ad Experience widget is algo removed with the purpose of avoiding the display of the same information on two different parts of Search Console. From now on the Ad Experience report will be available as a standalone tool to review the status of your site. The same as for Safe Browsing, Ad Experience was never used as a signal so the change will not affect the site’s status. 

c) Report improvements: Google is rolling out a few improvements to how the reports handle missing data:

    1. Added a “no recent data” banner to the Core Web Vitals report and Page Experience report.
    2. Fixed a bug that showed “Failing HTTPS” when Core Web Vitals data was missing.
    3. Rephrased the empty state text in the Page Experience Report and Core Web Vitals Report
  • New Google Safeguards for Minors

Google is making changes to ads, content and more with the intention of creating a safer space for children and teens on the internet. 

Digital Marketing News from August 2021

a) Advertising Changes: in order to prevent age-sensitive ads from being shown to minors, Google is expanding safeguards. From now on ads will be blocked based on age, gender and interests of people under 18 years old. 

b) Digital Footprint control for Minors: Google plans to introduce a policy that allows anyone under the age of 18 or their legal guardians to request their images to be removed from Google image results. 

c) YouTube Settings: one of the changes will make the most private option set by default in upload settings for teens on Youtube. Another change is that YouTube will begin to remove overly commercial content that encourages kids to spend money from YouTube Kids. 

d) Location History Updates: location history is off by default and supervised accounts (for children) don’t have the option to turn it on. This feature will be applied to all users under 18 years old. 

e) Google Play Updates: a new safety section that will let parents or guardians know which apps follow family policies will be launched soon. This means that apps will be required to inform about how they use the data they collect from users.

f) Google Workspace for Education Changes: since more and more children are using the internet for school, concerns have risen about safeguarding the experience. That is why Google is working to give administrators abilities to tailor their students experience suchs as restrincting activity on YouTube and activating Safe Search by default for all users. ¡

g) Safe Search: SafeSearch is a feature that leaves out explicit results when active and it is enabled by default for users under 13 who use accounts managed by Family Link. Google plans to extend it for users under 18 as well. 

h) Google Assistant Updates: Google is going to introduce new protection features to prevent mature content from surfacing for minors. 

2. Marketing Tech Updates

  • Salesforce Announces Integrations with Slack

At the end of last year, Salesforce acquired Slack for the big sum of almost 28 billion dollars. Recently, after all this time, they finally announced the first integrations to be made. 

“What we’re announcing are these new capabilities to support that Slack vision for sales, service, marketing and analytics. And for each of those areas what we’re doing is a combination of articulating, both in best practices and codifying, how you can and should model your sales, service and marketing organizations in this new world,” said Rob Seaman, SVP for Slack at Salesforce. 

The main objective with the integrations is to provide a faster and easier way to work and automate Salesforce tasks. For example, it would be possible to join all the parties involved in a sale in a dedicated deal room where they can come together through the entire process and have a seamless workflow. 

Service teams can get daily updates, personalized daily task lists, meetings and get together to help each other out with any problem they might have and solve doubts in rooms called a swarm. 

Rob Seaman stated that these are just a few of the first integrations and that much more will come in the future. The company also acquired Tableau in 2019 and Datorama in 2018 and there are more integrations planned for the future. 

  • Google Ads Editor Rolls Out New Features

Digital Marketing Trends August 2021

Google Ads Editor is a tool that allows you to make offline changes in bulk, saving time, making it easier to optimize campaigns. Google Ads Editor 1.7 is here and it includes several new interesting features:

a) Easier Downloads: from now on, advertisers can select the specific part of the campaign they want to work on and just download that. This translates into download speed improvements. 

b) Lead Form Extensions: Lead Form Extensions allow users to include a form in their ads so prospects can fill in the form without needing to leave the SERP. These forms were only accessible to create or edit through the IU. Now users can download, edit and create lead form extensions within Google Ads Editor. 

c) YouTube Audio Ads: YouTube Audio Ads were released in 2020 and could only be set up within the UI. Similarly to Lead Form Extensions, Audio Ads can now be set up through Google Ads Editor. 

d) Hotel Ads: until now, Hotel Ads were only accessible through the Google Ads IU. users can now use Google Ads Editor to manage them. 

  • Microsoft Ads Updates Several Features

Microsoft announced several product updates and releases for the month of August and here is what you need to know:

a) Target Impression Share: Target Impression Share Strategy will automatically set the bids of your campaigns based upon where you want them to appear and your target impression share. 

b) New Automated Extensions: Microsoft is launching new automated extensions: Dynamic Location, Dynamic Multimedia, Syndication Decorations.

c) Account Labeling: Account Labeling allows advertisers to manage campaigns by tagging accounts, ads and keywords with labels. 

d) Conversion Goals: a new feature available for advertisers using Shopping Campaigns that allows them to create product conversion goals. 

e) Integral Ad Science now globally available: last September Microsoft announced a partnership with Integral Ad Science to offer more protection options in the Microsoft Audience Network and it is now available globally in the same markets. 

f) Unified Campaigns Changes: a few updates to unified campaigns were algo announced: 

    1. Users can now post to Instagram from the social media section
    2. Users can invite other Microsoft Advertising users to access and manage their accounts
    3. Users can now use the same billing pages as Expert mode users
    4. Improvements to the campaign management experience
    5. Users can now manage multiple sub-accounts with a single parent account

3. Social Media Updates

  • TikTok Introduces Shopify Shop Tab for Approved Merchant Profiles

The social media platform has announced a partnership with Shopify to test TikTok shopping with a small group of Shopify merchants in the US, UK and Canada. This new feature will provide Shopify store owners with tools to create content that engages with consumers and sends them directly to their e-commerce site for checkout.

