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12 Essential KPIs All Retailers Can Leverage Using Traffic Counters – Part 2

Posted on April 9, 2019

12 KPIs All Retailers Can Leverage Using Traffic Counters

This the 2nd part of a 4 part series that covers the most relevant KPIs retailers can monitor through Prodco’s Traffic Counting Solutions.

Last time, we talked about:

Door Counts: The number of people entering the store
Passer-by Traffic: Direct customer opportunities that pass by the store
Capture rate: The store’s capacity to attract visitors

Make sure to read part 1 first.

Like many KPIs we are covering, it is important to be aware that this data requires your equipment to have integrated WiFi. Fortunately, Prodco’s modern Stereoscopic 3D cameras include WiFi as a basic feature.

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4. Average Visit Duration

The Average Visit Duration (AVD) is a KPI that showcases the average time every visitor stayed at a specific location. In other words, that’s how long people are spending on average in your store.

The average visit duration can help benchmark the stores in order to compare the average visit time across the entire retail chain.

AVD Clock

The AVD can be, in many cases, set up as a goal on its own. As an example, a company trading in the makeup industry will seek to make its customers sit down and try makeup on, contributing to more time spent in the store. In the same way, an apparel specialist will want its customers to spend time in the fitting rooms, leading to more sales.

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5. Engagement Rate

This input breaks down the number of visitors that stayed longer than a specified duration. This is used to measure the level of customer engagement on the sales floor. With this KPI, it becomes easier to pinpoint which stores are more likely to convert visitors into customers and which stores could require additional attention.

Handshake Engagement Defining the duration time as a threshold is at the management’s own discretion. This number has to be representative of when a customer is considered engaged or not.

In order to increase the engagement rate, it is crucial to ensure that the store has enough sales staff available to assist visitors and plenty of merchandise on the shelves. This is essential to make sure that the store never misses an opportunity to turn a visitor into a buyer.



Engaging your customers with unique experiences

Every retailer wants to offer its customers fast and relevant assistance and to engage them at the right moment. Some made this a top priority and invested a lot of resources to make sure they provide the best customer experience possible. A perfect example is IKEA. The Swedish retailer is known for providing its customers with restaurants and babysitting services while they’re shopping.

Ikea Restaurant

Offering an experience only physical stores can provide is a terrific way to give your customers a good reason to keep coming back. Did you know that being able to test products or to try things on is one of the main reasons why people still visit brick-and-mortar stores?

As such, try to make your customers’ journey a unique experience they will remember, by offering, like FAO Schwarz, amazing shopper experiences in your store:

Fao Schwartz - BigPiano scene from movie Big (1988)

Customer engagement is all about inviting your customers to interact with your business and your staff, increasing, as a result, the image of the brand. When used to its full potential, a strong customer engagement strategy will improve loyalty, visit recency, conversion rate, average duration time, reduce bounce rate and will ultimately lead to increased sales.

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6. Bounce Rate

The term Bounce Rate comes from an online marketing KPI which originated from web traffic analytics. It indicates the percentage of online visitors who went to a specific page (e.g. homepage) of your website and left without visiting any other pages. It reveals the website’s efficiency at retaining visitors.

Thanks to modern Traffic Counting Solutions that integrate WiFi and Bluetooth technologies, this KPI has crossed over and is now available for brick-and-mortar locations.

Bounce Rate Trampoline

This metric is provided to physical retailers to evaluate their stores capacity at keeping their visitors engaged. Described in more basic terms, this is the number of visitors that stayed less than a specified duration.

Every retailer can define their own time associated with this metric that they believe is indicative of a bounce (e.g. < 2 min). It will be defined in correlation with the Engagement KPI, therefore one should also consider what an engaged visitor is while defining this number. Likewise, it must reflect the industry, the retail chain’s average visit time, and the location in the best way possible.

This is an essential KPI that offers a very comprehensive overview of how many potential customers leave the store too quickly. Monitoring this specific KPI is a great way to understand when and where to work on increasing customer engagement levels to attract more opportunities that will convert visitors. Optimized service levels are decisive to provide customers with a good shopping experience.

Staff greeting shoppers and effective merchandising will ensure your visitors find what they’re looking for and will help to reduce the bounce rate.

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The AVD and the Bounce/Engagement Rates are intimately connected. Taking advantage of good engagement opportunities will directly impact all of these KPIs. Increasing customer engagement levels will also boost dwell times, maximize upselling opportunities, lead to increased sales and it will bring you closer to achieving your store goals.

Bounce and Engagement

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Prodco Analytics delivers a comprehensive analysis platform that highlights where opportunities for improvement exist and helps your stores reach their real performance potential. Our retail performance solution delivers a deeper understanding of shopper behavior with real-time analytics at all levels of the operations and marketing team.

Stay tuned for part 3.

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12 Essential KPIs All Retailers can leverage using Traffic Counters – Part 1

Posted on March 19, 2019

KPIs for Retailers - Part 1

This is the first part of a 4 part series that covers the most relevant KPIs brick-and-mortar retailers can monitor through Prodco’s Traffic Counting Solutions. In this first article, we cover the first 3 essential metrics that retailers can leverage and that can help measure and drive performance: Door Counts, Passer-by Traffic and Capture Rate.

