Content marketing is not an easy task. The longer you keep at it, the more you realize how important it is to automate certain tasks for greater impact. Thankfully, automated push notifications can take the pressure right off your shoulders.
Automated push notifications are single web push notifications or a series of push notifications that keep working in the background. Automated notifications work without any manual action on your part.
That’s the point: They’re completely automated.
Set ‘em and forget ‘em!
In this article, we’ll show you how to use simple, actionable tricks to bring in traffic and sales on autopilot:
- Even if… you’ve never used push notifications before and you have no idea how to start;
- Even if… you’ve experimented with automated push notifications, but you failed at it;
- Even if… you’ve used a couple of automated campaigns and need help with scaling up;
These 11 ideas are going to help you develop a loyal fanbase and monetize it more effectively.
Let’s just dive right in.
- Triggered vs Automated Push Notification Campaigns
- Automated Welcome Push Notification
- Welcome Drip Push Notifications
- Abandoned Cart Campaigns
- Browse Abandonment Campaigns
- RSS Feed Campaigns
- Automated Re-engagement Notifications
- Page Visit Trigger Campaigns
- Push Notification Click Campaigns
- Repeating Notifications
- Subscriber Timezone Notifications
- Email Opt-In Notifications
Triggered vs Automated Push Notification Campaigns
Triggered campaigns involve setting up a push notification, defining a trigger to set it off, and a workflow to control its scheduling. Automated push notifications are set off automatically at specific intervals.
For all intents and purposes, they look the same from the outside. The critical difference is that trigger campaigns are way more flexible and customizable. Not to mention, push notifications cost way less than most other channels.
Since triggered campaigns can have any custom trigger at all, it’s impractical to cover them all in one article. So, you can check out trigger push notification campaigns for eCommerce websites in our other article.
In this article, we’ll focus only on automated push notifications and trigger campaigns for publishers.
Now, before we jump into the different types of campaigns, there’s something you should know. A lot of these campaigns are available only for Business, Premium, and Enterprise subscriptions of PushEngage.
PushEngage is the #1 web push notification software in the world and it’s tailor-made to help businesses grow.
So, if you haven’t already, get started with PushEngage now.
Let’s take a look at our 11 epic automated push notification ideas now.
#1. Automated Welcome Push Notification
A welcome notification is a simple push notification meant to appreciate any new subscriber.
The idea is simple:
- Confirm that your new visitor has subscribed to push notifications
- Incentivize your new subscribers to stay engaged with your brand
Check out this article to get an even better idea of why welcome push notifications are important.
You can even add an offer or gift for subscribing to your push notifications. This is pretty common with a lot of our customers. You can use your welcome push notification to:
- Share a Welcome Coupon
- Offer Premium Features
- Send a Free Delivery
- Offer Free Gifts
- Onboard Your Subscriber with a Walkthrough
Now, let’s set up your first welcome push notification using PushEngage.
Go to Settings » Site Settings » Installation Settings in the PushEngage Dashboard, and scroll down. You’ll need to check the box to enable Welcome Notification:
Then you can configure your welcome message and welcome image as well.
It’s that simple!
#2. Welcome Drip Push Notifications
Welcome drip notifications are a series of welcome messages that are triggered when someone new subscribes to your push notifications.
It’s an extension of a stand welcome notification. You can use a welcome drip to do everything a welcome notification, but better. Once you’re familiar with a welcome notification, you should move on to a welcome drip sequence for even better engagement.
Here’s an example of a welcome drip sequence with push notifications:
Now, let’s see how you can set up a welcome drip from your PushEngage Dashboard.
Head over to Automation » Drip Autoresponder and create your autoresponder series:
Leave the targeting to its default value. This will send the drip series to all new subscribers. And create your notifications inside the dashboard:
Pro-Tip: You can even set the UTM parameter for the campaign here. This way, you’ll see what percentage of traffic comes from this welcome drip on Google Analytics.
Finally, set the delay between each notification:
And that’s all! Your welcome drip campaign is now live.
#3. Abandoned Cart Campaigns
Shopping cart abandonment occurs when a potential customer adds a product to the shopping cart and doesn’t complete the checkout process.
Your job is to reduce cart abandonment as much as possible.
One way to recover your lost sales is to use cart abandonment push notification campaigns. Cart abandonment recovery campaigns target subscribers with an abandoned cart and send them follow-ups, reminders, offers, coupons, and discounts.
