The Blog

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

Frizbit Web Push Notifications

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

Frizbit Cart Abandonment Email

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.

Get in touch for a one month trial!

Digital Marketing News, Updates and Insights from June 2021

Digital marketing never sleeps and neither do marketing professionals when it comes to keeping up with trends, news and updates. Between coming up with new and innovative ways to catch people’s attention and not missing any news from Google, finding time to shut an eye might seem impossible. 

So here we are, gathering and sharing with you the most important:

Digital Marketing News, Updates and Insights from June 2021

1. Search Marketing Updates

  • Google delays third-party cookie phaseout one more year

In a recent blog post, Google updated us about their progress on their intention to eliminate third-party cookies. They announced that, even with the considerable progress they’ve had with Project Sandbox, more time is required to get things right. 

The aim of this project is to protect people’s privacy online, while still offering companies the tools they need to do digital business. Google believes that the online community needs “to come together to develop a set of open standards to fundamentally enhance privacy on the web, giving people more transparency and greater control over how their data is used.”

To achieve this, they feel the need to move at a slower pace to be more responsible. Google wants that boths users and publishers are protected, by making sure that cookies are not replaced with any sort of individual tracking or fingerprinting, and that advertisers have enough time to migrate their service and preserve their business models. 

We must take time to evaluate the new technologies, gather feedback and iterate to ensure they meet our goals for both privacy and performance, and give all developers time to follow the best path for privacy. – Google Blog

They stated that key technologies will be deployed for Chrome late 2022 and start phasing-out third party cookies by mid 2023 ending late 2023. 

  • Google ads new feature that helps businesses display their information

Google is constantly updating and creating new tools to help businesses show more accurate and detailed information in Search and Maps so owners can easily connect with potential customers.

You can add details, such as contact information and opening hours, and create Posts to share updates, like special offers or new offerings, right from Google Search. Starting next week, you’ll also be able to create Posts about upcoming events including when and where they’re happening. Google Blog

New features allow businesses to change and share information directly from Search and Maps. They include:

  • Easily show your services: businesses can now use the Edit Profile menu on Search to display their services. It’s even possible to show specialties if you offer personal care services, for example. For restaurant owners that work with Reserve Google, they can enable online bookings through their Business Profile.

Digital Marketing Trends June 2021

  • Accept takeout and delivery orders: Google reported a 230% increase in food ordering since last year. To adapt to this demand, Order with Google allows businesses to accept takeout and delivery orders through their Business Profile. Restaurants can also update their menus directly on Search and Maps.

Digital Marketing News June 2021

 

  • Automatically update your inventory: Google Searches for “who has” + “in stock” have grown by more than 8,000% year over year, which shows that shoppers are searching for products online before they head to the stores. As a response to this, eligible retailers in the U.S will be able to “get all their in-store product inventory automatically added to their Business Profile by signing up for Pointy from Google right from Google Search”. With this tool you can scan your products and they are automatically added to your Business Profile.
  • Brave search engine launches public beta

Creators of Brave, the browser that puts user’s privacy first, have launched Brave Search Engine in a global public beta. They have announced it as a “real alternative to Google” that’s private, transparent and doesn’t surveille users.

Brave Search Engine Digital Marketing News

Brave’s search engine works completely independently from Google, it uses its own independent index of the web. It’s available for desktop and mobile devices in any browser at search.brave.com

This search engine doesn’t collect user data which makes it impossible to sell, share or lose. They also claim to offer real transparency by not using any type of “secret algorithms” to show search results: We rely on anonymous community contributions to refine results, and community-created alternative ranking models to ensure diversity. 

The engine was developed by the former Cliqz Team as the company announced back in March of this year. 

2. Marketing Tech Updates

  • Google Integrates with WooCommerce for easy Product Uploads

WooCommerce has launched an extension that allows sellers to upload their products to Google for free. This means that online retailers will have the opportunity to get discovered by more shoppers through Search, Shopping, Images, and YouTube.

By connecting a WooCommerce store with Google Merchant Center, all products and their information will be listed on  search results on Google. All the product’s details will be automatically updated when any changes are made on WooCommerce. 

It’s completely free to list products in the Google Shopping tab, and retailers also have the option to pay for ads if they wish to have more visibility. 

Through the new Google extensions, sellers have total control of their products listing, performance and analytics without needing to leave the dashboard and the opportunity to reach more users without extra work. You can get the extension here!

  • Google Announces New Ads Creative Studio

With the intention of offering designers, agencies and brands better ways to work and create ads, Google has announced the launch of Ads Creative Studio. A platform to unify all of Google’s creative advertising tools. 

The objective is to help creative teams increase productivity and to simplify the process of designing compelling ads. Google says on their blog that “Ads Creative Studio will bring together a number of creative tools previously found across products like YouTube, Display & Video 360 and Campaign Manager 360. “

Ads Creative Studio features include:

  • Director Mix: this feature allows to create different versions of a YouTube video for different audiences with swappable elements.
  • Dynamic display and HTML5 tools: they allow you to generate customized and interactive creatives for Display & Video 360 and Campaign Manager 360.
  • Audio Mixer: that allows you to create tailored audio ads for Display & Video 360.
  • Shopify rolls out Product Updates for Shopify Developers

This month Shopify announced a series of updates for developers:

  • Subscriptions support for PayPal Express: the launch of this feature represents the first additional payment gateway support after Shopify Payments with the hopes of offering support to more sellers around the world. 
  • Partner-initiated app refunds: before this update, partners had to contact Shopify Support to issue refunds. Now, they can handle them directly through the Partner Dashboard.
  • VAT changes for ecommerce purchases made within the EU: in order to help merchants comply with changes made to tax regulations for ecommerce purchases made within the EU, Shopify is adding new options to the tax settings. 

3. Social Media Marketing Updates

  • Twitter is adding Subscribe Button to profiles for Newsletter Signups

In January 2021 we shared the news about Twitter acquiring newsletter platform Revue to help content creators share and monetize their work. As it was to be expected now Twitter is adding a new Subscribe button to profiles so people can sign up to newsletters. 

Twitter Subscribe Button Digital Marketing News

The button will appear on the user’s profile next to the mutual followers section. When signing up, the subscriber will receive a message letting them know that their email address will be sent to the newsletter owner and have the chance to take a sneak peek at the content before finally agreeing to sign up. 

This new feature will be available to all users that have a Revue account. 

  • Instagram Announces New Features for Creators to Make Money

Instagram has become a business platform for a lot of people. With this in mind, they have announced the launch of three major new features to help content creators make money: Creator Shops, affiliate commerce, and a “branded content marketplace.

  • Creators Shop: creators shop is designed for those who want to sell products using their personal profiles. It can be done in two ways:
    • Existing products can be linked to both personal and business accounts
    • New shops can be set up through the Instagram app linking their account to one of Instagram’s merchandise partners: Bravado/UMG, Fanjoy, Represent, and Spring. This feature will be available for creators in the US at the end of the year.

Instagram Creators Shop Digital Marketing News

  • Affiliate Commerce: this program aims to help creators gain a commission payment within the app when they generate a sale for a brand through a post in their accounts. It will feature a label indicating users that they will support the creator with their purchase.

Instagram Affiliate Program Digital Marketing News

  • Branded Content Marketplace: this feature is designed to help brands connect with content creators and influencers that match and align their work. Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri said “We should be able to help brands find creators that are uniquely aligned with the work they’re trying to do and vice versa. If we can help with matchmaking, we can help drive more dollars to the smaller creators who can do amazing work for brands.” 
  • Facebook Launches 4 New E-commerce Features 

Facebook is introducing new features to help online shops reach more people, get their products discovered and increase sales:

  • Facebook Shops in More Places: online shops can now choose Marketplace as an additional channel to Shop tabs on Instagram and Facebook to sell their products. 
  • Customer reviews: customer ratings will be expanded to products in Shops on Instagram with photos and videos from the community.

Social Media News Facebook

 

  • Personalized shop ads: Facebook is launching new ads to personalize customer’s shopping experience and send them to curated collections based on their shopping history where they are most likely to make a purchase. 
  • Expanded Access to AR Try-On Feature: Facebook is developing APIs to help more brands have access to augmented reality features that bring the “in-shop” experience to users online. They are also adding AR to some types of ads to encourage people to try on suggested products. 

AR Facebook Shopping

Which digital marketing news from June 2021 surprised or interested you the most?

Make sure to also read: 

Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from May 2021

Time is going by so fast it’s almost impossible to keep up with all digital marketing news and updates for every month. Google always keeps us on our tiptoes with constant updates, changes and new features for all of its products, new marketing tech is being developed every day and social media is a complete universe on its own. 

But don’t despair! As every month, we are to gather and sum up for you the most relevant:

Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from May 2021

1. Search Marketing Updates

Google previews MUM

The biggest news from Google this month is the preview of MUM. It stands for Multitask Unified Model and this new tech was showcased mid May by Google’s Prabhakar Raghavan at Google I/O. 

Since 2019 Google’s search algorithm to understand queries has been powered by BERT, an extension of Natural Language Processing. This algorithm helps searches deliver accurate results by asking questions more similar to the way we talk naturally, instead of trying to think what type of keyword or phrase will actually give us the answer we’re looking for. 

Google has now announced the preview of MUM: a new tech 1,000 times more powerful than BERT. The biggest and most important difference is that MUM can multitask to help deliver more information: it’s trained in 75 languages and it’s multimodal, meaning it can understand information across text and images. 

According to Google, they have discovered that it takes an average of eight searches for users to get the information they want and complete a complex task. With the development of MUM they aim to solve this issue and help users get things done with fewer searches. Google says:

Imagine a question like: “I’ve hiked Mt. Adams and now want to hike Mt. Fuji next fall, what should I do differently to prepare?” This would stump search engines today, but in the future, MUM could understand this complex task and generate a response, pointing to highly relevant results to dive deeper. 

Google’s mission has always been to make information more accessible to everyone. They have already started running internal pilots with MUM and says to be very excited about how this new search technology can improve Google products and user experience. 

Google’s launching new features for smart bidding

Google is rolling out new features for Smart Bidding to make marketers life much easier, better manage their bidding strategies and improve campaign performance. 

  • Top signals for Target ROAS and Maximize conversion: Top signals highlight some of the dimensions in which the bid strategy is automatically optimizing the bids depending on likelihood of users converting (device type, location, day of week, time of day, keywords). They currently report for campaigns that use Target CPA and Maximize conversions, with the launch of the new features, they’ll be available for search campaigns using Target ROAS and Maximize conversion value.
  • Seasonality adjustments at manager account level: Smart Bidding takes into account seasonality to improve the performance of the campaigns. However, for specific times such as big sales or product launches, the adjustments had to be made manually for each individual account. With new features Google makes it possible to set them at the manager account level. 
  • Maximize conversions with recommendations: Google will be showing new opportunities to opt into maximize conversions on the Recommendations Page: “These recommendations will show for eligible Search campaigns and can help you get more conversion value within your budget.”

Google Ads Maximize Conversions

  • Target Impression Share simulators to predict performance: up until now Simulators to help understand how target bid and budget changes could affect campaign performance, were only available for conversion and click-based bid strategies. With the roll-out of new features they are expanding to Search campaigns using Target Impression Share.

New ad formats for local campaigns on Google

At its annual Google Marketing Livestream, they announced the launch of new formats for local ads campaigns: 

  • Auto suggest ads: one of the new formats is called Auto Suggest Ads, which show ads based on the user’s location. When a user searches for a product or service in Google Maps, the auto suggest will show an ad of a nearby advertiser.

Google Auto Suggest Ads

  • Navigational ads: these new types of ads will be shown on the user’s screen when using Google Maps driving directions. So when a user is driving towards a destination, an ad of a nearby local business will appear on the screen and the user will have the option to add the destination to the route.

Google Navigation Ad

  • Similar destination ads: another new ad format is Similar Destination Ads. They will show when a user searches for a local business and it’s closed at the time of the search. Google will then show a similar business with the tag “Similar and Open”. 

Google Similar Places Ad

All new three ad formats will be available for local ad campaigns globally in the second quarter of this year.

