To enable Push Notifications and In-App Messaging for an app, simply enable the Messaging feature within Kumulos, upload your APNS and/or FCM certificates and then integrate an SDK into your app project. As soon as you publish the update to the app stores you will then be able to send push notifications and in-app messages to your users.
If you are an agency, managing an app for a client, you can now send messages on their behalf as part of a retention and engagement service you can deliver for them or, you can let them do this from their Client Portal showing your brand.
Create a Client¶
Kumulos groups your Apps under Clients, usually the name of the company whose app you are building or optimizing. To add a new client click the primary action button from your agency console.
Fill in the name of the client. If you are managing an app for someone else, you can enable the Client Portal so they can send push notifications and in-app messages to their users. Click "Save" when done.
You will now be redirected to the client dashboard.
Add an App¶
Now, you can add an app for that client by clicking the primary action button. Fill in the name of the App, and optionally, add a brief description and upload an icon. Click "Save" when done.
You will now be redirected to the dashboard for that app where you can enable Push Notifications.
To start a 30 day free trial, either select Messaging from the left menu or click the
Start button next to Messaging on the App Dashboard.
You will now see some more information about the Messaging feature.
Enable when prompted. You will be asked to confirm that you wish to begin a 30 day free trial.
Yes, proceed when prompted. Your 30 day trial of messaging will begin.
In order to send messages to users of your app, you must configure one or more messaging gateways. For mobile push notifications, this means configuring the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS) and/or Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM), uploading your push certificates to Kumulos and then integrating the SDK. For in-app messaging, you simply need to integrate the SDK. There is no additional configuration required for web push notifications.
CONFIGURE NOW or, expand 'Messaging' in the left menu and select 'Configuration'.
You will now see the Messaging Configuration screen where you can add your APNS and/or FCM credentials and download the appropriate SDKs for your app.
Click the cog icon next to the platform you would like to configure to open the dialog where you can enter the required information to send push notifications to iOS devices via APNS and/or Android devices via FCM.
In order to send push notifications to iOS devices with Kumulos, you'll need to create certificates in the Apple Developer Member Center. The steps to complete this are shown in the video guide.
In order to enable push notifications for Android with Kumulos, you'll need to set up an FCM project and configure push for your app. These steps are shown in the following video guide.
Download and Integrate an SDK¶
You can now download the appropriate SDK(s) for your mobile app by selecting an SDK from the list at the bottom of the Configuration screen.
Follow the integration guide for that SDK to initialize the Kumulos client in your app project. Please note that you will need the API Key and Secret Key shown on the App Dashboard to do this.
For web push notifications, you will need the Website & PWA SDK, which is distributed through a CDN or NPM. In addition to your API Key and Secret Key shown on the App Dashboard, you will also need the VAPID public key from the web push configuration dialog.
Once you have this, please follow the Website & PWA integration guide.
Checking installs of your App¶
When you run your app on a simulator or install your app on a device, you can check that the SDK has been initialized correctly by selecting the app and clicking the
Installs tab to see the ten most recent installs of your app. Click on an install, click the 'Push' tab and click
Send Test Push.
If you experience any difficulties integrating an SDK, please don't hesitate to contact support who are standing by to help!
Reviewing your Configuration¶
To review your messaging gateway configuration, expand 'Messaging' in the left menu and select 'Configuration'.
This will show how many installs are subscribed to receive push notifications and how many and users have opted in to receive in-app messages, broken down by platform.
The 'Push Notifications' widget is where you can reconfigure the APNS and FCM platforms. This will show an amber, warning alert if the push certificate for APNS is due to expire in under two weeks.
This will show a red critical alert if the certificate has expired! In other words, if you cannot now send notifications to your iOS app! These alerts will be reflected in the App Dashboard.
Click on the cog to see the expiry date of the certificate and upload a new one.
Customize Web Push Icon¶
To customize the icon displayed with web push notifications, expand 'Messaging' in the left menu, select 'Configuration' and click the settings cog next to the web icon.
You can either enter the URL to the icon or use your media library. Click
CHOOSE/UPLOAD ICON to open your media library. Here, you can upload a new icon or select an icon previously uploaded.
To upload a new icon, click the upload primary action button. Click 'Choose File' to browse your computer and find the icon. Select any tags to help you find the icon later or to add a new tag, just start typing and click 'Create new tag'. Click 'Upload' to add the icon to your media library and use this for your web push notifications.
To use an icon you have previously uploaded, simply select the icon and click the tick primary action button. You can either scroll through your library or filter by the tags you have added previously.
CONFIGURE when done.
That's it - you're all set to start sending notifications to your subscribers! Read on to learn about your messaging dashboard, how to use segments, channels, geofences and beacons to target your audience, how to send push notifications and in-app messages and how to create automation rules to automatically send notifications on a trigger such as a device entering or exiting a geofence.