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Likitha A June 15, 2023

Millions of apps are lying in Google Play Store and App Store with tremendous sunk costs, yet over half of the users download 0 apps per month. Even if they do, the engagement is relatively low. 

But that has not always been the case with websites. Users visiting your website are likely there for the content or products they searched for. This means that engaging website visitors is equally, if not more important, than engaging app users, as the conversion is easier and higher because they have a strong intent to visit and explore your website. 

And when it comes to user engagement, we have spoken enough about how push notifications are great for engaging app users but did not emphasize much about web push notifications to engage website visitors/users. Well, it’s not too late!

This blog will explore what web push notifications are, the difference between web push & push, how to start using them, and why they matter.

What are Web Push Notifications?

You must have noticed small pop-ups on the top-right corner of your desktop screen while browsing. Well, these pop-ups are web push notifications sent by the brands you have subscribed to receive reminders or updates from!

Web push, or browser push notifications, are small and handy pop-up messages on your desktop or mobile screen. They deliver timely and personalized information, making your browsing experience engaging.

Unlike traditional communication channels like email and SMS, web push doesn’t require you to provide personal details; they are hassle-free and permission-based. Once you grant consent, you will receive notifications directly to your device, whether you are actively browsing the website or not.

With web push, you can captivate your audience in a whole new way. These contextual messages offer a level of customization that enhances user experience and keeps visitors coming back for more. You can deliver tailored promotions, updates on new content, friendly reminders, etc. 

Web Push Notifications vs. Push Notifications

When we think of push notifications, by default, we associate them with mobile apps. But we don’t talk or think about push notifications that go beyond our smartphones: Web Push Notifications

Web Push Notifications vs. Push Notifications

While they share the same purpose of delivering timely updates and engaging users, there are a few key differences between them.

Web push notifications are sent to users through web browsers, regardless of their device. These notifications are delivered to users who grant permission to receive notifications from a specific brand. 

Whether users are actively browsing the website or not, these notifications appear as pop-up messages on their desktop or mobile screens, ensuring they stay connected and informed.

On the other hand, Push notifications refer to notifications sent to mobile devices through mobile apps. These notifications are typically sent by the apps installed on the user’s device and appear as alerts, banners, or pop-up messages, often on the device’s home screen.

These notifications serve various purposes, from delivering news updates and social media notifications to providing chat messages and app-specific alerts.

While both web push notifications and push notifications aim to engage and retain users, they differ in the platforms through which they are delivered. Web push notifications reach users through web browsers, ensuring cross-device compatibility, while push notifications are limited to mobile apps, making them more suitable for mobile-centric experiences.

Despite their differences, both web push and push notifications aim to deliver relevant and valuable information to users. By appearing as pop-up messages, they attract users’ attention and prompt them to take action, driving engagement and enhancing the overall user experience with websites or mobile apps.

Why Do They Matter?

We have seen the differences between web push and push notifications. Now, let’s look at how web push can benefit your website.

differences between web push and push notifications

1. Higher reach and engagement

Stay connected beyond active browsing sessions. Web push enables you to reach users even when they are not actively on your website, ensuring consistent engagement and keeping your brand top-of-mind.

2. Instant delivery and timely Interaction

Deliver messages directly to users’ screens in real-time. With web push, your notifications are instantly delivered, allowing you to provide timely updates, time-sensitive offers, and important reminders that prompt immediate interaction.

3. Higher conversion rates 

Drive conversions and achieve your business objectives. These notifications offer a direct and convenient channel for users to take action. By offering compelling call-to-action, you can increase conversion rates, whether completing purchases, signing up for services, or subscribing to newsletters.

4. Personalized and targeted communication

Tailor messages to resonate with your audience. These notifications empower you to deliver personalized content based on user preferences, interests, and behaviors. By segmenting your audience, you can send relevant notifications that grab attention and foster stronger connections.

Also Read: 6 Web Personalization Examples That Drive Engagement.

5. Simple opt-In user control

Provide a seamless and user-friendly opt-in experience. These notifications make it easy for users to subscribe to updates with a simple click. Users have control over their notification preferences, ensuring a non-intrusive and permission-based approach.

How To Start Using Web Push Notifications?

Now that you know how powerful web push notifications are to engage your users, let’s look at how to start using them.

Start Using Web Push Notifications

1. Choose the right web push notification provider

Select a web push service provider that meets your specific needs. Consider factors such as ease of use, customization options, scalability, and analytics capabilities.

2. Set up opt-in permissions

Implement opt-in permission prompts on your website to ask visitors if they want to receive notifications or not. Strategically trigger these prompts based on specific pages or user actions and communicate the benefits of subscribing.

3. Build your subscriber base

Focus on prominent opt-in placement, value-driven incentives, and personalization. Make subscribing easy, offer enticing benefits, and tailor your notifications for a personalized experience.

4. Segment your users

Segment your subscribers based on demographics, preferences, behavior, or other relevant criteria. It lets you target specific groups with personalized and relevant notifications, enhancing user engagement.

5. Craft compelling web push notifications

Create concise and compelling messages for your web push. Deliver value to your subscribers by announcing new content, offering exclusive promotions, or providing essential updates. Tailor your notifications to resonate with your audience.

Also Read: 10 Effective Push Notification Templates and Why They Work

6. Schedule and send notifications

Schedule your web push to be sent at optimal times for your target audience. Consider their time zones and browsing habits to maximize engagement and response rates.

7. Analyze performance and optimize

Use your web push notification analytics to track click-through rates, conversions, and user engagement metrics. Analyze the data to identify trends, gain insights, and optimize your notification strategy for better results.

Conclusion

Web push notifications have revolutionized the way businesses engage with their audience. They have become a vital component of modern marketing strategies by leveraging the power of instant communication, personalized messaging, and a broader reach. 

These notifications enable you to stay connected with their users even when they are not actively browsing, ensuring timely updates and promotions reach them directly on their devices. Web push notifications outperformed traditional communication channels such as emails and SMS, delivering timely and captivating messages that boost engagement and conversion rates.

The Upshot.ai Advantage

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With Upshot.ai, banks, Insurance, and FinTech firms can enhance their digital experiences with pre-built gamification features. It can provide personalized insights, actionable recommendations, and contextual nudges designed to deepen its relationship with its users.

Book a demo of the most comprehensive user engagement and gamification platform to achieve your digital product goals. Join our communities for more insights, guides, and best practices that keep you updated with proven strategies and tips to supercharge your campaigns.

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