5 Tips for Effectively Using Geofencing

5 Tips for Effectively Using Geofencing

Statistics show that 65% of consumers open the push notifications they receive.  Geo-fencing provides consumers with location-based push notifications that are relevant. The pop-ups and push notifications that appear as a result of geofencing are linked to a customer’s interests.  So, the customer can find exactly what he or she needs from your company that much faster. This increases foot traffic to your store and widens your customer base. Geo-fencing, when used effectively, gives companies a competitive edge.  Instant.ly reports that “many businesses have experienced click-through rates on geofencing campaigns that are as much as 70% higher than standard ads.”  Numbers don’t lie. Jumping on the geofencing bandwagon can only mean immeasurable success for your business.

Reaping the benefits of geofencing, however, requires understanding how it works and how to use it effectively. These tips will help you get the most out of your geofencing campaign. Discuss them with your digital marketing campaign manager. If you’re doing your own digital marketing, feel free to contact us at Copley Advertising to get expert advice.

Know what is Required

Geofencing is an expanded form of beacon technology. Beacons work within a narrow parameter, such as a particular aisle in your store. Geofencing, on the other hand, encompasses a wider boundary.  With geofencing, you use mapping software to physical identify the broad region you want to target.  Whenever someone enters that region, the tagged smartphone or app sends a targeted message to the person’s phone. Geofencing is about being at the right place at the right time.  In order to work effectively, a link must be made to GPS, cellular data and/ or Wi-Fi connection.

Carefully Consider your Message

Your aim is to get people to come into your store. Most geofencing campaigns provide special discounts or offers through the pop-ups and push notifications of an app. You have to give a little to get a little. So, it’s more than telling people that your store is in that location. There must be a clear call to action that gives people the impetus to step into the store and make a purchase. Customers who enjoy the experience will keep coming back.

Personalize

Geo-fencing works better when users opt-in. Your app should give the user the option to turn on location services. It should also give the user the option to turn these services off if necessary. Users should also be able to create their own profiles. This provides a more targeted marketing approach since you’ll be able to accurately determine each user’s interests.  Giving users control over their profiles allows them to control the data they provide. Respecting potential customers’ privacy is crucial.

Use the Data

Each geofencing campaign generates data that can be used to measure the campaign’s success. Neglecting the data is a recipe for failure. Track the data in real-time to determine its strengths and pitfalls. Using this knowledge to inform present and future decisions differentiate effective marketers from ineffective marketers.

Strategically Define Geofences

Each geofence should encompass areas where people are most likely to be. It is highly likely that this will not be where your business is. Setting location parameters around a competitor’s store has proven effective for numerous brands.

Copley Advertising has a team of geofencing experts who are willing to help you create an effective geofencing campaign. We will do all of the technical work for you.  Let us help you make the magic happen.  Have questions?  info@copleyadvertising.com

Geofencing: Retail and Retargeting

Buyer interest is crucial for business success.  Retargeting and geofencing work in tandem to zoom in on buyers who are genuinely interested in your brand.  The tools of mobile geofencing (retargeting, geofencing, device ID capture, video ads, and others) fit the marketing needs for retailers.

What is retargeting?  When a device user clicks on an ad we place their ID in a retargeting folder.  We can then start a separate retargeting campaign geared to the devices that engaged the ad.  These devices can be anywhere in the US and they will still receive the ad.  The rate of engagement for a retargeting campaign can run from 2X to 16X compared to a regular campaign.

Reason #1: Numbers Don’t Lie

Statistics show that 75 percent of consumers notice retargeted ads. Furthermore, Khalid Selah states that “the average click-through rate for display ads is 0.07 percent, while the average click-through for retargeted ads is about 0.7 percent.”  Essentially, people are more likely to click on retargeted ads than display ads. Therefore, effectively using retargeted ads in geofencing has the potential to generate a higher ROI than other digital marketing strategies.

Reason #2:  Offers a Personal Approach

The best-retargeted ads appeal to specific interests of the consumer. These ads can be created to mimic a particular group of customer’s spending and purchasing patterns. Customers are more likely to respond to ads that relate to what they like… even if they don’t need it.

