Top 5 Expert Tips for Writing Effective & Engaging Push Notifications

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Out-of-policy bookings cost money, time, and at worst, put travelers at risk. Sure, you’ve sent the emails (and lots of them), but bookings and traveler decisions still seem to fall through the cracks. So how can this issue be solved?

Browser extensions are easy to install, constantly working in the background, and assist you in real-time during various workflows or tasks. A common consumer-grade browser extension is Paypal Honeyit searches across countless online databases to immediately provide the best and most relevant coupons for 40,000+ stores.

This sounds all well and good, but how can you use browser extension to facilitate adoption of your booking policies?

Instead of relying on email to get the message out, you can send company policy updates right where it matters most: at point-of-booking. A browser extension can shoot over a push notification at any point of the booking process to remind travelers of your travel policy as they book. This lets you act as a guide for your travelers without wasting time hovering over everyone’s shoulders. But keep in mind that not all push notifications are created equally.

Looking to get started? Here are 5 tips from our experts on writing effective and engaging push notifications.

1. Be Benefit Focused

Let’s face it: if you want people to do something, you have to let them know what’s in it for them. Your push notifications should clearly communicate what travelers will gain from taking policy-compliant actions. 

For example, if your traveler is trying to book on Expedia instead of your online booking tool, don’t just say, “Company policy requires you to book lodging through our OBT.” Let your traveler know what booking through your OBT can do for them. Can they get late check outs? Free breakfast? Loyalty points they can use toward personal vacations? The more you show your traveler how your policy benefits them, the more they’ll be motivated to follow it. Timely notifications can also make travelers feel safe and supported while on the road and give travel managers the reach they need to meet their duty of care standards. 

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2. Don’t Be Pushy with Your Push Notification

We know it sounds like an oxymoron but let us explain. At the end of the day, you should be using push notifications to gradually change travelers’ booking behaviors and familiarize them enough with your travel policy that they can do it without the extra reminders. Being too bossy risks creating an adversarial perception of your travel program. It’s more effective to nudge your travelers towards the appropriate booking decisions. Instead of explicitly saying they need to opt for eco-friendly transportation to benefit your policy’s carbon initiative, try something softer like, "Go green! Maybe take the train instead?" 

Just remember: your content should still sound like it comes from your brand. If you work for a company that uses humor heavily in all their messaging, then it would make sense for you to use humor in all of your notifications too! But if your brand tends to take a more serious tone, a strict response may be more expected and well-received by your travelers.

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3. Keep It Catchy & Concise

Your message should be easy to read and understand (yes, they’re two different things). Make sure every word counts. Sometimes it’s best to stick to one short phrase while bolding the most important content. You could even enhance your message with images, GIFs, and emojis to catch your traveler’s eye and ensure they’ll read your push notification!  

However, there may also be times where you genuinely do have a lot of necessary information you can’t afford to cut out from a singular push notification. To convey that guidance without overwhelming your traveler, you could try one of the following methods: 

  • Break up your content with a dropdown menu so travelers can easily identify and look into topics most relevant to their personal booking experience. 

  • Use bullet points to chop up information into bite-sized, easy-to-read concepts. 

  • Link out to your organization’s larger internal resources, like videos or instructional guides. Just provide a teaser of the content you’re embedding so your traveler knows what they’re getting into. 

4. One CTA is All You Need

When writing a push notification, you should first ask yourself: “What is my goal with this message?” Do you want to encourage booking through your OBT? Convince travelers to take the train to cut carbon emissions? The answer should be one quick, measurable action your user can take from your push notification. Keep in mind that while push notifications are not an approval tool, they are great for surveying and collecting contextual data to see if your travelers are actually doing what you need them to.

5. Spread Out Across Booking Flow

Be careful with the amount of push notifications you send. Your travelers will quickly get overwhelmed if they receive too many messages at once – especially if they won’t use that information until further into their booking journey. Piece-mealing notifications keeps travelers more compliant and confident in understanding policy, so try to think holistically about different stages of the OBT booking process where notifications could appear. A push should be relevant to your users and their needs at that moment in their booking flow. If it’s not something they need at that point, wait until they do!

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Wrap Up

This tool isn’t just a dream…we have it, and it’s called the FCM Extension. And oh yeah, did we mention it’s the only tool of its kind

The FCM Extension is a simple browser plugin that works on Chrome and Edge and provides travelers with enhanced decision-making support (and you with peace of mind). The Extension operates on more than 2,000 websites, with notifications tailored to your program and aimed at changing booking behavior. 

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