Black Friday Push Notifications

How to Create the Perfect Black Friday Push Notifications Campaign

Are you looking for a detailed, step-by-step guide to creating Black Friday push notifications that convert?

Sure, you can send out a simple push notification broadcast. But will that work? We’ve figured out a rock solid process to help you get more sales from holiday season. And we’ve tested it out multiple times with multiple brands.

In this article, we’re covering how we create push notifications for PushEngage’s Black Friday Sale. And how you can do the same thing as well. We’re going to check out what you need to get started, how you would create the campaigns, and what an ideal schedule would look like.

Sounds good? Let’s dive in.

Before You Get Started with Black Friday Push Notifications

Push notifications are a marketing tool that helps you to connect with web visitors even after they leave your website. You can send targeted notifications to your push subscribers and even personalize your notifications for difference customer segments. But which push notification service should you choose?

We recommend using PushEngage to send push notification campaigns.

PushEngage push notification services

PushEngage is the best push notifications service in the world. And we’re not just talking about the free version. It allows you to connect with visitors after they leave your site with targeted push messages.

PushEngage is our first choice for push notification serives and tools because it’s:

  • It’s so easy to use
  • Effective on HTTP and HTTPS sites
  • Comes with a visual builder which requires little to no coding to set up
  • Easily set up fully automated push notification campaigns for any kind of site
  • Has multiple options to send personalized push notifications for higher click rates
  • Equipped with custom goal tracking, UTM parameters, and advanced analytics

And this is barely scratching the surface. Check out PushEngage’s full list of features before you go any further. The most incredible part about PushEngage is that it has a forever-free plan that you can try out before making a purchase decision.

Pro Tip: Check out our article on push notification cost analysis before you buy any service.

Once you’re done creating your account, head over to the PushEngage dashboard and follow along:

PushEngage Dashboard

Click on Site Settings » Site Details and click the Click Here For Setup Instruction button:

PushEngage Installation Settings

Click on the WordPress tab and click on the Install PushEngage WordPress Plugin button to install the plugin on your website. 

PushEngage WordPress Installation

Here’s the cool part: When you created your PushEngage account, you already synced your website with your PushEngage account. So, click on the installation link in the PushEngage dashboard to automatically install the PushEngage WordPress plugin to your website.

Go back to your PushEngage dashboard and copy your API key from the WordPress installation guide after you’re done installing the plugin.

PushEngage API Key

Then, paste it into the PushEngage plugin in your WordPress dashboard under the Setup tab:

PushEngage API Key

And you’re done! You have successfully set up a web notifications WordPress plugin on your website. website. You don’t have to login to your WordPress admin panel at all. For a more detailed guide, check out our article on how to install web notifications on WordPress.

Before you start creating Black Friday push notifications, you should also check out these resources to help you get started.

I highly recommend using these resources to get started with PushEngage quickly.

How to Create Your Push Notification Campaign

Now that we have a basic understanding of how PushEngage works, let’s create our campaign. Currently, PushEngage only offers the Audience Group feature for Push Broadcasts.

So, in your PushEngage dashboard, go to Campaign » Push Broadcasts to create your push notifications.

Push broadcasts

Next, follow our step-by-step process to create a powerful Black Friday Sale. If you follow every step, you should have powerful push notifications like this one:

Black Friday Super Sale

Step #1: Draft Your Push Notification Content

Your push notification content will include:

  • A Notification Title
  • A Notification Message
  • A URL to redirect to
  • A Large Image for the Notification
  • Call-to-Action Buttons
  • A notification expiration limit

Start with the basic content of your notification first:

Black Friday Push Notification

Notice the use of emojis in the Notification Title. We recommend using emojis in the title and the message for all your push notifications for higher open rates. You can A/B test your notifications as well for better performance.

