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7 Customer Engagement Examples for 2024

March 1, 2024

customer engagement examples

Driving customer engagement is essential to business success because engaged customers bring higher revenue and are more likely to remain loyal to your brand.

But how do you keep customers engaged?

Here are seven examples of brands that excel at customer engagement — we’ll learn what works for them and how you can apply the same tactics to your business.

What is customer engagement? 

Customer engagement is a measurement of how brands interact with customers.

To build engagement, brands must create meaningful customer interactions at multiple touchpoints. In the long run, this drives customer loyalty. 

Measuring customer engagement puts a value on how involved customers are with your brand. Depending on the tactics you use to interact with your customers, there are different metrics to track to gauge engagement. 

Measuring customer engagement

Note that customer experience, customer satisfaction, and customer engagement are interconnected but differing terms.

7 best customer engagement examples and tips

Let’s look into seven examples of customer engagement and the top tactics companies use to keep their customers’ attention.

1. Welcoming customers via email

A welcome email is the first email you send to potential or current customers. It sets expectations for them — what value they can get from your brand. 

Welcome emails also create an opportunity to introduce customers to your tool, show them how to use it, guide them to your most important resources, or provide exclusive discounts.

When a customer first signs up for your tool or subscribe to your newsletter, your brand is still fresh in their mind, and they’re eager to learn more. It is no surprise that welcome emails have the highest open rates at 64%, which is three times more popular than other emails.

The goal of a welcome email is to guide customers to the next interaction, such as trying out your tool, signing up for a webinar, or reading a blog article. 

Customer engagement example from GetResponse

Here's a great example of a welcome email from the email marketing platform GetResponse.

Welcome email from the email marketing platform GetResponse.

Source: GetResponse

It starts by pointing out the tool’s key benefits.

Then, it encourages software adoption (making users comfortable with new software) by guiding users to create their first email. It also promotes the tool’s AI feature, which makes the process quick and simple.

The email also does a great job of creating a sense of urgency. 

2. Sending notifications 

There are two types of notifications — in-app and push notifications. Both help engage customers and prevent them from churning (when a SaaS customer cancels their subscription).

Notifications can also encourage conversions.

In-app notifications

In-app notifications appear while users are on an app to inform and keep them longer. These notifications can come in the form of small pop-ups or full-screen messages. 

In-app notifications appear while users are on an app to inform and keep them longer.

Source: Etsy

Popular use cases for in-app notifications include:

  • Guiding users through your tool’s interface and key features
  • Prompting users to enable push notifications
  • Informing users about important changes, perks, and promotions
  • Encouraging users to rate the app and leave a review

Push notifications

Push notifications appear when an app is closed and help bring users back to it. Push notifications can come from an app or a web browser.

Push notifications appear when an app is closed and help bring users back to it.

Source: Apple support

You can A/B test push notifications to see what drives higher engagement. Does a specific time of the day work better? Or does one call to action engage users more than another?

Here are some common uses of push notifications:

  • Providing users with essential updates, including two-step authentication, password reset, etc.
  • Engaging e-commerce users with delivery updates, abandoned cart reminders, etc.
  • Reminding users about the final days of their free trial, daily goals, an online event, etc.
  • Updating users about special offers and promotions

Interestingly, driving customer engagement with push notifications is not limited to digital experiences. The MQTT protocol, used in many internet of things (IoT) applications, allows notifications to connect our digital and physical lives. 

You will find these notifications in smart gadgets for home security, energy-efficient heating, and health tracking, among other applications. They can trigger actions such as adjusting the thermostat or monitoring glucose levels.

Customer engagement example from Apple Watch

Apple Watch is a smartwatch with diverse capabilities, including health tracking. It can monitor metrics related to your physical activity, sleep, heart rate, medications, moods, and menstrual cycles.

The watch uses different types of notifications to keep users engaged. 

Apple watch uses different types of notification to keep users engaged.

Source: Apple support

For instance, the Health app pings if your heart rate is above or below a certain threshold or if you’ve had an irregular heartbeat.

Similarly, the Fitness app sends notifications regarding your physical activity. It also uses positive reinforcement to stimulate users. You’ve hit a daily fitness goal; you get a notification to congratulate you on your efforts. You’ve missed a goal; a notification encourages you to try harder next time.