Reason #3: Location Specificity

No other form of retargeted advertising reaches customers who are in direct proximity of our brick and mortar store. Impulse is powerful. Think about those sweet treats that are strategically positioned at check-out counters in supermarkets. Often dubbed “impulse buys”, we are tempted to purchase these treats because they’re consistently in our field of vision. The same is true for retargeted ads.  Walking into a mall and seeing an ad for a product you want feeds your temptation to head to the store selling that product.   After all, it’s right there.

Copley Advertising has a team of talented digital marketers and programmers who can merge your retargeting campaigns with geofencing. We’ll help you entice people to enter your store.  Never forget that retargeting is statistically proven to produce results, provide a personalized experience for the customer, and reach the customer exactly where he or she is.  Contact us at info@copleyadvertising.com.

Geofencing: A great tool in retailer’s marketing workshop

Location. Location. Location.  Geofencing is all about location. Over the past decade, several marketing tools have been developed to help retailers more effectively reach customers. According to CIO “geofencing is a location-based service that sends messages to smartphone users who enter a defined geographic area.”  This form of location-based marketing helps retailers lure customers into their stores using special deals, promotions, and coupons. At Copley Advertising, we allow you to create a geofence within a 50feet or 500mile radius of your target location.  We then tag all smartphones in this geofence and incorporate your desired ad in one of the thousands of apps we have access to. When the tagged user opens the app and clicks on the ad, we place that customer ID in our retargeting folder for future campaigns.

Picture this. You own a trendy teenager and young adult clothing store in a fairly popular mall. However, the foot traffic into your store is far less than what you think it should be. You decide to give geo-fencing a shot. As soon as anyone enters the mall, you send a digital advertisement to the person’s smartphone for a limited time only discount coupon.  Within a day you notice that the number of customers in your store has increased by 2 percent. That number triples by the end of the week.

Geo-fencing provides numerous benefits to retailers. Some of these benefits include: appealing to the unique interests of customers within a particular geographical region, helping customers find your store, directing foot traffic away from your competition, effectively analyzing campaigns, and providing a personalized experience to customers.

Appealing to the Local Customer

There are some common interests that remain constant regardless of the region in which a customer lives. However, buyer characteristics vary slightly from one region to another. The location specificity of geo-fencing allows you to send targeted advertisements that are relevant to people in that location. Advertisements could surround local events, celebrations, or interests.  Customers will be more interested in a brand that is relevant to them.

Finding Your Store with Ease

With geofencing, the idea is to lure customers into your store. Geo-fencing impressions allow you to provide specific directions to your store. Mapping out the path, as well as providing enticing deals, makes it less likely that a customer will give your competitors a second glance.

Providing Useful Information

Geo-fencing campaigns are useless if data isn’t adequately analyzed. Geo-fencing impressions provide several data metrics that help you determine the effectiveness of your campaign. Metrics include: how many people targeted offers were brought to the store, how many sales resulted from target offers, how long customers spend in the store, how often a customer visits the store and so on.  Having this data can be very useful in guiding future campaigns and adjusting aspects of your store to meet your customer’s needs.

Personalization Separates the Winners from the Losers

Humans love to feel important. Your ability to provide each customer with deals related to products he or she loves that will separate you from your competition. Geo-fencing impressions can be programmed to get specific data about each customer. This data includes spending patterns and the areas the customer frequently visits in your store. You can use what you learn to create targeted geo-fencing ads that add value to the customer and compel him or her to make a purchase.

Copley Advertising provides geofencing services for a variety of clients.  Each geo-fencing impression we create is tailored to meet the specific needs of our customers. We will help you stand out from the competition and drive more foot traffic to your store. Email us at info@copleyadvertising.com.

It’s The Data Stupid

In the bad old days (yesterday) the client would receive a weekly report regarding their mobile campaign. It was four lines showing the number of impressions along with clicks. That was it. If you wanted to dig deeper into the numbers you would have to beg your sales rep to go to some special backroom where the engineers compiled such information and eventually be told no because they just didn’t give out this information. #sad.