2. Marketing Tech Updates

Microsoft Advertising announces Unified Smart

Acknowledging the importance of having a strong online presence for any business and how challenging it can be to manage it successfully, Microsoft has launched Unified Smart campaigns: a unified solution to manage social media presence and search advertising

With Unified Smart campaigns platform you can:

  • Run ads: this new solution allows you to run ads on both search engines with Microsoft Advertising and Google Ads, as well as social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. 
  • Manage social media: Unified Smart allows to publish, like and reply comments on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Microsoft Unified Smart Campaign

 

  • Reporting: additionally to being able to manage campaigns across channels in one single place, publishers can also see reports of search and social media in one place.

Microsoft Unified Smart Campaigns

  • Automate and optimize with AI: you can create ads, let them run for a while and then watch how AI creates additional ones for you, optimizing your campaign results. The same way you budget will be distributed by AI across channels to help you get the best ROI. 

The most interesting thing about the new Microsoft solution is that it is free to use. There are no charges, service fees or commissions. You only have to pay when someone clicks on your ad. That’s what makes Unified Smart campaigns so interesting for new and small businesses that wish to handle their campaigns all in one platform. 

Google expands its shopping integrations

Google is always considering its users needs and is now rolling out shopping integrations with WooCommerce, GoDaddy and Square. During the Google I/O they announced that they want to help retailers and consumers connect and build lasting relationships, hence the new integrations.

This open ecosystem approach means that retailers will have even more ways to get discovered across Google, and shoppers will have even more choice.

Retailers that use any of these e-commerce platforms will now be able to show their products for free across Google. A few days earlier Google announced the Shopify integration and has now revealed the expansion to the other platforms.

Digital Marketing News Google Shopping

The aim is to help people discover new and easier ways to shop, and to offer retailers more options to connect with their customers. Google says that “As this generational shift to e-commerce accelerates, having a digital presence is just the minimum — it’s now imperative for you as a retailer to stand out and speak directly to your customers.“

Zoom announces all-in-one events platform

The popular video conferencing platform Zoom has announced the launch of Zoom Events, an all-in-one solution for digital events. It is scheduled to be launched this summer and it will combine features from Zoom meetings, chat, and webinars.

One of the interesting features is that you will be able to produce ticketed, live events for audiences of all sizes. All the process of organizing, managing and billing the event can be done in the platform, as well as keeping track of registration and attendance. 

The possibilities Zoom Events present are endless. You can host internal and external events for companies and businesses of all sizes. Conferences, classes, product launches and pretty much anything that has a space in the virtual world. 

This initiative finds its roots thanks to the on-going growth of virtual meetings during Covid-19 pandemic times. Zoom understands that digital events have found their way into our daily lives and it’s trying to make it as easy as possible for big and small businesses to adapt to this new reality and offer customers the best experiences they can. 

 3Social Media Marketing Updates

Snapchat launches Public Profiles for Businesses

Snapchat had already launched Public Profiles for Creators, Shows, and Snapchatters and has now opened the doors for Business with Public Profiles: “Public Profiles for Businesses has launched on Snapchat, giving brands of all sizes a free, permanent home for all of their unique Snapchat content.”

snapchat-public-profiles-social-media-marketing

Public Profiles for businesses offer brands the opportunity to house all of their unique content in one discoverable place. Some of the most important features include:

  • Native store: you can link your Shopify ecommerce store to your Snapchat profile so users can browse products and even buy through the “Shop” feature. 
  • Highlights: you can permanently showcase some of your content on your profile so that new users that visit for the first time get to know your business. 
  • AR lenses: you can now publish lenses to your Public Profile so that snapchatters can discover them and engage continuously with them. 
  • Public stories: so you can share any type of content of what’s happening behind the scenes of your business. 

With this new feature Snapchat is looking to catch up with businesses’ needs on social media nowadays by offering tools that allow them to engage and connect with their audience. 

New messaging features for Facebook and Instagram

New features are coming to Facebook and Instagram DMs to give users the opportunity to express themselves better with additions that go from new themes to the ability to reply to messages with photos or videos.

Facebook messenger new features

  • Chat archives: users can now clear their inbox without deleting chats for good. With a swift “swipe to archive” option it’s possible to keep everything tidy and then access inactive chats in the future if need be. 
  • Tap to record: for all those audio-lovers out  it’s now possible to record voice notes hands-free. With just one tap is sufficient to begin recording, and one tap to finish. This feature will be available also for Instagram in the future.
  • New themes: new themes to customize chat screens are now available for both Messenger and Instagram DMs.

Digital Marketing News Social Media Marketing

Instagram DMs new features

  • Visual replies: Instagram has made it possible for users to answer direct messages with a photo or video they can take in the moment or choose from their camera roll. At the moment this feature is only available for iOS.

Instagram Visual Replies Social Media Marketing News

  • Inbox seen states: users can now see from their inbox when someone has already read their message. This was only possible before when opening the chat. 

Twitter acquires Scroll

Scroll is a subscription based service that removes ads from new sites. From some time now Twitter has been focusing on offering content creators means to grow and monetize their content on the social media platform. 

With this in mind, most recently they acquired Scroll, a platform that removes ads from new websites for a monthly fee. The service will be integrated with Twitter into a subscription service they plan to launch in the future. 

Twitter’s VP of Product said, “As a Twitter subscriber, picture getting access to premium features where you can easily read articles from your favorite news outlet or a writer’s newsletter from Revue, with a portion of your subscription going to the publishers and writers creating the content.”

It seems that Twitter aims by this new acquisition is to offer users a subscription model to access an ad-free timeline by sharing revenue with content creators. 

Digital marketing news from May 2021

There was a lot to note and learn from the digital marketing world during the month of May. It was eventful and filled with very interesting updates to keep an eye out. 

What did you find most interesting?

If you wish to read something else, check out:

SMS Marketing: 7 Tips for a Winning Strategy

SMS marketing is only as effective as the strategy behind it. According to a survey by Statista, “in February 2021, nearly half of the respondents stated that on average they spent five to six hours on their phone on a daily basis”. Taking this into consideration, not having a SMS marketing strategy is a huge missed opportunity for your business. 

What is SMS Marketing?

SMS refers to Short Message Service. SMS marketing is a strategy focused on sending users messages regarding special offers, sales, reminders or updates through text messages to their mobile phones. People need to give businesses their consent to receive promotional SMS. 

There are different types of messages used in marketing that are all covered by the term SMS, but have different characteristics:

  • SMS – Short Message Service: messages that are text only. 
  • MMS – Multimedia Messaging Service: they’re messages that focus on sending multimedia files such as images, videos, GIFs or phone contacts. 
  • RCS – Rich Communication Service: rich media messaging is the evolution of SMS. They allow to send text messages that include multimedia content and links. 

Are SMS marketing campaigns intrusive?

Popular belief dictates that SMS are intrusive. However, it’s important to note that said misconception can be caused because of the abuse in sending bulk/mass SMS

These types of campaigns lack segmentation and personalisation, so they can be perceived as annoying from the users’ end. If you implement a well-though automated SMS marketing campaign, the results will shock you. It’s an amazing channel with the highest ROAS, surpassing 100x (10000%).

“Frizbit SMS marketing campaigns have generated clients a ROAS of over 100x. 

Every SMS marketing strategy should be planned carefully and thoughtfully. Is not to be taken lightly as it presents a direct communication channel to connect on a more personal level with customers. In a study conducted by GSMA, 61% of people said that they would engage more with businesses if they offered a more personalised service. 

Here are some interesting insights on the effectiveness of SMS marketing: 

  • 59% of users want their communications built into the phone – not as a separate app, that they need to download (GSMA)
  • 77% of consumers are likely to have a positive perception of a company that offers SMS. (eRetailers)
  • 83% of millennials open SMS messages within 90 seconds of receiving them. (OpenMarket)
  • 75% of millennials prefer SMS communications for deliveries, promotions, and surveys. (OpenMarket)
  • SMS messages have a 98% open rate compared to 20% of emails. (SMS Comparison). 
  • SMS messages have an average click-through rate of 36%, while email click-through-rates are a dismal 3.4%. (DSIM)
  • 90% of SMS messages are read within 3 minutes of being received. (SMS Global)
  • Using short, branded links in your mobile marketing campaigns can help improve conversions by up to 34%. (Rebrandly)
  • 77% of consumers said they opted-in to a brand’s text messages to receive coupons or deals. (Exact Target)
  • 97% of companies found they communicated with consumers more efficiently after launching texting initiatives. (GSMA)

SMS COMPARED VS. OTHER CHANNELS

CTRs by channel from automated behavioural retargeting campaigns

SMS Marketing Average SMS CTR

 

Conversion rate by channel

SMS Marketing Average SMS Conversion Rate

*Data multiplied from website’s average conversion rate percentage

If you’re already on board with the idea of including SMS marketing in your strategy, keep on reading for:

SMS Marketing: 7 Tips for a Winning Strategy

1. SMS Marketing Tip #1: Create an opt-in strategy

SMS Marketing

The first thing you need to think about when deciding to implement a SMS marketing strategy is how are you going to get SMS subscribers, people to opt-in and share their phone number with you. You have to design a strategy that allows you to collect subscribers to add to your lists. Here are a few ideas on how to approach it:

  • Website pop-up: is one of the most common methods used to capture subscribers. You can add it to your homepage and include an engaging offer such a special discount in return. 
  • During checkout: it’s normal to ask a lot of personal information through the checkout process, including phone number. Make sure you include a message that requests the users’ permission to send information and updates and be explicit about using their phone number for promotional purposes. 
  • Email: if you already have an email subscriber list, you can use it to your advantage and send a campaign to direct them to a landing page asking them to leave their phone numbers. 

2. SMS Marketing Tip #2: Exclusive Content

SMS Marketing

A marketers life is a very hectic one. It’s understandable that we might not have the time to design a different message for each one of the channels we use to communicate with our audience. However, when it comes to SMS marketing success, exclusivity of the message is of utmost importance. 

Send exclusive offers and deals to your subscribers. Include a text that indicates the offer you are sending is for VIP SMS customers only! This type of message will make them feel special, helping you create a tighter bond with your audience, which ultimately decreases opt-outs, increasing CTRs and conversions.  By using a provider such as Frizbit, you can do this by using dynamic parameters and adding users’ names. 

Take the time to strategise specifically for SMS marketing. Design sales, promos and offers that are exclusive to this channel and make users know that. When you ask them to opt-in: make it clear that they will receive special and unique benefits from subscribing to your SMS marketing channel. 

3. SMS Marketing Tip #3: Segment your Audience

SMS Marketing

You might have thousands of subscribers to your SMS channel, but each of them is an individual with unique tastes and preferences. That’s why it’s so important that you segment your audience for every campaign you send. 

Your segmentation can be as general or as specific as you want it to be. You can segment from language, location, purchasing history, gender and much more. Taking your time to do this will highly increase the effectiveness of your SMS marketing campaign. 

Let’s say you’re an online sports store. There’s a big, important game coming up between two rival soccer teams and you want to send a special sale on their t-shirts. If you don’t segment your audience only to people who have shown interest in soccer, there’s a really big chance your CTRs are going to be really bad and you might end up with a lot of opt-outs from people who will find the SMS irrelevant and annoying. 

This goes for all bulk SMS campaigns you send. You have to take your time and segment your audience to deliver the right message to the right person. 

4. SMS Marketing Tip #4: Send a Sequence of Messages

SMS Marketing

With Frizbit, you can do  SMS marketing by automating messages to reach subscribers every step of the marketing funnel. You can set up triggered SMS that are sent a period of time after a subscriber completes an action on the website:

  • Product viewed
  • Product added to cart
  • Post-purchase reminders

Design, automate and schedule a message for each event targeting users by behaviour. Event-based SMS are great to maintain a communication flow and seek an immediate response. 90% of the messages are read within the first 3 minutes after receiving it. By designing a sequence of SMS you keep your brand on the user’s top of mind with ongoing communication. 

In addition to that, by configuring a flow, you’ll have a long-term marketing strategy without extra work. The setup of the sequences only needs to be done one first time so you don’t have to invest more efforts every time you want to send out a campaign. 

5. SMS Marketing Tip #5: Include an Image

SMS Marketing

Is no secret that including images in your communications have a direct impact on click-through rates. In a study conducted by Simple Texting, they discovered that messages with an image had a 52% higher CTR than the ones that didn’t.