It’s a simple idea: Get as many people as possible to buy something.
Cart abandonment push notifications have a very real impact on your bottom line. For instance, WickedWeasel gets $2,000 – $4,000 per week in added sales from their cart abandonment push campaign.
Now, let’s go and set up your very first cart abandonment campaign with PushEngage.
Head over to Automation » Cart Abandonment in the PushEngage dashboard and create a new Cart Abandonment Campaign:
Then, use the PushEngage cart abandonment trigger to send out automated push notifications:
Create your notifications inside the PushEngage dashboard:
And finally, just integrate the code snippet with your website.
That’s all you need to do. The entire setup takes 10 minutes tops.
#4. Browse Abandonment Campaigns
Browse abandonment is exactly what it sounds like. It’s when a website visitor is browsing your website and decides to suddenly go away. These incidents are also known as funnel abandonment by other vendors.
Browse abandonment is a really common occurrence in almost every industry.
And it’s really difficult to reduce or control because there’s no way to incentivize a random user to stay on your website. This is where browse abandonment campaigns are so powerful.
Here’s an example of browse abandonment push notifications for a publisher:
The impressive part about PushEngage is that you can set up campaigns for pretty much any industry. So, you can send browse abandonment push notifications for SaaS and travel websites as well.
So, how do you set up browse abandonment campaigns?
With cart abandonment, there’s a very clear parameter to fire your push notifications. For browse abandonment, you may want to consider parameters such as:
- Added the product to Wishlist
- Looked at the same product more than X times
- Browsed more than X products in the same category
- Searched the site for a specific product
- Stayed on site for at least X minutes before bouncing
The idea behind this campaign for an eCommerce site is to get the subscriber to add the product to their cart. For publishers, it could be a click or a download on the article they were reading.
Head over to the PushEngage dashboard and then head to Automation » Browse Abandonment » Create
Next, set up the basic campaign details, trigger limits, and UTM parameters:
Then, create your campaign right from the dashboard and add delays to each notification in the series:
Finally, add the code to your website.
And you’re done!
#5. RSS Feed Campaigns
RSS Auto Push allows you to automate your notifications via RSS.
PushEngage checks every 10 minutes for a new post added to your RSS feed. If a new post is found, PushEngage converts it into a push notification and sends it out to all your subscribers. The best part is that it happens on complete autopilot.
RSS Feed campaigns are perfect for publishers and news sites:
If you’re a big publisher and you publish more than 1 post every 30 minutes, PushEngage keeps a delay of 5 minutes between 2 post notifications.
Before we go any further, you should check out this article on how to use RSS feeds for more epic tips and tricks.
Now, let’s go set up an RSS feed campaign on PushEngage.
Head over to Automation » RSS Auto Push and just turn it on:
You’ll have to paste in your RSS feed URL. For a WordPress site, it’s usually in the format of:
Then, click on Verify RSS.
And finally, click on Save.
That’s it! You’re all set. Every time you publish a new post, it will automatically go to all your subscribers.
#6. Automated Re-engagement Notifications
You can set up automated re-engagement campaigns for subscribers who haven’t engaged with your content for a while.
But why would you do it in the first place?
How about this:
- The cost of acquiring new customers is 5 times more than the cost of retaining existing customers
- It’s easy to target and remarket to a known audience whose personal preferences we already understand.
- In the long run, engaged customers give more business to the company than someone who barely connects with your brand.
Ofertia was able to increase their repeat users by 39% using push notifications offering personalized deals. They’re not the only ones either. You can use this for an eCommerce website to great effect:
There are lots of ways to re-engage your subscribers.
But one of the most effective ways is to use Segmentation. Using dynamic segments, you can figure out a lot about your subscribers and send them personalized content that they’ll love.
In your PushEngage dashboard, head over to Segmentation and create a new Segment:
This allows you to create segments based on behavior and browsing patterns.
You can actually set up a sequence of AND/OR operations that decide when certain segments receive automated push notifications:
You can even segment your users when they subscribe to push notifications. Head over to Settings » Subscription Settings » Subscription Dialog Box.
Choose the Large Safari Style with Segments option and then add your segments here:
#7. Page Visit Trigger Campaigns
Page visit triggers are an extension of push notification segments. All you have to do is create a segment when a web visitor browses a URL with a particular phrase or pattern.
