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Leveraging conversations for marketing this Ramadan

Leveraging conversations for marketing this Ramadan
As a time for reflection, connection and communication, there’s no better time to create meaningful conversations with your customers than at Ramadan.

The significant rise of online activity during the holy month offers brands an opportunity to connect with their customers. Time spent on mobile devices during Ramadan is 72% higher than at other times of the year. Additionally, there is upwards of 50% more money spent online than would be spent at typical times. 

Brands need to ensure they are present throughout the expanding digital landscape with messages that are highly personalized, coordinated and automated across platforms in order to manage timing and increased volume. For example, people stay up later during Ramadan and have more downtime, with peak hours of social media activity between 6pm to 7pm and 12am to 4am. Not exactly perfect times for most conventional businesses to respond to customer needs. But an ideal opportunity to employ established and emerging conversational marketing techniques. 

In fact, conversational solutions that offer personal and automated business messaging over apps like WhatsApp are key in building instant connections that lead to lasting relationships.

Conversational Marketing at Ramadan   

While connections with friends, family, and the spiritual self will always be at the center of Ramadan, all connections are increasingly influenced by the growing complexity and sophistication of digital interactions. And just like any good, lasting relationship, brand relationships are not about a single encounter or a one-time conversation. Instead, it’s an ongoing commitment; a give and take between customer and organizations over a significant period of time, across many different encounters. 

In 2023, customers expect to be able to engage with a brand across multiple platforms and devices. And they expect the experience to be entertaining, meaningful and seamless. In fact, 73% of customers now use multiple channels during their shopping experiences. On the surface, that can be daunting for teams with limited capacity and budget constraints. But it is getting easier and easier to build and maintain integrated campaigns through omni-channel marketing. And there is no doubt that this integrated approach is paying dividends, with customers who shop across multiple channels returning a 30% higher lifetime value than those who shop through a single channel. 

Further, omnichannel communication aims to engage consumers in ongoing conversations consistently across platforms, rather than through one-way messaging on a single platform. It’s based entirely on what the consumer wants and needs, when they want it and need it, and drawing them into a back and-forth that offers value to them. This may involve any combination of interactions but the ultimate goal is to create an ongoing dialogue between organization and customer. 

Conversational marketing is an asynchronous, cross-platform, computer-generated interaction that is highly relatable and adaptable to customer needs. It opens direct, meaningful channels of dialogue with current and prospective customers. These types of interactions are ideal for helping organizations meet customer demands anywhere and at any time.  And the more a customer converses with a brand, the more that brand can learn and then customize the customer experience. The intelligence gathered through those conversational interactions is proving to be extraordinarily valuable. In fact, conversational marketing can increase conversion rates by up to 82%.



Chatbots and mobile messaging are particularly powerful when it comes to creating meaningful customer experiences and sparking conversation during Ramadan.

WhatsApp is the most used social media messaging app in Saudi Arabia, with an astounding 92% of people reporting that they utilize the messaging app. And year over year the number of messages sent on WhatsApp throughout Ramadan are on a steady rise, with 45% of shoppers spending more time using WhatsApp during Ramadan. Intelligent businesses are driving higher conversion rates by redirecting potential customers from traditional promotional channels to WhatsApp in order to take advantage.

For example, if a customer has a specific question blocking them from completing a purchase, they don’t necessarily need to wait for a time to speak with an agent. Instead, growingly sophisticated chatbot services offer the right answers at the right time in order to complete the customer journey. The level of sophistication provided by chatbots continues to rise and that is driving customer satisfaction. In fact, 57% of consumers are interested in chatbots because of how fast they can respond, and 47% would buy items directly from a chatbot. But that is far from the only way WhatsApp can help foster customer relationships during Ramadan.


These include: 

Sharing special offers: During Ramadan and Eid there is a significant surge in shoppers hunting for deals in the retail space. By connecting with consumers via direct messaging, organizations can push those customized deals to qualified consumers.  

