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Vega’s Effortless Engagement: Customer Engagement on Instagram

Incoming Conversations
Response Rate
First Response Time

In 2014, Vega, a premium brand of plant-based, convenient, real food alternatives, launched their social customer care team to have a unified view of their social channels and an efficient way to engage with their community. Vega finds that educating their community about their natural products, healthy lifestyles, and plant-based living is their main goal on social.

Since launch, Instagram is one of their most successful channels* for an unparalleled customer engagement experience helping Vega engage with their fans in a fun and innovative way. This is the key for Vega to build brand loyalty and foster meaningful relationships.

Platforms Features Used

Platform API
Best Practice
Gen Y

About Vega

Born from the belief that you shouldn’t have to choose between nutrition and on-the-go convenience, Vega is a premium brand of plant-based, convenient, real food alternatives.

Whether you need an on-the-go meal or snack, or sports nutrition to fuel your better before, during or after training, there’s a Vega product made for you. Plus, Vega products are gluten-free, certified vegan, with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, so you can feel good about what you’re eating. Vega empowers you with the knowledge and nutrition to be better on your own terms—one small change at a time.

Vancouver, Canada
“As a company, we always strive to deliver the new and unexpected to our customers. With Conversocial’s proactive customer service capabilities, we step into conversations, better understand our user base, and proactively reach out to them with what we know they’ll appreciate, establishing a connection and keeping our brand honest and human.” Bridgette Clare Customer Experience Team Lead

The Journey to Social Maturity—Challenges

Serving Generation Y: Vega, a company born in social, had high customer expectations from the start. With a younger, socially savvy customer base, service was seen as just an extension of marketing engagement. The challenge arises to turn this unstructured, chaotic social chaos into actionable conversations.

Customer Channel Adoption: Having such an engaged community means customer conversation happen in diverse and different places. A key challenge was keeping up with customer adoption, while continuing to improve the customer experience, and expand the service options to new platforms.

Social Noise vs Social Conversations: Vega sees most engagement occur on Facebook and Instagram. The challenge is separating and prioritizing the conversations that matter. Finding the signal within the marketing noise.

With Conversocial’s engagement platform, Vega proactively engaged with customers, establish rapport, and prove trustworthy and reliable in the eyes of users. By the end of 2016, positive brand sentiment on Instagram had reached 98.5%. Though due in part to Vega’s increased productivity and efficiency on Instagram, this favorability stemmed not from Vega’s speed of resolution, but the social care team’s diligence and personalized approach to every encounter. Vega’s very successful Surprise & Delight Campaign is the best example of this approach.

Solutions—Surprise and Delight on Instagram

Instagram Integration: Both at random and also in support of master brand campaigns, like the #BestLifeProject for example, Vega will surprise and delight their followers on Instagram by giving away free Vega products and other various surprises such as coffee gift cards, sports swag, and more. Vega engages with their fans in a fun and innovative way, that suits the tone for Instagram, to build brand loyalty and foster relationships.

Proactive Customer Service: With help from the Conversocial solution, Vega support operations have become more stable, and now they have the extra capacity to get involved in discussions that aren’t necessarily driven by an explicit need for support. Instead, there are opportunities to talk health & wellness and share knowledge–connecting over positive shared experiences.

Advanced Engagement Analytics: Conversocial has been instrumental in helping Vega scale - especially with Rules that prioritize the most urgent conversations. This is supported by analytics, that Vega uses for workforce management and forecasting the resources that they need to meet growing volume increases.

Customer Story—Carl Goes Vegan

The relationship Vega built with Carl comes from engagement on his social posts, emails and “Surprise; Delight” engagements (*such as the post below of him posing in a T-Shirt Vega surprised him with) to support his goals. Here are just a few examples of his dedication to the Vega brand, as shown in his IG posts. One look at his feed and you can tell that he’s a Vega fan.


 “You know what’s incredible? Arriving at work today to find a completely unsolicited gift on your desk from an incredible company. #myvega #poweredbyvega”


2017 Instagram engagment, compared with 2016
  • 128%

    Incoming Messages
  • 94%

    Incoming Conversations
  • 221%

  • 11%

    Average Handling Time
Platform capabilities Used by Vega

Service Bot Integration

Seamless integration of agent-assisted service/automation and human contact center agents in a single conversation

Workflow Automation

Intelligent routing, rules and prioritization based on identity and full conversational context for a broad range of messaging channels

Agent “Play” Mode

Unique Play Mode fully automates case distribution to focus agents on the right conversations to ensure zero agent down-time

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