Digital Marketing Trends August 2021

TikTok Shopping aims to make it easier for people to explore, discover and buy products they find on the platform. Blake Chandlee, president of global business at TikTok said: 

“TikTok is uniquely placed at the center of content and commerce, and these new solutions make it even easier for businesses of all sizes to create engaging content that drives consumers directly to the digital point of purchase. We’re thrilled to be expanding our partnership with Shopify and making TikTok more accessible than ever for their merchants.”

  • Facebook Messenger Adds 4 New Features

For its 10th anniversary, Facebook Messenger is rolling out 4 new interesting features to enhance user experience. 

a) Send and Receive Cash Gifts: for Facebook users in the US it is now possible to send and receive cash as gifts through the platform. The receiving user will be notified with a colorful message including virtual balloons and will be asked to confirm his Facebook Pay details and the money will be instantly deposited into his bank account. 

Digital Marketing Trends 2021

b) Group Chat Poll Games: Facebook is introducing poll games to Messenger as a way to keep people entertained in group chats. 

c) Birthday Expression Tools: Facebook Messenger will now offer users a variety of birthday-theme tools for the chat like birthday backgrounds, AR effects, songs and confetti message effects. 

Digital Marketing Trends August 2021

d) New Way to Share Contacts: users can now share contacts directly to their friends. 

  • YouTube Rolls Out 3 Updates for Creators 

With creators in mind, YouTube is launching three new features to help them access useful data in YouTube Studio:

a) Improved Realtime Cards: Realtime Cards display important information and channel metrics such as a subscriber count and views in real time. The improvement consists of adding reach and engagement data with dedicated tabs. 

b) Mentions Inbox: YouTube creators will now have access to a mentions inbox that will show all the places their channel has been mentioned on YouTube. 

c) Hashtag autocomplete Suggestions: in January 2021 YouTube launched searchable hashtags and people still have doubts about how to use them. That is why Youtube is now launching a hashtag autocomplete feature to recommend relevant ones based on popularity. 

August had many digital marketing updates…

So, there you have it! We have covered the most important and relevant news and updates in digital marketing for the month of August. Which one caught your attention more? Let us know in the comments! 

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How to Use Web Push Notifications for B2B

Web push notifications are short, immediate and highly personalised messages delivered to users through their browser after agreeing or subscribing to receive them. This channel is quickly gaining popularity amongst e-commerce sites due to its inherent characteristics and benefits:

  • No 3rd party cookies required
  • No personal data from users required
  • They reach users from desktop and mobile devices
  • Messages get delivered even when users leave the website

Additionally, platforms like Frizbit offer the possibility to reach users through their entire journey by creating automated sequences of messages for each step of the marketing funnel based on individual user behaviour. 

You can easily see why web push notifications are becoming the number one marketing tool preferred by online store owners and digital marketers to engage with their customers and bring them back to the site to finish a transaction. 

Despite being recognized as most effective and profitable for e-commerce, this new channel has applications for all types of websites including B2B. One of the things that make web push notifications so great is that they can be personalised to adapt to any business, from tailoring the message to adjusting timings, languages and sequences, this is the most versatile digital marketing channel you can get. 

How to Use Web Push Notifications for B2B

Digital marketing strategies for B2B don’t usually differ so much from B2C, the main difference is that B2B processes last longer than in B2C businesses. This presents a different challenge for marketers because they need to find ways to keep audiences interested during longer periods of time. 

The traditional way to do so has always been by sending emails with interesting and relevant content with the objective of finally achieving conversion. However, with the saturation of content on the Internet it is getting harder to cut through the noise of thousands of messages daily and actually make an impact. 

Bottom line, customer engagement is key for B2B businesses to succeed and increase their lead conversions and web push notifications are a great channel to interact with customers and create a hyper-personalised experience. 

  • Reach Anonymous Users and Turn Them Into Leads

As we mentioned before, web push notifications don’t require any type of personal data to reach users after they leave the website. When a person visits your site for the first time, if they have enabled the channel, they will be shown a browser based prompt asking them if they wish to allow web push notifications.

Web Push Notifications for B2B

If they leave without taking any further action, you can re-engage them via web push notifications after a certain period of time you decide is best. Since you can customise the notifications as much as you want, you can decide which page you want subscribers to go to when they click on the notification.

This is a great opportunity to redirect them to a page with super useful information you think will tilt the balance in your favor and also peak their interest. For example you can offer them a trial period or present them with a special discount for first time customers as an exchange for them filling in a form and leaving their contact details such as email address or phone number.

How to Use Web Push Notifications for B2B

This is a great strategy to turnt anonymous visitors into leads so you can contact them later and give them your full pitch. This is not possible to do with any other channel. With retargeting ads you won’t know for sure if your message got delivered, maybe you have competitors who are paying more than you so your ad is never shown and you lose that visitor for good. 

  • Re-engage Dormant Users

Through some stages of the marketing funnel, people are browsing around a lot of pages looking for information. They jump from one site to another investigating and searching around and this might go on for some time while they decide to move forward with the process. 

Web push notifications are a great channel to target people during these stages when they think and research and maybe lose the information from your site as they stumble into other similar solutions.

Web Push Notifications for B2B

You can send manual web push notifications campaigns sharing information they might find valuable to bring them back to your site or, at least, maintain your solution on their top of mind so they keep it as a valid option. You can send notifications about:

  • New features
  • Updates about your solution
  • New downloadables such as whitepapers
  • Use Recurring Web Push Notifications

One of the most important stages of the marketing funnel is the “loyalty” and “advocacy” which, sadly, often gets overlooked. B2B businesses should invest time and effort in keeping their customers engaged even after they have converted. 

Since this implies “spending” resources after the goal was achieved and extending the work beyond the main objective, its importance is diminished. But businesses need to understand that the best customers are recurring customers and the way to keep them coming back is to offer them an engaging post-purchase experience. 

