iOS 10 Rich Notifications Will Get Read More Says New Report From Urban Airship

Posted 9/7/2016 8:06:02 AM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

iOS 10 Rich Notifications Will Get Read More Says New Report From Urban Airship
Just ahead of the final release of Apple’s iOS 10 and its support for Rich Notifications - where images, video, audio, GIFs and interactive buttons are embedded directly within push notifications - Urban Airship is revealing an initial performance analysis of similar big picture style notifications on Android. 
Data from nearly 5 million messages sent between August 5-18 show that big picture notifications see a 56 percent higher direct open rate on average than notifications without images. With Rich Notifications soon available across all major mobile platforms, marketers can gain greater response and engagement using rich media, while taking advantage of an even bigger opportunity to create powerful, streamlined customer experiences with more app interactions and content delivered to the lockscreen.
They are also announcing the industry’s first cross-platform support for all Rich Notification media types in Urban Airship Engage, which extends its years-long advantage in offering out-of-the-box functionality for interactive notification buttons and Android Rich Notifications. These new cross-platform capabilities will be available in the Urban Airship SDK 8.0, which will immediately follow the final release of iOS 10. In addition, Urban Airship offers a proprietary content delivery network to provide customers convenience and speed in serving up media for Rich Notifications. 
iOS 10 will display accompanying rich media as thumbnail previews on receipt, and also offer better visibility to buttons contained in notifications. Combined with Urban Airship Engage’s real-time marketing automation engine and its new Message Composer, marketers can easily create, test and manage an endless array of Rich Notification experiences to optimally engage users in key moments throughout their customer journey. For example: 
A retailer might determine an offer and product image with “View Details” and “Add to Wish List” buttons perform best for products customers recently browsed, whereas users showing deeper levels of product engagment get a demo video and “Add to Cart” button.
An event could send attendees a picture of their mobile ticket with “Add” and “Remind Me Later” buttons. 
News organizations might find audio or video culled from social media drives more interest in unfolding events than a standard wire photo, adding “Follow” and “Share” buttons to amplify reach.
Every user action, such as taps on interactive buttons, will enrich Urban Airship’s user profiles in real-time and can trigger conditional follow-on automation. For example, hotels sending a receipt image with simple thumbs-up, thumbs-down emoji buttons to rate their stay, could then ask satisfied guests to share their experience with friends, whereas unsatisfied guests could be directed to an in-app survey to garner details.
“The future of customer insight will rely more on messaging interactions than app or website sessions,” said Brett Caine, CEO and president, Urban Airship. “Businesses that seize this shift to offer proactive service-oriented experiences within each individual customer’s immediate context and moment of need will learn and grow the most.” 
Caine continues: “Apple's upcoming iOS release and Android's existing Rich Notification support will transform the mobile experience for the vast majority of smartphone users virtually overnight. Businesses get a more visible and effective on-ramp to better customer insight and deeper app experiences, while customers gain a richer and more actionable experience without even having to open the app.”  
Analysis included Android apps that sent at least 400 big picture notifications between August 5-18, and compared average direct open rates of these messages to notifications sent without pictures. Nearly 5 million notifications were included in the study, of which more than 650,000 were big picture style. 

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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