Why Hyper-Personalization Is The Future Of Marketing (And How To Do It)

Why Hyper-Personalization Is The Future Of Marketing (And How To Do It)

We are living in the era of the ‘Evolved Consumer’, where consumers actively seek information to make informed decisions and don’t place their trust implicitly in brands. User Behavior today is heavily reliant on Reviews, User Generated Content & Influencers. So how do you make your brand stand out and get noticed?

By providing highly targeted, customized and hyper-personalized experiences. That is what Hyper-Personalization is all about. 

What is Hyper Personalization?

Hyper personalization is a more advanced next step to personalized marketing where it leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and real-time data to supply more relevant content, product, and service information to every user.

In this blog, we will learn how brands like Amazon, Starbucks, Netflix & Spotify are fully embracing hyper personalization. Also, find industry-specific data points that can be used to create effective hyper-personalized campaigns for your business.

Table of Contents:

  1. What is the difference between Personalization & Hyper-Personalization?
  2. The need for Hyper-Personalization
  3. How brands are using Hyper-Personalization
  4. Amazon
  5. Starbucks
  6. Spotify
  7. Netflix
  8. How can you start off with Hyper-Personalization?

What is the difference between Personalization & Hyper-Personalization?

Personalization is the incorporation of personal and transactional information like name, title, organization, purchase history etc. to your communication. Hyper-personalization goes one step further and utilizes behavioral and real-time data to create highly contextual communication that is relevant to the user.

For example: Sending an email to a user with their first name in the subject line is a typical example of personalization. A good practice, but not engaging enough to capture a user’s fancy.

Hyper-personalization is more advanced. For example, a user browses for green shoes on your app, spends around 15 mins and leaves without purchasing. A quick analysis of the user reveals:

  • An affinity for buying discounted goods
  • Prior search and purchase history for ‘X’ footwear brand
  • Maximum purchases happening on a Sunday from 6-9 PM in the night
  • Push notifications having the highest user engagement in the past

Now, a hyper-personalized campaign would send a push notification to the user’s mobile device advertising a flash sale on X brand’s green shoes on a Sunday, preferably between 6-9 PM.

The need for Hyper-Personalization

  • Your message only has 8 seconds to capture and hold the attention of your user. To get noticed, your communication needs to stand out and be clutter-breaking.  
  • According to Google, ‘best’ search phrases have increased by 80% in the past 2 years on mobile devices. People are searching online heavily to make more informed decisions.
  • User engagement with content has gone down by 60%, and information overload is making consumers tune out.
  • According to Accenture, 75% of consumers will be more likely to purchase from someone whose offerings are personalized according to individual preferences.

How brands are using Hyper-Personalization

Brands Using Hyper Personalization | WebEngage

Top brands like Amazon, Spotify & Starbucks have moved on to a stage of predictive personalization, where AI & machine learning analyze a whole host of factors to power their recommendation engine. By and large, most businesses that are dabbling with personalization generally don’t venture beyond segmentation

Let us take a look at how some of the biggest names in business have achieved incredible growth trajectories with hyper-personalization.

Brand: Amazon

Channel: Email

Amazon is the king of ‘Me-Commerce’, with their recommendation engine powering 35% of conversions. Let us see how Amazon creates a unique, hyper-personalized experience for consumers:

I was scouring Amazon for Olive green running shoes but happened to leave my search mid-way. Soon after, Amazon sent this email:

Amazon, Email Example | WebEngage

The email goes one step beyond the regular personalization tactic of including my name.


Amazon has access to data points like Full name, Search Query, Average time spent on search, Past purchase history, Brand affinity, Category browsing habits, Time of past purchases, average spend amount, etc. Using this, they could create a profile and use that to craft a highly contextual email highlighting Olive green Puma shoes (Olive green was part of my search query & I have purchased Puma footwear in the past).

Amazon’s recommendation engine algorithm is called ‘item-to-item collaborative filtering’. It suggests products based on 4 data points:

  • Your previous purchase history
  • The items that you have in your shopping cart
  • Items that you have rated and liked
  • Items that have been liked and purchased by other customers

Compared to other E-Commerce brands, conversions from Amazon’s on-site recommendations are 60% higher.

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Brand: Starbucks

Channel: Push & In-app Notifications

Starbucks has seriously upgraded their personalization game with the use of AI. Using real-time data, the system can send over 400,000 variants of hyper-personalized messages. Offers doled out are unique to each user’s preferences, based on their activity and past purchases.

The Starbucks app interface is personalized for each individual user

Starbucks Dashboard | WebEngage


  • Starbucks Loyalty program is incredibly successful, boasting of over 13 million users.
  • The app pushes Food and beverage suggestions personalized for each customer with an AI-based algorithm. It analyses past purchase history, tastes and preferences to come up with recommendations for each individual customer.
  • Starbucks engages loyalty program members with personalized games on email and mobile.

    Starbucks app sends in-app transaction message with reward details:

In App Notifications With WebEngage

Starbucks informs users about closest stores that accept Mobile Order & Pay option

Inform Closet Stores With WebEngage


Increase in marketing campaign effectiveness by 3X

→ 2X email redemptions

→ 3X increase in incremental spends via offer redemptions

→ 24% of total company transactions happening via mobile app


Brand: Spotify

Channels: Email

With over 140 million active users, Spotify is the clear leader in the music streaming app industry. With over 5 billion streams, their Discover Weekly feature has been a massive hit. It studies individual music choices and cross-analyzes this data with the preferences of other users who listened to the same songs to create a highly-personalized playlist for each user.

