How to Use AR to Increase Retailers Revenue

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40% of consumers would be willing to pay more for a product if they could experience it through augmented reality according to Retail perception. This is one of the many indicators that the retail industry is changing.

Consumers are looking for more unique and personalized experiences before making a purchase decision.

So, how can retailers use AR to increase their revenues and reinforce customers’ interaction?

AR offers limitless opportunities for harnessing the technology and making it work for you. Thus, today we are going to give you 3 efficient ways of doing so :

AR Treasure hunt campaign

A way to improve the customer experience inside the retailing stores is the use of AR treasure hunt campaigns.  

Retailers should and some are already opting for treasure hunts since it provides an instant user interaction. Customers are already perceiving it as a way of winning a prize; the more the prize is appealing, the more the campaign is successful. After all, it is a game. The more people gamify it, the more addictive they make it, and the more the campaign will go viral.

Big retailers like Tesco, Walmart, and Ikea used AR treasure hunt campaigns.They all proved successful resulting in huge traffic and a sales boost.

You can find here a list of 10 campaigns done in retail.

Augmania has also successfully created two treasure hunt campaigns for well-known shopping malls in the UK which resulted in an increase in customer retention, footfall and a social media traffic of 30%.  Check out the campaign’s results here.

 AR DIY campaign

Another way of winning in retail through AR is by creating the campaign by yourself.

You can simply do it using a DIY (Do It Yourself)  tool. No hassle, no AR knowledge, no coding skills and mainly no need for an application downloading.

Those self-service AR tools are designed to make creating simple AR experiences a fun and an easy task to do. Their magic lies in making what usually takes months of hard work to prepare, achievable in few days … even in few minutes!  

You can use DIY tools to create QR based campaigns. After all, QR codes present a useful way of increasing the footfall and engaging customers in social channels. One successful campaign using QR codes was in a Singapore’s VivoCity shopping mall: They hired QR mascots in the form of shopping bags emblazoned with huge QR code to push shoppers to scan the code. Eventually, it will drive them to content promo page where they get the chance to win prizes.

Another cool campaign idea you can do using a DIY platform is creating a 3D animation. By simply uploading your 3D objects, your audience can interact with it and share the campaign with their friends. Pepsi Max has successfully used 3D animations to create a killer campaign in 2014. Pepsi Max: Unbelievable Bus Shelter.A live video-feed appeared on HD screen with 3D animation of a bus shelter. It was initially projected on a glass wall.This technique made it look so authentic.

There’s more to tell about the features and the opportunities that DIY tools can provide, and you can start learning about it through exploring Augmania’s DIY tool. Check out our blog on how to build your first campaign.

        

 AR analytics

The more you know about your customers, the better you can serve them, and the higher is your ROI!

Retailers recognize the importance of understanding customers behavior. That’s why they are investing in the use of powerful technologies, predictive analysis, and AI.

Now, this a win-win situation for both parties since consumers is also interested in how AI will be used in retail. A research from Sonar confirms this, stating that  70% of US millennials say they would appreciate a brand or retailer using AI technology to show a more interesting product.

Tesco, the retailer giant,  is already leveraging the use of AI to gain insights into its customer’s shopping behavior. They are even preparing to improve their approach toward this technology to be able to predict the changing buying pattern of their consumers.

The disruptive technology is usually integrated into the AR applications or platforms. It provides analytics about the campaign launched. 

Often, you can even customize your analytics to give you the exact information you need. This is why we made this a priority at Augmania and users can customize the metrics of the campaigns they create and tie them to their business KPIs.

Finally, as Thomas Husson, principal analyst at research firm Forrester stated,  “Outward is not only focusing on AR, it is also enabling other digital experiences. It will be key for retailers to leverage tech to simplify shopper experiences,”

Start building your own AR campaigns now by signing up to our platform, and remember, it’s all hassle free, you don’t need to be a developer or have any technical skills to do it!

The Dilemma Of a Digital Marketer

The dilemma of a digital marketer

As a digital marketer,  I often get the question of what exactly I do, how my  typical workday looks like, etc, but I never seem to give a straight answer 

Consequences? Drowned in the assumption that my everyday life is all fun with no real work.