Step #2: Add a Large Image to Your Notification

It’s difficult to stand apart from a bunch of notifications in the Notification Tray. That’s why you need a Large Image to make your notifications pop:

Push Notification Large Image

You can use PNG and JPEG formats for images.

Step #3: Add CTAs for Higher Click Rates

We’ve seen that using custom call-to-action buttons increase the click rates on your notifications. So, we highly recommend using the Multi Action Notification option to create a custom CTA:

Multi Action Notification Buttons

You can add at most two CTAs. If you want, you can create a split test with one CTA or two. In our experience, it’s usually best to use multiple CTAs unless you are super focused on ONLY one action.

One thing you want to be careful about is push notification character limits. Everything in push notifications has a character limit based on your subscriber’s browser and device. If your notifications are too wordy, they simply won’t show up the right way.

Step #4: Set Notification Duration

The Notification Duration is a time limit after which your push notification expires. After expiry, your subscriber won’t be able to see the notification even if it was delivered to them.

Set Push Notification Duration

Setting a Notification Duration is a great practice for all sales. This way, your subscribers won’t get flooded with a bunch of notifications.

Pro Tip: Make sure to set the right duration for a Flash Sale. If your subscribers click through to an offer that’s already expired, they will be very unhappy.

Step #5: Select Your Audience Group

Now that you have your content in place, it’s time to find the right audience for your notifications.

How to Send Your Notification to All Subscribers

We want the maximum reach for 3 notifications:

  • Early Black Friday Announcement
  • Black Friday Flash Sale
  • Cyber Monday Sale

So, we’re sending those 3 notifications to everyone. In the Audience tab, select Send to All Subscribers:

Send push notification to all subscribers

How to Retarget Subscribers Who Didn’t Click the Broadcast to Everyone

If you’re not sending the notification to all subscribers, you’ll need to create an Audience Group

Go to Audience » Audience Groups and click Create New Audience Group:

Create a New Audience Group

To target subscribers who didn’t click the last notification, you’ll need to filter by Last click date:

Audience Group to Retarget No Clicks

Filter by last click date before the date you sent your previous notification. So, if you sent the last push notification on 14th November, filter for subscribers who clicked on notifications only before 13th November at midnight.

NOTE: Unlike an email campaign, you can’t actually filter by click rate on the last notification. The closest approximation is to filter for clicks in a date range. 

When you’re done, click on Save Notification.

Then, head back to your push notification broadcast and select Send to Audience Group. From the dropdown, select your Group:

Select Audience Group

How to Retarget Subscribers Who Clicked the Broadcast to Everyone

If you want to target subscribers who did click on your last notification, you can create another Audience Group. 

Filter your subscribers by Last click date after the date you sent your previous notification AND before the date you want to send your next notification:

Audience Group to Retarget Subscribers Who Clicked

You can add AND criteria to your filter by clicking on Add filter rules. A filter like this is great for cross-selling push notifications.

Step #6: Schedule Your Push Notification

In the Schedule tab, select the Begin sending at particular day and time for granular scheduling options.

We’re sending the notification at 11:00 AM. Since browser push notifications get shown no matter when you actually sent the notification, you can send it even earlier if you want.

Since my default Timezone Setting is not in EST, I’m using the Send Notifications in Subscribers timezone option:

Schedule Push Notifications in Subscriber's Timezone

Don’t forget to test your notifications by clicking the Test Notification button. When you’re done, click Schedule Notification.

What’s the Ideal Black Friday Push Notifications Schedule

There’s no one right or wrong schedule with holiday campaigns. But we follow a very strict schedule and it works:

  • 3 notifications for an early Black Friday sale
  • 1 notification for Black Friday
  • 1 notification for Small Business Saturday
  • 1 notification for Cyber Monday
  • 1 notification for Cyber Monday Extended sale

And retargeting push notifications to target the subscribers who clicked on them or didn’t. Let us know how that works for you. In the meantime, check out these resources:

And if you haven’t already, get started with PushEngage today.

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