What are push messages

What Are Push Messages and Why Should You Care?

What are push messages?

Push messages are short, clickable messages delivered to a subscriber’s device even when they’re offline. You can easily send out any link to promote any part of your business using push messages from a simple, easy-to-use dashboard.

Here’s the most awesome part: Push messages are a super-easy way to get repeat visitors to your site on autopilot even if…

  • You’re just starting and your fan base is still tiny
  • Even if… you’re running an e-commerce store with hundreds of promos every month
  • Even if… you have a mega blog that’s already generating a ton of SEO traffic

In this article, we’re going to show you how to get repeat visitors instantly every time you hit publish:

PushEngage Dashboard

You can get started for free right now. Once you start getting results from a free push notification software, you can switch or upgrade to get more features to help you grow faster.

But first, let’s understand a little more about push messages and how they work.

What Are Push Messages?

A push message is a short, clickable popup that you can send to a subscriber to promote offers and other content:

what are push messages

The best part is that the messages will get delivered even if your subscriber isn’t using a browser. It’s like an email blast, but with a web push message, your subscribers don’t need to be using an app to see your message. And unlike social media websites, there is no algorithm reducing your reach to get you to pay for ads.

The coolest part about web push messages is that you can use them to complement your lead magnets and email opt-in forms.

We recommend using PushEngage to get started with push messages for free. The simplest push message you can send for free is an RSS push message. In an RSS push, every time you publish a blog post, PushEngage automatically sends out a broadcast message to all your subscribers.

How to Add Push Messages to Your Website

Before you get started with push message campaigns, you’ll have to get a service to send push messages.

We recommend that you get started with PushEngage. PushEngage is one of the best push notification plugins for WordPress. You instantly reach up to 200 subscribers with just the free tier. If your site grows to more than 200 subscribers, you can quickly scale by upgrading your plan.

Let’s check out how you can use the free version of PushEngage to start sending push messages.

Step #1: Create a Free PushEngage Account

Head over to PushEngage and click on Get Started:


Next, select the plan for your PushEngage account. You can get started for free but if you’re serious about growing your business, we recommend getting a paid plan to unlock more advanced campaigns.

Step #2: Sign Up for PushEngage

Sign up for the plugin with your user details or your Gmail ID or your email and password:

Create PushEngage Account

And just follow along with the instructions and finish setting up your account.

Step #3: Install PushEngage to Your Site

Once you sign up, you’ll be taken to the PushEngage dashboard:

PushEngage Welcome Challenge

The process to add push messages to your site is different for different platforms. So, we’ve created detailed, step-by-step guides for the most popular platforms for you:

Step #4: Set Up the PushEngage Opt-In

Once you’re done installing PushEngage to your site, head back to the PushEngage dashboard and go to Design » Popup Modals and select an optin to collect subscribers:

PushEngage Popup Modals

From here, you can customize your push notification opt-in. If you need help with that, you should check out this article on how to create a custom push notification opt-in.

If you need some inspiration, you can check out this article on high-converting push notification opt-ins

Remember: You need to install an SSL certificate on your website to be able to use single opt-ins. But you can install two-step opt-ins even without a secure website. So, if you have an SSL certificate installed, use single opt-ins. If not, check out this article on how to install an SSL certificate on WordPress websites.

And that’s all!

You have successfully set up push messages on your website.

How Do Push Messages Work?

Let’s check out how push messages work.

The short version is that every time a new visitor enters your website, they get prompted to become a push notification subscriber.

Push notification opt-in

Next, you use a web push notification service like PushEngage to create and schedule the messages you want to send out to your subscribers. You can either send out a single push message manually or set up an automated sequence of push messages:

Create a new drip autoresponder

Also, you can choose to either send it to every subscriber on your list or to specific segments of your subscribers. Finally, your subscribers receive your messages when their device comes online and take the suggested action.

ShoutMeLoud drip

To PushEngage and our servers, your subscribers are a unique hash number generated based on your subscriber’s device and browser. Besides, the server can also store the geolocation of your subscribers. No personal or identifying data is stored for any of your subscribers.

The beauty of it all is that you don’t need to know anything about coding or how to maintain the original servers. We take care of all that for you. All you have to worry about is setting up your campaigns and making a profit!

By now, you’re probably wondering how personalized push messages work if the servers only store a hash number and no personal details. This is where the service provider API comes into play. For you, that would be the PushEngage Javascript API. You can use this API and connect it to any other CRM or database you might have.

This allows you to use the personal details of your subscribers to send them personalized push messages like this one:

Personalized Inventory Alert Push Notifications

You can also send out advanced eCommerce campaigns such as cart abandonment campaigns without using the PushEngage API.


What’s Next?

That’s all for this one. 

If you’re just getting started with push messages, check out how to create your first welcome message using PushEngage. A welcome message is great for re-engagement and bringing repeat visitors to your website.

Think it’s difficult to come up with campaign ideas? Check out these awesome resources:

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

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