If you are a provider, you can do this by sending automated recurring web push notifications alerting them that it is time to repeat their order, for example. These types of messages keep customers engaged and offer the feeling that you care about them and appreciate their business.

Web Push Notifications for B2B

 

  • Sequences for Lead Nurturing

Once you have established the journey your customers go through when visiting your business site, you can create a sequence of automated web push notifications to keep in touch with them after they leave your site without converting. 

You can send them hyper-personalised messages that will show on the screen of their desktop or mobile devices to re-engage them and bring them back to your site. Segmentation and automation will allow you to reach specific audiences based on their individual behaviour, targeting their specific needs.

Web Push Notifications for B2B

You can recommend them services or products that fit their requirements based on their most recently viewed category or products. Remember that the objective is to maintain a flow of communication with regular contact by providing useful information that ultimately leads to a conversion. 

To sum up…

We hope these tips allow you to understand the applications of web push notifications for B2B. This channel offers online businesses a world of opportunities, you just need to strategize and find the right mix that works best for you and your audience.

Sending web push notifications to prospects or customers will increase your return rate and help you grow your business. Remember that the important thing is to keep your solution present in their minds throughout time as a valid option to solve and fulfill their own business needs and requirements. 

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Web Push Notifications Performance: Key Metrics to Track!

Defining objectives and KPI’s is essential for all digital marketing efforts, including web push notifications. How else are you going to measure the performance of your campaigns and make sure they are working towards the achievement of your marketing goals? 

Tracking certain metrics to subsequently analyse them, will give you insights on what’s working best with your target audience and to what are they being more responsive. You can later use this data to adjust your web push notifications campaigns and make them the best possible. 

That is why in this blog post we are going to share with you the most important metrics you should be tracking and how to understand your web push notifications campaigns performance.  

Web push notifications are still a fairly new digital marketing channel, which is why it is normal to have questions and doubts about their performance and how to track and measure results. We have summed up the most important metrics for you:

Web push notifications metrics you should be tracking:

1. Opt-in Rate

The opt-in rate makes reference to the number of people who visit the site and click on “Allow” when asked if they want to subscribe to web push notifications. In fewer words, is the number of people who subscribe, versus the total number of people who visit your website. In comparison, web push notifications have a 5 to 10% opt-in rate, while emails have a 1 to 3%.

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The opt-in prompt is the first contact visitors have with this channel and how and where you place it can make a huge difference. There are two types of opt-in request you can use:

  • Native opt-in: this is the browser’s default version of the prompt. It is standard for every website showing a short text asking visitors if they want to allow or block notifications from the site and it is a single-step request. 
  • Custom opt-in: in this version, website owners have the option to completely customize the prompt. You can add your logo and write any text you want to ask users to allow notifications. However, if visitors click on “Allow” the native opt-in will be automatically triggered and for the subscription to be effective, they need to click on “allow” again. This type of prompt requires visitors to make two clicks to subscribe and this tends to decrease opt-in rate by 3x. 

You can also choose which page from your site you want the opt-in prompt to show. The most common practice (and the one we recommend from Frizbit) is to place it in the homepage and show it to visitors as soon as they enter the site for the first time. If they click allow, they will become subscribers, if they click on block you can’t ask them again unless they delete all the browser data, and if they just close it, the prompt will appear again when they come back or visit another page. 

2. Click-through Rate

Click through rate might be the most talked about metric in digital marketing. CTR is the number of clicks a web push notification campaign received, versus the number of total subscribers it was sent to

The reason this metric is so popular (and so important) is because it easily lets you know what type of message and notifications your subscribers are responding better to. If you run different campaigns for different events in your site, by analyzing their CTRs you can create hypotheses, test them and improve the performance of your notifications. 

If, additionally, you decide to run A/B tests, try out variations of the same message and track the CTRs of each one, you can have even deeper insights on the type of message that works best for your business goals. 

There are many factors that can directly affect the click through rate:

  • Image: web push notifications that include an image have a 20% higher click through rate than the ones without one. So make sure every time you can, you add an image. 
  • Required interaction: web push notifications are displayed on the user’s screen only for a few seconds unless you activate the “require interaction” feature that forces the user to click or close the notification. If this box is not checked, you run the risk of the user missing the notification for any reason, thus decreasing the click through rate. 
  • Call to action: we can’t stress enough the importance of including a clear call to action in your notification and how much this can affect CTRs. Call to actions need to tell users what you expect them to do and is much better if you appeal to a certain sense of urgency. 
  • Segmentation: relevancy is a very important factor when it comes to CTRs in web push notifications. That is why, especially with bulk or manual campaigns, the most segmented your audience is, the better. Automated web push notifications usually have very good click through rates because they are highly personalized with messages that click with the recipient. 

3. Conversion Rate

Conversion rate is the metric that indicates if you are reaching your business goals. They vary from industry and objectives, going from filled forms, completed purchases, demo requests or sign ups.

This metric is important because it is the one that really portrays the performance of your web push notifications campaigns. Click through rate offers insights on user behavior you can use to improve your strategy, but conversion rate is the data that really tells if your campaigns are working or not. 

Good CTRs are not a goal, reaching your desired conversion rate is. That is why you should always contrast the information you receive from both metrics so you can analyse it and dig in deeper if you are not getting the results you want. 

4. Time Spent on a Page

At first glance it might seem that this is not a metric directly related to your web push notifications. However, it is and it can provide you with significant insights about the relevancy of the messages you are sending. 

Every notification you send includes a link that redirects the user to a page on your site. It is your job to make sure that the copy from the notification matches what the user finds when he clicks on it and goes to the landing page. If it doesn’t, the time spent on the page will be very short because the user will leave disappointed and confused. 