Door Counts

1. Door Counts

That’s the first feature any retailer will be looking for when thinking about the implementation of a People Counting Solution. It’s also the essential feature that our modern 3D stereoscopic camera can provide. Placed at the main entrance, the camera will accurately count people entering your store.

Shop Entrance - Door Counting

In order to provide comprehensive reports along with the most rigorous data possible, most 3D cameras will exclude children, carts, strollers, and some 3D cameras can also exclude staff, security guards and greeters.

Understand your traffic and know what to expect.

Retailers can take advantage of this data to gain insight into traffic trends and learn when the store will be busy to help make employee scheduling more effective. Increase conversion and sales by providing the best service levels possible, at the right time.

This metric also offers executives the possibility to identify the top and underperforming stores of the retail chain, based on opportunities that enter each store and measure performance such as conversion ratios.

Moreover, brick-and-mortar retailers can exploit this information to benchmark their stores against segment specific industry traffic trends (Prodco’s proprietary Retail Traffic Index).

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2. Passer-By Traffic

In addition to capturing traffic coming into the stores, some 3D stereoscopic cameras are capable of measuring passer-by traffic, using integrated Wi-Fi based technology.

Crowd in a Mall This data is very useful to measure the number of customer opportunities that pass directly in front of the store. In other words, passer-by traffic shows exactly what the store could be missing out on.

Another very important purpose of this data is its ability to measure location specific traffic trends.

A decrease (or increase) in traffic can be identified as being directly linked to your location. Perhaps the shopping mall where your store is located has attracted less traffic lately. Your street might be suffering from a sudden decline in popularity. Or maybe people are simply avoiding this particular street because of endless roadworks. As usual, measuring the right data and putting that into perspective is essential to grasp the full picture.

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3. Capture Rate

Capture rate, or the percentage of passersby traffic that enters the store, and one of the biggest factors are a store’s windows and their displays.

Passerby looking at a window display It is more than fundamental to understand the true impact of the storefront and to ascertain how well it’s converting. This KPI will also help marketers analyze the performance of their marketing campaigns. Marketing strategies can be measured and adjusted based on solid data for each store location.

A store’s windows are its most valuable piece of real estate, and effective, compelling displays can greatly affect traffic through the front door. In many cases, it’s the “first moment of truth” for a physical store.

Some inventive retailers go the extra mile to make sure people will stop to admire their display. Like every year, the famous Parisian department store, Printemps, has spared no effort to impress passersby and make them want to enter their store, as we can see in this awe-inspiring picture of Printemps’ Christmas display in Paris.

Incredible Window Display By Printemps, Paris
via Printemps

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Prodco Analytics delivers a comprehensive analysis platform that highlights where opportunities for improvement exist and helps your stores reach their real performance potential. Our retail performance solution delivers a deeper understanding of shopper behavior with real-time analytics at all levels of the operations and marketing team.

Stay tuned for part 2.

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Valentine’s Day 2019 Special Review

Posted on February 22, 2019

Valentine's Day 2019 Review

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US Region

Executive Summary:

Prodco’s Retail Traffic Index for Valentine’s Day 2019 reported a year-over-year decrease of -1.68%. The number of people celebrating the occasion this year decreased by 4% in comparison to last year. As per the NRF release for 2019 Valentine’s Day, the percentage of people celebrating may have decreased, however, total spending was expected to rise to $20.7 billion, which is an increase of 6 percent over last year’s $ 19.6 billion, the rise in sales points to rising consumer confidence.

The luxury segment this year has reported a decrease year-over-year for all regions. As per Forbes latest article on Luxury, the overall luxury market is seeing a decline due to the slowdown in tourism and government laws on luxury goods imports.

In addition, the population that celebrated Valentine’s Day in 2019 is at an all-time low of 51%, dethroning the historic low of 2016 which was 55%. It is estimated the 52% of people age 18 to 24 and 53% of people 25 to 34 celebrated this year. Data suggest the median income for these brackets are approximate ~$28,000/year and ~$39,000/year respectively.

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Canada Region

Executive Summary:

Prodco’s Retail Traffic Index for Valentine’s Day 2019 reported a year-over-year increase of 1.82%. Prairies took the lead by reporting a double-digit increase of 14.04%. The Lifestyle and Apparel also rose by 8.51% compared to last year.

British Columbia this year saw a year-over-year decrease of -0.40%, inspired by a lower influx of tourists as opposed to last year’s growth, the decrease is within expected variance as the market is stabilizing.

Lifestyle Apparel saw an astonishing increase of 22.92% in Quebec while Ontario saw a decrease of 2.91%.


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Valentine’s Day 2019 – US Shoppers Will Spend More

Posted on February 13, 2019

Valentine's Day 2019

Valentine’s Day 2019. Less traffic expected, but shoppers are spending more.