Now life is better. Granular data reporting shows the client a wide range of trackable parameters. Why is granular reporting so important?

Optimization – granular data will the show the DSP the areas where the bid amount or even blacklisting can dramatically increase click rate. As of late Copley Advertising has seen Android outperforming iOS click rate. If there’s a 20% differential between the Android and iOS click rate (after a significant amount of traffic) Copley Advertising will clone the original campaign and start an Android only campaign. If the Android only campaign is outperforming the original campaign we would start lowering the impressions per day restriction on the original campaign. You can do this with creative, network (Smaato, Mopub, Rubicon, and others), placement and other trackable breakouts. Not only can the campaign be optimized (higher click rate with lower cost) but you are now sitting on a ton of valuable data. Besides optimizing the campaign, tweaking the art and setting up clone campaigns what are you going to do with all that data?

Offline Marketing – You share it with the client! First clients love the data. I have not had a client yet not love to listen to me talk about interpreting the data from their campaign. Granular data is a great value add to the campaign. Second, it’s information that you can help the client decide on where to spend their offline marketing. Help them spend advertising money somewhere else? Yes. If you are running campaigns in Tampa, Miami and Orlando and Tampa is getting twice the click rate it’s a good bet that your client should be spending more of their offline budget in Tampa. This type of information makes the mobile geofencing campaign a great tool for targeting key demographics in a set time and place but also works as a guide to help the client decide where to spend their marketing dollars.

A campaign with a client needs to be a partnership. It’s your job to have your client’s back. Do whatever you can to make them look good. Once the client knows that you are a partner and not just a vendor your relationship will deepen and it will beneficial for both of you.

But….back to the point. In summary, it’s the data stupid…..collect it, interpret it and share it. It will separate you from the pack.

Tracking In-Store Traffic

Mobile geofencing has offered retailers the ability to target smartphones using a geofence and place offers in tagged smartphones. If a user clicks on the retailer’s ad their ID would be placed in a retargeting folder for a future campaign. The KPI has been click thru rate. The higher the click rate the more successful the campaign.

If you compare mobile advertising to newspaper, radio and out of home advertising the better outlet is clearly mobile. The three traditional outlets depend on collecting a huge amount of impression and hoping that the client’s demographic is in the mix. With mobile offering geotargeting, targeting by day and time, demographic and behavior targeting and being cheaper, the argument that mobile is a better media outlet is solid.

Recently retail accounts have been pushing for in-store traffic reporting. Changing the KPI to CPV (cost per visit). Programs like TrafficDrive (Copley Advertising) along with programs from NinthDecimal, Push Spring and Simpli.fi have the capability to track tagged smartphones back to the retail location.

Copley Advertising’s TrafficDrive program is unique. Copley Advertising will geofence retailer’s location. Tag smartphones in the geofence. The user doesn’t have to click on the ad. Once the user sees the ad the phone is retagged. Copley Advertising transforms the retailer into a Conversion Center. When then retagged user enters the Conversion Center their ID is counted. Copley Advertising can create a report showing store traffic directly generated by the mobile campaign.

The power of mobile continues to grow and the demands by clients are helping mobile DSPs to create programs to meet expectations. The great news is that mobile will continue to rise and meet different benchmarks for different sectors.

Mobile Update: Black Friday

The first wave of information is in regarding mobile’s role in Black Friday/Cyber Monday revenue.  Below are some highlights.

The biggest news was that mobile revenue was over $1 billion by the end of Black Friday. That was a 33% increase from last year.  The most optimistic projections had revenue over $1 billion by the end of Cyber Monday.

PayPal reported that one-third of all payments on Black Friday were from smartphones.

Walmart reported that on Black Friday 70% of their online traffic was mobile. Target stated on Black Friday 60% of their online traffic was mobile.

On Thanksgiving, mobile revenue accounted for 40% of all sales and 57% of traffic. (MediaPost)

Amazon reported that mobile revenue on Thanksgiving topped last year’s Cyber Monday.