3. Using gamification

Gamification in SaaS involves using game elements to engage users and keep them motivated. Such elements could be badges, progress bars, pop-up messages, automated checklists, and streaks, among others.

In game design, one of the ways to make a game more engaging is to include positive rewards.

For example, the racing simulator Gran Turismo encourages users to complete daily workouts by offering roulette tickets for exclusive car parts. The unique reward keeps players motivated to drive every day.

Gran Turismo offers rewards as a way to encourage users to complete daily tasks.

Source: Gran Turismo manual

SaaS companies can create similar experiences to keep users engaged and excited about their tools.

Customer engagement example from Grammarly

Typing assistant Grammarly uses different gamification elements to engage users. 

They get editing suggestions when editing a text using the Grammarly app or plugin. Once they’ve reviewed all the edits, Grammarly shows encouraging messages such as “Nice job! You made that look easy.”

Moreover, Grammarly sends weekly emails to celebrate users’ writing streaks. These emails also include charts and percentages comparing user’s productivity, accuracy, and vocabulary to other users.

Such emails can be an excellent incentive for competitive users.

Grammarly emails notifying users of their writing streaks.

Source: Grammarly

4. Sharing interactive quizzes

Quizzes are a form of interactive content with elements of personalization and gamification.

There are different types of quizzes — trivia, personality, and product recommendation quizzes, etc. Each type gives you a different opportunity to connect with your target audience and grab their attention. 

Here are a few ideas. 

Product recommendation quizzes ask users several questions to determine the best product for their needs. These quizzes are most popular in e-commerce but can easily be applied to SaaS.

Research quizzes collect user information and are a fun alternative to traditional feedback surveys. Depending on users ' replies, you can personalize the experience by creating different question paths. 

Assessment quizzes test a user’s knowledge of a topic. You can integrate them into your onboarding process to gamify the experience. Or, you can make them part of a competition and incentivize user participation with rewards.

All types of quizzes are excellent for data collection, so you can also use them to segment your audience more precisely for other marketing activities.

Customer engagement example from Zapier

Zapier helps businesses automate workflows by integrating different apps without coding. One of its biggest advantages is it can connect to almost 7,000 tools. The downside is deciding what to automate can be overwhelming.

Zapier has solved this challenge by creating a quiz to understand users’ pain points. 

Zapier quiz to understand users' pain points

Source: Zapier

They ask:

  • If you could delegate one type of task to your computer, which would you choose?
  • What kind of task creation are you spending the most time on?
  • What apps suck up the most time in your day?

Based on this information, Zapier recommends relevant integrations. That helps new users quickly set up automated workflows.

5. Using personalized content

Personalizing content involves gathering user data and using it to create tailor-made experiences for every user. It makes users feel valued and encourages continuous engagement.

YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix are among the leaders in content personalization. The more content you consume, the better the algorithm serves your interests. Thus, the in-app experience you receive is unique and engulfing.

To start with personalization, you need to segment your users. Use consumer data to put users into different categories depending on their app usage or stage in the customer journey. Alternatively, you can segment users by age, gender, location, occupation, etc.

Customer engagement example from ClickUp

Project management tool ClickUp starts segmenting users during the signup process. Before onboarding, they go through a quick set of questions that help personalize their experience. 

Clickup asks users how they will use the software—in a team or on their own, and what department they work in. Based on their replies, users get a curated selection of templates for their projects.

Source: ClickUp

If they’ve been using a different project management software, they’re guided through a seamless process to import their tasks.

Questions like these help ClickUp segment customers while simplifying onboarding and creating an engaging, custom-made experience.  

6. Using social media

Social media lets you connect directly with users and build a community around your brand and values.

You can engage your social media audience in various ways.

The most straightforward approach is to post content that resonates with your followers. Likes, comments, shares, views, clicks, saves, etc., are ways users can interact with your brand.

You can also use social media to collect customer feedback and provide customer service. It requires responding to comments and DMs. You might also need a social listening tool to monitor brand mentions outside your channels. 

Customer engagement example from Canva

Canva, a popular online graphic design tool, actively uses social media to engage with current and potential customers.