It is true that I get to do a lot of awesome work, but believe me, it’s not always a walk in the park.. which is the reason today I decided to walk you through my typical day of work.

So, first things first

Let me start by explaining what is digital marketing, as most people believe that is a job in which I get paid for spending my day chatting and making new friends on social media.

Technically, they are not completely wrong… for I do spend most of my day on social media, and yes I do chat with people and make new friends … but wait… it is not what you think it is!

The purpose behind this is to talk to people like you, understand your challenges and pains in order to find a way to solve it.

So, you see, digital marketing is all about finding the right channels to tell your company’s story, join discussions with people to build relationships, gain trust to establish your brand identity, and eventually convert those people into customers.

To get further information about digital marketing check What Is Digital Marketing, and The Beginner’s Guide to Digital Marketing.

Now that we both have the same understanding of what digital marketing is,

let us move to my typical workday

In the morning, I head to the office, check my emails, and my social accounts to address any urgent matter quickly. Later, I check the latest news, the rest I put into my daily actions list.

Mid-morning, I will go over a team humble to get a look at the analytics reports. We go over the metrics to understand where our company is standing in order to improve our next work. Towards lunch, I do some research and continue to move down my lists of next action to-dos

Tip: Daily research is an essential part of any digital marketer workday. It is important to stay on top of trends, read related blogs to your industry, search for interesting stories to understand your customers’ interests, their pain and the challenges in order to establish your company as the creative solution to their problems

Mid-day, I will monitor our online channels, plan the daily posts, prepare the blog, and go over the strategy to make sure our work is aligned with our goals.

See more: 8 struggles you will face if you are a digital marketer

Tip:  Developing strategies is part of the work, it is, in fact, the most important task. The strategy includes creating a blog, feeding social media accounts, working on improving the search engine optimization (SEO), etc.

If you are a digital marketer then you are also concerned with planning campaigns. Perhaps today’s challenge is to come up with interactive campaigns that will Make Your Ads Stand out!

At Augmania, We believe that AR is the new language, it is Your way to brand legacy

Late in the day I have meetings with clients, understand their worries, give my recommendations, and so on. Afterward, I will work on preparing lead nurturing email campaigns, follow up with previous ones in order to ensure a consistent flow of leads and clients.

Tip:  The follow-up is crucial for digital marketers. Getting insights on email marketing campaigns, open rates, traffic, blog visits, and bounce rates is important as it helps in refining the work to stay on top of numbers.

Now we come to the most exciting part of the day: Gym time people!

Yes! Time to burn some calories, reduce the day’s stress, and have a good night’s sleep. Not bad right!

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Do emotions drive customer behavior?

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In the intro of our blog, Your way to brand legacy, we briefly mentioned brands’ preference and how do people choose their favorite product. As this is a process of a huge importance, we wanted to dig deeper into it and discuss it furthermore.

 

Take a couple of minutes and think about a brand that you like or even love. I don’t expect you to be as crazy about it as Cher Horowitz in Clueless but I am positive there is a brand or two that means a lot to you.

Now think more. What is it that you actually love about this brand?

  • Is it the best in the field? ( maybe, but on the technical part I am pretty sure the market can find you a better product).
  • Is it the cheapest and you feel no burden spending money on it?  Or maybe it is the most expensive which is what you always look for.

These might be factors that make this brand appealing but they are not the reason for which you become a loyal customer.

How come? you may ask.

Well, research has proven that customers who prove brand loyalty are driven by emotional behaviors rather than rational decisions. In other words, brands that can get people emotionally hooked are the ones who generate more reach and a long term profit.

Now, how is that possible? 

First Brands need to deliver a good product to the market. It is undoubtful to say that the very first brand impression is its performance satisfaction. Customers need to approve of what is the brand offering. They cannot blindly opt for it through only an emotional demeanor.  A certain brand differentiation needs to be noticed at the market. However, the turning point that determines a brand’s long-term success is its emotion-driven marketing.

Big brands have seized the opportunity and leveraged it to the most.

Notable examples:

Disney “Where the dreams come true”: this worldwide brand spoke to the inner child of every person. The company’s extremely powerful branding focused on spreading magic all over the world. Disney is the ambassador of happy ever afters. At some point, everybody feels bewitched to buy a Disney product. It is simply unconscious!

Nike “Just Do it”: This brand’s marketing is genius to me. Nike’s tagline resonated everywhere. Why? Because It spoke to everybody. It wasn’t only exclusive to athletes. At the contrary, it spread the love of sports and mostly of determination. It lifted up spirits and thus easily gained the hearts of its target audience.    

Apple’s “Think different”: The brand is not only a pioneer in the tech industry, but it generates a whole mindset to its audience. It celebrates difference. It celebrates creativity and it makes you feel smart and capable. I can’t say the brand worked its tricks on its audience because nothing feels tricky about it. Everything feels simple and genuine.

 

I can go on and on. But I hope you got the point.

If you are a digital marketer or a brand manager, It is crucial to know the emotional motivators of your target audience.

I know that benchmarking on the brands above can get you nervous, but you don’t have to compete with that!

You just need to understand your potential clients and learn how to connect with them both rationally and emotionally. Once you forge a powerful bond with your customers, you will be able to drive their behaviors and retain them.

The process may take a while; I mean a whole “science” was created for the matter.

Companies today hire more data scientists to dig in and fully research their niche’s behavior in order to come up with the best marketing strategy accordingly.

It is not easy! And it is not really scientific. But that is how brands hack their way through the market.

The range of emotional connections that your brand can make is not limited.

It can relate to your product; like generating a feeling of uniqueness or of well-being or of luxury etc. but it can also relate to the culture of the brand. You can be a tech company but you strongly stand for certain values: you can be an environmentalist and a part of your profit is dedicated to environmental causes. You can be a philanthropist and you display your humanitarian affiliation through your campaigns and your activities.

All of this accounts to the emotional connection- driven strategy.

Once you figure out your voice and decide which emotional connection(s) you wish to convey, then it is just a matter of how to convey them.

Hint: Work on your marketing and remember that social media affiliated customers are 3 times more emotionally connected than the rest of your customers. So leverage your social network to the fullest and give it the power to always impress!

A great way to do that is to get them engaged through innovative marketing. We are living in a time of disruptive technology, and it is crucial to ride the wave and use it to drive customers.

Here at Augmania we leverage AR for better marketing. Our DIY self-service AR campaign builder is a tool to help marketers advertise in a way that directly speaks to customers and emotionally connect with them.

So, if you too believe that is what marketing is about, be our guest and join our special list of early adopters: https://augmania.typeform.com/to/gUQLrS

See you soon!

 

The Do’s and Don’ts every marketer should know

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“In marketing, it doesn’t hurt to be obsessed with your business!”

Because if you do, it will naturally show in your marketing. You will care more than everybody else about how to communicate it to the world.

However, you might not be too keen on what you are actually doing. You might not like marketing in the first place, yet here you are reading the Dos and Don’ts every marketer should know. In this case, you are on the right track.

Marketing, more specifically digital marketing has its perks. Some practices might work for a period of time and fail right after it. The domain is always on the swing. Right now, I won’t give you specific “trendy” tactics to integrate within your marketing but I will remind you of some basics to help you along the way.

 

So first let’s start with what not to do!

1.Don’t advertise for the sake of advertising

Some if not many businesses are flooding social media with ads that only accumulate content. They neither display an efficient brand image nor do they convey the right message to customers, which only indicates how clueless they are. Advertising is about promotion but you gotta be smart about it. It is not about invading the social media and having your brand’s logo pop up everywhere. You can drown the internet with ads but they are either too shallow or too confusing to attract anybody. Then, it is time for you to change your advertising perspective.

Put more effort to portray your business in the best way possible. Remember that people love storytelling so tell them a story! Send more heartfelt messages.

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Here is a pretty interesting blog about successful marketing campaigns that rounded about storytelling: https://econsultancy.com/blog/63710-telling-stories-five-successful-marketing-examples/

You don’t need to go viral all the time! You don’t need to sponsor your ads on every channel out there. It is a matter of quality, not quantity. 

2.Don’t over-benchmark

Comparing your marketing strategy against others in your field is very important. I could even say it is one of the primary tasks that you should do before setting up your own strategy. But don’t over do it. Some marketers are constantly researching their competitors’ marketing activities to the point where they lose focus on their own marketing. Meaning; they unconsciously start imitating their competitors and end up losing their authenticity. Especially at the beginning, it is so easy to get caught up by the market influence and surrender to the safe competitor style.

  3.Don’t Rush your editorial calendar

The clock is ticking, time pressure gets intenser and your boss is getting impatient. You feel rushed as everyone is expecting your content plan to be delivered and started upon. Don’t panic! If a delay will happen then let it happen. Why? Because convincing your boss to get his patience extended is better than messing up and failing the whole marketing strategy.  Hasting a guide such as the editorial calendar can spoil all of your content strategies, so be careful about it. Always keep in mind the greater good and don’t let momentarily tenseness get in your way of success.

 

Now, what you should do:

1.Create content you actually like

You know how important content marketing is for your business. It is what draws people to your website and basically what triggers your potential customers. Meaning: don’t create lousy content. Put yourself in the shoes of your reach and criticize what you provide online. It is crucial to be somewhat creative and appealing to win over the content market. Create insightful posters, interesting infographics, fun concise videos or any type of content that you enjoy first and prior to anything.

Play on the visual part! Be catchy and trick people to scroll down your pages then leave them the chance to actually like your content.

 

TIP: Exploit technology to your benefit! Don’t miss out on disruptive tech in the field and reach out to the tools that can help you win your crowd.  A breeze of fresh air for content marketing is Augmented Reality. So, go ahead and dive into it to get more attention and differentiate yourself.

Know more: The key to your marketing success

Your way to brand legacy

2.Be strategic

It is crucial to study your niche and be well familiar with your product and its market. Your marketing needs to be accurately aligned with all of that. Successful campaigns are not arbitrary. They are well studied and well executed and they definitely required a long period of time to be finalized.

So Long story short, take your time, grasp your task and dig deeper through the best strategy you can pull to meet the high expectations.

Check out 15 Marketing strategies that inspire strategic thinkers: https://www.inc.com/murray-newlands/15-marketing-strategies-that-inspire-strategic-thinkers.html

3.Be positive

Last but certainly not least, be cool about it. I know it is hard to be optimistic when your metrics met the pessimistic expectation. But it is not the end of the world. You can’t think strategically and be negative about it at the same time. Have some patience and confidence in what you are doing. You need to believe that it is possible to hack your way through the market in order to actually do it. So, give yourself some time and credit and hang on through the rough patches of the digital world.

 

If you have any question, leave it in the comment section!

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8 struggles you will face if you are digital marketer

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Digital marketing is a nonending challenge for brand survival. It is tricky and requires a whole lot of patience! If you’d ask me what best describes it I’d say the not so pleasant Hunger Games.

Think about it: You are basically competing on the digital world where only the strongest ( more persistent), the fastest (more up to date) and of course the smarter wins!

trying to keep your business alive in one of the most swinging markets out there with a rule of the jungle is not what I categorize as a piece of cake.

Indeed digital marketers nowadays are facing many hardships to first deliver the message they want and second to get satisfying results.

So, if you still think that digital marketing is an easy way out of a job then watch these 8 struggles, we poor marketers have to go through on a daily basis.

  1. Efficient Content Creation

The first step to enter marketing world is to become a content creator. You can’t promote the void, you need content! Now, what type of content, and how to market it becomes the question. In a world where content generation is measured within seconds, you need to break your way through. You need to choose what to diffuse, WordPress blogs, infographics, videos, newsletters, podcasts, webinars etc. You also need to know when to diffuse it;  what time of the day exactly; which hour? It is both a waste of effort and a waste of time to create content just for the sake of creation. The core purpose of content marketing is to generate hot traffic! You need everything you post to go viral and convert as many leads as possible. For that, it is essential to focus and make an effective content strategy that meets your goals.  

Here is a great read for you about effective content creation: http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2011/02/content-mix/  

  2. Optimizing Sessions

 

Now that you started executing your content strategy, your social channels engagement is doing pretty good, your blog is getting enough clicks, your Twitter impressions are pretty high and everything seems okay. You visit your Google Analytics, you hit that acquisition button and you get shocked with the low sessions coming from the very same channels you’ve been putting your heart and soul on. It is hard to grasp but hey, who said marketing was a rub on the shoulder! Measurement accuracy can freak you out sometimes but you have to be grateful for it, it is an eye opener to what should be done and not. As much as it will hurt, you gotta let emotions of the deal and cross out some of the channels you are active on. They might be your favorites but their bounce rate is just too high and they will not get you any conversion anytime soon. So basically, be more data-driven. If a channel is not working, leave it, optimize what you can get from it. If it is the source of your niche but it has low engagement then get contacts from it and use another channel to approach them!

3. SEO ranking

SEO is a pain. You know it is crucial so you try to earn a good ranking. You stuff your posts with as many keywords as possible, you start duplicating content and diluting phrases to the point where none of your sentences sound natural. All of your content feels boosted and you lose your originality. Not to mention all the tiny practices that you never put your finger on yet they are the source of your SEO issues ( meta description issues, tag issues, broken links and images, low word count, too many on page links…). The list never ends, and the guidelines for it are constantly updated.

check out this blog for more caution and better SEO practices https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237819

4. Generating leads (and reducing cold calling)

 

This is by far the hardest struggle you could deal with. The whole purpose of marketing is to generate leads and get people to convert. It is a curvy deal! At first, it can be rough, then when you settle a bit and pace up your practices you’ll start generating them. After a while though, the number will start shrinking and you will need to figure out a new way to do it.  

It is bumpy, and periodical but it requires persistence and focus. Once you do that, you will realize the magic formula to generate the perfect number of leads.

 

5. Securing budget

 

It is uncertain, especially for small companies to secure enough budget for their marketing activities. As frustrating as it seems, money should not be an obstacle to marketing, especially not digital marketing! The solution to it is to prove higher ROI! The more efficient marketing is the more ROI increases. At first, it is okay to start on a low budget for the sake of the greater good. You just need to be smarter about it and hack your marketing to make it. Later after you secure good results then you can totally ask for more budget and it will be granted to you in a blink of an eye.

Related: The key to your marketing success

6. Talent

 

As digital marketing becomes more data-driven, having the right skills to keep up with it is for sure a challenge. These skills range from artsy interest to literary affiliation to data science. Not to forget computer knowledge and social intelligence.

If you are a marketer, you need to:

  • Understand the needs of your niche and know exactly how to persuade them.
  • Be creative and create appealing content: written or attractive visuals
  • Be fast paced and keep up with Social media’s insiders
  • Have great communication skills
  • Be data driven

So yeah, marketing position eligibility is not obvious to everybody.

7. Finding the best strategy

 

This is the constant worry for digital marketers. It goes without saying that finding the best strategy is what determines marketing success. But it is not easy! It requires days and days of studies, of analysis and of constant feedback to finally define it. For you to find the best strategy you have to go through all of the above. You have to determine the ways you want to approach your leads: is it email marketing which itself needs a whole strategy. Or maybe Direct Messaging via social media. Is it indirect approach via content marketing where you seduce the leads and let them follow.  All of which needs a perfect plan and a perfect calendar. You would need to determine the best technology, the convenient budget and of course you have to prove your ROI to your boss or else none of this matters.

It is hard but it is not impossible and it is definitely not permanent. You need to keep it flexible! You know how resilient the field is and it is absurd to bubble up over a certain practice without embracing the constant change and adapt to it.

8.Keeping up with metrics

 

After this, you might think you’ve got everything figured out, well, sorry to say think again!

Defining metrics is already a challenge, but it is vital for defining your strategy. The problem, however, is securing the metrics that you have estimated within your strategy.

Let’s say you are looking for a fixed number of subscribers within a fixed period of time. You’ve set what needs to be done to generate them, but your metrics are saying otherwise!

Don’t lose your temper over it, give it some time, and if your KPIs are still bad then go back to that strategy of yours and fetch what is it that is not working.

 

 

Life is not easy but efforts pay off well! Here at Augmania, we aim to make your life as a digital marketer less defiant. We are keeping up with today’s disruptive technology a.k.a. AR to help you hack marketing in the most compelling, data-friendly way.

If you wonder how is that then check out our website: https://www.augmania.com/ 

Or better,  become one of our early adopters and judge by yourself:

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