April 17, 2024
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Top 5 CleverTap Alternatives

This blog presents Plotline, MoEngage, WebEngage, Braze, and Customer.io as the top 5 alternatives to CleverTap.

Ananya Vairavarajan

Top 5 CleverTap Alternatives

To enhance personalized communications and engagement, a Customer Engagement Platform (CEP) is crucial. These platforms empower B2C businesses with targeted campaign launches across push, emails, in-app, etc for improved customer engagement.

CleverTap is a highly regarded CEP for consumer companies. It combines analytics, segmentation, and engagement capabilities.

However, in recent years, the competition in this sector has intensified considerably, leading to the emergence of numerous alternatives to CleverTap.

CleverTap: A quick overview

CleverTap, based in California, operates using a SaaS model.

Key features of CleverTap

  • Outside-app engagement (Push, SMS, Email, WhatsApp)
  • Analytics & insights
  • Audience segmentation
  • Campaign and journey orchestration
  • Basic in-app engagement (only allows modals, banners, and in-app surveys for communication inside the app)

Reasons some companies are looking to make a switch

  • Push notifications, emails, or SMS don’t improve in-app adoption, activation rates, etc
  • Brands want more options to communicate with users inside the app
  • Stitching in-app comms and outside-app comms proves to be very difficult
  • Popups appear at the wrong time (delays of 5-10s after event-fire)
  • In-app communication lacks context - not specific to any feature

Now that we’ve had a short glimpse of CleverTap, listed below are some top alternatives and competitors of CleverTap.

Plotline

Choose if: You are a mobile-first consumer tech company. By far, Plotline provides the best omni-channel capabilities especially if in-app is a crucial focus for you.

  1. Strength/uniqueness: Best in-app engagement modules - stories, videos, spotlights, tooltips, etc to drive feature adoption, retention, and LTV for your app.
  2. Features: Aids in omnichannel engagement (In-app, push, SMS, email, WhatsApp). Helps stitch outside and inside-app comms together for a unified customer journey.
  3. Main geography of operations: US, South East Asia, MENA
  4. Pricing: The Starter plan starts at $499. You can book a call for a free trial.
Plotline stories for in-app engagement

MoEngage

Choose if: Inside-app is not a priority, you largely want to solve for outside-app comms.

  1. Strength/uniqueness: The stand-out feature of MoEngage is integrated with WhatsApp, given it is a relevant channel of communication in APAC.
  2. Features: MoEngage is very similar to CleverTap in terms of functionality - providing both engagement and analytics capabilities.
  3. Main geography of operations: India and APAC regions
  4. Pricing: MoEngage offers MAU-based pricing. It provides a Starter package that is free with a restriction of up to 10,000 MAUs. Apart from this, MoEngage alone has a $1000 entry-level set-up fee.

WebEngage

Choose if: Inside-app is not a priority, you largely want to solve for outside-app comms. WebEngage is typically slightly cheaper compared to CleverTap.

  1. Strength/uniqueness: WebEngage is the newer kid on the block, compared to CleverTap. Given the recency, it offers an easy-to-use interface.
  2. Features: WebEngage is very similar to CleverTap in terms of functionality - providing both engagement and analytics capabilities. It has also built a CDP for managing event pipelines.
  3. Main geography of operations: India and APAC regions
  4. Analytics: Jam-packed with comprehensive behavioral analytics you could hope for. It enables performing cohort analysis, managing conversion funnels, and uninstall tracking.
  5. Pricing: Offer MAU-based or event-based pricing. Typically have a startup package as well.

Braze

Choose if: Price isn’t a concern for you. Braze is the priciest of all available solutions. In terms of features, it’s on par with CleverTap, MoEngage, etc.

  1. Strength/uniqueness: Its shape-based filters (rectangle, pentagon, custom-shaped) for location-based targeting. It also provides a Canvas Flow feature for building multi-channel automated campaigns, albeit exclusive to annual plan users.
  2. Features: Allows for engagement across push, mobile, SMS, and in-app messages.
  3. Main geography of operations: Braze has most of its customers in the US.
  4. Pricing: Braze's pricing is tied to data consumption, which can be advantageous for businesses that have predictable data usage patterns. In general, Braze will be much more expensive than CleverTap owing to its enterprise capabilities.

Customer.io

Choose if: You are a tech-savvy marketer or a developer in a SaaS startup or an SMB (these companies make up more than 80% of its customer base).

  1. Strength/uniqueness: Customer.io is very easy to get started with, which is why it attracts a lot of startups and SMBs. It offers a flexible data model that allows easy ingestion and updates of data without concerns about losing valuable information during integration.
  2. Features: You can seamlessly integrate email, SMS, push notifications, basic in-app messaging, and webhooks within a single workflow.
  3. Main geography of operations: Most of its customers are from the US and UK.
  4. Pricing: The availability of a free trial and flexible subscription options, including monthly, annual, and multi-year plans, make it more accessible and transparent for users.

How to choose the right CleverTap alternative?

  • Choose Plotline if in-app engagement is crucial for you in addition to the regular push, email, SMS capabilities. If you’re looking to deploy Stories, Videos, etc in your app without developer effort, Plotline is the best choice.
  • MoEngage and WebEngage are great alternatives to CleverTap if you’re looking for the same functionalities CleverTap provides. If you only want to switch basis price, these alternatives can give you a more cost-effective solution.
  • Braze is a good alternative to CleverTap if you're a mid-market or enterprise-size mobile-first company and price isn’t a concern for you. It is by far the most expensive tool in the market.
  • Customer.io has a self-serve motion which is easier to get started with and suits most SaaS SMBs and startups.

Final thoughts

By thoroughly researching and comparing the above options, you can make a well-informed choice that aligns with your customer engagement strategy in 2024 and beyond.

If you're interested in learning more about how you can engage your users outside as well as inside your app to help you drive activation, retention, and monetization metrics, start your free trial with Plotline.

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