Push Notifications: What are they and why use them?


“ Hey, John! Your flight is ready for check-in. Open your app to grab the boarding pass. Enjoy your trip.”

John was on time to catch the flight, and he is on the way to this destination safely. It was a great help to John, and it also multiplied the trust factor of the app.

A Ting!!!

“Narcos is back! Watch the new season now. Here is a one-month free subscription just for you.”

An offer can’t be refused and as a result high rate conversions.

Again a Ting!!

“Will Trump make it this time?. Read our new article”

A political enthusiast ran to the website to know at one click, and a website got traffic.

‘Ting!!’ is making lives better everywhere and for everyone. This TING, which is helping marketers to engage and deliver value to customers is ‘Push notification’.

Push notification service is the new marketing method pushing personalized customer engagement. to the next level for businesses.

Push notifications are messages which pop-ups on the screens of desktops and mobiles of the customers notifying the marketer’s message to them instantly through push notification service.

In this blog, we will walk you through everything you need to know about web push notifications.

Why push notifications?

Email marketing and SMS marketing where the primary source of communication in marketing campaigns to reach users. Marketers have used emails and SMS for a long time for user engagement. The email and SMS open rates are declining rapidly over the past few years. For efficient user engagement and effective marketing results, different methods are getting introduced in online marketing. One such method is “push notifications.”

Push notifications can be sent to users at any time; even if the user is not on the website. The web push notification appears directly on the home screens of customer devices, unlike emails sent to customer inbox. As a result chances of ignoring the message are less and visibility is higher. Therefore the click rate of web push notifications is higher than emails and SMS.

Push notifications drive conversions at a higher rate than email signups. Web push notifications are the new opt-in formula. Whenever a new visitor arrives on the website, a pop up to ask the permission to send notifications comes up on the screen. When the visitor clicks the ‘Allow’ button, the conversion is done, and a new subscriber is added to the marketing list.

Push notifications allow marketers to communicate with users directly. Users can receive utility messages like traffic, weather, sports scores, news, flight checks right away on the lock screen of the device as web push notifications. Here are the 5 reasons why are push notifications important for your improving your business.

Other operations achievable by push notifications are

  • Introducing the new features of the website to users.
  • Enhancing customer experience with frequent engagement.
  • Converting unspecified web users to customers.
  • Sending receipts of the transactions made by the user in the website right way.
  • Driving users to social network pages of the website.
  • Notifying users on time-limited offers available in the site.
  • Activating inactive users with incentives.
  • Re-targeting abandoned users of the website.
  • Retaining loyal users with personalized content.
  • Acts as an active and functional communicative channel between publishers and users.

What are Push Notifications?

Each browser has its system to manage push notifications, and it is called as ‘Push service’. The Website owner should register with the push service of the browsers to send the push notifications to the website visitor. Web push notifications are sent only to the users who opt-in for notifications.

Before getting into the explanations of the working procedure of web push notifications, let’s know how a web push notification looks and what it constitutes.

Important constitutes of push message


1.Notification title

A brand name can be a notification title.

2.Website Domain

The website to sent the web push notifications to the user after subscription.

3. Call to action buttons

Call to action buttons can be added to the message of web push notification. As of now, only chrome supports CTA’s for web push notifications. Firefox and Safari are not extended the support yet.

Call to action buttons allows users to take immediate action on the message.

4. Icon

Adding icon to the web push notifications helps the user to recall. Icons are essential to let know website users know when push messages pop up. The default icon used for web push alerts is the bell. Logo of the website can be used as an icon to create brand recall.

5. Banner

Earlier web push notification banners were a simple text message, and later feature of the customizable icon was added by chrome. Now the recent update to chrome (chrome 56) was the ability to add images the banners, which allows marketers to send big size images along with the text.

6. Notification content  

The message the website publisher sends to the website user.

The procedure for building web push notifications

Main steps involved in the procedure of building are explained below.

Website owners implement service workers for browsers. Then browsers provide API to the website, which is a time-consuming process for programmers and reduces efficiency.

API acts as the way for the website owners to connect with push notification service worker. After the user grants permission to get push alerts, publishers subscribe website to the browser push service.  This creates a specific subscription with the endpoint URL of the push service different for web browsers. Publishers set up the message for notification manually and push the notifications to specific browsers of website visitors.

All the requirements, procedures for setting web push notification for your website is a complex task to do yourself and takes quite a long time. Therefore, website publishers instead of building an infrastructure of web push messages by themselves, they are using already made web push notification services such as TruePush, etc.

Let’s explore the existing leveraging tools for web push notifications.

How Truepush makes your job easy?

Truepush is a complete push notification service that is imperative for all businesses which are into digital marketing and looking for the best way to engage with users. Truepush is ideal for all the businesses ranging from e-commerce to SaaS services and education to entertainment. With Truepush, the highest level of customization is achievable to provide a valuable user experience on the business websites.

Truepush setup is hassle-free. Creating and sending web push notifications to users is made fast and easy. The notifications to customers and users are delivered on their desktops and mobiles. Truepush sends intelligently personalized notifications for the segment users based on the behavior patterns and demographics. Our tool supports browser mobile and desktop push notifications.

And all this is for free. Yeah, you heard it right. Truepush is a free push notification platform with unlimited campaigns and is free forever.

Have a look at other key features Truepush offers.

Key features:

  • Rich push notifications (with image)
  • Unlimited notifications, campaigns for unlimited websites.
  • Supports HTTP & HTTPS
  • 2 way opt-in
  • Preview in different devices (Allows to check how notification looks in all devices before pushing. )
  • RSS to Push
  • Website and campaign wise, deep analytics

Also, Read

Why Truepush is free?

9 surprising ways to use push notifications for your blog

Website: www.truepush.com
Email: help@truepush.com