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CleverTap How-To: 5 Welcome Push Notifications to Onboard New Users

Subharun Mukherjee 18+ years of experience leading product strategy, Go-To-Market (GTM), new market entry, value-based sales, analyst relations, and customer experience programs. Expertise in Financial Services, eCommerce, on-demand services, and the SaaS industry.
CleverTap How-To: 5 Welcome Push Notifications to Onboard New Users

Getting new users to like your app is like an artist working with cement. You have moments to make an impact before a lasting impression is set.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good onboarding experience! Successful activation can boost a user’s lifetime value by up to 500%.  
Let me put it this way: effective onboarding leads to higher retention rates, which means higher bottom line profits.
Simple and straightforward, right?
Unfortunately, successful onboarding isn’t that easy.
New users are an unpredictable bunch. It’s hard to know when they’ll abandon your app or why. You have a narrow window to win them over, or lose them forever.
Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!
With CleverTap, you can build a strong connection with new users from the very beginning by wowing them with a personalized app experience.
Here are our tips for onboarding new users with an effective welcome push notification campaign.

5 Welcome Push Notifications to Send New Users

More than 75% of users who download an app abandon it after just one use.*
You’ve got one shot to impress new users and convince them to come back to your app.
So make the most of it! Use these ‘welcome’ messages to make a perfect first impression and boost your activation rates.
Gone are the days of mass blasts. Users expect personalized onboarding messages that quickly help them make the most of your app.
Here are a few onboarding welcome message examples to get you started.
1. Extend a warm welcome
Set a conversational tone for your app with a simple, personal push greeting.
Extend a warm welcome2. Highlight your app’s value
Welcome push notifications are a great way to educate your users about what your app offers and help them experience its benefits quickly.
Highlight your app’s value3. Showcase key features
Compel your users to use your app by informing them about unique or essential features.
Showcase key features4. Nudge inactive new users
Users often need incentive to get started with your app. Tempt inactive users to come back to your app with personalized offers and coupons.
Nudge inactive new users5. Encourage first-time conversions
Send customized promotions and discounts to your users who have shown purchase intent to drive conversions.
Encourage first-time conversions

Welcome Push Notification Best Practices

Don’t be pushy with push
If there’s one thing mobile app users hate, it’s spammy messages. Carefully consider how many push messages to send new users and when.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach for push cadence — the right amount will vary depending on your app type and user base. A news app could send several pushes a day with relevant breaking news, while a travel app might only send one push a week notifying users of the latest travel deals. To strike the right balance, keep messages helpful and relevant to each user’s preferences.
Make taking action easy
A clear, concise CTA directs new users to take the desired action, and gives them a compelling reason to do so.
Make taking action easy
Image: Lyft
“Try it out,” with a caret pointing in the direction of a swipe, makes requesting a Lyft shuttle seem easy.
A/B test your welcome notification
Marketing is all about having the right conversations with the right people. Send multiple versions of the same message to see which version resonates with your new users, and keep improving your welcome campaign results.
Use multi-channel messaging to your advantage
Pair your push notifications with a welcome email or in-app message to increase your impact.
Example: send a welcome push for top-rated restaurants in a user’s delivery area. If they click the notification to open the app, trigger an in-app message offering $10 off or free delivery for their first order.

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How to Create Automated Welcome Push Notifications for New Users in CleverTap

Step 1: Target specific groups of new users

Your users are at different stages in their app journey. There are some who have logged in and have started exploring your app, while there are others who haven’t even launched your app after the install.
One engagement strategy won’t work for all of your users. You need to create various segments of users and nurture them over time.
Use Clevertap’s powerful segmentation engine to build segments from the interest of your users, and monitor their behavior over time.
Say you own a video streaming app. You can segment users acquired from the same acquisition channel this way:
You can also create segments based on actions that users have performed (or haven’t performed) inside the app.
You could segment the users that have registered and played a few videos but haven’t created a playlist yet.
Further detail your segments based on geolocation, genre preferences, and other user-specific attributes.

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Step 2: Get the timing right

More than 70%* of users uninstall apps because of annoying notifications.
A push notification prompting to watch a video on a Monday afternoon can be irritating. It’s critical that you engage with users when they are most likely to engage with your app.
Use Pivots to pinpoint peak times for user activity in your app:
Get the timing right
By pivoting user activity based on hour of the day and day of the week, you’ll see that Wednesday evenings is the most active window for video streaming. (Everyone needs a mid-week break!)

Step 3: Personalize push message content

CleverTap’s rich user profiles store details like install source, last seen user location, and a log of all the actions the user has performed in the app, so you can send personalized messages in a single click.
Rich User Profiles in CleverTap
Create personalized messages for your users using any of the above information:
Rich User Profiles in CleverTap

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Step 4: Automate it!

Say you schedule your campaign to run every Wednesday. Every week, a fresh batch of inactive new users will automatically receive your targeted campaign.
Automate it!

Step 5: Test it

It’s always better to test than guess. Let your users tell you what content works best.
A/B test the ‘Welcome’ message for your app on CleverTap. Make multiple variants of the message and gauge performance with a test set of users. The winning variant will be sent to the rest of the qualified users.
CleverTap AB Testing
An effective onboarding experience can make or break your app. So get it right, right from the start.
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Last updated on March 29, 2024