Aimtell helps marketers send targeted web push notifications to clients, customers, and other interested parties. In this article, you'll learn some basics about how to use Aimtell and find resources that can help you as you work.
BEFORE YOU START
Aimtell is a web-based application that works in most web browsers, which means you don't need to download or install any software on your computer. Furthermore, desktop push notifications are relatively new and support for them increases every day. That said, notifications are currently supported on:
- Chrome (Desktop)*
- Chrome (Mobile - Android)*
- Safari (Desktop)
- Firefox (Desktop)*
- Opera (Desktop)*
- Opera (Mobile - Android)*
*Requires HTTPS website. If you are not sure if your website is HTTPS, take a look at our FAQ.
Once you sign up for the trial you will be taken to the "Welcome Screen." On this screen you will be given three choices on how to install.
The three ways you can install are: Shopify, WordPress, or Manually.
ADDING YOUR FIRST WEBSITE
The foundation of Aimtell is the tracking + notification software which is installed on your site. By uploading two small files and adding a tracking snippet to the footer of your site, you will instantly be able to have users opt-in to receiving notifications to your site while simultaneously tracking anonymous information.
To register your first site click "Integration" -> "Add Site" when you are in the dashboard.
At this point you are presented with three areas to fill out:
- Icon - the image you want to use for your push notifications
- Name - a custom name for your site (this is not shown to users)
- URL - the URL of your site (be sure to include "https://" such as "https://aimtell.com".
After filling out the information above, click "Create". Our software will prepare all the requirements on your behalf and in a few seconds your site will be created.
Once your site is ready you will need to install the tracking code and upload the required files. You should automatically be redirected to the installation page but if not you can go to "View Websites", click edit on the site you are working on and then click "Tracking Code".
There are two things you need to complete:
- Download the required files and upload them to your sites root directory. (not sure what that means, check out our FAQ)
- Click "View Tracking Code" and copy and paste the snippet on the footer of every page you wish to track (note: you must install this on the homepage in order to properly work).
After your tracking code is properly installed your website visitors will automatically be prompted to receive notifications from you. These users, after accepting, are now referred to as "subscribers".
You can view all of your subscribers under "Subscribers" -> "View Subscribers". Basic information is automatically tracked for each user including deviceType, location, browser, etc. If you would like to add custom information check out our article here.
SENDING A PUSH CAMPAIGN
The next part of push notification marketing is crafting the push message itself. You can do so by heading to "Push Notifications" -> "Add Campaign".
Under the Create Campaign section you are guided through creating your campaign including: Name (not shown to subscribers), Segment (who you want to send it to), Push Title, Body, Link and the schedule date. Notifications that are marked as scheduled are automatically sent within 10 minutes from their schedule date.
After a campaign is sent you can view the report under "Push Notifications" -> "View Campaigns" -> "View Results". Reports show the number of notifications sent and clicked, based on a given date range.
Now you are ready to start taking advantage of Web Push Notifications! If you need any support along the way create a ticket within the dashboard or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org