This metric indicates the accuracy of the message and if it met the expectations you created for the user. For example, if the notification you sent makes reference to a 25% discount and when the user clicks on it, arrives to a regular category landing page with no discounted products, the user will be lost and leave without spending any time on your site. 

Understanding the metrics

Metrics, numbers and analysis might seem very boring and tedious. However, understanding these key metrics is the secret to conduct successful campaigns and reach your business goals. Yes, it takes time to sit down and interpret all the data to then create hypotheses, apply them and analyse again but it is the only way to eliminate the guesswork and and strategize with a plan and clear objectives.

Frizbit Web Push Notifications

With web push notifications, you can combine Google Analytics with Frizbit’s campaign analytics and the detailed reporting we personalise for each of our clients. By comparing and contrasting all this information, you have everything you need to optimize your web push notifications campaigns. 

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Frizbit Product Updates of Q2 2021

Here at Frizbit we are always looking for ways to innovate, make our platform better and fulfill our clients need with top notch technology. That’s why we keep improving as we grow so we can offer the best possible service and user experience.

We would like to share with you the latest

Frizbit Product Updates of Q2 2021

1. Launch of Campaign Analytics

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Frizbit launched its campaign analytics so you can see all the performance metrics of each campaign. Based on the channel (email, sms or push notification) of the campaign, the relevant metrics vary.

2. Multi-product Cart Abandonment Emails

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Frizbit now supports the use of dynamic parameters of multiple product in the same message. It’s very useful for cart abandonment emails or recommended products.

3. Flexibility of Trigger and Exception Events

Now you can select the same trigger and exception events for the same campaign. This allows marketers to decide if they would prefer to trigger based on the first event, or the last event. For example, you can retarget users either the first category or the last one.

4. API for Sending Messages

Frizbit now published its API to send messages via any channel and any content you choose. It’s an alternative method to sending messages via dashboard. Besides Frizbit’s marketing automation engine, if you would like to trigger messages through another system you can implement this API and do so.

5. Email Suppression List Management

Through Frizbit, now you can manage the list of email addresses in your blacklist. You can add email addresses manually or you can upload files with multiple email addresses to add them to your blacklist. Email Unsubscription can be done by users, but for special cases this gives marketers an option to  manage their lists manually.

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Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from July 2021

Happy summer, everyone! July is finally here and (and least us) couldn’t be happier. Summertime is usually a slow work season, but that hasn’t stopped the digital marketing world and there is a lot to cover this month. 

We have summed up the most important:

Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from July 2021

1. Search Marketing Updates

  • Google Launches Free Deals Listings in Search Results

As we always do, let’s begin with some updates from Google. This month Google is rolling out a new feature that gives online retailers in the US more ways to reach customers who are seeking discounts and special offers.

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Google reported a 50% increase in searches for “discount codes” since the previous year. This means that customers are looking even more for ways to save money and shop at discounted prices. 

In response, Google is launching new features that allow e-commerce sites a new way to list deals in search results: 

  • Competitive prices are highlighted in the shopping tab of search results
  • Google Search will showcase the most important offers for sales such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday (in October)
  • Google will showcase offers based on information regarding the discount, product popularity, site’s popularity and other factors. 
  • An upcoming update will make it possible for deals to show on the main results page whether retailers pay or not for advertising. 
  • Retailers are now able to customize their offers and indicate specifics, suchs as if a deal is only available for certain customers. 
  • Sellers reports are updated with “Historical Best Seller Data” and “Relative Product Demand”
  • Google Share 5 Insights Into Appearing in Google News

As you know, Google is always on top of users and site owner’s need to help them have the best online experience possible. So, this time Google is answering the most common questions and doubts about how news are shown in News and Search, giving valuable insights to help site owners have a better understanding on the subject. 

The 5 most common questions are: 

a) Where does news appear on Google

Google says that news content can appear on Google News, Google Search, Google Assistant, YouTube and Discover. Google News includes two ways information can be displayed: the “For You” feed that contains specific stories based on user interests, and “Headlines” which show stories for all users from a particular region.

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There is also Google Search that includes the “Top Stories” carousel highlighting relevant news on timely topics, and the “News” tab that narrows the results to focus on specific queries. 

b) How do I know if my site is eligible to appear in Google News?

Google states that all sites are automatically eligible for Google news in Search without any application requirement. They emphasize that the important thing is for sites to produce relevant content with high levels of expertise, authority and trustworthiness, with a history of producing original news and that complies with Google’s News Policies. 

c) How can I check if my site is appearing?

The best way to know if your site is appearing, is to look at the performance reports on Search Console by filtering for Google News and Google Search. These insights will indicate if your site is getting traffic from boths sources. 

d) Can I do something to improve my visibility?

The ranking of sites is automatically determined by different factors such as relevance of the content, freshness, location and language. Publishers can access the Publisher Center to define certain aspects about their site that can help Google to Index it. 

However, eligibility is always determined by an automated process, which means that being approved and submitting content does not directly mean that it will appear in Search Results, Google News or News surfaces. 

e) If I follow everything Google says, why am I still not appearing?

According to Google one of the keys is to constantly produce relevant, original content that can be automatically detected by their systems and become more eligible if the site has risen to meet their criteria. 

  • Google Launches Free Tools for Travel Marketers

We have mentioned in previous articles that global searches related to travel information, like “where to travel”, “can I travel” and “covid travel restrictions” are at a peak for some time now. 

Travel Insights with Google is being launched in the US as an effort to answer the travel industry needs and help businesses with free tools they can use to improve their marketing efforts and overall service. It includes:

  • Destination Insights: provides information regarding the top demands per destination. It allows travel marketers to view demand data related to specific countries on specific dates.
  • Hotel Insights: analyzes search trends that identifies where users are coming from and allows marketers to create stronger digital presences segmented to fit said information. 
  • Focusing Facts: this information is nested within the Destination Insights and displays data related to queries suchs as “fastest growing destinations globally” gathering previous 84 days of data. 
  • Demand Sizing: also a part of Destination Insights. It allows filters to compare interests amongst various countries. 