SMS Marketing

People are very visual and respond well to images. That’s why it’s always advisable to include a photo as long as is pertinent for the message and your industry. If you’re in real estate, include a photo of the listing the subscriber shows interest in, if you own a restaurant include mouth-watering photos of the plates you offer, or maybe you have an e-commerce so you can add images of the articles the person liked!

Remember that the objective is to make the communication as personalised as possible. Including a photo will make the message more relatable, as when users open it the first thing they’ll see is something they liked. 

6. SMS Marketing Tip #6: Include an appealing CTA

SMS Marketing

If you know anything about digital marketing, you might be tired from hearing about the “include a great CTA” tip. But the importance of the call to action justifies the repetition. The CTA is the element that closes the deal: this is when you tell people what to do. 

The copy of the call to action lets people know what to expect if they decide to click on that button. If you want recipients to finish a purchase, see what’s new, discover new products or to not miss out a sale,  tell them here. 

Put yourself in their shoes. For example, what would your reaction be if you get a SMS from a travel website with a wonderful photo of the Eiffel Tower and a copy that says “Paris in the Spring is beautiful” but nothing else. It doesn’t specify what you expected action should be, it doesn’t include a CTA saying something like “book a flight with 15% off before spring is over”. Don’t leave people hanging and include a CTA that lets them know what their next move should be. 

7. SMS Marketing Tip #7: A/B Testing

SMS Marketing

Either you’re a new or an experienced SMS marketer, A/B testing needs to be part of your strategy. You might have a lot of knowledge about your audience and have developed a strong instinct on what they respond to the best. However, these types of analysis will help you sharpen the strategy and make it the best it can be. 

Changing the CTA, the image or the copy can have a major impact on the results of your SMS marketing campaign. It’s important to try different versions of the same message, track their performance and adjust it in order to get better and better results each time. 

A/B testing your SMS campaigns will give you amazing insights on your audience likes and dislikes. You can then take that knowledge and apply it to your overall strategy to optimise and enrich user experience.

8. SMS Marketing Tip #8: Select the right provider

SMS Marketing

None of the amazing ideas you have for your SMS marketing strategy is going to be effective if you choose the wrong provider. You have to do your homework and research the features available from each option you consider.

Is extremely important that you choose a SMS marketing provider that offers automated and personalised SMS, rather than only bulk ones. The key of success with SMS marketing campaigns is automation and that’s exactly what Frizbit offers. 

In addition to complete automation and sending of campaigns triggered by users’ behaviour on the site, Frizbit also offers dynamic parameters for hyper personalisation. The SMS include:

  • Sender ID
  • User name
  • Product name
  • URL
  • Call to action

Bonus tip!

To increase effectiveness of your SMS marketing campaign, we strongly recommend you to integrate it in a multi-channel marketing strategy. With Frizbit you can implement an orchestrated campaign that includes web push notifications, email marketing and SMS to offer users an enhanced experience and increase retention. 

Related blog post: 

Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from March 2021

Digital marketing news from March 2021 cover updates from Google Search to important social media new features. It’s amazing to witness how, every month, marketing technology changes and takes a step forward into making marketers jobs easier with new features added to existing platforms and new tech being developed.  

As we do it every month, we have gathered the most relevant marketing news and information worth revising for search marketing, tech marketing and social media marketing. you never know which new feature of technology will help you improve your digital marketing strategy. So keep on reading for the:

Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from March 2021

1. Search Marketing Updates

Google puts to the test displaying a cost estimate for local search queries

Google has announced that the company will be testing a new feature to show cost estimates in local search results. The feature is inspired by an alliance between Google and Homewyse, a site that provides contractors a system to calculate accurate quotes for their clients. They provide cost and pricing estimates for common houseworks, such as maintenance, repairs or remodelings. 

The new costs feature will show an estimate of the price range. Google says “The price information provided should be used as a guide only. The actual cost of service may vary widely based on the provider you choose and the specific details of your job.”

Digital Marketing News Cost Estimate Google

 

The results will show a price range for the service the users search for in the local area near their homes. According to Google, “Knowing the typical prices for a service in your ZIP code can help you estimate the cost of your job before booking it with a Local Services provider.” This feature is limited to the U.S. for the moment.

Google brings Full Coverage news to search results

Another marketing news by Google is that they’re bringing the Full Coverage feature to show on search results. This feature was already available for Google News since 2018, but the company has decided to now add it to Search Results as well with an announcement on their blog last March 8th.  

Digital Marketing News Full Coverage Google

According to Google, the reasoning behind this decision is that “People are hungry for context that helps them break down and understand (…) complicated stories from multiple perspectives.” This decision has been inspired because of how important and ongoing news and stories, such as Covid-19 or the U.S. elections are “consumed” by people. 

The “Full Coverage” page will show next to the carousel of articles that appear at the top of the Search results page when users introduce a query. If users want to dig a little deeper on any big developing news, they just have to click Full Coverage.

With this launch, we’re introducing new technology that is able to detect long-running news stories that span many days, like the Super Bowl, to many weeks or months like the COVID-19 pandemic. We then organize the Full Coverage page to help people easily find top news along with additional content like explainers and local coverage that are helpful to understanding these complex stories.

Right now the Full Coverage feature is only available for mobile devices in English and limited to U.S. users. Google says they intend to roll it out to more countries and languages in the upcoming months. 

Microsoft Bing updates search results interface

There are several updates coming up for Microsoft Bing interface. Recipe results, carousels, infographics and local answers are getting a revamp with the purpose of making the search experience more “visually immersive” for users. 

  • Infographic-like search panel experience: one of the first changes is a new, knowledge panel design. The objective was to make it more visually appealing and “provide both style and substance”. 

Digital Marketing News Microsoft Bing

 

  • Local answers with more information: when users search for anything on local answer, they’ll get more information. Microsoft Bing added more than just a single images carousel, they added more to Bing Maps, top images and reviews.

Digital Marketing News Microsoft Bing

 

  • Expandable search carousels: they also added a feature with expandable carousels that show high-level information results in order to avoid a crowded results page. A user can hover an specific result and it will expand showcasing more detailed information.
  • Similar looking items feature: when users make a search on Microsoft Bing Image Search, they can now click on it and use the “similar looking items” feature to highlight a portion of said image and get more results of images similar to that specific portion and can even directly go to a retailer’s site to purchase an item if that the case. 
  • Recipes result with more information: when looking for a recipe, users will get a list and have the option to expand them to see more. The information can go from nutritional information to, users reviews and ingredients list and possible substitutions. 

2. Marketing Tech Updates

Google Chrome can now caption audio and video

Google rolled out the Live Caption Feature for Chrome. This allows users to automatically generate real-time captions for media on their browsers. The feature works for social media, podcasts, radio, personal video libraries, embedded video players and most web-based video and chat services. 

Captions make online content more accessible. If you’re in a noisy environment, trying to keep the volume down, or are part of the 466 million people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing, having captions lets you follow along to whatever content you are watching — whether it’s viral feta pasta videos, breaking news or a scientist discussing their latest research. – Google Blog

One of the most interesting features of the new Live Caption, is that the captions are generated on real-time. This means that they appear as content plays and they work offline as well. 

To turn on the Live Caption Feature, users just need to go to Chrome Settings, click on Advanced and then go to Accessibility. The captions currently only support English and are available worldwide on the latest update of Chrome on Windows, Mac and Linux. 

Google My Business report shows how people found your business

If there’s an important piece of information for every business, is definitely how people found them. Google’s aware of this and has rolled out an update for Google My Business that shows how users got to you. 

The new performance report insights upgrade shows a section of people who viewed your business and how they found it, whether through desktop, mobile or either Search Results or Google Maps.

Digital Marketing News Google My Business Report

Businesses can access these new reports by logging to their My Business accounts and selecting the Insights tab. From there, go to the top of the page to access the new performance reports and scroll down to the section that shows “how people discovered you”. 

The reports breakdown the information by device and type of search. This feature has been available as a beta since late January and Google pointed out a few details:

  • The metric represents the number of unique users so it might be lower than the number of views found on Google My Business and in email notifications. 
  • The metric focuses on views of the Business Profile, not overall views of the Business in Google. 

Hootsuite adds new “best time to publish” feature

The social media management web platform has rolled out a new feature that shows you the best time to publish on your different social media channels. These suggestions are completely personalised based on your own publishing history of the last 30 days. 

Digital Marketing News Hootsuite Best Time Publish

The new feature aims into helping content creators “build awareness, boost engagement and drive traffic”. Knowing when to post is so important to reach as many people as possible on social media, and this feature has the objective of helping with that. 

This month, Hoostsuite also included an update that allows you to add Magento into your dashboard. This will allow you to:

  • Add streams of your products to Hootsuite
  • Share to multiple networks, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  • Schedule when posts are sent
  • Respond to users on Twitter with product information
  • Use templates for frequently used posts/replies

3. Social Media Marketing Updates

Instagram is testing new auto-caption feature in stories

Instagram is testing a new auto-caption feature for stories. It’s called “Closed Captions” and shown in the stickers tab. A social media consultant shared a video showcasing how it works and it seems the captions are really accurate.

Digital Marketing News Instagram Live Caption

After recording a video with voice, you just have to open the stickers tab and select the Caption one and the app will automatically generate a transcription. There are different options for styling the captions, very similar to the ones available for the transcription of lyrics from the music sticker. 

The feature is just under test by Instagram and not available to the public yet. However, we can expect it to be launched very soon. 

Twitter is testing new e-commerce features

Twitter is testing a new feature that links to e-commerce product pages. It displays the tweet with a different card format design that includes a big “Shop” button and showcases details about the product directly into the tweet.

Digital Marketing News Twitter E-commerce

The information displayed on these new tweets format for e-commerce show:

  • Product name
  • Shop name
  • Product price
  • Shop button

Twitter confirmed that these new e-commerce tweets are an example of a new “organic” type of tweet. The social media platform is aiming into helping content creators monetize their work with many new features. Joining forces with newsletter platform Revue a few months ago and a new Super Follow feature that will allow creators to charge followers for “exclusive content” , are definitely aiming in that direction. 

Facebook looking to launch audio-only rooms

All the world has been on a hype since the popularisation of the new audio-only social media Clubhouse. Other social media platforms don’t want to be left behind and Facebook has started working on its own version of audio-only chat rooms. 

In May last year, Facebook rolled out a feature called Rooms that allowed users to create private video chats others can join. So, creating a new one that’s audio-based only wouldn’t be a major work or effort for Facebook.

Digital Marketing News Facebook Audio Chat Rooms

The new feature will allow users to create public or private audio group rooms. It’s basically the same thing as Clubhouse or Twitter Spaces. Maybe this would suppose a threat to Clubhouse since the app still works just for iOS and it’s based on invites only. 

We can expect Facebook to roll out the new feature very soon, since the amount of work behind it is basically ready. 

Summary

This is it for the most important digital marketing news from November covering everything from search marketing, tech marketing and social media marketing. Which news caught your attention more?

Bonus Material

We’ve recently created the Digital Marketing & E-commerce Experts group on Linkedin for all of you marketing professionals and enthusiasts. Here you’ll find all sorts of content related to digital marketing and e-commerce, you can share your own experiences, questions and just rub shoulders with other marketers on a daily basis.

Digital Marketing News Marketing Experts

Since you’re already here, you might want to check out:

Cart Abandonment Recovery Strategies for E-commerce – Recover Lost Sales

Cart abandonment recovery is the biggest issue e-commerce sites face every day. According to Statista on a study including different industries, for March 2020 an average of 88.05% of online orders were left behind without completion. Specifically, the online retail sector has an average of 84.51 percent shopping cart abandonment rate.

Cart Abandonment Recovery for E-commerce

Since it represents a huge leak of sales, it’s one of the most (if not the most) important problems to tackle if you own or run any type of online store. There are many reasons why customers abandon their shopping carts. Before we go into detail on how to mitigate this issue, let’s point out some of the:

Main reasons shoppers abandon carts:

  • Confusing site
  • Unexpected costs in shipping or taxes
  • Confusing checkout process
  • Online “window shopping”
  • Security concerns
  • Found a better deal on another site

If you want to implement cart abandonment recovery strategies, there are many techniques you can apply as for today and start getting results. Even though all users are different, with their own likes, dislikes and needs, there are some similarities and commonplaces to be identified within the segments and come up with a strategic approach that offers the right solutions.

