You may already have complete access to this “magical” innovation and not even know. This single application is able to put your message and benefits out in front of your customers in a whole new place…in more ways than one.
How about having the ability to provide targeted promotional offers and coupons right to your loyal customers…on their smart phones? Pretty cool, huh?
Does your company may already have access to putting mobile marketing into practice? Well, many of you may use a Wi-Fi network in your business for simple mobile worker applications. The author (Anonymous 2011) in the article “Aruba Unveils Wi-Fi Solution for In-Store Mobile Marketing” uncovers some interesting facts from a December 2010 survey querying retail IT departments…SO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION!
Major Wi-Fi findings were:
- 78% have in-store Wi-Fi
- 53% use a Wi-Fi network primarily for inventory control
Targeted deployment in the next 2 years:
- 38% Customer Wi-Fi Access
- 29% Self-Shopping
To help put these findings in perspective, 36% of results were from companies that operate more than 1,000 stores, while 19% represented companies that owned 50 or fewer stores. I’m telling you, using mobile marketing applications isn’t just for “The Big Boys”. If you have a Wi-Fi network, you can do this. If you don’t, find an IT professional to help you set-up a network. You won’t be sorry!
Emerging nature of mobile marketing
How about we refer to some Nielsen Research? Research projects that 50% of the US population will own a smartphone by the end of 2011. That’s not so long from now. 66% of consumers are projected to be researching products and prices online while in stores. Combine these findings with the results concerning the emergence of Wi-Fi and you can see how important it is that you capitalize on these trends. There are 3 more technological factors that support the importance of applying mobile marketing (Anonymous 2011).
- In-store customer Wi-Fi engagement
- Wi-Fi optimized smartphone applications
- Presence and location intelligence – in-store message targeting
In-Store Customer Wi-Fi Engagement
Securely capture customers and deliver personalized access as well as targeted messages that may be in the nature of product/service offers or advertisements. You can realize the advantages of Wi-Fi engagement by implementing Aruba’s Amigopod software.
Wi-Fi Optimized Smartphone Applications
Offer a rich and personalized shopping experience for your customers by improving application responsiveness and improve the targeted-nature of offers provided to specific customers inside the store.
Presence and Location Intelligence
Wi-Fi can supply real-time presence information that therefore permits store-level message targeting. Specifically, Aruba Wi-Fi software would enable you to deliver a highly-personalized and differentiated mobile shopping experience.
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