Here’s an example of how it used customer feedback: 

In Instagram comments, multiple users asked for a specific template. Canva listened to them and added the template to its library. Next, the brand created a post around that, which sent an important message: “We value customer feedback, and we take it to heart.”

Source: Canva on Instagram

Canva also does a great job of utilizing user-generated content (UGC)

UGC allows the brand to showcase unique use cases for its tool while demonstrating social proof. The example below shows how to integrate Canva with another tool to create charts and visualize data beautifully.

Source: Canva on Instagram

7. Launching a customer loyalty program

Loyalty programs provide incentives for businesses’ best customers to keep them engaged and build loyalty. Incentives can be vouchers, discounts, and free perks, among others.

There are different ways to set up a loyalty program. One approach is to reward users whenever they introduce you to new customers. Alternatively, to stimulate spending, you can give points at every purchase and allow users to redeem their points on enticing rewards. 

What makes an effective loyalty program? 

Meaningful and desirable rewards. To keep your customers engaged, they need to recognize the value of participating. 

Customer engagement example from Frase

The AI copywriting tool Frase offers a great example of how a company can build loyalty outside monetary rewards. They launched a Facebook group to interact directly with customers and allow them to communicate with each other.

To keep group members engaged, Frase gives them insight into upcoming features and involves them in the early stages of new releases. 

Source: Frase Insider

The team at Frase proactively seeks customer feedback and maintains an ongoing dialogue, showing users their needs and opinions matter. 

Frase has also successfully built a community around their product. Anyone can post questions and receive replies from fellow users.

How to measure customer engagement

Measuring customer engagement shows you how involved customers are with your brand. This helps you test different tactics, understand which are most effective, and invest resources more effectively. 

Here’s how you can quantify customer engagement.

Top 5 customer engagement metrics

You can use different metrics to measure customer engagement depending on your customer engagement strategy.

Some of the most common metrics for customer engagement are:

  • Conversion rate measures the percentage of people who completed a desired action, such as registering for a tool, signing up for a newsletter, booking a demo, etc. 
  • Average session time is how much time a user spends on a page in a single visit—in general, longer session time indicates higher user engagement.
  • Customer lifetime value estimates the average total profit a business can expect from a single customer during its relationship with the company.
  • Churn rate is the percentage of customers that end their relationship with a company. This metric can help identify why customers are leaving and find ways to improve customer retention.
  • Net promoter score (NPS) calculates how likely a customer is to recommend your business on a scale from 1 (extremely unlikely) to 10 (extremely likely). Those who answer 9 and 10 are your “promoters.”

Transactional NPS is measured in customer interactions such as sales meetings or software implementation workshops. It helps us identify areas for improvement and develop our service and processes to meet customer needs better.

We evaluate how each touchpoint works and make adjustments to enhance the overall customer experience.

"At Trustmary, we measure both transactional and relationship NPS. When measuring NPS, we also ask for feedback and reviews. Relationship NPS allows us to measure customer satisfaction across our entire customer base once a quarter. We measure it every quarter to get a clear picture of how satisfied our customers are. So, we can quickly react to any potential bottlenecks.” 

Petteri Puumala, Customer Success Manager, Trustmary

If you’re using social media to engage with customers, you can track how many users shared and saved your content. For email marketing, a relevant metric can be open rates.

The same goes for different teams in your company — some customer engagement metrics will be more relevant to your marketing specialists, others to your product developers.

Tip: A good engagement score will look different depending on the metrics you use to measure customer engagement.

For instance, if you track conversion rates, you want them to be over the industry average. If you measure the NPS, above 50 is excellent, and over 80 is outstanding.

Customer engagement automation is the way forward

Good customer engagement means customers actively engage with your brand at different touchpoints—they open your emails, participate in your loyalty program, like your social media posts, or contribute to your online community. 

With all the touchpoints and tactics necessary to engage customers, managing and tracking everything can become a challenge. But with a manual approach, you risk wasting time and resources, which can lead to inaccuracies.

Your best bet is using marketing automation software to create, manage, and optimize omnichannel customer interactions. It collects all customer data in one place, making it easier for brands to personalize messages and make holistic business decisions.

Choose your marketing automation platform and explore all the benefits of customer engagement.

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Edited by Jigmee Bhutia

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