Here’s a visualization of all the major commercial real estate deals involving the tech industry and San Francisco’s SOMA district over the past three years, thanks to Stamen Design and broker Kalin Kelly, who finds space on behalf of tech companies and non-profits. The point of this visualization is not a surprise. It’s known that are lots of tech companies in the… Read More
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Accengage, which specializes in push notification technology for mobile apps, has released its Push Notification Performance Benchmark by Industry for iOS and Android. The data and accompanying infographic detail the performance of push notification campaigns in terms of opt-in and reaction rates, and offer tips for developers looking to increase their push notification engagement rates.
Accengage analyzed data from five billion push notifications sent to 150 million app users (worldwide) from January to December 2014, across 12 industries, including e-commerce, media, travel and retail. The data showed 46 percent of iOS users opt-in to receiving push notifications in apps, while Android users are automatically opted-in by downloading an Android app.
When looking at specific kinds of apps, those iOS apps in the “classifieds” category have the highest opt-in rate for push notifications, at 63 percent of users. These classifieds apps were followed by travel apps at 61 percent, and telecommunications and media apps, which tied for third at 49 percent.
However, just because users have opted-in to receive push notifications, doesn’t mean they’re actually engaging with them. According to this data, the average reaction rate for push notifications across all kinds of apps on both iOS and Android was just six percent, meaning only six percent of users actually engage with push notifications when they’re received.
Fast-moving consumer goods apps (FMCG) were measured to have the highest reaction rate on Android, at 28 percent, while telecommunications apps had the highest reaction rate on iOS, at just seven percent. Interestingly, gaming came in last on both platforms, with a five percent reaction rate on Android and a two percent reaction rate on iOS (tied with retail and real estate apps).
Check out Accengage’s complete findings, as well as tips for improving push notification performance, below.
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One of Facebook’s latest algorithm changes will limit overly promotional organic posts from Pages that are show in News Feed.
Social Times wanted to find out more and Branndon Stewart, founder and CEO of OutboundEngine, was nice enough to do a quick Q&A.
ST: What do the changes mean for small to midsize businesses/startups?
Stewart: It will become harder for SMBs to earn space in their customers’ News Feeds, and they may have to pay to reach the same number of people that they used to be able to reach for free. But, it also means that when businesses do successfully land in the news feed, they’ll have less competition and a greater share of the audience’s attention. This change is important for the overall health of the Facebook ecosystem–a relevant and uncluttered news feed keeps users coming back. SMBs may not like the change, but the alternative is that users abandon Facebook and flock to the next social network, meaning yet another web property for business owners to manage.
ST: What are the top tips that SMBs/startups can do to ensure that they are using Facebook effectively?
Stewart: The most important thing a business owner can do to be successful on Facebook is share great content that followers find valuable. That means a mix of original content, links to interesting third-party content, and meaningful offers from the business. Businesses shouldn’t be posting the same thing over and over, and they certainly shouldn’t be constantly selling at their audience. Don’t forget that Facebook is a highly visual medium, so content should have a high level of professional polish — users expect to see beautiful photography and thoughtful design. Finally, SMBs shouldn’t overlook Facebook’s paid advertising platform. The costs are still reasonable (unlike Adwords), and the ability to target your message is unparalleled. The number of options available in the platform can be overwhelming, but business owners who take the time to understand it will find a big opportunity to get ahead of their competitors.
ST: How will brands and businesses need to think differently to be seen?
Stewart: Businesses will really need to think about how to play the long game with customers, and in many cases that may mean not being seen at all. Originally, you could simply broadcast messages at customers. With the advent of social, it became about joining the conversation, but that was more about following them onto social networks rather than thinking about how those interactions should happen. Now, consumers expect a flawless social media experience, and if they’re going to allow brands into it, they won’t tolerate interruption. So, businesses have to learn to be both present and invisible, subtly interacting with consumers and resisting the temptation to shoehorn in their own messaging until they really have something compelling to offer. When that moment comes, they’ve established trust and credibility and consumers are more likely to react positively.
ST: Any examples of how they can be creative? Or is quality of content more important?
Stewart: Quality of content, including photography/graphics, is paramount. Facebook’s goal is to make advertising appear as seamless as possible for consumers, so there are pretty strict guidelines about what you can get into the news feed. But businesses have a lot of room to get creative in their messaging. What will you give consumers if they engage with you? Can you create a compelling online interaction? For example, we work with a lot of real estate agents, so at one point we created an online quiz about real estate marketing that agents could take to see how their marketing programs stacked up. That’s something they don’t see every day, it’s a 60-second commitment at best, and it’s both valuable for their business and fun for them–we had great results. Anything to reduce the number of “Top X” lists! And, I hate that I even have to say this, but resist the temptation to insert your business into conversations about current events. Almost every brand that tries to get clever with the news looks out of touch at best and downright offensive at worst.
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