Spotify, Discover Weekly | WebEngage

With their Live Concert feature, Spotify sends information via email about live events of their favorite artists along with an option to buy tickets. The content is personalized based on the music preferences of each individual user.

Spotify, Discover Weekly | WebEngage - 1


To identify a song’s popularity, Spotify looks out for the number of times a particular song has been streamed, and how many people are adding it to their playlists. Say if X & Y both like the same song (based on stream count/playlist addition), then Spotify will recommend different songs from both X & Y’s playlists to each other. Further, Spotify’s AI-enabled recommendation engine analyses songs and listening habits of its users and suggests similar sounding music to matching user profiles.

Brand: Netflix

Channels: Email, Push Notifications

Streaming behemoth Netflix boasts of over 103 million users on its platform. This incredible success is largely because of providing their users a highly personalized experience. More than 75 percent of site activity is driven by their personalization engine. With Netflix, the personalization begins right from the homepage.  

Netflix, Push Notification Example | WebEngage


Netflix users can assign a star rating to the content denoting their like/dislike. This, coupled with the stream count of the content and the individual user profile helps the algorithm predict content that would be favored by users. By successfully combining behavioral attributes with predictive learning, Netflix sends recommendations to their users about content.

netflix email campaign

Netflix, Push Notification Example | WebEngage - 1

Netflix, Push Notification Example | WebEngage - 2

How can you start off with Hyper-Personalization?

Every customer-facing business invariably collects data about users at multiple points. We list down some common data points for different industries that you can use to get started. 

Online Streaming

User AttributesBehavioral AttributesPast Purchase Data
AgeBrands ViewedAverage Spend
LocationPrice Filter/Sort appliedDiscount Coupon Applied
GenderBrowsing timeColor Preference
Premium Membership StatusPreferred Message MediumQuantity Purchased
DeviceProduct viewedPurchase Date & Time
OSAdded to CartDevice used for purchase
NameAbandoned CartSize Preference
Sizes searched for
Search Query
User AttributesBehavioral AttributesPast Purchase Data
AgeSearchAdd to cart
LocationMedia Category FiltersDate & Time of Purchase
GenderMedia Type Filters (Audio/Movies)Subscription Renewed
Member ClassificationTrailer PlayedDevice used for purchase
DeviceAdd to WatchlistPayment Method
Operating SystemReviewed/RatedArtist/Movie Preference
NameStream Count/Frequency
Language Preference
Add to Playlist
User AttributesBehavioral AttributesPast Purchase Data
AgeSearchMoney Spent on Accomodation
LocationHotels ViewedDates of Booking
GenderArea FiltersPayment Method
Membership StatusHotel Price RangePurchase Time
DeviceHotels ReviewedDevice used for booking
OSCheckout CompletedRoom Size/Details
NameDiscounts AvailedNo. of rooms booked
Number of guestsHotel Booked
Guest detailsBrand Preference
Nature of stay
Added to Cart
Cart Abandoned
User AttributesBehavioral AttributesPast Purchase Data
AgeAdd to cartInsurance purchased
LocationSearchInsurance renewed
GenderApplied for QuoteCard Purchased
Income LevelRequest for CallbackCard Renewed
DeviceNewsletter SignupPremium Paid
OSClaim RequestedRecharge Completed
NameClaim SettledWallet Recharged
Member StatusApplied for Card/Insurance/LoanAmount of Recharge
Email ClickService Provider details
Notification Click
Offers Utilized
User AttributesBehavioral AttributesPast Purchase Data
AgeFlight SearchedFlight Booked
LocationFlight SelectedAmount Spent
GenderDate Range FilterFrequented Origin + Destination
Membership StatusOrigin & Destination FiltersPreferred Mode of Transport
DeviceAdd to CartTime of Booking
OSTravel Package ClickDevice used for booking
NameCheckout CompletedMode of Payment
No. of TravellersOffers Availed
Route Preferences
Flight/Train Time Filters
Message Interaction
On-Site CTA click
In-App Message Click


You can identify events that will act as triggers to execute campaigns with customized content. Let’s consider an example from the E-Commerce industry:

Trigger: Abandoned Cart (User adds product to cart, doesn’t proceed with purchase)

User attribute: Name, Premium Membership Status, Preferred Message Medium

Behavior attribute: Product Viewed

Past purchase data: Discount Coupon Applied, Device used for purchase, Favored Purchase Day

Using WebEngage’s marketing cloud platform, you can create a personalized message (personalization tokens based on data) advertising a discount on the product that was viewed + added to cart (if the user has used a discount coupon in the past). The message can be sent to the device used for purchasing in the past, and an additional offer of faster delivery can be pushed if the user is a premium member (think Amazon Prime account holders). Using historical data analysis, you can also find out which channel of communication had the maximum engagement in the past and employ that in your campaign. By checking the user’s purchase data, the campaign can be sent on a particular day of the week that has yielded good results in the past. That is a properly hyper-personalized campaign.

Summing it up

Brands are jostling in the “Attention Economy” for capturing the only currency that matters, Attention. Hyper-personalization can help your brand stand out and increase engagement and conversions with your target audience.

(Measure your mobile marketing efforts with the help of these effective mobile app metrics)

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  • Created: 30 Oct 2019
  • Last Updated: 24 Aug 2022



Priyam Jha Lead - Brand Marketing, WebEngage

Priyam looks after Brand Marketing at WebEngage, learning the ropes of building iconic brands in the B2B space. He is striving to develop EngageCast into the leading podcast for user retention & engagement with cutting-edge, top-quality content. When he isn’t busy looking after brand marketing & PR initiatives, he likes to dabble in a bit of photography, listen to rock music, and indulge in PC gaming.

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