How Push App Notifications can Enhance Customer Retention

Mcommerce | Mobile Apps | October 21, 2016
By MobiCommerce

The world today wants things to be precise and handy. Start-ups are surfacing faster than ever, all thanks to the magnified power of the digital world. Cell phones are now the business platforms and Skype calls have become meeting rooms. When mobile phones are becoming backbones of the professions, the booming eCommerce market is looking up to them as well. Desktop versions of e-commerce websites are customized to be user-friendly, bug-free and light. When a person can’t carry a desktop, laptop or an iPad wherever he goes, the mobile phone serves the purpose. As a result, every good e-commerce website would like to have a handy mobile application.

Do People use ‘all’ the Applications they download?

However, it is a common observation that most of the people don’t use frequently the apps they download. Latest stats say that 23% users used apps only once after installation.

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Facts reveal that only 4% of the iOS downloaded applications survived after 90 days.

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Moreover, 62% of the smartphone application users use an application less than 11 times. However, mobile app push notifications seem to make a difference.

Changing the Scenario

Mobile app push notifications are the ones that you get on your lock screen from e-commerce and other websites, viewing the latest sales, product availability, etc. They notify the customer even when an app is not even launched, which helps in increasing engagement. As a customer, it’s good to receive push notifications since one gets latest updates on the lock screen without even scrolling through the app or website. It saves time and effort. A mix of email notifications, desktop notifications, and mobile app notifications keeps the user updated about the brand and latest products, offers or discounts.

The Power of Push Notifications: A Survey

As per the Kahuna mobile marketing report, the app retention rate after 30, 60 and 90 days more than doubled when push notifications were introduced for app.

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It was observed that after 90 days, 27.6% of the apps that supported push notifications were retained, while only 10.1% of the other apps were able to sustain. After a 30 day period, apps that had push app notifications incurred a positive retention rate of 125%. This should be enough to speak about the power of push notifications. It is fairly understandable; when you get notifications about something, you don’t forget it.

Master the Technique of In App Push Notifications

However, a set of guidelines needs to be in place to make full use of push notifications. How would you as a user respond when you get the same notification repeatedly? What if the notifications you get are not of your interest? What if the notification talks about a discount, but when you follow the link you realize that it is just ‘click and bait?’ Well, these instances irritate any user and he or she ends up opting out of notifications or uninstalls your app! The beginning signs can be higher app exit rate and lower response rate.

To override these factors, one needs to become a loyal brand that cares about its customers. A good e-commerce website or any other business, in general, should partition its users based on their preferences and then send notifications that interest them. It must limit the number of notifications and make them crispy and promising. Some apps provide notifications when a user launches an app to do a task. Instead, the in-app notifications should appear when the user is about to exit the app after he has used it. Also, the app must have easy to opt out of notification feature. From the DMA survey report of 1000 consumers, 69% people agreed to receive push notifications, however, 78% of the people revealed that they would immediately delete the application if the in app notifications were redundant.

The Epilogue

To put in a nutshell, in-app notifications can do wonders in the world of e-commerce. Apps can gain e-commerce websites up to 3 times more profit. If a person opts in to receive notifications from an e-commerce site, chances are that they are already interested in your products; that’s why they opted for reminders! 54% of these ‘prospective’ buyers actually shop from your website. Overall, you get a 300% enhanced chance to boost up your sales. Mobile push notifications are a great source of conversion unless one does some homework and uses them wisely.


MobiCommerce is a leading end-to-end eCommerce software solutions provider. Known for developing scalable and feature-rich Marketplaces, eCommerce websites, mobile apps, and Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), MobiCommerce boasts of being more feature-rich and fast as compared to its competitors. It has a steady clientele from the GCC and Europe.

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