A very impressive week for mobile commerce.    Companies will continue to develop their mobile commerce platform.  Mobile’s advantage is the online buying cycle.  The consumer already uses mobile first to compare prices and check reviews.  Companies need to take advantage of those habits and help the consumers take the next step.  Consumers have always been ahead of companies in the demand for easy to use mobile commerce platforms. Companies need to catch up to smartphone users requests for the simple reason there is over $1 billion on the table.

Mobile Shoppers: Coupons are #1

eMarkter has published that other factors do influence US internet users purchasing decisions but none come close to the popularity of coupons and discounts.  More than 70% of US internet users said their purchase decisions were influenced by coupons and discounts.

No other influence was had more than 50% of responses. The closest was family and friends with 40%. 30% named TV as the LEAST effective and 20% saying radio was the LEAST effective.

In June of 2016 Points.com found that 50% of respondents wanted more relevant coupons and deals from retailers.

And a September 2016 survey of US millennial mother internet users by Roth Capital reveals that nearly 70% of them searched for or downloaded mobile coupons while on their smartphones and shopping. October research should dollar off coupons are the most popular.

Mobile users have welcomed and are now demanding that retailers geofence their locations and place coupons and discounts in their location. With mobile retargeting, after the customer leaves the store additional discounts and coupons can be delivered.  These offers can bring customers back to the retail location. Tracking methods can be used to see how many tagged users that opened up the coupon away from the retail location came back to the store.

Retailers using mobile geofencing to deliver discounts and coupons to the consumer in store will have an advantage over other retailers that are not geofencing. The consumer has signaled that they want more. If you are not using the tools of mobile geofencing to its fullest then you are losing business.

For more information and about setting up a mobile geofencing program that will deliver coupons and discounts to you customers in-store then tracking the tagged user and deliver additional offers to drive them back to the retail location click here.

Live Nation – Event Geofencing

AdvertisingAge made an announcement that event giant Live Nation will now geofence their events.  Live Nation claims they sponsor an event somewhere on the planet every 20 minutes.  They will tag mobile IDs of concert goers and gather information such as the age, sex, how much did the person pay for their ticket, what food or drink did they order and other information.

Live Nation’s technology will track the tagged ID’s social media behavior.  When a tagged user places a picture on Instagram during the event,  Live Nation may store that information and could repost the image on Facebook as a sponsored ad.  Then track the ID’s comments on other social media outlets and possibly repost.

All the information will be loaded into their database and Live Nation will be used to build look-alike models for future events.  This will hyper-target their mobile and traditional advertising.

This model reaffirms that not only is geofencing a tool for marketing but the backend data is very valuable.  Real-time creative, landing pages, optimization changes can give companies like Live Nation valuable marketing feed back.  What T-Shirts were a best-seller, which drink was voted most popular, how many pictures were posted on Instagram and other behaviors.   All this data can pinpoint marketing trends in real-time.  When you have an event every 20 minutes that’s a lot of valuable data.

Why does Dunkin love geofencing?

In Boston Dunkin is a religion. But what about secondary markets? For years DD has turned to mobile geofencing to help solve their problem. In Philadelphia and Washington DC Dunkin as geofenced their locations. Placed an ad for their mobile app. If the consumer downloaded an app they received a free medium hot coffee. If you are the customer you walk out with a free coffee. If you are Dunkin you know that each downloaded app will generate an extra $1,500 in revenue. So when Dunkin needs to help in a DMA it rolls out a mobile geofencing program. How can mobile geofencing help your business?

Mobile Geofence your products in store

Consumer good companies have a great chance to reach their demographic at the magical moment when they are about to buy your product.  By mobile geofencing outlets that carry your product you are reaching your demographic when they are ready to purchase. Copley Advertising will tag smartphones in store and place ads for your product in mobile apps.  If the demographic clicks on your ad we can retarget them and continue delivering the ad after they leave the geofence.  Your ad will only run during store hours and after we gather enough data Copley Advertising will pinpoint times of day that have the highest click rate. Then we will delete the locations that are underperforming and you will have a lean hyper-targeted advertising campaign reaching your demographic in front of your product at the exact moment they are ready to purchase.