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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%.

Web Push Notifications Opt-in rate

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.

When it comes to web push notifications and conversion rates, this stat can help you determine if there’s some sort of issue with you landing page or check out process once the users go back to your site after clicking the notification.

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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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.

Increase Web Push Notifications Click Through Rate

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.

Increase Web Push Notification CTR

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.

Web Push Notification Cart Abandonment

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.

Require Interaction Web Push Notification

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

Category Retargeting Web Push Notification

Product Retargeting Web Push Notification

Cart Abandonment Web Push Notification

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.

Increase Web Push Notification CTR

 

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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