Cart Abandonment Recovery Strategies

1. Use retargeting channels strategies

Marketers are very lucky. Yes, cart abandonment is a big issue for online stores, but there’s a wide variety of channels and marketing tools to use and tackle the problem from all angles with a tailor made strategy that fits your needs and fulfill customer’s expectations. One of the most important moves to make is to implement retargeting strategies. 

Cart Abandonment Recovery Cart Abandonment Recovery Cart Abandonment Recovery Cart Abandonment Recovery

The following table shows an estimate of how each channel performs for cart abandonment recovery strategies. The numbers where measured for a average e-commerce site.

  • Opt-in rate: The op-in rate shows how many visitors subscribe to each channel.
  • % of subscribers in sequence: the % of subscribers in sequence makes reference to how many of those subscribers can be reached by the respective channel.
  • Number of messages in sequence: when it comes to the number of messages in the sequence, it shows how many messages where designed to include as a series.
  • CTR: is the click-trough rate for each channel, it show how many subscribers who received the messages clicked on it.
  • Conversion rate: how many subscribers who received the messages and clicked on it, finished a purchase.
  • Increase in sales: how much revenue said channel generated for the site.
 Channel  Opt-in Rate % Of Subscribers in Sequence  # Of Messages in Sequence CTR Conversion Rate  Increase in Sales
 Email – Cart Abandonment  1- 3%  100%  3  17,2%  3,8x  4%
 SMS – Cart Abandonment  0,5-1,5%  100%  1  35,4%  5,2x  2%
 Web Push – Cart Abandonment  5-10% 10-15%  3  12,1%  2,3x  1%
 Web Push – Full Funnel  5-10%  100%  3  10,7%  0,8x  2%

Users that have reached the checkout stage of the shopping funnel are easier to convert than visitors or potential customers. There’s no reason not to make the biggest effort on this step. 

You have three main channels available for cart abandonment recovery and recover lost sales while retaining users: automated web push notifications, emails and SMS.

Cart Abandonment Recovery Strategies

  • Cart abandonment recovery automated Web Push Notifications

Web push notifications are messages sent through browsers to, either mobile or desktop, to subscribers that opt-in to receive them. They’re delivered the moment users open the browser and start navigating online, indistinctly of the site or page they’re on at the moment.

Cart Abandonment Recovery Web Push Notification

Automated web push notifications allow to send users automatic messages related to the step of the shopping journey they were on the moment they left the site. For example, when users put an item in the basket, but abandon the web without completing the order, they will receive an automated web push notification reminding them about the product they left behind. 

You can recover lost sales from abandoned carts by sending automated notifications to users who left products in their basket but didn’t complete the purchase. You can schedule a sequence of messages to be delivered after certain amounts of time, like 1 hour, 1 day and 3 days after the user abandoned its shopping cart. 

The most engaging feature about using this channel to recapture lost customers, is that you don’t need any type of personal data from them. Unlike email or SMS, you can retarget visitors and anonymous users with web push notifications and bring them back to your site so they can finish their purchase. 

  • Cart abandonment recovery emails

Cart abandonment email might be the strategy online stores use the most to tackle this issue. When using automated emails, they’re automatically sent to users that left the site on some step of the checkout process without completing a purchase after they added products to their cart.

Cart Abandonment Recovery Email

Frizbit allows you to set up automated behavioural emails to recover abandoned carts.  The configuration process only needs to be done once, so implementing this strategy won’t represent a continuous effort or add to your normal workload.

Recovering abandoned carts emails should be as highly customised as possible. When users identify and relate to the content of the message, click-through and conversion rates increase significantly which translates to a recovery of lost sales and an increase in your revenue. 

This strategy has always been so popular, because it has presented a direct communication with users by contacting them through their email accounts. The downside is that, in order to do so, you need people to share with you their personal information and they don’t always do that. So, basically, if a user leaves the site before reaching the part of the checkout process where they’re supposed to submit their email address, you lose that user for good. 

Even though cart abandonment emails have always presented encouraging results for online stores, combining them in a strategy that also includes automated web push notifications will help you optimize your strategy and take it to the next level. Keep in mind that with emails, you can only reach those people that registered, while losing visitors and anonymous users. Adding an additional channel, that allows you to communicate with all visitors might be what your strategy is missing. 

You can check out our Success Story with Bidcom, an online retailer in consumer electronics that uses a combination of Frizbit’s automated behavioural emails and web push notifications campaign to recover abandoned carts. 

  • Cart abandonment recovery SMS

SMS cart abandonment are messages sent to users that left a site during some step of the checkout process after adding a product to their basket. They work with the same principle of cart abandonment emails, but instead of receiving the message in the inboxes, users receive them on their mobile devices.

Cart Abandonment Recovery SMS

The format of SMS presents a great opportunity for online stores, since the information is delivered directly to the hands of the user through their phones, which makes it a very direct form of communication. Everyone has their mobiles nearby and constantly checks them during the day. Unlike emails, with SMS you don’t have to wait for users to go and check their inboxes to get the message. 

They are also highly customisable as well, and can include user name, product name, category name, brand or pretty much anything you wish to highlight about the article. This helps by making the message more relevant and harder to ignore by the user. 

However, the way it happens with emails, you need users to provide information: their phone number. If people are already reluctant to share their email address, this unwillingness increases a lot when it comes to sharing much more personal information like their personal number. If they don’t, you’ll lose them as well. 

Create a multichannel cart abandonment recovery strategy

There are multiple roads you can take to deal with cart abandonment: optimizing the web experience, using retargeting emails, sms or web push notifications. The way we see it, the real solution for this issue is to combine all of them in a well-planned retargeting strategy. 

FYI, we’re not saying that you should harass your users with messages while you follow and stalk them through every possible channel. What we’re saying is that you need design and execute a multichannel cart abandonment strategy in a way each channel complements the other.

Create a strategy thought out like a service you’re providing your customers. You want to bring them back to finish their purchases and recover lost carts in a way they feel they’re also gaining something. You can use each channel available in a different way, with different types of messages, different frequencies and segmenting by users by creating a flow of messages. 

Remember to always make the message as relevant as possible by using the dynamic fields available such as user name, product name, image, price or any information you see fit. The most important thing you need to keep in mind when designing your multichannel cart abandonment strategy is to use the frequency cap parameter so you can regulate the time periods your messages are delivered.

This is especially important if you work with different providers for each channel. You’ll have to coordinate the time frames in which you want each message to be delivered so they don’t clash with each other. For example, if the recovery cart email is sent after one hour, you’ll have to change the web push notification timing to be sent after two hours. If the user clicks on the email and completes a purchase, that event will be fulfilled, hence cancelling the web push notification automatically. 

If you work with the same provider for web push, emails and SMS, this won’t present a problem or extra work. Frizbit allows cross-platform event triggering coordination, meaning that if a user clicks on the cart abandonment recovery notification, the email and the SMS won’t be sent and so on.

Additional Tips to Reduce Cart Abandonment Rates

1. Optimize your site

When we talk about cart abandonment issues, we’re referring to the last step of the shopping funnel. So why are we even mentioning the quality of the site as an important element here? Simple: user experience from top to bottom. 

  • Simplify navigation

Simplify the journey as much as you can. A lot of users abandon carts because of a confusing, complex navigation. The more clicks you put them through, the higher the chances that they leave before completing a purchase. The ideal number here is up to three clicks. To get there, make sure you organize your products in different, identifiable categories with names that clearly describe what’s in them.

  • Create engaging informative product pages

Remember that before any user even thinks about adding a product to the basket, they browse through your site. They get a feeling from what they see, from the homepage to the product page. You want to focus on creating an engaging experience for them that also presents all the information they might need to know before making a decision.

Cart Abandonment Recovery Tips

Include product visuals that portray as best as possible the characteristics of the article: photos from different angles, videos, details. When shopping online, customers don’t get to touch, smell or experience the product in any physical way, and that can be a huge barrier to the shopping process. Reduce it by adding as much visual and descriptive information as you can.

  • Reduce loading times

Long loading times can greatly affect cart abandonment rates. Keep in mind that people get easily bored and distracted when browsing online. If you make them wait too long to go through checkout after finally deciding to shop for a product on your site, you can very easily lose them. 

This risk is even bigger for mobile users who already present higher cart abandonment rates as they are. Bottom line, if your site is slow, users will abandon. The checkout page is the step where you want to boost your site’s loading time as much as possible. Making the shopping journey easy and fast in this stage is crucial for customers to complete their purchase and avoid cart abandonment. 

2. Increase site trust

As we mentioned before, one of the main reasons for cart abandonment is a lack of trust in the shopping process. Even though by now most of us are extremely used to shopping online and we do it all the time, there are still a lot of barriers regarding the level of trust on online transactions. 

You’re asking people that don’t know you from anything to trust you, not just with personal information, like email or phone number, but with very private and sensitive credit card and bank account details. It’s your job to increase the level of trust. You can do it by:

  • Displaying logos of security companies your work with: One study done by Actual Insights found that, on average, 61% of people did not buy because a trust logo was no were to be found on the site, and over 75% said they didn’t buy because they didn’t recognize the logos used.

 

Cart Abandonment Recovery Tips

 

  • Including social proof: If you also let users know that others have purchased products from you and had a great experience doing so, you might tilt the balance in your favor. It’s all about adding valuable information that reduces hesitation by increasing trust leves of your site. 

 

Cart Abandonment Recovery Tips

 

  • Avoiding to request unnecessary information: nobody likes to share their personal details on the internet. Especially if you don’t know what they’re going to be used for, so refrain yourself from asking people to fill endless forms with personal data. If possible, create a “guest checkout” option that doesn’t require users to create a profile on your site.

3. Be honest about your prices!

Unexpected and hidden additional charges in the checkout page is the biggest reason customers leave without completing a purchase. 56% of shoppers claimed to have abandoned their cart because extra rates were not mentioned before. 

To lower this stat, be as transparent as possible from the get go. Make sure to display shipping rates and tax charges as clearly as you can so people can see it and don’t be surprised when they’re about to click that final “complete purchase” button. 

You can add a shipping calculator where customers can introduce their addresses and learn how much it will cost them. Another option is to offer free shipping when a certain basket price is met. This way, not only will the costs be clear, it will be an extra incentive for customers to maybe spend a little more on your site. 

You can reduce cart abandonment rates dramatically if you plan and execute a seamless retargeting strategy. If you want to request a one month demo period to try it out on your site, let us know by clicking here, we’ll be happy to help. 

These articles might also interest you!

Digital Marketing Insights and Updates from February 2021

February is a very short month. With only 28 days, there seems not to be enough time for things to change in the digital marketing world. However, there are some remarkable events to take note of and we have gathered the most important digital marketing insights and updates from February 2021 just for you. 

Digital Marketing Insights and Updates from February 2021

  1. Search Marketing Updates

Responsive search ads now the default in Google ads

Responsive search ads are ads adaptable to show more text and relevant information to customers. When creating one, you can enter multiple descriptions and headlines that Google will automatically test with different combinations and, in time, learn which ones perform better. The goal is to discover what type of messages adapts better to customer’s searches and ultimately improve the performance of your paid search ad campaigns. 

Google recommends to have at least one responsive search ad per ad group. Very recently, they announced that they’re making responsive search ads now the default in Google ads, based on how promising result are:

Using machine learning, responsive search ads automatically identify the best combination of headlines and descriptions to deliver the right ad to the right person. In fact, we’ve seen advertisers that add responsive search ads in their ad groups achieve up to 10% more clicks and conversions. – Sylvanus Bent, Product Manager, Google Ads

Google claims that Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way consumers conduct online searches, thus accelerating the need to change how those results are presented to them. According to Google responsive search ads (RSAs) are the answer to that need and they can offer much better results for businesses.

