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How to increase web push CTR by optimizing CTA?

Last updated - January 10 2024 6:35 PM
Aleksandra Kozioł
Reading time - 3 min
Web push

How to increase web push CTR by optimizing CTA?

Last updated - January 10, 2024
Aleksandra Kozioł
3 min Read
© Mohamed_hassan from pixabay via canva

It’s a commonly known fact that adding and optimizing CTA in your marketing materials increases the CTR index. When it comes to web push, it’s the same story. In this article, we are going to talk about CTAs–how can they increase your web push CTR and improve your overall marketing efforts? Let’s find out!

The CTA abbreviation stands for a call to action.  In marketing, it refers to a prompt or directive strategically designed to elicit an immediate response from the target audience. A well-employed CTA guides users toward a specific action, such as making a purchase, signing up for a newsletter, or clicking a link. Effective CTAs are concise, persuasive, and directly aligned with the overarching marketing goals.

Apart from strictly copywritten slogans, a CTA can take the form of a small button or statement placed on your website or in other marketing materials in order to encourage users to take a specific next step. As it happens, people are more likely to do something when you simply tell them to. As a result, CTA improves CTR (click-through rates) in:

  • Emails

  • Facebook pages

  • Videos

  • Push notifications: by 50%

The juice is worth the squeeze. Adding a CTA is a relatively straightforward action that can significantly enhance the efficiency of your marketing campaigns. However, like everything else, CTA has to be well-thought-out and designed to help you achieve a specific goal. Let’s talk about that a bit more.

How to design and optimize an effective CTA button

For starters, let’s concentrate on the form itself. As our experience at PushPushGo suggests, a button is an optimal form, far more effective than just text with an embedded link. The reason is apparent–buttons are much more visible and eye-catching than plain text. 

Remember that every CTA button has to meet two crucial conditions:

  • It has to be clearly visible and easy to click

  • It should draw potential customer’s attention

In order to achieve these two objectives, you could try some of the proven techniques. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Try first-person CTAs (e.g., “I want this ebook!”). In some instances, they can offer a 90% increase in click-through rate.

  • Use contrasting colors for your button (e.g., orange, red).

  • Try to personalize your CTAs (diverse personalization applications offer you the possibility to personalize the message to every customer.

  • Put CTA in various places in the text, but at least one at the very end of it.

  • Reduce the mess around your CTA button. Let it stand out from the background.

  • Be specific - focus on a clearly defined action you want your users to take. Don’t mess with their heads by giving them a ton of different CTAs in one place.

Take a look at some of the examples of CTAs that successfully attract customer attention:


cta dropbox


cta shopify


canva cta


getresponse cta


These are words that encourage users to take action, primarily by evoking a specific psychological or emotional response. Again, a few examples:

  • Sign up now

  • Try for free

  • Get started

  • Learn more

  • Sign up for free

  • Give X a try

  • Get X for free

  • Claim your free reward

CTA shouldn’t be long or complicated. Make it as short and clear as possible.


If you want to make your CTAs even more effective, try some of the following strategies:

  • Offer something for free: Customers love freebies and gifts. If you can give something for free (e.g., in exchange for their email address), do so! You will grow your email base in no time.

  • Give instant benefit: Today, customers hate to wait for their product or reward. Promise them they will get their product/service/offer ASAP. You can also try to create a sense of urgency: “Schedule a call in 5 minutes”

  • Use the before-after bridge in your content: It’s one of the most popular copywriting techniques. Show your customers you can solve their problems: “Still looking for a perfect laptop?”, “Discover the best lawn mowers on sale”.

  • Use social proof to heighten the value of your CTA: This technique always works. Show how large your customer base is: “Join 100,000 satisfied customers!”, “Over 5,000 people bought this product”. This way, you will encourage potential customers to join this vast group of satisfied individuals.

CTAs in push notifications

Earlier this year, Businessofapps.com published the list of Push Notification Statistics for 2021. As their findings show, push notifications prove to be effective in diverse aspects of online business:

  • Push notifications have the highest open rates in the following sectors: business and finance, entertainment, and coupons

  • The biggest senders of push notifications are e-commerce companies (over 22% market share) and online media (18.79%)

  • Segmented push notifications have the highest click-through conversion rate (almost 2%)

Push notifications are mercifully short so building a proper call to action in the message content is crucial. Remember the chapter above, in which we’ve shown you some examples of simple, catchy slogans. But wait, there’s more! 

A picture speaks more than a thousand words - so you can actually post your CTA message on an image added to your push notification. 

And let’s not forget about buttons. In our experience, spanning over six years and millions of push campaigns, we have concluded that push messages with CTA buttons are very efficient.  In 2022, about 60% of web push campaigns sent contained CTA and had Require Interaction enabled. More than 22% of sent notifications contained one or two CTA buttons, nearly 10% were sent with Require Interaction enabled only, and more than 7% had neither CTA nor Require Interaction. Take a look at some examples of such campaigns:




PushPushGo application allows you to add up to two CTA buttons. This can be used to direct your subscribers to more specific areas of your offer. For example, if you are running a general sale in your clothes shop, you can use the buttons to encourage your users to visit men's or women's apparel sections, according to their interests. 

Remember: if you do not include a CTA button to your notification but enable the "Require Interaction" feature, browsers by default add a CTA “Close”. Is it something you would like your subscribers to do?


Push notifications allow you to achieve diverse marketing and sales goals, from growing your base of loyal customers through retargeting and rescuing abandoned carts to promoting special offers and new arrivals. Web push is ad-blocker-proof and works with every major Internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Samsung Browser, and more). If you want to find out more about push notifications, contact us at hello@pushpushgo.com.

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Aleksandra Kozioł

Content Specialist @PushPushGo

Editor and writer. She is interested in media and new technologies. 

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