2. Marketing Tech News

  • Vimeo partners with TikTok

The video software company has joined as a TikTok Marketing Partner. The social media platform users can now access Vimeo’s suite of video creation tools and still benefit from its broad user base. 

Both companies ran tests previous to the release of the partnership and saw that participants were able to highly increase the number of videos they create and reach a 50% higher click through rate of their campaigns. 

The main objective of this partnership is to help small and medium businesses create more content with better tools. Melissa Yang, head of ecosystem partnerships at TikTok said:

 “As small businesses recover and rebuild after a challenging year, TikTok is working on ways to make it easier to reach their community and grow their business. Our partnership with Vimeo provides small businesses with simple, effective video tools that rival what the biggest brands in the world have access to — and they drive real results.”

Vimeo and TikTok also invited some small businesses to try out a new AI-driven video production tool called Vimeo Create. A tool designed to advertise on TikTok and help brands produce creative content that adjusts to the platform without needing to rely on a production studio. 

Brands have reported great results and say they plan to keep running additional campaigns on TikTok. 

  • Hubspot Reports an Increase on Marketing Automation  Techniques

Marketing automation keeps gaining ground as chatbot usage has more than doubled in the UK as a valid option to engage with customers since 2020. Hubspot has reported so on their Not Another State of Marketing Report 2021

One of the main reasons marketers are betting more and more for automated solutions, are the market shifts provoqued by the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to offer customers the most tailored virtual experience possible. 

“The different types of automation, across various industries, can provide marketers with a range of skills to improve their return figures and therefore a number of AI tools must be used, as opposed to one.” – Scott Brinker. VP of platform at HubSpot

The same way, live video is also becoming more popular with an increase of 40% marketing tactics using it in 2021, compared to 17% last year. Pandemic and consequential lockdowns have forced a shift on content production to be designed for virtual audiences, along with an increase on the time consumers are spending watching videos.

These changes are forcing marketers to adapt and shift the way they create content and how they engage and communicate with their audiences. Implementing automation strategies provide solutions to adjust marketing techniques to the times we are facing and to what customers are expecting from brands. 

  • Google partners with GoDaddy

Google has announced a new partnership with GoDaddy with the purpose of helping e-commerce sites gain more online visibility. Google wants to help businesses get discovered easier and to connect better with shoppers by making e-commerce more open online.

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With the new partnership, GoDaddy online stores are able to integrate their product inventory across Google with no additional costs. GoDaddy sites can now be discovered through Search, Shopping, Image Search and YouTube. 

Merchants can upload products directly to Google, create listings and ads all within the GoDaddy’s Online Store. By partnering with e-commerce platforms, Google aims to help more businesses to engage with shoppers that want to discover new products and brands online. 

3. Social Media Updates

  • TikTok Launches 8 new Features for Livestreams

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TikTok users who livestream have doubled during the past year. Taking note of this, the platform is rolling out eight new features to improve live streaming experience for both broadcasters and viewers:

  • Schedule: users can now schedule, manage and promote livestreams in advance. 
  • Picture-in-picture: this new feature allows users to pinn the livestream to a corner of their screen while they freely navigate. 
  • Go live with a friend: a new feature called “Live Together” allows two users to broadcast live on the same stream. 
  • Live Q&A: this feature allows creators to engage with their audience by answering questions live in real time.

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  • Top streams: TikTok wants to make it easier for users to find and tune into live streams from the “For You” and “Following” pages. Live sessions will also be discoverable through Chat, Gaming, Talents, Fashion and Daily Life. 
  • Moderators: before livestream, users can assign a person to help them moderate the session by going to Settings on the right side of the stream launch screen. Features like muting viewers and removing disrespectful comments will be added in the upcoming weeks.

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  • Keyword filters: streamers can now mute words they choose during live streams by going to settings. They can also turn off or add limits to the comments. 
  • Harmful comments alert: before posting a comment that TikTok detects as disrespectful, users will be prompted to reconsider their language and how they will be received by the streamer. 
  • Pinterest adds Feature for Users to Make Money With Affiliate Links

Pinterest wants to help content creators to earn money through the platform by making it possible to get commissions with affiliate links. When a user tags a product on a pin idea and another user clicks on the link, the one who posted it will receive a commission. 

The platform has reported that “users are 89% more likely to exhibit shopping intent on products tagged in idea pins than on standalone product pins.” The same way that engagement with idea pins is much higher than standard pins. 

By simply tagging products on their idea pins, Pinterest creators can control the shoppability of their content. This feature will be available to business accounts in the United States and will continue rolling out to other countries in the next few months. 

  • Twitter Tests Voting on Tweets

Twitter is constantly adding or trying out new features, and this time they are experimenting with an option that allows users to “down vote” or “up vote” a reply within a Twitter conversation.

Digital Marketing News July 2021

The same as other social media platforms offer multiple icons for users to express how they feel about a post or a comment, Twitter has announced they want to try out a voting feature only available for Tweets replies. 

Twitter says that, for the meantime, this is only a feature destined for research, that doesn’t qualify as a dislike button and only the owner of the down vote will be able to see it. Twitter also clarified that this experiment, as they call it, has the intent to inform the platform about the relevancy of the conversations.

This feature will only be available for iOs. 

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6 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your E-commerce Website

If people don’t see it, they won’t buy it. 

You might have the best products, with top quality and an amazing e-commerce site with the most seamless shopping experience ever created. However, if you don’t get people to visit your site, you won’t make any sales. 

