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Power to Proximity: How Real World Data is Transforming Brand Strategy

The internet has upended the relationship between consumer and retailer. Once upon a time, consumers relied on companies including Sears, Macy’s, and RadioShack to provide them with certain goods. The Sears Catalogue famously stood as one-stop-shop for all kinds of products, selling clothing, cars, appliances, and even build-your-own-home kits. Today Amazon performs the same function, however there is a major difference: Amazon doesn’t simply sell goods. Amazon gathers an enormous amount of data on its customers’ shopping and browsing habits. This data has many uses, among them enabling Amazon to deliver customer-specific, influential product recommendations.

To compete, retail outlets must provide the same level of personalization and recommendation if they intend to compete with mighty Amazon. How? Through the use of proximity and location data.

Knowing the kind of items your customers like to buy, as well as the websites they visit, is enormously valuable when it comes to retargeting. However, understanding how people behave on the internet is only a small piece of the puzzle. ComScore’s report, 2017 US Cross-Platform Future Focus, notes that mobile now accounts for 69% of digital media time, while desktop accounts for less than 1/3 of total digital media time. Understanding how people behave in the real world (i.e., with omnipresent mobile devices) allows marketers to get a more holistic view of their audiences. Proximity Data is the currency that fuels that understanding.

Brands are already using proximity and location data to inform their marketing strategy. Shinola, a lifestyle brand, has been using geolocation data to determine the best ad placement. They teamed up with PlaceIQ to collect a variety of data, including foot traffic analysis, tactic visitation, creative performance, and audience analytics. This data revealed revenue-impacting insights. At ProxSummit, Jacques Panis, Shinola’s President, offered, “One thing we found was that our media targeted post-exposure to our out-of-home placements had the highest visitation in-store. That shows us the importance of having multiple exposures to consumers in a media buy to get them to take action.”

More importantly, Panis added, “We also learned more about the lifestyle and purchase behavior of the people who were most likely to go in-store, which helps us zero-in on these consumers for future campaigns.” These insights helped fuel a successful geolocation campaign, in which the company used location data to segment consumer audiences in six cities, developing creative for each segment that spoke to each audience directly.  Panis said that going forward, “These types of geolocation campaigns will definitely play an important role as we open stores in new markets.” A testament to the power of proximity and geolocation, indeed.

Shinola offers just one example of the many ways in which proximity and location data can create value for retailers, brands, and agency marketers alike.

Highest Value Uses of Proximity & Location Data

  • Understanding behavior and shopping preferences of individual consumers
  • Personalizing consumer touchpoints
  • Activating of in-store experiences including:
    • Customers receiving a coupon upon entering a store
    • Product recommendations based on shopping and browsing history
  • Gauging effectiveness of advertisements to drive in-store attribution

Location and proximity data are the building blocks that will empower brands and brand marketers to create better ways to connect with consumers – adding sophistication to offline marketing strategies, helping to close the online/offline gap.




Chris Cunningham is the Chief Revenue Officer at Unacast, the world largest network of beacon and proximity data, building the Real World Graph and connecting the physical world to the digital — for online retargeting and attribution. Cunningham is an active tech startup investor and founder of C2 Ventures, a privately-held investment firm with a focus on consumer, data, and financial techs that provides seed capital to early stage digital media companies. Cunningham has been named one of the "Most Important People in Mobile Advertising" by Business Insider, as well as being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, finalist two years in a row. He's been featured speaker at International CES, Cannes Lions, IAB's Annual Leadership Meeting, dmexco, and f.ounders. Cunningham is a contributor to CNBS and Bloomberg TV via on-screen appearances, and is former co-chair of the IAB Social Media committee and Native Advertising Task Force.

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Snapchat's map was vandalized to label New York City as 'Jewtropolis'

Snapchat users discovered on Thursday morning that the app's map labeled New York City as 'Jewtropolis'. The cause was the vandalism of the mapping software from Mapbox, a third-party company that supplies mapping information to Snapchat, StreetEasy and Citi Bike. The change went unnoticed by Mapbox, and was visible for a few hours Thursday morning until being fixed around 9 AM ET.  Mapbox confirmed that it was an act of human vandalism, but it still isn't sure how the change was able to slip through the cracks unnoticed.

Snapchat users took to social media to post screenshots showing the Snap Map labeling New York City as "Jewtropolis" early Thursday morning.

The cause? It turns out that the mapping software company Mapbox, used by Snapchat, the Weather Channel, StreetEasy, Citi Bike, and more, was vandalized to display the anti-Semitic moniker in place of New York City.

The company said the issue was resolved shortly before 9 AM ET.

Mapbox is utilized by a variety of developers, and used by over 400 million people per month, but not all services that rely on Mapbox's data were affected by the vandalism. Other companies like Vice and Vox that use Mapbox did not seem to be affected, The Verge reported

In a statement to Tech Crunch, Mapbox CEO and founder Eric Gundersen said Mapbox uses humans and AI to check for vandalism, but the company is still looking into how this particular act of vandalism slipped through the cracks. Mapbox did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. 

"This is now 100 percent fixed and should have never happened. It’s disgusting," Gundersen told Tech Crunch. "We’re constantly scanning for this, and it’s an error on our part [to have missed it].”

Hey Dan! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism. We are working with our partner Mapbox to get this fixed immediately.

— Snapchat Support (@snapchatsupport) August 30, 2018


@CitiBikeNYC why is the E Village called “Jewtropolis” on your app

— saintconfucius (@saintconfucius) August 30, 2018

Yo wtf @streeteasy I know we like our bagels but fuck man... “jewtropolis”?

— Freedom Film LLC (@FreedomFilmLLC) August 30, 2018



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