Write Push Notifications That Actually Get Clicked. Here's How.

Push notifications can be a really effective way to engage with your customers, but only if executed properly. Too often, these little pop-ups serve only to annoy rather than engage, leaving customers hitting the "Disable Notifications" button faster than you can say "Free Coffee." But, by following best practice, your push's can be transformed into effective marketing tools.


The Anatomy of a Click-Worthy Notification

1. Logo Icon: First impressions count. Your logo is the first thing customers spot in your notification. It's your visual handshake, setting the tone and creating brand recognition.

2. Headline: Think of this as the subject line—you've got roughly 50 characters to grab attention. Make the value super clear, like “Enjoy 50% off iced drinks.” Use emojis, numbers, or symbols to make it pop. Fun fact: Emojis can bump your CTR by ~5%.

3. Content: Here's where you unpack the headline, but remember: brevity is your friend. Keep it between 14 to 25 words. For instance, “Snag a 50% discount on your go-to iced drink—today only!” And hey, if your brand's got humor, let it shine. Just steer clear of spammy gimmicks like ALL CAPS or buzzwords.

4. CTA: Last but not least, you've got to have a Call To Action. Whether it’s a clickable pic or the closing line, make it clear what you want the user to do—”Tap now to order” or “Redeem in-store” will work a treat.

Tips & Tricks for Maximum Clicks

1. Timing is Everything: Sending notifications during idle hours can boost open rates. People are most likely to engage with notifications in their downtime. If you're a restaurant, aim for lunch time or early evening. Coffee shops, your magic hour is likely early morning. Pro tip: Tuesdays are the best performing day for push reactions

2. Short & Sweet: Keep it snappy with 50-60 characters max—anything more will be cut off anyway. 

3. Get Personal: Did you know—even basic personalization can boost open rates by 9%. “Your fave latte is now pumpkin-spiced!” beats “New latte alert” any day.

4. Make it Relevant: Leverage seasonal swings and hot topics. Special occasions and holidays are your push notification's time to shine. Imagine this: “International Coffee Day Alert: Buy one, get one FREE! Tap now to order.” 

5. Test & Learn: Don't settle for the first draft. A/B testing lets you play around with different text and tones, and figure out what gets your customers clicking.

Metrics that Matter

1. Opt-In Rate: This one gauges appeal. It shows the percentage of users saying “Yes, please!” to your notifications. A high opt-in rate means you're on your way to turning clicks into loyal customers.

2. Click-Through Rate: Your CTR tells you if your notifications are, in a word, clickable. Anything north of 1-2% and you're above average. It’s your go-to metric for A/B test insights, so tweak your timing and wording and watch the clicks rise.

3. Conversion Rate: Conversion Rate digs deeper. They clicked, but did they bite? Compare this to your before-push stats for the full picture. If things are off, it's time to re-evaluate your offer, messaging, or targeting.

4. Opt-Out Rate: Keep tabs on how many people are disabling your notifications. A high rate here is your red flag to re-think your approach.

5. Uninstall Rate: This is the “ouch” metric, showing the rate at which users are trashing your app. A high uninstall rate can cost you big. Examine this number closely and pivot your strategy to keep uninstalls low.

Wrap Up

Let's just say the numbers don't lie. Push notifications can be a really effective marketing strategy when used properly, with 5 to 10 times better CTR's than email and an 88% boost in app engagement.

So, if you’re considering adding push notifications to your marketing toolbox—check out Craver. They’re levelling the playing field by equipping local restaurants and coffee shops with the same ordering and engagement technology as the likes of Starbucks and Chipotle.

All custom-branded Craver apps come with an integrated push-notifications feature and dedicated analytics page, complete with historical data, open rates, and revenue metrics for each notification. Want to experiment or measure effectiveness? We've got tools for that too. And let's not forget about our scheduling capabilities—send timely notifications without having to log in every single time. Turn your notifications into a powerful engagement tool with Craver.