Trend | Engage-to-earn or ‘gamification’ is the dominant emerging trend in consumer web3 right now.

May 2, 2023

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What's the trend?

These are not new ideas to marketers, and it’s a simple premise: 


  1. Identify commercial (spend money, refer a customer) and non-commercial (‘engagement’) consumer interactions to increase
  2. Offer extrinsic (discounts, prizes) and intrinsic (status, leaderboard) rewards to the consumer for performing these actions
  3. Tune for profitable growth


Historically, brands have done this through programs like shopping rewards, frequent flier miles, credit card cashback, VIP concierge, and blue checks. There was a web2.0 gamification era that saw mixed results on balance looking back. Broadly speaking, you might even say it has fallen somewhat out of favor with consumers and brands alike. 


Too many different dashboards, too many unredeemed rewards, too little value for the consumer for too much work, and for brands, too much disparate data to feasibly stitch across a multi-platform, multi-touchpoint consumer journey. 

Flash forward to today and web3 seems poised to address all of these issues, and further supercharge the gamification dream with onchain capabilities that offchain reward systems just can’t match, like interoperability, tradeability, and real-time universal aggregation.


  • Interoperability – Web3 allows consumers to visualize and manage all their digital rewards in one wallet, a single dashboard. Interoperability is also what allows consumers the option to use their digital rewards from one brand in another brand’s ecosystem. In other words, they’re portable from the consumer’s perspective.

  • Tradeability – Web3 means always-on liquidity for digital rewards, so no more unredeemed value. Instead, if consumers don’t want to use a discount or gift, they can simply sell it to someone else who does. This kind of economy helps gamification programs thrive because the value of the digital rewards are inherently and tangibly higher.

  • Real-Time Universal Aggregation – Remember, ‘web3’ just means ‘blockchain,’ and blockchain just means ‘decentralized database’. Several pioneering brands are solving the multi-platform data integration problem with the blockchain itself, using dynamic NFTs like first-party cookies to aggregate a user’s real-time engagement data. This can power personalization on any front-end once a user connects wallet. Watch this space, it’s wild

Our 0.02ETH 🍃

Traditional channels engage traditional audiences. Brands that are serious about reaching new audiences are putting web3 at the heart of their marketing strategies. Offering free (or rather "earned") tokens for consumers who interact with your brand is supercharging gamified engagement. Don't miss out on what Nike, adidas and Starbucks are already harnessing... web3 consumer engagement!

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From paper to plastic 💳


While the history of credit cards dates back thousands of years, things turned from stone to metal — and later paper and plastic — about halfway through the 20th century with the arrival of the modern credit card in 1950. Reportedly invented following a case of a forgotten wallet, The Diner’s Club Card (initially owned by Discover Financial Services before its acquisition by BMO in 2009) was the first multipurpose charge card credit card intended primarily for dining and travel expenses. 

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