Progressive Web Apps Part 3: Engagement
In our previous blog post, we discussed responsive and progressive design for web Apps. In this art progressive web Apps seek to improve engagement with your users using Push Notifications (just like the ones you get on your iOS or Android phone). For progressive web Apps this is achieved using two different technologies in combination: Push and Notifications. For the purposes of this post, it doesn’t matter that these are in fact two different technologies, as our main focus will be on how your organisation can best use both of them.
How do Push Notifications?
Push Notifications are very short messages (a bit like text messages) that appear on your progressive web App users’ device when sent from your server. Users must give permission for your progressive web App to display the Push Notifications before they will see them, so they are not a guaranteed method of communication.
Am I Going To Annoy My Users?
If you use Push Notifications incorrectly then you may annoy your users. Generally you should use Push Notifications sparingly. If you bombard your users with a new notification every few minutes they will immediately unsubscribe. You should also avoid pushy sales notifications as this will also lead to users unsubscribing. Finally (especially in the modern GDPR world) you should not include personal data in Push Notifications. Your users will not be happy if they are giving a presentation on their laptop and a Push Notification about their bank balance appears on the screen!
Examples of Good Push Notifications
You should seek to make your push notifications short, relevant, useful and content-based. Your notifications should tempt your users to click on them to view a specific piece of content in your progressive web App. Examples of good Push Notifications are:
- “Your drive to work is busier than usual.”
- “We are shutting down the email server at 2 pm today for one hour.”
- “FTSE rises by 13% this morning. Is it time to trade?”
- “A new Star Wars article has been published on SciFiNerds.com.”
- “A new user has registered. Please check their identity.”
Each of these quickly delivers a short message that the user can then act on or ignore appropriately.
Short, content-based Push Notifications that will be useful to your users are much more likely to lead to a maintained Push Notification subscription and better engagement overall.
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