They have shared a list of best practices to optimise RSAs as much as possible:

  • Use Ad strength when writing headlines and descriptions to understand the effectiveness of your ads. 
  • Take advantage of location insertion and countdown customizers to show ads that are relevant and meaningful.
  • Use Smart Bidding and broad match keywords.
  • Review cross-campaign asset reporting to understand which creative assets resonate most with your customers.

New association functionality added to Search Console

Google also announced they’ve added a new association functionality to Search Console that will allow to connect a Search Console property with another Google property such as Analytics, a Youtube channel or a Google Chrome Web Store. 

Digital Marketing Updates Google Search Console

This new feature allows sites to access and unlock other functions:

  • Google Analytics: View your Search Console data, such as organic search queries, in your Google Analytics property. 
  • Google Ads account: View the paid and organic report in Google Ads.
  • YouTube channel: Link your videos to your associated website.
  • Play Console app: Use App Indexing.
  • Actions Console project: Verify your brand and enable cross-platform functionality.
  • Chrome Web Store account: Publish apps and extensions to the Chrome Web Store on behalf of your site.

The association features depend on the association type and you can access them through the Association Page via the settings menu in your Search Console account. 

2. Marketing Tech Updates 

Microsoft announced limited access to neural text speech AI

The Microsoft Custom Neural Voice text-to-speech AI allows developers to create custom synthetic voices. The recently announced limited access to this technology.

The Custom Neural Voice is a Text-to-Speech (TTS) feature of Speech in Azure Cognitive Services that allows users to create a one-of-a-kind customized synthetic voice for their brand.  – Azure Microsoft

The neural speech AI has many possible applications for different brands and industries that can benefit both customers and businesses. Chatbots, voice assistants, audio books, online learning and translations can take advantage of this technology and improve customer experience by customising their synthetic voices. 

The technology consists of three main components that improve results: text analyser, neural acoustic model, and neural vocoder. These three elements work together to reduce by 50% pronunciation errors and optimise workflow. 

Interested brands must apply and be approved by Microsoft to access it. “Alternatively, developers can add text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities to their apps quickly by creating an Azure Speech instance and selecting from a rich choice of over 200 voices” stated de Microsoft announcement.

Magento released Magento Commerce 2.4.2 for Digital E-commerce Growth

Magento recognizes the importance of digital businesses, especially since 2020 and the migration of many stores to a digital environment. That’s why they keep focusing on offering their customers the best service and experience possible. 

Digital Marketing Updates Magento

Early this month Magento released Magento Commerce 2.4.2 along with security-only patches 2.3.6-p1 and 2.4.1-p1 that focus on enhancing performance and increasing security. 

Magento Commerce 2.4.2 assists merchants in maximizing their opportunities with enhancements to B2B purchase approvals, expanded PWA and GraphQL support, and improvements to the Page Builder and Media Gallery performance and developer experience.  

The update includes improvements to:

  • B2B capabilities for purchase approvals
  • Image optimisation
  • Faster time to market
  • In-product guidance
  • Several enhancements to platform quality

3. Social Media Updates

Twitter develops “Spaces” a competitor for Clubhouse app

If by now you don’t know what Clubhouse is, I’m sorry to tell you that you’re living under a rock. The popular only-voice based app has been causing a bit of a stir in the social media world. It’s gaining popularity and subscribers by the second and everyone wants to get invited.

DIgital Marketing Updates Twitter Spaces

No wonder competitors are starting to raise and Twitter has rolled out Spaces. This new feature allows Twitter users to create audio-only chat rooms with up to 10 speakers at a time with no limit on number of participants. To create a Space, the users has to long press the compose icon and tap a new Spaces button that will show on the far left. 

The user that creates the room gets to decide who has permission to speak, choosing from everyone, people you follow or specific individuals. Spaces requires users’ permission to access the microphone and it will activate automatically as soon as the “Start your Space” button is clicked. 

To this moment, this new feature is only available for a small group of iOS users while Twitter gathers feedback from users. They claim that soon, Spaces will be available for more people and for Android devices as well. 

LinkedIn is developing a new freelance marketplace

As an effort to help professionals face the working crisis created by Covid-19 pandemic, LinkedIn is rolling out a new Freelancers Marketplace. The objective is to help professional freelancers and businesses to find each other, connect and work together. 

Digital Marketing Updates Linkedin Freelancer Marketplace

LinkedIn’s network counts with over 740 million users and the new Freelancers Marketplace will compete with similar websites like Upwork, Freelancer of Fiverr. It will count with a digital wallet through which businesses can pay professionals, facilitating the transactions and offering some type of insurance to all parties. 

The general opinion is that this is a very smart move from LinkedIn as it will revalue the platform for many professionals. Due to the pandemic, this new feature could open the door to professional freelancers to work from home to any part of the world and for businesses to find the perfect candidate for the job anywhere around the globe. 

Instagram to launch multi-participant live stream 

Digital meetings and e-gatherings have never been so popular (and necessary) as they have since last year. The appearance of softwares that allows groups of people to join video chats is on the rise and, so far, Instagram has been a little behind on the run, until now.

Digital Marketing Updates Instagram Live Group Chat

Earlier February, Instagram Chief Adam Mosseri, revealed that the popular social media platform was working on a multi-participant live stream feature to be launched at the end of the month. 

“We have been working on live groups – finally. […] We’re releasing the ability to go live with more than one other person, so with up to four other people, in the next couple of weeks, which we’re really excited about.”

Instagram has been working on this feature for a while now. Since last December they rolled out a version in India as an attempt to capitalize on the ban on TikTok. They had very promising results with a rise of 60% of views. 

Digital Marketing Updates Instagram Live Chat

While there’s still no official date for the new multi-participant live stream release on Instagram, from what we’ve read, it doesn’t seem like we will have to wait much longer. 

If you’re interested in digital marketing trends, tips and updates keep track of our blog: 

Web Push Notifications: A Complete Guide for all Levels

SUMMARY

  1. What are web push notifications?
    • Definition (what are they, what are they used for, where are they shown and in which formats)
    • What’s the difference between web push and mobile push notifications?
    • What’s the difference between pop-ups and web push notifications?
    • What elements compose a web push notification?
    • What operating systems do they work on?
    • What browsers support web push notifications?
    • What devices support web push notifications?
  2. How do web push notifications work?
    • Opt-in process
    • Manual web push notifications
    • Automated web push notifications by Frizbit
  3. Why should I use web push notifications on my website?
    • Retention of anonymous users
    • Reach users outside of the website
    • Desktops and mobile reach without having and app 
    • Quick traffic generator
    • Time efficient
  4. Are web push notifications effective?
    • High opt-in rate
    • High CTR
    • Profitable channel
    • How much can you increase revenue?
  5. How do I send web push notifications from my website?
    • How to install web push notifications
  6. What metrics should I track to optimize my web push notification campaign?
    • How to measure web push notifications performance
    • Metrics to keep track of
  7. Are web push notifications GDPR compliant?
  8. What makes a good web push notification?
    • It’s relevant
    • It’s personal
    • It’s specific
  9. How to choose a web push notification service provider?

1. What are Web Push Notifications?

Web push notifications are clickable messages sent by a website and appear on the screen of a user’s device, even if the website is closed and the user hasn’t filled any type of registration form. It is the latest and a very powerful digital channel for websites to re-engage and communicate with subscribers who opt-in to receive them, providing useful/interesting information.

  • What are web push notifications used for?

They’re used as a direct communication channel to keep users informed about news, promotions, abandoned products on their shopping carts or general information and updates. Web push notifications can be installed on any website: e-commerce, newspapers, blogs or magazines and their purpose is to entice users to return to the site and complete an specific action.

  • Where do web push notifications appear?

The format and position of web push notifications changes depending on the operative system, browser and device they appear on. They slide on the top right corner on Mac devices, on the bottom right corner on Windows devices , and on mobile they appear in the same way to a regular push notification from an app.

Windows Chrome Web Push Notification

Windows Desktop Web Push Notification

android-chrome-web-push-notification

Android Mobile Web Push Notification

  • What’s the difference between web and mobile push notifications?

Mobile push notifications are messages sent by an app that is installed on a mobile device or tablet. In order to receive them, users need to give permission and they’re shown on the screen of the device, no matter if the user is actively on that app or not.

Web push notifications are simply the website version of the app push notifications. They are messages sent by a website and delivered through browsers even when the users are not on that website, to both mobile and desktop devices.

The first time a user accesses a notifications-enabled website, users will be asked if they would like to to allow or block them by a browser permission prompt, just like apps would ask their users to allow notifications.

  • What’s the difference between pop-ups and web push notifications?

A pop-up is a message that suddenly shows-up on a website over the content while the user is currently navigating on it. The majority of them show-up as soon as a user lands on the page. In some cases they can be activated based on users’ actions, such as a click, scrolling down, spending a specific time period or closing a window (exit intent pop-ups).

pop up vs web push notification

Web Push Notification

Pop up vs. web push notification

Pop-up

Pop-ups can appear both on desktop and mobile, and are typically used for advertisement with the purpose of directing the user’s attention to a specific message in the site they’re visiting. User experience is usually diminished by these types of messages as they’re considered intrusive and annoying.

Web push notifications differ from pop-ups mainly because they’re shown on the screen of the user not necessarily within the browser window even if the user is not on the website, while pop-ups can only be shown within the browser window when the user is actively browsing on that website. 

  • What elements compose a web push notification?

Web push notifications are composed of various elements that conform their anatomy. They include: icon, headline, description, call to action button, a large image and the page url from where it’s being sent. All the elements are modifiable for each notification, you can change the icon, image, text, CTA for each one if you wish to. 

  • Icon: The icon is usually the logo of the brand. Its position inside the notification varies between different OS and browsers, but is always visible. The icon has to be a square image preferably at least 256 x 256 px.
    • Tips and insights: if you use your logo, you can adapt the design to match the season or a holiday!
  • Headline: The headline is the first text line of the notification. It usually appears in bold letters as an attempt to catch the user’s attention in most of the browsers & OS’s. The length of the visible area varies between 43 to 69 characters depending on different OS and browsers 
    • Tips and insights: use the most appealing words at the first 43 characters of your content to make sure it’s visible regardless of the OS and browser.
  • Description: The description is the textual content that follows the headline and it’s used to offer a more detailed explanation. The length of the visible area varies between 50 to 136 characters depending on the OS and browser. 
    • Tips and insights: use the most appealing words at the first 50 characters of your content to make sure it’s visible in all OS and browsers. Personalise the content using the dynamic parameters in this section as it has more area which can accommodate longer values of parameters
  • Large Image (Optional): An image that complements the message, it should be descriptive and appealing. It’s only visible on Google Chrome, Windows and Android OS.
    • Tips and insights: push notifications with images have a 20% higher CTR, according to A/B testing conducted by several Frizbit clients. The ideal ratio of the image to make it visible on all OS and devices is 2×1 horizontal, minimum size being 512 x 256 px and recommended size being 1024 x 512 px. You can read more about the ideal size and resolution for rich web push notifications here.
  • Page URL: Is the domain of the website that’s sending the notification, the one the user subscribed to. The subscriber can be directed to any destination URL, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the same domain. 
    • Tips and insights: send subscribers to a page as close to the lower end of the shopping funnel as possible. This will increase the possibility of conversion. Don’t forget to add UTM tags to track the traffic coming from each different push notification campaign
  • Action button (Optional): Action buttons (you can have up to two) are optional buttons which can be used as call to action to tell users what you want them to do, what action is expected from them. Its visibility also varies depending on OS and device. It is possible to define a distinct URL to action buttons, other than the main URL of the notification.
    • Tips and insights: be precise on the CTA (Call to Action), tell the subscribers exactly what you want them to do: finish your purchase, book now. Don’t forget to add UTM tags to track the traffic coming from each different push notification campaign.

Elements of a web push notification

Even though all web push notifications include the same elements, how they’re shown will depend on the browser, operating system and device. Some will include the image, some won’t and the visibility of the text and action buttons will vary as well. 

All the elements can be highly customised with personalised text, images and even emojis. If you make use of the dynamic parameters, you can include even more specific information such as category name, product name, product image, product price and user name to make the message as relevant as possible for each user, making them feel that you’re talking directly to them.

  • What operating systems support web push notifications?