Then, you just head over to Automations » Drip Campaigns and set your audience to a specific segment:
This allows you to create really personalized and automated push notifications.
And the best part is that you can create custom segments in PushEngage in a couple of minutes.
#8. Automated Push Notifications from Click-Through
You can’t create push notifications that get triggered when your subscribers click on a delivered notification using PushEngage.
But there’s a very clever workaround.
You can create a segment based on the URL that a particular notification leads to. Every time someone lands on this URL, they get added to the segment and you can use this segment to send targeted notifications.
Push notification click campaigns are essentially an extension of the standard audience segmentation for drip campaigns.
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#9. Repeating Automated Push Notifications
Imagine that you have…
- A weekly sale for a flea market;
- Or a weekend sale;
- Or a stock clearance sale;
- Or a monthly flash sale.
How inconvenient would it be to have to create push notifications for every event manually?
Fortunately, you can set repeating notifications with PushEngage.
Repeat notifications are scheduled and automated push notifications for a recurring event. You can set them up once, specify a schedule, and you’re done.
That’s just one of the ways in which MyDeal uses push notifications. Be sure to read the full case study!
Head over to Notifications » New Notification and add a notification in your PushEngage dashboard. Then, scroll down to the scheduling section and go to the Repeat Scheduling tab:
Just set up the timing and you’re done!
#10. Subscriber Timezone Notifications
Subscriber timezone notifications are exactly what they sound like. You send automated push notifications to your subscribers in their timezone.
Why’s this such a big deal?
Subscriber timezone notifications have higher open rates. Typically, any push notification gets delivered even if your subscriber is offline. These notifications then pile up and get ignored when your subscriber finally comes online.
On the other hand, subscriber timezone notifications get delivered when you KNOW your subscriber is most likely online.
Pro-Tip: Use A/B testing to figure out the perfect time to send your subscribers a push notification.
Subscriber timezone notifications feel way more personalized. And if you’re smart about it, you can combine it with geolocation data to personalize your notifications even further. This is exactly what Phooto did when they used local languages to skyrocket their open rates.
Let’s set up subscriber timezone notifications in PushEngage now.
When you create a new notification, head to the Scheduling Options section and click on the checkbox that says Send Notifications in Subscriber Timezone:
That’s all! You’ll have to do the same for your drip campaigns as well, but the results are well worth the effort of click one button for each campaign.
Pro-Tip: The last two tactics were all about scheduling push notifications. But these two aren’t the only ways to schedule automated push notifications. Check out our article on how to schedule push notifications for more epic tricks.
#11. Email Opt-In Notifications
Email marketing has long since been the best way to generate and nurture leads. The best part about automated push notifications is that you can generate more email subscribers using them.
It’s really simple to set up and using a combination of email and push notifications is way more effective than using one or the other.
All you have to do is send a trigger notification that asks the user to opt for email notifications.
Just create a custom call to action (CTA) button and insert a subscription link as the button’s URL. That’s really all you need to. If you’re not sure how to get a subscribe button, just follow along.
Head over to Notifications » New Notification » Create New Notification and turn on Multi-action buttons:
The URL should be a link to an email signup form. You can create one using pretty much any email service provider such as Drip. All you have to do is click on the sharing options for the signup form and copy that URL. Then, paste it into the button URL for your push notification.
You can even add an email icon to your button to make it super-clear that you’re asking your users to subscribe to your email notifications:
Pro-Tip: You can use the same idea to grow your YouTube channel as well. Just add ‘?sub_confirmation=1’ at the end of your channel URL and paste it into your push notification button URL.
Every time someone clicks on the subscribe button on your push notification, they will get redirected to your YouTube channel and get prompted to subscribe to it.
Did you like these 11 automated push notification ideas?
Good news: This is not all you can do with PushEngage.
To understand how powerful the platform truly is, you should also check out trigger push notification campaigns for eCommerce websites you can set up today.
Also, PushEngage comes with its fair share of integrations. You can even set up some custom triggers using Zapier. These are fairly advanced campaigns and we recommend setting them up only once you’re familiar with our other built-in automation.
Once you go through all these resources, you’ll realize that PushEngage is the #1 push notifications software in the market.
So, if you haven’t already, get started with PushEngage today!