Of course the amount of traffic is not everything, quality matters. But the more people visit your website, the more likely you are to make a sale. Hence the importance of having a strategy that covers as many flanks as possible to drive traffic to your online store. So, this time we would like to share with you:

6 Ways to Drive Traffic to your E-commerce Website

1. Attract your target audience with Content Marketing
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There are many types of content you can create: 

  • Blog posts
  • Whitepapers
  • Success stories
  • Videos
  • Infographics
  • Tutorials

Content marketing is great for both big and small businesses. It doesn’t require a huge money investment and you can use the channel and the type of content that best suits your industry, your audience and and your brand. 

One of the keys to a successful content marketing strategy is consistency through time. One blog post a year is not going to do anything for you, you have to constantly create and publish relevant content that’s aligned with your target audience interests in order to see results. 

2. Work on your SEO

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People are going online right this minute looking for your product. You need to do everything you can to make sure your online store appears in the top results of those searches and one of the ways to do so is optimizing your SEO. 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of combining different techniques that help improve the position of a website in search engine results and gain more visibility. The cornerstone of SEO are keywords, the words or phrases your target audience uses to find products like yours. 

You need to take your time and do a lot of research to find out which keywords suit you and are the most used by your target audience so you can focus your SEO efforts on those specific ones. There are a lot of online tools you can use to identify keywords such as Google Trends, Ubersuggest or Semrush

Once you have identified the keywords you want to target, you need to add them to your website’s content and metadata: slugs, SEO title, SEO description, images ALT description and headings (H1, H2, H3). It is also a good idea to create content that focuses on specific ones that are the most valuable to you. 

Just remember that, as the same as for content marketing, SEO optimization is a job that requires a lot of time and consistency in order to show results. You have to be patient and work on it constantly. 

3. Run paid ad campaigns

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As we mentioned before, for people to visit your website, you need them to see your website. You need to get your online store in front of your target audience and paid ads campaigns are a way to do  just that. 

With SEO you gain traffic organically via search engines, while with ads, you pay different channels to show your site to your potential customers. You can choose to advertise on social media or on search engines and do retargeting campaigns to customers that are most likely to complete a purchase. 

For social media ads, each platform has its own system and they are very simple to use and set up campaigns is very easy. You can segment your audience by age, language, country and serve them tailor-made ads that have higher chances of getting clicked. 

The good thing about social media advertising is that you don’t necessarily have to have a big budget. You can promote posts to a very big audience with little money spent and achieve great results. This makes social media ads a great option for small businesses that want to get their brand out there with smaller budgets. 

The other option is to advertise on Google using Google ads. The downside of these paid ad campaigns is that it might be quite challenging to get good results if your budget is not as big as your competitors’. Google ads campaigns work with bids for each keyword you want to target. If your competition puts in a higher bid for the same keyword you are focusing on, their ad will show above yours because they win the bid and your ad won’t show.  

4. Send web push notifications to bring users back

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Web push notifications are a great addition to any marketing strategy aimed to increase traffic to an online store. This channel allows online businesses to send messages and connect with anonymous users through browser-based notifications even when users have left the website. 

There are two types of web push notifications that can bring users back and increase traffic:

  • Automated web push notifications: notifications that are triggered by individual user behaviour and delivered automatically with hyper-personalized messages based on users’ actions on the site. They are great for recovering abandoned carts when users leave without completing a purchase and you can create as many triggering scenarios as you want suchs as: category retargeting,  product retargeting, cross selling or recurrent purchase reminders. 
  • Manual web push notifications: these bulk notifications are the equivalent of newsletters. They are sent to all users’ databases and are great to inform about offers, promotions or limited time flash sales like Black Friday. They are amazing at generating lots of traffic very quickly. 

The best thing about web push notifications is that, unlike paid ads, there’s no bidding competition or cost per click. Frizbit charges for number of unique sessions with no limit on the amount of notifications that can be sent. 

This makes web push notifications a great option for all business sizes, being extremely profitable for e-commerce sites. 

5. Social Media Marketing

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According to a recent study, out of 7.82 billion people in the world, 50.64% of the population use social networks, regardless of age or internet access. This can easily be translated into: if you have an e-commerce and want to connect with your target audience, you must have a social media presence. 

The first thing you need to do when planning your social media marketing strategy for e-commerce is to identify which platforms suit your brand the best. Depending on the products you sell and your target audience, you will find more and better use to a specific social media channel over the others. 

Once you have decided, you are ready to start working on your editorial calendar and start sharing your content that will ultimately lead traffic to your e-commerce site. Keep in mind that the main purpose of social media is to create a community around your brand: take part in conversations, reply to comments and really engage with people. These actions will help you reach your purpose of driving traffic to your website. 

6. Referral programs

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All of the tactics we mentioned above are great proven ways to drive traffic to your e-commerce website, but none will ever be as powerful as mouth-to-mouth marketing. That is why encouraging customer referrals is still one of the most effective ways to drive traffic to your e-commerce website. 

Having good quality products and ensuring a great customer experience will help you get good comments, reviews and possibly, recommendations. But why stop there? Give your customers more reasons to talk good about you and make them want to recommend your products to their friends and family with customer referral programs. 

The thing is people trust recommendations from people they know and you can benefit from that by offering your existing customers a special benefit or reward from purchases made by their friends. 

This will be a win-win-win situation: you will get new customers and increase loyalty from existing ones and they will get a discount from products they like. 

To sum up…

By combining these tactics and tailoring them to your own business, you can drive traffic to your e-commerce website whether you are a small or big company. Don’t get overwhelmed trying to apply all techniques and once, it is best that you start slowly but with a good plan and scale it accordingly to your needs and requirements. 

Remember that, with most of these tactics, patience and consistency are key to success!

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7 Tips to Increase Web Push Notifications Click Through Rate

Web push notifications are the new channel every site is eager to use. From retailers online stores, private shopping, travel agencies and real estate, they have proven to be the most efficient way to stay in touch and communicate with customers. 