Web push notifications are supported by all major operating systems, except iOS. Windows, Android, MacOS work properly with web push while iOS doesn’t support them by default. 

Chrome Android Web Push Notification

Chrome Android Web Push Notification

Chrome Mac Web Push Notification

Chrome MacOS Web Push Notification

Chrome Windows Desktop Web Push Notification

Chrome Windows Web Push Notification

Firexfox Android Web Push Notification

Firefox Android Web Push Notification

Firefox MacOS Web Push Notification

Firefox MacOS Web Push Notification

Firefox Windows Web Push Notification

Firefox Windows Web Push Notification

Safari MacOS Web Push Notification

Safari MacOS Web Push Notification

  • What browsers support web push notifications?

All major browsers, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge support web push notifications, except Internet Explorer. 

Which Browsers Support Web Push Notifications

  • What devices support web push notifications?

Web push notifications are shown on desktop, mobile and tablets even if the user has left the website. Their appearance and where they’re shown will vary depending on the operating system of the device. 

2. How do web push notifications work?

  • From the publisher’s perspective

Web push notifications work for any kind of website. Any brand or business that owns a website can configure and send web push notifications very easily. No mobile app is required to do so, and the implementation is fairly simple by adding a small piece of code from a web push notification service platform to their site. We explain the process with more detail ahead in this article. 

  • From the user’s perspective

Web push notifications is a permission based marketing channel, which means that it can be only sent to a user if they allow a website to do so. In order to start receiving web push notifications all a user needs to do is basically to opt-in (give permission to that particular website to send push notifications) and become a subscriber. This can be done by two ways:

  • Native opt-in: is the browsers’ default prompt to ask users their permission to subscribe to the web push notifications channel. It includes a non-customizable text and uses the language settings chosen by the user. It triggers when a user visits a site for the first time and they have to click “allow” or “block”.

Web Push Notification Browser Prompt Opt-in

 

  • Custom opt-in: is a form of opt-in which shows first a pop-up that can be customized with the website’s branding that also appears the first time a user visits the site. It offers the possibility to personalise the message and include the logo of the brand. It can be shown on the top middle of the screen and after clicking “allow” on, it triggers the browsers’ opt-in prompt, in which the user must give permission again to become a subscriber. The downside of using a custom opt-in, is that it requires two clicks from users in order to actually allow the notifications and this results in a 3x decreased opt-in rate.

Web Push Notification Custom Opt-in

  • Opt-out: How to disable web push notifications?

When it comes to this channel, the users have complete control over them. In order to unsubscribe from web push notifications, subscribers just need to access their browser settings panel, look for the notifications option, find the website they would like to opt-out and select “block”. The process may vary a little depending on the browser you use, for details you can check these articles:

  • Types of web push notifications

There are two types of web push notifications: manual and automated. Depending on the service provider you choose, you’ll have more options regarding the type of messages you can send. The difference between them is their triggering mechanism:

  • Manual (bulk) push notifications: manual web push notifications are used to send manually a massive communication to all or a segment of users informing about special discounts, promotions, time sensitive sales or new products. They could be understood as the push notification equivalent to email newsletters. You can send messages regarding:
    • News
    • New blog post
    • Event information
    • Flash sale
    • New products

Manual Web Push Notification

  • Automated (triggered) push notifications: automated notifications are highly personalised messages sent to users based specifically on their individual behaviour on the site. They’re designed and scheduled to be sent automatically in predetermined time frames after a user completes an action. You can define as many scenarios as you wish to trigger an automated web push notification, depending what type of site you have:
    • E-commerce: you can define events that send a message to users for every step of the funnel. Ex. Cart Abandonment, Product Retargeting, Category Retargeting.

Cart abandonment web push notification

    • Travel: you can define events to trigger notifications to recover lost reservations of the users that didn’t complete the booking or to improve the UX of the trip. Ex. Last Seats for a specific destination, last available room, check-in, boarding, luggage reminders.

Travel web push notification

    • B2B/SaaS: you can generate more leads by sending a sequence of web push notifications to nurture leads that visited a page but dind’t complete a sign up.

b2b-web-push-notification

Saas web push notification example

    • Real Estate: you can generate more leads and interactions by  communicating with users about a listing they have viewed but didn’t engage with it or recommending similar properties or announce them about new listings.

Real Estate Web Push Notification

  • Why should I use web push notifications on my website?

Web push notifications present a direct and real-time communication channel with users. Subscribers receive the message when they’re online, which highly increases the chances of interaction within minutes of the notification being sent. There’s no other digital marketing channel that has this inherent power that web push notifications have. 

  • Engage anonymous users 

The main reason web push notifications are becoming so popular amongst marketers, is because it is a unique channel to retain users that didn’t leave any personal information on the website. To become a subscriber, a user has to simply click “allow” on the opt-in prompt without filling any form, sharing their email address or any other type of personal data. This presents a major opportunity for businesses to create a flow of communication with users that might never decide to drop their email. 

  • Reach both desktop and mobile without having an app

One the most attractive features of web push notifications is that they don’t require an app to function. In order to send a push notification, you just need to have a website and you can reach your subscribers on both desktop and mobile devices. This means that you don’t have to wait for users to check their emails to get the message through. Being able to reach people at any time, on any device is a unique advantage of web push notifications.

Mobile and Desktop Web Push Notification

  • Reach users out of the website

What makes web push notifications so special is that they can reach audiences even when they’re not actively browsing your website. If a user subscribes, leaves and starts navigating any other site, they’ll still receive notifications from you. There’s currently no other direct digital marketing channel you can do this with, which adds to the list of reasons why you should use web push notifications on your website. 

  • Generate traffic in seconds

Web push notifications is a real-time communication channel. This means users get the message the moment they’re online which inmensely increases the chances of interaction. On average, most notifications are clicked within the first hour after receiving it. For example, with manual web push notifications, you can direct lots of traffic in a very short period of time. In less than a minute after sending it, you’ll see sessions being generated on your web and users engaging with the site in real-time in your web analytics solution.

  • Time efficient

Digital and online businesses are used to working with multiple marketing tools to get their message across. Most of the time it would seem overwhelming to add one more channel to the mix. However, web push notifications is different. The campaign setup is extremely simple and you don’t have to spend a lot of time creating each message and manually sending it. Using automation you can create templates that will be sent automatically when triggered by an event you define on your site. You’ll only need to invest some time once to configure your campaigns and that’s it!

  • Are web push notifications effective?

The most simple and straightforward answer is YES! But let’s dig a little deeper. If used wisely it can become the most effective retargeting channel for online businesses. 

  • High opt-in rate

Web push notifications have proven to be much more effective than other traditional channels. They have an average 3x higher opt-in rate than emails, which can easily be related to how seamless the process is. With just one click, visitors can become subscribers without handing over their email address or other personal information. Reducing the steps one person has to follow and complete to opt-in to any type of digital communication, will decrease the hesitation and make them more open minded to subscribe. 

  • High CTR

Stats have shown that web push notifications have a 4x times higher click through rate than emails. That’s a 8,5% over in comparison to the 2.4% CTR of emails. The hyper-personalisation capabilities of web push notifications, allow to significantly increase the CTRs. When people feel like you’re really talking specifically to them, it will translate into more clicks and that is one of the biggest benefits of using web push notifications. 

  • Profitable channel

Web push notifications present a very valuable alternative for marketers that allocate a big part of their marketing budget to retargeting ads. Most web push notification services are based on monthly fees that vary on the amount of subscribers or visits to the website. There are no extra fees for the amount of messages sent, implementation nor PPC rates involved. You can send unlimited notifications. 

This makes the cost of retaining a customer very profitable. Consider that returning users that have already converted are the biggest asset to your business. Web push notifications allow you to bring them back without having to spend a large marketing budget chasing them around with expensive retargeting ads. 

  • How much can you increase your revenue with web push notifications?

Web push notifications offer varied results depending on the industry, type of business and amount of traffic of the site. You can access our calculator and introduce a few data to estimate how much you can increase your revenue using web push notifications in just a few clicks: https://get.frizbit.com/revenue-calculator/

  • How do I send web push notifications from my website?

1. Upload Service Worker

The process of implementing web push notifications is very simple and can be done in any website. The first thing you have to do is to upload the Service Worker file of your provider to the root folder of your website’s domain. A Service Worker is a file that allows a browser to run functions that don’t need a web page such as sending push notifications to a user when they are not on your site. 

2. Add JavaScript snippet

The next step is to add the JavaScript snippet of your provider that will help you create a user profile for every person that visits your site, allowing you to to track their behaviour. There are two options to do this:

A) Via Google Tag Manager: most web pages nowadays already use GTM and you can easily add this snippet as a tag on GTM. Besides, a web push notification service provider such as Frizbit can offer all the implementation on GTM in a few moments.

B) Adding directly to the web: if you don’t work with Google Tag Manager, you have the alternative to directly add the JavaScript snippet by copying and pasting it inside the <head></head> section of your website.

Working with a web push provider makes the process very simple, since they can take care of all the configuration, onboarding and then they hand everything over to you. After the setup is complete, you’ll instantly start collecting subscribers when they visit your site and opt-in. All that’s left is to design the notifications. Some providers, like Frizbit, will offer you templates, advice and support for the optimization of your campaigns.

  • How to create a web push notification?

Web push notification service providers usually have a dashboard where you can create the content of push notifications. Frizbit’s dashboard allows you to design your messages personalising with the use of all kinds of dynamic parameters and also see the changes in your design in real time for each browser and operating system. This way you have complete control and awareness of how the notification will be shown to users. 

Frizbit Web Push Notification Dashboard

  • Access the dashboard, select “New” and enter a name for your campaign
  • Fill in the information of the title, and description and include the icon
  • Select the options for Google Chrome and add a large image, write the message for the call to action. You can add a second one if you wish to.
  • Follow the same steps for Safari
  • In the “Advanced Options” tab, you can set a timer and add a tag for your campaign.
  • Proceed to select when and how you want the notification to be delivered: right now, scheduled, recurring or event triggered. 
  • Next, continue with the audience segmentation. Here you can select as many filters as you wish, such as language, country, type of event, browser, device and much more. 

Once you’re done, you can save your design as a draft or publish immediately. The web push notification you created, will be saved on your dashboard and you can edit it later or copy it for new creations. 

Remember you can perform different versions and conduct A/B testing. You can assign percentages of users to each campaign variation and see for yourself which one performs better. Use the results to optimize your notifications as much as possible and get the best results. 

A/B Testing Frizbit web push notifications

  • What metrics should I track to optimize my web push notification campaigns?

Web push notifications significantly increase user engagement and improve retention rates. There are several metrics you should keep an eye on in order to constantly improve your campaigns. 

  • Opt-in rate: is the percentage of the unique users on your site clicking “allow” and becoming subscribers. Keeping track of this information will give you hints on where to ask users if they want to receive notifications from your site and adjust accordingly. You can place the opt-in prompt in any page you want, and trigger it by an action of the user. It’s not necessary to ask permission within the second a visitor enters the site. 
  • Click-through rate: is the percentage of subscribers that click the notification over the total number of subscribers you sent it to. It’s so important to keep close track of this number, because it lets you know what type of notifications your subscribers are responding to. You can test different messages changing the title, image, description and CTA and analyse which ones are resulting in more clicks. 
  • Time spent on a page: when sending a notification, you tell users what to expect when they click on it. Directing them to a good landing page that fulfills their expectations is key. That’s why you should keep track of how much time subscribers spend on a page after they click the notification. This will give you valuable insight on how the messages portrayed in the notification meets the landing’s information. If there’s no connection between the copy of the notification and the content of the page you send users to, bounce rate will increase, letting you know there’s an issue in copywriting.
  • Opt-out rate: shows the number of people that unsubscribed from web push notifications from your site. This is a vital metric to keep track of. Naturally your opt-in numbers should be much higher than opt-outs. If you discover that your opt-out rates are increasing over time, ring your alarm bells and start looking for the problem. In this case it’s usually related to low relevance of your notifications, or maybe you’re sending too many notifications that your subscribers perceive as spam and decide to opt-out. 
  • Conversion rate: this is the ultimate goal of your campaign and the main metric of any type of business. This metric indicates the accomplishment of your goal, whether completed sales, signup or another type of engagement.  All of the improvement efforts for other metrics should be aimed at ultimately increasing conversion rates. You can have great opt-in rate or click-through rates, but if they’re not translating into conversions, it is time to evaluate your web push notifications campaign strategy in place, identify the problem and do whatever it requires to resolve it. 

