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Digitizing the
brick and mortar stores.

Explore the future of Omni-Channel Retail.

Digital
product displays
Interactive in-store
experiences
What does that mean?
THE CHALLENGE

How can traditional industries adapt to the rapid development of new technologies and how will retailers manage to keep up with emerging consumer trends in order to evolve the in-store shopping experience and make their business thrive?

There is only one way. Tomorrow’s winners will be those who are able to redefine their stores both online and offline in a manner that engages customers, builds loyalty and generates brand value. Despite the marketing hype, these are more than just buzzwords. When it comes to building successful

customer engagement strategies, implementing expensive campaigns with short-term effects is not enough. An integrated marketing plan is needed in order to provide customers with a seamless and personalized experience across all sales channels.

Companies should connect and influence shopper behavior at every step of the consumer decision journey, from online to mobile and all the way through to the physical environment.

STRATEGY & APPROACH

Creating great Customer Experiences that drive Brand Loyalty

So what does it take to make your bricks…click? How can retail businesses use physical stores to their advantage in the 1-click online age?

Sure, the digital world infiltrates the four walls of traditional stores where shoppers are armed with smartphones and an entirely new set of expectations. However, retailers have nowadays an enormous opportunity to leverage the distinct benefits of in-person shopping. Physical stores can still remain relevant in the market if they continue to provide the visual navigation and tactile experience that will be impossible to replicate online.

By marrying offline strengths with digital advantages, the creation of in-store interactive experiences can guarantee the development of a successful omni-channel strategy

MANY SCENARIOS, ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

Imagine a retail business that maintains both brick-and-mortar and e-commerce stores, allowing customers to either browse products online or indulge in an in-store shopping excursion. Customers move seamlessly among all retail environments, real and virtual, as if they were one. See how.

Nurturing a symbiotic relationship between digital and physical channels will help retailers maintain their competitive edge and gain a valuable insight into the customer journey. Technology, personalization and data integration across all channels should be used as tools to deliver an enhanced experience, a place where consumers can trial, research, compare, review, order for home delivery or buy in-store.

Being able to shop anywhere and receive goods in the most convenient way possible is what makes an omni-channel strategy stand out. Connected customer accounts, order history and behavioral information provide many added benefits, such as more effective and targeted content, advertising, offers, notifications and the ability to accurately predict customer lifetime value.

CONNECTED CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS
ORDER HISTORY
BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION
SUPERIOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
THE CONCEPT

Developing an interactive retail store with high-tech installations

So, what exactly happened at
ATCOM Next?

On the occasion of ATCOM Next, the annual event that brought together Atcom’s clients and partners, we developed an omni-channel ecosystem to urge visitors connect the dots throughout the customer journey. At this imaginary retail store that we developed, we set up a Microsoft Dynamics CRM system and we registered our guests’ profiles to track and unify their behavior at the ATCOM Next minisite, mobile application and ‘in-store’ during the event. The data we collected allowed us to accurately identify every user and device in real-time, as they were interacting with the two tech installations that we built. In other words, we managed taking an innovative approach to a store’s function and format so as to showcase these exciting retail opportunities.

.01INTERACTIVE WINDOW DISPLAY

To demonstrate this innovative use of technology, we created a shoe store window display that interacts with passers-by, using input from a Microsoft Kinect sensor that detects movement. Designed to be activated when someone walks by, it features a model on a video wall walking by your side, like following your steps! Furthermore, the model is ‘wearing’ the shoes that are placed in front of you.

Kinect for Windows can be used in innovative and creative ways to address challenges across a wide variety of industries, allowing users to interact naturally with computing technology. For example, in retail environments, Kinect experiences enable customers to interact with products more naturally before they purchase, providing retailers with a deeper engagement with their customers.

kinect

For the exhibition’s purposes, Beacons (Low Energy Bluetooth Technology) were placed on the display in order to identify every guest that had downloaded the ATCOM Next application on their phone and gain access to their profile.