Last year’s results showed a nice 7% increase, compared to 2017’s spending, with a total of $19.6B spent by US consumers on their loved ones. The good news for online and brick-and-mortar retailers is that this progression is not going to stop there in 2019.

$20.7B. That’s the number expected to be spent on Valentine’s Day in 2019, according to a recent survey.

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Valentine’s Day has become a holiday consumers take advantage of not only to spoil their significant other/spouse but also their family members, friends, and pets. In 2018, those 18-34 spent more money on their pets than usual and spent overall more than any other demographics.

According to the NRF Website and Prosper Insights & Analytics, we can expect the 35-44 to become the age bracket that will spend the most on Valentine’s Day, with an average of $279.14.

The average spending is supposed to increase, as well as the total spending. However, fewer people are expected to go shopping on Valentine’s Day with only 51% of the US consumers saying they would.

This increase in average spending quite possibly comes from the type of gifts people are planning on buying, as well as who is purchasing them.

Considering that Valentine’s day is recognized as a celebration of romance and love, it will come as no surprise that the US consumers favored jewelry products last year. $4.7B were spent on necklaces, rings, and other luxury items.

This trend is supposed to continue this year, according to this survey.

Those celebrating plan to spend $3.9 billion on jewelry in 2019. Generation X and Y will be the majority of the shoppers celebrating this holiday, and these generations are the main players of the working population. Therefore, even if this holiday doesn’t attract as many people as before, with an average of $161.96 spending predicted, 2019 is about to become Valentine’s Day’s most successful year.

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Retail remains king

While only 27% are expected to shop online for this special holiday, the vast majority of shoppers will visit physical businesses (department stores, discount stores, specialty stores, jewelry stores etc.).

Stay tuned next week for our Special Valentine’s Day Traffic Review to see if those predictions will match the numbers!

NRF 2019 Recap – In-store shopper analytics is flourishing

Posted on January 31, 2019

NRF 2019 in a few words

January in New York City is an exciting time of the year for retailers from all around the globe. The rush of the holiday season is over and retailers have had a couple of weeks to reflect on their performance. Despite mixed results, it was better than anticipated. Prodco’s 2018 Special Holiday Traffic Review even showed a year-over-year traffic increase of 22.77% for Super Weekend, affected mostly by Super Sunday on the 23rd, just 2 days away from Christmas day.

With the holiday season behind us, retailers will now completely focus on 2019. What better way to gain inspiration and broaden their network than to attend the world’s largest trade show in the retail industry?

Whilst at the NRF Retail’s Big Show this past January 2019, we had the chance to meet with diverse retail organizations. Various businesses and key players were represented, and as a result, we were able to gather valuable feedback and gain great insight into the forthcoming needs of an industry undergoing many changes.

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In-store shopper behavior, transparency, and privacy

During those 3 exciting days, the focus on technology was undeniable and the demand from brick-and-mortar stores for advanced traffic analytics has exceeded our expectations.

Straight from the beginning, something appeared to stand out from the crowd. Moving forward, retailers will invest more in technologies that allow them to reduce costs. This article from the NRF goes over this point, amongst other goals and priorities for retailers in 2019.

However, after many discussions, we determined that this investment in technology goes beyond the basic requirement to reduce costs. Somewhere in between cost reduction and sales performance strategies, lies the need to truly understand who our customers really are.

Retailers know that further efforts are needed to compete with the indisputable rise of online transactions. As a result, they will invest more in solutions that offer in-depth analytics and insight into their traffic while respecting the privacy of their customers.

Nowadays, it has become very important for consumers to shop with a brand they trust and believe in on an ethical level. After spending 3 days in the Big Apple, we were convinced that brick-and-mortar stores understand this demand assuredly. While a large part of the industry is on the lookout for cutting-edge shopper analytics and traffic counting solutions, the need to simultaneously offer more transparency and more personalized customer experience seems to have become a prerogative for 2019.

Improving customer experience is also featured in this NRF article as one of the top priorities for retailers in 2019.

Prodco Booth NRF 2019

We strongly believe that, in order to improve customer experience, it is a prerequisite to have a deep understanding of your customers.

Nikki Baird, contributor at Forbes, says the following in her article regarding the outcomes of NRF 2019:

But the only way employees in stores are going to continue to be successful is if they can play an effective role in initiating, assisting, or completing an omnichannel journey. And that means having enough information about a customer to be useful in that role.

Figuring out the whole picture and knowing all the ins and outs will allow you to see what can be optimized and will make for an overall better experience for your customers.

In a nutshell, it was obvious that all retailers are beginning to have a tremendous interest in in-store shopper behavior and advanced analytics. To be able to compete, retail stores will have to, at the very least, keep up with basic traffic analytics and people counting solutions, especially since advanced Shopper Behavior Analytics is experiencing a strong increase in demand amongst many key influencers of the retail industry. In this edition of NRF Retail’s Big Show, we couldn’t deny the increasing interest that brick-and-mortar stores have to understand the true path-to-purchase and the intricate behavior of their customers.

Want to learn more about traffic analytics for brick-and-mortar? Check out our people counting solutions and advanced in-store shopper analytics for brick-and-mortar.

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