You can keep track of the majority of these metrics, setting goals on Google Analytics and checking the reports that provide your web push notifications provider. 

  • Are web push notifications GDPR compliant?

Web push notifications are GDPR compliant by nature. They present a direct communication channel with users with no personal data requirements. This means that users have to give  consent to become recipients, but they don’t have to provide their name, email, phone number or any other type of personal information. 

These instant alert messages are device oriented. The user is not targeted based on some personal data they share, but to their device. The subscription information is all stored in the browser, so businesses have no access to it and can’t use it or sell it in any way. 

The user is the one in complete control by having access to the notifications panel, where they can easily decide to opt-out if they wish to. 

  • What makes a good web push notification?

The best web push notifications have three attributes that bring results: they’re relevant, personal and precise. This channel offers many possibilities that can greatly benefit your online business if used correctly. If you exploit all its features with a well-thought strategy and avoid common mistakes, you’ll be a web push notification lover just like us. 

A great web push notification is:

  • Relevant: Tracking the user’s behaviour on your site gives you all that you need in order to make the notification as relevant as possible. Define different scenarios to trigger a specific notification based on each user activity, so that the message they receive is directly linked to what they did on the site. You also want to keep in mind user segmentation. You don’t want to send a special offer on a product today, to a customer that bought it the day before. The same way you should keep in mind to send notifications about sales or special offers during the time they’re active and deactive the campaign the minute the promotion is over. Web push notifications that are highly relevant, have much higher click through rates. 
  • Personal: Make use of all the dynamic parameters available: user name, product name, category name, image or any other available parameter to design a super personalised notification. If a user feels that you’re talking directly to him, the message will present a higher value and the user will be more enticed to engage with it. You should also contemplate language and time zone. Customize the campaign for each language and country you’re sending it to. The content of your web push notification has to appeal to each subscriber as an individual. 
  • Specific: Great web push notifications let the subscriber know exactly what you want them to do and what they can expect when clicking that action button. Make it clear and precise with your title, message and CTA. Write the text keeping in mind how it will display on each OS and browser. Write the most important message in the title to make sure it’s always visible and make sure you link to the right landing page where your subscribers will find all you promised in the notification. 
  • How to choose a web push notification service provider?

There are a list of features and considerations to be made when choosing a web push notification service. It’s important that you do your research and don’t jump ahead and go for the first service you find online. The main aspects you must consider are:

  • Customer data protection

There are many well-known free web push notifications service providers in the market. You might feel enticed to choose one of these instead of a paid one. The thing is, that free web push notifications services might sell your customer’s information, they’re “free” for a reason. When using one of these providers, you allow them to collect and sell your subscribers behavioural data, which can be purchased by your very own competitors. You have to decide which price to pay: a normal service fee or to sell subscribers personal information to third parties. 

  • Subscriber portability

When choosing a web push notification provider, you want to make sure you collect subscribers under your own domain. Some of the providers offer you an alternative way of subscription where the users will be subscribed to a subdomain of the provider rather than the domain of the business itself. If you agree to this, all the subscribers that accept and opt-in to notifications from you, won’t belong to your website, they’ll belong to the website of your service provider. This means that, if one day, you wish to change providers for whatever reason, you’ll lose all your subscriber’s base and will have to start from scratch.

  • Personalisation and automation

Make sure you select a platform that offers the option of hyper-personalisation through dynamic parameters. As we mentioned before, customised notifications that include details like user name, have higher CTRs and lower opt-out rates. The same happens with automation. Notifications triggered by the behaviour of users on the website, have high relevance that translates in better engagement. 

  • Good customer support

Whether you’re new with web push notifications, or have been using them for a while, good customer support is extremely important. You want to choose a provider that’s always going to be present if you have any doubt, concern or issue with your campaigns. Frizbit offers its clients a step by step onboarding, ready-to-send templates for your automated campaigns and consulting of any type. 

When choosing a push notification provider, seek one that offers a trial period. This will help you ensure it ticks all the boxes and put you at ease with your decision. If you want to request a demo from Frizbit, click here and let us know!

This might interest you!

The Future of Digital Marketing Without 3rd Party Cookies

The definitive elimination of third-party cookies is imminent. In less than a two year period, Google will join Safari and Firefox blocking them for good from their Chrome Browser. This means the digital marketing landscape will change dramatically and marketers need to start thinking outside the box and redefine the way they reach their customers

future of digital marketing without third party cookies

Even though third-party cookies blocking it’s not new, the fact that Google is deciding to join other companies, puts the final nail to the coffin. Chrome is the most used web browser in the world. According to data from StatCounter “Chrome holds 64.92% of the global browser market. If we compare that to the number of internet users worldwide, we reach a figure of roughly 2.94 billion Chrome users in 2019”.

How do third-party cookies work?

Third-party cookies are generated by a different website from the one the user is currently visiting, and its data is mainly used for cross-site tracking that allow actions like retargeting ads or contextual display ads. If you think about it, this can easily be interpreted as 3rd party cookies being invasive and represent a very poor reflection of the user, given that they did not actually express any interest in the brand or product they’re being presented with. 

On the other hand we have first-party cookies. These cookies are small bits of information gathered from users from the website they’re visiting at the time. The data stored, like language settings,  allows these website’s owners to enhance user experience on the internet. Their main goal is to recognize each user, remember their preferences and ultimately offer a more personalised navigation. 

Third-party cookies have been around for many years and have shaped the digital marketing world in many ways, helping brands to display ads to a more relevant audience. With their blocking, the biggest concern for marketers is the fear of not being able to reach potential customers, losing revenue and the overall alteration on how they track and retarget users.

Google has announced their intent to replace them with browser-based tools as part of their “Privacy Sandbox” initiative. They claim that “some data practices don’t match up to user expectations for privacy” and aim to build a more private web with this action. 

The Sandbox initiative is a solution that limits the amount of user data exchanged through websites by anonymously aggregating user information and still ensuring that ads shown remain relevant for customers, whilst keeping a lot of data on-device only. 

This initiative is still under development and Google is seeking industry feedback to keep on going. In the meantime and in addition to Google’s solution, since retargeting with third-party cookies will no longer be an option, what can be done about it?

The future of digital marketing without 3rd party cookies: How to face the cookieless Internet

The third-party-cookie-killing action that aims to create a more private and personal web experience for users, can even benefit publishers. Marketers could feel that losing them will leave an immense gap impossible to fill, but that might not be the case if they rethink first party cookies, optimize other marketing channels and create a multichannel marketing strategy. 

1. Rethinking first-party cookies

“The more the merrier” might not be the case for the future of digital marketing. While third-party cookies allow retargeting a vast amount of prospective customers, thanks to cross-site tracking, first-party cookies offer marketers the possibility of sending relevant messages to the right people. First-party collected data should become a priority from this point forward. 

Users that visit a site and agree to first-party cookies, are already saying that they find that content useful and of value, with an increased intent to buy or engage with the site when presented with a retargeting action like an ad. 

Even though marketers will have less people to send their message to, the data gathered from users that accept first-party cookies will be much more valuable for businesses. It will allow marketers to create users’ profiles with more detail and design tailored retargeting campaigns to reach them. 

The elimination of third-party cookies will make users feel they have more control over their experience online and how their personal data is handled and exchanged. This will translate into them being more open-minded to allowing first party cookies and this will benefit marketers in the long run. 

2. Optimizing existing marketing channels

Digital marketing professionals that have been relying way too much on running ads based on  the use of third-party cookies to reach their customers, need a mind shift. Mass targeted advertising will end as we know it and hopefully opens the door to a more personalised and comprehensive use of other traditional and diverse marketing channels that don’t require third-party cookies, such as web push notifications, emails, SMS, content marketing and contextual advertisement. If you have always been a 360° digital marketer, this won’t catch you off guard.  

  • Web push notifications present an all in one retargeting solution for online businesses. They obviously don’t need third-party cookies to work, but also don’t require users to share any type of personal data to subscribe. With this channel it’s possible to retarget anonymous users through every step of their shopping journey, outside of the site, with hyper-personalised messages based on their behaviour. 

digital marketing insights november 2020

  • Email and SMS marketing have always been very powerful channels to engage customers independently from third-party cookies. They offer the possibility of sending personalised information to users based on their behaviour on your site, such as abandoning carts. They’re also great to inform about special sales, promotions and discounts as a mass communication tool. Emails usually have great CTRs and are fairly easy to configure and use, as for SMS have very high open rates and great reachability. 
  • Content marketing is aimed into generating traffic, leads and building audiences through the creation of high quality and valuable content. It’s an oldie but a goodie of the digital marketing strategy, and nowadays a must-have for any brand or business. The focus of content marketing is to draw the users’ attention, making them visit your site and finally engaging with them without any requirement of third-party cookies. 
  • Contextual advertising is the digital equivalent of hanging a sneakers shoes ad in a sports store. It’s about being present where your customers are. One of the great benefits of using contextual advertising is that users find them more relevant and much less invasive than retargeting ads shown because of third-party cookies cross-site tracking.  These ads are based on the content the user is consuming at that exact moment, instead of their overall internet behaviour, which makes them a lot more pertinent. 
  • People-based marketing uses specific data collected from one individual’s behaviour to identify them. It’s a more intelligent way to track customers and retarget them through relevant ads. Cookies are device-specific unless user id’s are merged, which means that, when a user browses a product in his work computer, and then purchases it from his phone, or changes browser, the retargeting footprints are lost. Businesses could be wasting a lot of money retargeting users that have already converted. People-based marketing avoids that by taking your customer’s data from your CRM and connecting it with all their online identities. 

3. Create a multichannel marketing strategy

All of the mentioned tools have greater power if combined in a seamless multichannel marketing strategy. It’s a practice where interaction between brands and customers take place throughout different communication platforms. Reaching out to users through a variety of channels increases the opportunities of engaging with them. 

the future of digital marketing without third party cookies

A correct combination of different tools will allow you to connect with your customers on a deeper level. You have to be present where they are, and the best way to reach them is designing different messages that adapt to both the characteristics of each marketing channel and your user’s needs. 

If you depend too much on third-party cookies, your digital marketing strategy will fall short and you’ll be missing out on hundreds of possibilities to engage with your audience. Combine emails, web push notifications, content marketing and any other cookie-independent channel that fits you to increase your brand awareness, reach new customers and retain existing ones. 

Cookieless future is not so dark

The news of Google eliminating third-party cookies might have come like a hard blow to many digital marketers. However, we think of it as an opportunity to sharpen our strategist skills and seize the advantages offered by more detailed data of specific customers that are willing to share it with us. 

In times of hyper-personalisation, and with all the cookieless channels available, there’s no excuse for not doing our best as digital marketing professionals to better understand our customers’ expectations and respond accordingly. 

People are seeking a balance between privacy and personalisation. So, an internet without third-party cookies might be what’s missing from the equation. Users want to receive suggestions about services or products they might like, but they also want to have a say on how and why these messages reach them. 

Brands have to focus on being genuine and building trust with their customers. If users feel their personal data is used to actually improve their experience online, and not just for businesses’ private agendas, they’ll be more willing to share it. The disappearance of third-party cookies might help them understand why their information is so important for online businesses.

There’s still time to prepare for the final elimination of third-party cookies: focus on giving customer privacy the importance it deserves and on creating well-rounded multichannel marketing strategies to deliver relevant messages. 

Here are some articles that might help you reshape your digital marketing strategy and be ready for Google eliminating third-party cookies:

Guide: How to use Push Notifications for Online Stores

Online retail stores are experiencing a significant growth each year all over the world. According to Statista, in 2019 retail e-commerce sales worldwide amounted to 3.53 trillion US dollars. The numbers for 2020 are not published yet, but due to the global Covid-19 pandemic it’s expected to surpass all the previous estimates for 2020. These stats are projected to keep growing, making retail e-commerce one of the most important sectors in the world

complete web push notifications guide for online stores

As is expected, the amount of competition between online stores is also exponentially growing. Digital marketers are constantly searching for innovative ways to communicate, engage and retain their customers making their brands relevant and present in users’ top of mind. 