Now imagine a real business taking advantage of this interactive retail installation, creative implementations and use of connected motion-tracking technologies. Having been identified, the shoppers would also be able to watch the model wearing the shoes that they had earlier added to their basket or the ones that they have added to their saved-for-later items list at the e-shop.

Not too impressed? What if the customer could choose from their mobile phone which products they wish to be showcased at the interactive window display in real time?

  • 1 The store visitor walks in front of the interactive window display.
  • 2 Microsoft Kinect sensor identifies the human figure and captures the subject's movement and orientation.
  • 3 The model on the video wall follows the visitor's steps, wearing the advertised shoes that are physically placed right in front.
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The transformation of a store into a showroom, with the use of a loyalty mobile app and data directly transmitted from the CRM system leads to consumer empowerment and guarantees an ultimate omni-channel experience.

.02INTERACTIVE PRODUCT DISPLAY

Who would have thought that an interactive shelf could change the way customers shop?
When you see a product on a shelf, you can imagine how it might be used or how it might be worn, but that doesn’t always seem to be the case. As digital technology is making frequent appearances in offline retail environments, such installations tend to be fun while at the same time drawing in shoppers through novelty of experience.

Projection mapping is a projection technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for any kind of content. Projection Mapping uses everyday video projectors, but instead of projecting on a flat screen (e.g. to display a PowerPoint), light is mapped onto any surface, turning common objects of any 3D shape into interactive displays. These objects may be complex industrial landscapes, such as buildings, small indoor objects or theatrical stages.

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This interactive shelf aims to encourage visitors to explore the item placed on it in detail. The product display works as a surface touchscreen, providing informative and entertaining multimedia content. Customers get the chance to learn more details on the product they touch or lift from the counter such as available sizes and colors, videos, photos, specifications etc.

Again, with the use of the brand’s mobile app, a CRM platform and ERP integration we are able to deliver personalized content to customers based on the products they browsed online, their order history, or even the items they are checking out from their smartphones while actually in store.

  • 1 Pick up a shoe from the counter and get notified about its availability in size and color.
  • 2 Explore a wide collection of videos and photos, in order to view different styling suggestions of the item placed on the shelf.
  • 3 Receive an email with a discount coupon for online shopping, while holding a certain item. Or receive a message providing the choice to add this same item on a Wishlist.
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It’s not just the interaction between humans and objects that engages customers. Making them feel that they are being treated as unique and valuable individuals is a strategy that will boost brand value and create lifetime customers.

MAKING OF

TECHNOLOGY

MICROSOFT KINECT

ESTIMOTE BEACONS

PROJECTION MAPPING

ATCOM integrating various technologies managed to create an innovative retail solution, that combines physical and digital interactivity.

  • Android App
  • iOS App
  • SQL Database
  • Video Wall
  • Push Notifications

THE OUTCOME

Building a holistic consumer experience to welcome the new age of personalized shopping

ATCOM Next attendees had the chance to experience first-hand the innovative technologies that can superimpose virtual information on real-world experiences. They interacted with material space in unprecedented ways, exploring the enhanced features and capabilities that the event had to offer. Watching visitors embracing technology as a game changer and getting familiar with the digitization of a physical environment through our installations was a truly remarkable experience that exceeded our expectations.

Another positive surprise was that people were willing to share their personal information (exact location and social media accounts) and they even proved eager to enable their Bluetooth on their smartphones so as to gain access to the value-added services in offer that improved their shopping experience. Despite the growing concerns regarding consumers’ data privacy, Atcom Next came to prove that consumers can easily overcome their fear of personal data abuse, if they are promised trustworthy tailored experiences.

Above all, we introduced visitors to a brand new world where companies can initiate meaningful conversations with customers.

Omnichannel strategy enables businesses to merge the online and the offline world, to turn anonymous traffic into identified consumers with certain needs, behaviors and expectations across all devices and channels in order to develop a 360 customer value offering.

It is now more clear than ever that digitization has permanently changed long-established buying patterns and customers have the power to make decisions on their own terms. The use of innovative technologies needs to be relevant to consumer needs whether this is increased convenience, product interactivity or better communication. In the near future, all channels will be part of an elevated holistic experience.

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