5 Innovative Ways to Use AR in Holiday Marketing

A technology that was once considered to be on the fringes of digital marketing has moved into the mainstream, as retailers around the country find new ways to use AR in their 2019 holiday campaigns. From virtual try-ons to camera filters designed to drive people into physical store locations, there’s no limit to the number of ways creative marketers can use AR. Enterprising retailers are capitalizing on the momentum as they come up with smarter ways to help shoppers contextually visualize what products will look like on their bodies and in their homes.

Let’s take a look at how five major companies are using AR for holiday marketing this year.

The Art of Making a Retail Holiday

From Black Friday and Cyber Monday to back-to-school sales, retail holidays may be arbitrary, but they have become a core component of successful sales and marketing strategies. As a result of their success, these holidays are becoming expected, fixtures of the retail industry embedded in its collective psyche. Companies must innovate to keep them fresh. Brands need to monitor competitors to see what works and what doesn’t work and tweak their strategies appropriately. 

Data on successful “holiday” campaigns reveal how to make the most of holidays, whether long-established or freshly innovated.

How Mobile and OOH Can Defy a Dip in Traffic to Coffee Shops During the Otherwise Hot Winter Season

With AAA reporting that 91% of the 112.5 million people in the US who travel during the holiday season take a road trip during that time span, it’s intuitive to dovetail mobile creative with digital out-of-home creative, targeting all these travelers who are undoubtedly moving about the country … and outside their usual stop-for-coffee routines. Below are some strategies to bear in mind when trying to reel in the customer at year’s end.

LBMA Podcast: Alexa’s Location Alerts, Starbucks and Uber

On this week’s edition of the Location-Based Marketing Association podcast: CS Hudson, Baidu Maps, XYO Protocol’s blockchain lab, Ariana Grande + YouTube, Alexa’s location alerts, Starbucks + Uber.

Local Advertising’s Next Sleeping Giant: Uber

Mike Boland: Given the attribution possibilities, its scale, recent delivery partnership with Starbucks, and existing Uber Eats infrastructure, Uber’s move into advertising looks pretty inevitable. Of course, it would have to gain internal competency as an ad company, so look for acquisitions or talent hires (or both) in 2019. And look for more rhetoric about the latest company to challenge the duopoly, this time in a very local way. 

Starbucks Partners with Uber to Launch On-Demand Delivery at 2,000 Locations

Starbucks announced on Friday that it’s partnering with Uber to launch on-demand delivery at 2,000 locations. The partnership is a sign of the “near me” local search era for retail, one in which proximity and convenience have become paramount, outweighing even loyalty.

Street Fight Daily: Google Is Becoming the Web’s Transaction Layer, Cedato Releases Video Ad Tech for GDPR Era

TOP STORIES… Google’s Path to Becoming the Transaction Layer of the Web… Cedato Releases Contextual Programmatic Video Targeting Tool For the Post-GDPR Era… Google’s Grand Plan to Make AI Accessible to Developers and Businesses…

How Hospitality Brands Capitalize on Summertime Social Trends

Social is becoming an increasingly popular channel for research and an important resource for word-of-mouth recommendations, with 67% of consumers saying that at least half of their searches result in a visit to a business, according to a 2017 survey by ReviewTrackers.

Street Fight Daily: Adobe Buys Magento, Inside Google’s Rise to Digital Ad Dominance

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Adobe Buys Magento to Become Digital Ad Design Powerhouse… How Did Google Get So Big?… Some Companies Shrug Off GDPR…

How Major Brands Are ‘Gamifying’ the Consumer Buying Experience

Although gamification itself is not a new marketing strategy, advancements in mobile apps and location technologies are providing brands with new opportunities to engage customers using these time-tested techniques. Here’s how six major brands are using gamification to change the consumer experience and promote loyalty.

Location Data Shows Which Brands Coachella Attendees Favor

Attendees at the annual music festival may seem somewhat heterogeneous from the outside, but a new study of InMarket’s anonymized location data gives a sense of the concertgoers’ brand preferences, and insight into the effectiveness of sponsors’ campaigns.

Street Fight Daily: Big Retailers Support Mobile Payments, Snap Ads Struggle to Grab User Attention

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks Drive Mobile Payment Behaviors… How Do Users Like Snapchat Ads?… AOL’s CEO Explains that Oath is About B2B Branding…

Mobile Payments: Does Local’s Holy Grail Have Holes?

Mobile payments continue to be equally opportune and elusive. The potential benefits are huge, but I’m skeptical that mainstream consumers will alter their entrenched habits when they still don’t see cash or credit cards as a pain point.

Street Fight Daily: Starbucks to Test Mobile Order-Only Store, Amazon and Walmart Wage Price War

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Starbucks to Test Mobile Order and Pay-Only Store at Headquarters… Amazon and Walmart Are in an All-Out Price War that Is Terrifying Big Brands… How The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and CNN Approach Platforms…

5 Quick-Serve Restaurant Brands Using Artificial Intelligence to Change the Way We Eat

The type of ultra-personal service that was once offered by waiters at mom-and-pop diners is now being duplicated by highly-sophisticated computer algorithms, as many of the country’s largest restaurant chains start investing more in artificial intelligence technology.

Street Fight Daily: Retail Brands Deploy AI, Google Teams with Fiat Chrysler on Connected Car Tech

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… 5 Brands Infusing Retail with Artificial Intelligence… Google Teams with Fiat Chrysler to Turn Android Into Top Platform for Connected Cars… Wendy’s Taps Spotify Branded Moments to Catch You When You’re Hungry…

Brand Battles in Depth: Looking at Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts

The series demonstrates the real complexity of cross-platform digital marketing and the importance of a data-driven strategy in identifying meaningful objectives and tracking performance. This commentary explains how Brand Battles are constructed and how their subject areas fits into the bigger picture of local marketing for national brands.

Street Fight Daily: AT&T to Acquire Time Warner, Mobile Moves to Majority of Google Ad Rev

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… AT&T To Acquire Time Warner, Becoming Latest Media Giant with Cross-Device Mojo… Mobile Moves to Majority Share of Google’s Worldwide Ad Revenues… How Quartz Sculpts a Global, Mobile-First Brand…

Street Fight Daily: Brands Cash In on Snapchat API, Google to Launch Click-to-Message Ads

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Brands Cash In on Snapchat’s Long-Awaited API… Google To Launch Click-to-Message Ads on Google Search in Coming Weeks… Platform Publishing Creates Challenges for Publishers’ Mobile Design…

Street Fight Daily: Brands Using Apps to Drive Revenue, Facebook Tweaks News Feed (Again)

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… How Three Brands Use Apps to Drive Loyalty and Revenue… Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Favor ‘Personally Informative’ Stories… How AMP Will Affect the Wider Web…