Traditional online channels, such as email, display ads, SEM, have always played an important role in digital marketing strategies for e-commerce retailers. They offered great results for brands to communicate with their customers for quite some time.

However, with the growing competition, brands fighting to catch users’ attention and the appearance of social media, the need for a new channel that offered new possibilities was imperative. Especially for one that creates interaction, personalisation and immediacy. 

Web push notifications for online stores make the difference!

Web push notifications present an all-in-one digital marketing solution for e-commerce retail sites. Personalised, short, appealing messages that are delivered directly to users on desktop and mobile devices, even when they have left the retailer’s website. They don’t require any personal data from users allowing businesses to reach out to customers who haven’t registered.

web push notifications guide for online stores

This new channel has everything digital marketers are looking for. Web push notifications fill the gaps left by email marketing and retargeting ads, offering an interactive experience based on each individuals’ behaviour. They’re very cost-effective and yield a high ROAS. The results of web push notification marketing strategies place them on top of the list as the most efficient channel to increase retail e-commerce revenue. 

How to use web push notifications for online stores

A well-thought out web push notification strategy can enhance user experience, increase conversion rate and boost revenue. Here’s a complete guide on how to use web push notifications for your retail marketing online store:

1. Combine automated and manual web push notifications

Platforms such as Frizbit offer the possibility of creating a web push notification strategy that includes both automated and manual notifications. 

  • Automated web push notifications

Automated web push notifications are highly personalised messages delivered to users based on their activities in your site. This format allows you to communicate with customers on every step of their shopping journey. Basically, you set them up in your site and they’re triggered automatically by specific actions taken by users. 

Web push notification automation offers the possibility to schedule messages to be delivered in specific time frames according to the customers behaviour and different scenarios. You can design as many automated campaigns as you wish, but we highly recommend you to implement the following as a must have.

Automated web push notifications retargeting use cases:

  • Welcome notification: say “Hello!” to your new subscribers. Let them know you’re happy to have them and seize the opportunity to share a special discount for their first purchase, news or sale. You can update this notification occasionally to generate more sales.
  • Category retargeting: Once a user has visited a product listing page, usually a category or a brand page, but leaves your site without further action, you can send them a message letting them know all the amazing products you have in that specific section that they would like. You can even recommend the top selling product of that category.

web push notifications guide for online stores

  • Product retargeting: When a user expresses interest in a product, by visiting its page or adding it to their favorites, but exits the site without adding it to their cart, an automated web push notification with a message indicating that you’re saving it for them, can bring them back and ensure a sale!

web push notifications guide for online stores

  • Cart abandonment: When a user adds a product to the cart, but doesn’t complete the purchase, you can remind them what they left behind with an abandoned cart recovery notification. Reach them out appealing to a sense of urgency, offer a special deal if you can and help finish their purchase.

web push notifications guide for online stores

Other automated web push notifications scenarios:

  • Repeat order reminders: If you are a retailer selling products that need to be replenished periodically, such as diapers, pet food or groceries you can set up automated web push notifications to remind users that they’re running out of that item and it’s time to order again.
  • Cross-sell: After a purchase is completed, you can suggest items that are sold together and would complement their most recent purchase.
  • Up-sell: You can suggest an item preferred by other users instead of the item in their cart, to those customers that added a product to their basket, but didn’t finish their purchase.. It’s a similar strategy to cart abandonment campaigns, taken one step further. 
  • Manual web push notifications

Web push notifications sent manually are time sensitive messages similar to email newsletters. This notification format is ideal to communicate special sales, offers or news that interest all customers and won’t be repeated in the future. 

complete web push notifications guide for online stores

Sending manual web push notifications to inform users about limited discounts or sales, increases the chances of the message actually being delivered against other channels, such as e-mail marketing. These notifications are delivered the moment the subscriber is online and directly shown on the screen of its device, meaning that you don’t have to rely on them checking their emails in order to learn about the sale. Manual push notifications are the quickest way to generate massive sessions in seconds on the website.

Manual web push notifications use cases:

  • Time sensitive sales (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, New Years)
  • Season based offers
  • New arrivals and new collections

A mix between automated and manual web push notifications is key into a successful strategy. The objective is to optimize communication with users as much as possible, delivering the correct message at the right time.

2. Create sequences of automated push notifications

One of the many advantages of using web push notifications, is that you can create a flow of communication with your subscribers. Using automation, it’s possible to design a sequence of messages to send a user based on their behaviour on the site. 

Flows can be designed for every step of the funnel, reaching a subscriber with relevant information regarding the actions taken on the site: category retargeting, product retargeting and cart abandonment retargeting. 

These notifications can be programmed with a waiting time feature. It allows the message to be sent after a certain period of time: 1 hour after the event, 1 day after the event, 3 days after the event or the time frames you decided according to your objectives and goals. 

web push notifications guide for online stores

The web push notification sequences allow you to keep the conversation going with your subscribers during longer periods, at the same time that you offer them relevant information, reminding them about articles they can still be interested in.

If you want to make things even more interesting, you can add a special incentive to these messages. Offer the user a discount to complete their order, or maybe let them know you are running out of stock and they have to hurry!

3. Make use of  all the elements of the web push notification to increase CTRs 

Web push notifications have a very specific anatomy. They include:

  • Icon
  • Title or headline
  • Description
  • Action button
  • Image
  • Page URL

It’s important that you fill in all of these fields to make the best notification possible. Exploit all the opportunities offered by this channel to engage with your audience and increase your click-through and conversion rates.

web push notifications for online stores guide

  • The icon you include should clearly represent your business. It’s usually the logo of the brand and it helps subscribers to quickly identify who is sending the message. Tip: You can change your icon to match the look and feel of your website based on the season. For example, you can add a Santa Claus hat to your logo during christmas season.
  • The title is the first message that attempts to grab the subscriber’s attention. Make sure you type here the most important message you want to get across. For example, if you work with stocks you can say something like “Last units available!” appealing to scarcity. 
    • Tip: The length of the visible content changes based on OS, device and browser. So make sure you use the most appealing words at the beginning of the title so that they are visible to all subscribers.
  • The description is the message that follows the title. Here you can be a little more vast and extend what you were saying in the title. Use a lot of action verbs to tell customers exactly what you want them to do. 
    • Tip: Try to use the dynamic parameters, such as product name, product price or category name on this section as it offers more space.
  • The action button is responsible for closing the deal. A clear call to action is key into grabbing the last bit of attention and icinting subscribers to make that clic.
    • Tip: Be precise here, there is no time to get especially creative. Messages in the lines of “Book now!” and “Complete your purchase!” work the best. 
    • Insight: According to the A/B tests that conduct Frizbit customers, push notifications with action buttons have a 12% higher CTR.
  • The large image: Even though not all browsers are capable of showing images of web push notifications, it’s important to always include one. Images make messages more relatable, clear and appealing to users.
    • Tip: You can use product image or category image or brand logo as a dynamic parameter so that users see the image of the product that they were interested in.
    • Insight: According to the A/B tests that conduct Frizbit customers, push notifications with images have a 20% higher CTR.
  • The URL: The visible part of the push notification only shows the domain of the website that the user subscribed to. However, you can decide which page you would like to direct your users to. The more relevant the page you direct them to, the more conversions you generate.
    • Tip: Try to define the URL’s as close to the lower-end of the funnel to increase your conversions. For example in a cart abandonment campaign, define cart URL instead of product URL.

4. Hyper-personalise your messages

Both manual and automated web push notifications allow a great deal of personalisation. When designing and creating templates, make sure your brands’ personality comes across. Once the message is delivered to your subscribers, you want them to feel that this notification is relevant and specific to them. 

web push notifications for online stores complete guide

  • Use the dynamic parameters available. Web push notifications allow you to personalise templates using dynamic parameters such as image, user name, category name, product name or even brand name. These fields will be filled with the respective information taken from the users’ behaviour, making the message extremely relevant which increases the click-through rate. 

web push notifications for online stores guide

  • Engage using appealing messages. Really think about your customer’s profile, what will catch their attention and design your messages accordingly. You have little space to let them know what you want to tell them, so appeal to urgency, be specific and it won’t hurt if you add an emoji or two (it’s proven they increase CTR). 
  • Avoid the use of generic sentences as introduction to what you really want to say. Most likely your customers are also subscribed to many other brand’s web push notifications channels and they won’t grant a lot of time into reading a cryptic message you wrote. Tell them what they want to know and do it clearly, ¨20% off all handbags” will surely have a higher CTR than “If you were looking for a surprise today, we have one for you, 20% off all handbags”.
  • Remember to add your branding visually as well. You want users to start recognizing your notifications with just a glance. Always add your logo and an image of your products. All of these elements in combination will give your messages a special touch that’s only yours. 
  • Multi-language options offer more hyper-personalisation. If you own an online store that sells in different countries, you are used to creating multi-language content to reach all your audience. You should also personalise your notifications using different languages in order to increase CTR significantly. Frizbit has the ability to pick up on the preferred language of the user based on the default language on their device, or the language they choose to use on the website. This way, you can communicate with your subscribers in a way they will understand and appreciate.

5. Proper timing

Timing can make or break your web push notifications strategy. 

Optimize based on geolocation: First of all, you have to think about the geolocation of your subscribers and what time it is where they live. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to communicate a big sale that your user might really be interested in, just because you sent a notification at 3am and they missed it. 

Analyse the best hour for your audience: Some studies have shown that the best time of day to send web push notifications is early  in the morning and some around 16.00h. However, this depends a lot on your audience. Make sure you analyse the CTR’s based on your previous data and send your message at the time most likely your customers are online and have a higher chance to interact. 

Make use of “Time-to-Live” feature not to disappoint your subscribers: A common time-related mistake when sending web push notifications, is to send messages about offers that are no longer running. Time-sensitive flash sales are to be communicated during the hours they’re available. Otherwise, users might find themselves clicking on a discount that they’re super excited about and finding nothing when redirected to the site. 

In order not to disappoint your users, you can define a time-to-live parameter so that your notification will be delivered only to the users who are online until the deadline of that campaign.

Define a “Frequency Cap” not to be abusive: It’s quite obvious that the more bulk notifications, the more traffic and sales. However, its marginal effect decreases if you send too many in a specific period of time. That’s why, it’s so important to send the right amount of messages. If you send too many, your audience can easily decide to opt-out from your channel. 

Use the frequency cap feature to limit how many web push notifications can a single user receive in one day or during a specific time period. There’s not an exact number on how many notifications messages are ideal to send per day. Automated notifications don’t have a negative, as they are highly relevant for users. However, exceeding five bulk or mass notifications campaigns a month, can affect your opt-out rates badly.  

Optimize your campaigns with A/B tests: You have to do what works best for you and your customers. With features like A/B testing you have the possibility to test different combinations of campaigns with different timings and adjust your strategy accordingly to what offers the best results. Remember, it’s all about being relevant. 

6. Bring back dormant users

Users that have already purchased an item, are more likely to repeat. Dormant customers are accountable for more than one third of a sites’ sales. That’s why it’s so important not to neglect them and nurture the relationship with them.

You can design specific templates to send them automated web push notifications after certain periods of time without them visiting your site. You can specify a waiting time for each message, 10 days and 21 days are a nice combination.

Seize this opportunity to let them know about any news, offer or discount. Lure them back to your site with a special offering that catches their attention and make it irresistible to visit again.

You can even personalise those messages with information based on their history back from when they visited your site. This will make it even more relevant and increase the possibility of them coming back. 

Final Tips

The use of web push notifications in  online retail marketing is an indispensible new strategy. This channel provides direct, live communication with customers even when they’re out of the site without requesting any type of personal information from them. 

Hyper-personalisation possibilities are endless and thanks to that, they provide value to users like no other digital marketing channel. If you have been thinking about including web push notification campaigns to your e-commerce online strategy, it’s time to take the step. 

In order to set up the best push notification strategy for your e-commerce, don’t forget to schedule a free consultation session with one of our experts on this link: https://frizbit.com/#section-demo-request

In the meantime, make sure you check out some of our blog post to help you get started: