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Case study: How a leading shopping mall gathers customer insights

10/1/18 4:00 PM by Uffe Aalborg

When Storcenter Nord, a Danish city-based shopping mall with 55 shops, started working with Emplate, their knowledge about the customer's skyrocketed. Their insights were limited to knowing how many customers had entered the mall in a certain period. 

To beat the upcoming threat from e-commerce Storcenter Nord knew they had to gain better insights into customers and their behaviour. Today Storcenter Nord possesses knowledge about customers and customer behaviour similar to insights that e-commerce stores gain through digital channels.

This knowledge is essential in order to improve the customer experience.

Storcenter Nord uses the new insights to improve the floor plan, to improve marketing performance and to create content, that is in fact customer centered.

Due to this, Storcenter Nord experiences more engagement from customers and even increased visits to the mall.

In this post, you can read more about how we provided Storcenter Nord with customer insights on a 1 to 1 level and how Storcenter Nord uses these new insights. 

The new insights include

  • Demographic data: Customer age, gender and distance to mall
  • Customer preferences: Favored stores and offers 
  • Behavioural data: Visit frequency and visited stores during customer stays at the mall
  • Marketing data: How the customer engage with different marketing messages

Benefits for Storcenter Nord

  • Personalized marketing: Storcenter Nord now only shows offers from shops that are relevant to the individual customers.
  • Improving the floor plan: By using data on how customers move around, Storcenter Nord is able to create the floor plan to service customer needs.
  • Reactivation of customers: It is now possible for Storcenter Nord to engage with customers on a daily basis through the tailored Emplate mobile app.
  • Improved tenant engagement: The tenants at Storcenter Nord now have an owned marketing channel, where they can present offers directly to the customers through an app. This makes tenants much more engaged in the marketing efforts in Storcenter Nord. 

 

How we did it 

Yes, it's a lot of data. But don't worry - we'll explain how we created assets able to gather and utilize this data at Storcenter Nord.

 

1. Ibeacon technology creates behavioural data 

To gather data you need a device that sends data and one that receives.

In this case, the receiving device is an Ibeacon device that was placed at all entrances to the mall and all shop-entrances.

An Ibeacon is a small Bluetooth device that can receive data from mobile apps.

IBeacon -1Then we created Emplate consumer app - an app tailored to the needs of customers in Storcenter Nord. 


Pro tip

Download the app to see how it works. 

When customers install the app, and bring their phones to the mall, the app sends data to the Ibeacons. This makes it possible for us to see how customers move around the mall.

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Thereby it's possible for us to create a heat map similar to the one above. 

The heat-map can be filtered based on gender. Thereby you'll be able see how men and women move around the mall, making it possible to create specific targeted events. 

2. A mobile app gathers demographics

When customers first log in to the app they fill out a form, providing their age, gender and e-mail.

After signing up the customer is asked to choose stores to follow - they'll only receive offers from these. Just like in the video below. The result? A personalised experience, as customers are only presented with content and offers from shops that they follow and find relevant.

 


Video showing a customer filtering the shops he would like to receive offers from

 

The app also analyse which stores customers favors the most, and which they do not - putting another data layer to the optimisation of the floor plan.

Pro tip 

In an early version of the app we tested showing all offers to all customers, resulting in most customers rejecting the app after a short period of time. Here is an article explaining why it's important to personalise the shopping experience

3. Feed creates preference data 

At the core of all our apps is the content feed, which is in many ways similar to the Instagram or other content feeds. In this feed, customers can browse and see offers, news and happenings from tenants as well as content from the mall. 

 


Video showing the feed at Sct. Mathias Centret 

 

Tenants can upload offers and happenings with the Emplate retail app, and the uploaded content will show up in the customer feed - if the customer follows the tenant shop.

This creates a free communication channel for tenants, and it also provides information about which offers customers like, and which they don’t. Could you ask for better data to improve marketing over time? 

Emplate Management System provides mall management with a 360° overview

For Storcenter Nord to maintain overview, and help tenant shops to develop engaging content we developed the Emplate Management System. Storcenter Nord can now, through Emplate Management System see all uploads from tenants and help improve the content based on the insights on customers. 

Further reading:

If you want to dive deeper into how shopping malls can collect customer insights I recommend that you read: 3 customer insights essential to shopping mall marketing

Next step: Transaction data

By the beginning of 2019 banks will be required to provide customer transaction data to third-party apps (such as Emplate apps) if the customer grants permission.

This creates further possibilities for improving the shopping experience for customers.

For example, it will be possible to see if customers found what they were looking for, where customers use the most significant amount of their money and which action or behaviour customers show doing their trip to the mall.

This creates another data layer, useful for improving the floor plan, as it will be possible to see where customers go to gather inspiration and where they place their money.

It will also be possible to see to which extent customers use the food court, or if they leave the mall for a cup of coffee. 

It will even be possible to see how much customers have purchased during an event, making it possible to see the real profits and effects of the event.

As you may have guessed we are really looking forward to working with the new possibilities in data, and we'll be looking forward to telling you about it in a future blog post.

 

Further reading:

To learn more about the new posibilities with transactional data I recommend you read: 3 digital consumer trends crucial to shopping malls in 2019 

 

Final thoughts

I hope you now have a good understanding of the possibilities of collecting consumer insights.

Here at Emplate we're thrilled at working with consumer insights because it grants us the possibility to create great customer experiences.

If you'r just started digitalising, then I recommend you download our latest e-book. By reading the e-book you will avoid the 5 most common mistakes mall make when starting the digital process. 

 

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Uffe Aalborg

Written by Uffe Aalborg

Head of Marketing. Passionate about using data to create better customer experiences. A fairly poor football player that uses passion to make up for it.