However, with its rising popularity it’s getting harder for brands to really stand out and deliver notifications that truly connect and engage subscribers. Even though web push notifications have very good opt-in rates compared to other channels (around 16,7%  overall acceptance), the truth is that many users don’t click on them upon delivery.

Given the fact that users receive between 33 to 85 notifications per day, we can’t stress enough the importance of creating excellent notifications to cut through the noise and get that subscriber to click on it. 

With web push notifications is not about using them just for the fun of it: brands need to optimize them in order to provide users with a great experience and get actual good results. So, this time we are going to focus on:

7 Tips to Increase Web Push Notifications Click-through Rates

1. Segment users based on their interests

The more relevant the message, the more likely users are to click on it, and targeting based on their previous behaviour is the best way to increase relevance.

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Regardless of the type of online store you have, most certainly you have different categories and a range of products for different users with varied tastes. Not everyone is into the same things, which means that every sale, special offer or promotion you carry out is not going to be interesting for all of your subscribers.

For example, let’s say you have a sports e-commerce site and there’s a big soccer game between Spain and Italy coming up and you want to launch a special sale on both teams’ apparel. Instead of sending a manual web push notification campaign to ALL of your subscribers, use the segmentation feature and send it only to those that have visited or clicked on Spain or Italy soccer products.

How to Increase Web Push Notifications CTR

Chances are that, if you send a notification like this to all your subscribers base, CTR is going to be very low considering that users from a sports site can be interested in many very different things, like yoga, running or tennis and only a few in something as specific as a soccer game between Spain and Italy. 

In scenarios like this one, segmentation can make a huge difference in the performance of your campaigns and conversion rates. 

2. Include an image

People are very visual. Including an image related to the product you are making reference to in the notification will increase the chances of users clicking on it when they automatically see the article they were interested in.

Tips to Increase Web Push Notifications Click Through Rate

Push notifications that include an image have a 20% higher click through rate compared to those without one. There are a couple of things you should keep in mind when adding images to your web push notifications:

a) Depending on the browser and operating system, the image will be displayed differently. Notifications on Windows and Android devices will always show the image, while notifications on MacOS won’t include one. Some of Fribiz clients have opted for the alternative to include the product image in the place where the brands’ logo will normally appear. This way they guarantee that the product image is always visible regardless of the operating system.

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b) A 1.5 : 1 width-height ratio is ideal for images. If you use other sizes it will be cropped and won’t be displayed optimally. Sometimes it happens that the product image from the web has a different ratio and it doesn’t display properly in the notification.

3. Use emojis

Frizbit offers its clients ready to use templates for their automated web push notifications campaigns. These templates include two versions so clients can implement A/B testing if they wish to. 

Version A is plain text, while version B includes emojis customised to fit the brand’s industry. In cases where clients run A/B tests to try out which option performs the best, B version with emojis always wins the race.

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Web push notifications that include emojis have a click through rate 15% higher than those with just text. Of course, you should be careful and thoughtful about which emojis you are going to add and make sure they are pertinent with the subject of your notification. 

Using emojis is a very easy way to give your messages a little something extra to help them stand out, catch the users’ attention and increase CTRs. 

 4. Activate the Require Interaction feature for your notifications

By default web push notifications are shown to users for only 10 seconds, and then they disappear. What if the user is super concentrated on a task and doesn’t even notice the notification before it goes away? Or maybe they left the browser open and moved away from the computer. Or in some cases, there’s not even enough time to read the message before it disappears.

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Taking this into account, the best option is to make sure the notification sticks until the user sees it and decides to click on it, or to close it. This is the best way to guarantee that they will see the notification when it’s delivered. 

Frizbit offers this feature that ensures a higher click through rate on your notifications. 

5. Send automated behaviour-triggered notifications

A triggered notification is sent to users as a response to a specific individual action they completed on the website. For example when a user adds a product to his cart and then leaves the site without completing a purchase, you can set up a notification that gets triggered by this action and delivered to the user after a certain period of time. 

You can set up as many scenarios to trigger notifications as you wish. At Frizbit we recommend 4 different ones that cover the entire shopping journey for a traditional e-commerce site: 

  • Subscription
  • Category Retargeting
  • Product Retargeting
  • Cart Abandonment

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Depending on the industry and type of products you sell, you can also include:

  • Post Purchase
  • Monthly Reminders

Because these triggered notifications are completely based on individual behaviour, they are extremely relevant for the user that receives it. They contain information of interest for them which highly increases click through rate. 

6. Create urgency

Appealing to a sense of urgency is no new trick, but it works. One of the easiest strategies to increase any campaign click through rate is to tell users that they have to act “right now” or they will miss out on something really good.

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The way to do it with web push notifications is by making use of the Title, Description and CTA to add text that emphasizes the fact that the offer is available for limited time or limited stock. You can use words like: now, last minutes, few units or hurry.

You can also include emojis that appeal to that sense of urgency and also make the notifications more visually attractive. 

7. Perform A/B Testing

After some time when you start getting data on the performance of your campaigns, you can go ahead and introduce A/B testing and test different variables through time until you get the perfect combination that works the best for your business and offers your customers the best experience possible.

Web Push Notification A/B Testing

Frizbit’s A/B testing features allows you to try different versions of the same notification and change as many parameters as you wish. You can also segment the audience and send each version to specific percentages.

Doing this will eliminate the guesswork about what type of messages perform the best thanks to the data collected during the time you run the test. Ultimately you will know your audience a lot better and be able to adapt and design messages that truly connect with them. 

Other factors that affect web push notifications click through rates

Even though there are many things that can be directly done to optimize campaigns, there also are a lot of external factors that can affect web push notifications performance like:

  • Type of industry
  • Incentives offered
  • Customer’s relationship with the brand

These are all tips on how to increase web push notifications click through rates but the best advice we can give you is to always test your ideas. Start out with what you think is best and try it out. 

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Web Push Notifications for the Travel Industry

Web push notifications are the new retargeting channel any website can benefit from. Maybe you are used to communicating with your customer via emails, social media or even by phone, but have you been introduced to the power of direct, hyper-personalised messaging via web push notifications? Keep reading and let us tell you

Why and how can the travel industry benefit from web push notifications

Web push notifications allow websites to communicate with visitors using behaviour-based messages without requiring any type of personal data, even when they have left the site. Users that visit just need to accept (or opt-in) to become subscribers and start receiving notifications on their browsers or their mobile devices. 

The combination of all these characteristics make web push notifications the best channel to reach subscribers and encourage them to return to the website and complete an action, whether fill out a form or complete a hotel or flight booking. 

Everyone knows that planning a trip can be a bit stressful. There are way too many options regarding airlines, flight schedules and all bookings processes. It takes people a lot of time, research and comparison before making a decision and here’s where web push notifications come in handy for the travel industry. 

This channel has the power to make the entire process a lot easier for people planning a trip and for travel companies to increase customer engagement, satisfaction and boost revenue. 

By using a web push notifications platform that allows automation, the use of dynamic parameters and hyper-personalisation, any website from the travel industry can greatly benefit from this channel.

Web Push Notifications for the Travel Industry

Let’s dive into how to boost your travel site marketing strategy with web push notifications

  • Recover lost reservations

By using automated sequences of web push notifications, you can create campaigns that are triggered by user behaviour on your site. This means that when users search for a trip destination, accommodation or a specific tour booking but leave the site without completing it, a message will be delivered encouraging them to come back and finish the booking.

Web Push Travel Industry

Thanks to dynamic parameters and behavioral recognition, this strategy is great to connect with users with highly relevant information. The notification sent can include details such as name of the destination, price, airline, hotel name, specifics about accommodation and pretty much anything you wish that’s available from your site. As a result of receiving such detailed and personalised information, customers are more likely to engage with the notification, resulting in higher CTRs and conversion rates. 

With this type of notifications, customers will land directly on the booking page, as if it was an abandoned cart from an e-commerce site, making it even easier to push them down the final stage of the marketing funnel. 

  • Itinerary updates and changes

Remember that customers today want personalised experiences and catered services. If you can offer them that, you will be steps ahead of your competitors and one way to do so is to maintain a flow of communication with relevant information.

Web Push Notifications for the Travel Industry

If there are changes on your customer’s travel itinerary you need to use all communication channels available to get that message across, making sure it reaches its destination on time. Web push notifications are the best way to do so.

Email might be the most common channel to communicate with customers, however it is not the fastest or most effective one. Web push notifications can reach them on both mobile and desktop even if they are not visiting your site and they will be grateful that you sent them urgent information.

You can send these types of notifications by using the segmentation feature of the platform. There you can choose exactly which subscribers you want to communicate changes and updates about specific destinations or bookings. 

This strategy is very useful during this pandemic times in which every country constantly changes the entry requirements (PCR tests, vaccines certificates). If a certain destination updated the type of document travelers need to enter, you can send them a web push notification informing them about the changes so they can be prepared. 

  • Advertise travel deals, sales and special offers

We’ve been talking about automated web push notifications as a great strategy to stay in touch with customers. But there also are manual or bulk web push notifications. These types of campaigns are sent to all subscribers’ databases since they are not behavioural-triggered.

Manual web push notifications are great to communicate special deals, offers or promotions that are time sensitive or limited. If you have a special offer coming up with discounted flights, accommodation or tours, you can send a bulk notification to let customers know about it! This is a great strategy to generate lots of traffic very quickly.

Web Push Notifications for the Travel Industry

If you want to be more specific, you can also use segmentation here and target users based on their interests. For example, if you are having a sale on Mediterranean Cruises, you might want to send a notification to users that previously searched for cruise vacations to alert them about the sale. 

It’s a wonderful strategy for users that still are at the first stages of the funnel and still haven’t decided on a specific destination or made any reservation intent. This will not only help you get more bookings, it will help customers benefit from discounted travel plans and they will certainly appreciate it.  

  • Travel plan reminders

Traveling involves a lot of important information. Once a user has already made a reservation, you can use web push notifications to remind them of their travel details, like flight departures, delays or hotel check-in hours.

Web Push for the Travel Industry

These are the types of messages that users appreciate and value the most. Web push notifications have the great quality of immediacy, so you can rely on them to guarantee important information gets delivered. 

By applying these strategies, you enhance user experience. They will feel the process was smooth and safe and will increase the chances of them repeating and booking their next trip with you. 

  • Price drops

You can send and schedule manual web push notifications to alert users about price drops. If a user was browsing your site looking for interesting traveling plans and leaves without completing a booking, a great strategy to bring them back is to communicate price drops on destinations they expressed interest in.

Web Push Notifications for the Travel Industry

Maybe a great hotel announced an offer, or a flight is selling the last seat at a discounted price. Let users interested know about these great deals and leverage that information to close the deal. 

When sending manual notifications about price drops, always remember to include a call to action button with a sense of urgency. Tell users that the offer is for limited time only, or that there are only a few seats left with the special price. 

Web push notifications for all the travel industry are a must!

The travel industry is a universe within itself. There are tons of agencies, airlines, accommodation finders sites, car rentals and more that a user can browse when planning a trip and all of them can benefit from the inclusion of this channel in their marketing strategy.

Web push notifications can help travel websites connect with users by offering a better user experience with hyper-personalisation. If you have been relying on traditional emails to communicate with your customers, you are definitely missing out. 

You can check out Frizbit’s success story with Corendon Airlines as a great example on how to boost your travel website with web push notifications. 

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