Sharing social upliftment initiatives and events: There was a 190% rise in the numbers searches related to mental health and wellness during Ramadan in 2021. By creating WhatsApp campaigns based around feel good or humorous content connected to product or service offerings, brands can surely benefit. 

Sending abandoned cart reminders and back in stock alerts: Shoppers looking for new products tend to save them in their carts while continuing to scroll online. Using WhatsApp to remind a customer they’ve left items in their cart without checking out is a gentle and effective way to nudge buyers through the customer journey.

Providing advanced customer service opportunities. WhatsApp chatbot is particularly adept at handling customer concerns whenever or however they may present themselves. People have no patience when it comes to getting the answers they want and chatbot services are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 

These are just a few very small examples of the opportunities to leverage direct messaging during Ramadan. The only real limit when it comes to WhatsApp and customer engagement during this important time of year is imagination. However, there is no doubt that creative, personalized approaches to customer experience at Ramadan and Eid through conversational marketing are paying off:
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71% of shoppers or observers agree it’s easier to complete their Ramadan shopping with personalised product and gift suggestions.
Building ongoing, lasting connection
66% of shoppers or observers feel more connected to a brand through instant messaging during Ramadan and Eid.


WhatsApp isn’t the only one in on the act. In fact, most digital platforms see significant increases in activity over Ramadan. YouTube viewership increased by 25% during Ramadan in the Middle East and North Africa, with viewers spending an average of 2 hours and 16 minutes per day watching videos. Facebook and Instagram usage increased by 18% and 15% with Facebook Live broadcasts surging 58% during Ramadan. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), social media usage increased by 47%, with an average of 3 hours and 43 minutes spent on social media per day. While in Saudi Arabia, social media usage increased by 30% , with an average of 2 hours and 50 minutes.

And the experience on those platforms during Ramadan has lasting impacts on customer experience and brand loyalty. For example, nearly 60% of shoppers said they felt more connected to a brand after seeing Ramadan or Eid content on Facebook or Instagram. However, those companies that are unprepared to deal with the rise in online activities over Ramadan risk more than opportunities for increased revenue; they risk losing their customers to savvy competitors.  

Customer experience continues to be among the single most important factors in determining brand loyalty. Consumers do not want to have to wait or navigate complex buying journeys as part of their shopping experience. Upwards of 80% of Saudi shoppers, for example, say they are loyal to specific retailers over Ramadan, but that just one negative experience can impact that. And around 65% of people do in fact experience challenges with online shopping. This means the door is open for customers to walk out the door during Ramadan. In fact, 42% of Saudi consumers say they will try a new brand if a product ships from there faster. Meanwhile 36% will do the same if an item is available elsewhere first, and 33% if a product is less expensive.


If brands are focusing on one-off, single channel engagements during Ramadan they’re very likely missing opportunities. From the first point of contact to opening a package of newly purchased items delivered to a home, brands need to be prepared and willing to engage customers appropriately at any point;  aware of the joys and pitfalls of the customer experience at every step. For example:


Using QR codes in traditional print media or in social media campaigns provides a more continuous and robust customer experience by allowing customers to click through to WhatsApp chat services, helping spark a conversation with new leads.


In any new relationship there can be moments of hesitation. And when a new customer gets to the point of purchase, it’s possible they could get cold feet. Sending reassuring, personalized reminders through a favorite social channel or messaging service is very effective. This can be related to an abandoned cart, or when a popular item is back in stock,  or even when recommending complimentary products. It shows care and attention while bringing the brand back to the top of mind.


Courting perspective and new customers is exciting but there is nothing more valuable to a business than the customers and clients they already have. Continuing to nurture that relationship by ensuring the journey from purchase to delivery is seamless with end-to-end communication is critical to maximizing the lifetime value of a customer. That includes a robust after-sales process, with easy return or issues resolutions, which a self-service chatbot is highly effective at.

Should an organization manage to create and deliver a solid customer experience with conversational marketing, the benefits are myriad during Ramadan. This includes driving more value from ads, extending conversations beyond a one-way message, less expensive campaigns, better customer satisfaction rates post-sale, building better long relationships with customers, and higher overall conversion rates.
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