The Uses of In-Store Customer Journey Data: Store Layout & Merchandising

In my last post, I described what in-store customer data is. But the really important question is this - what do you do with it? Not surprisingly, in-store customer movement data serves quite a range of needs that I’ll categorize broadly as store layout optimization, promotion planning and optimization, staff optimization, digital experience integration, omni-channel experience optimization, and customer experience optimization. I’ll talk about each in more detail, but you can think about it this way. Half of the utility of in-store customer journey measurement is [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Digital Mortar News, Gary's Posts, Retail Analytics|0 Comments

The New Frontier in Customer Journey Optimization – Measuring the In-store Experience

What is In-Store Customer Journey Data? Analytics professionals love data and technology. So it’s easy for us (and I use “us” because I completely self-identify in both the category of analytics professional and someone who loves data and technology) to get excited about new data sources and new measurement systems – sometimes without thinking too carefully about what they are for or whether they are really useful. When I first got interested in the technologies to track in-store customer journeys, I’ll admit that its newness [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Gary's Posts, Retail Analytics|0 Comments

What’s In-Store Tracking for?

At Digital Mortar, I'm committed to bringing a whole new generation of measurement and analytics to the in-store customer journey. What I mean by that “new generation” is that our approach embodies more complete and far more accurate data collection. I mean that it provides far more interesting and directive reports. And I mean that our analytics will make a store (or other physical space) work better. But how does that happen and why do we need to track customers inside the store when we [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Gary's Posts, Retail Analytics|0 Comments

The Road Goes Ever On

“It’s a dangerous business,” says Bilbo Baggins, “going out your front door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Eighteen years ago I stepped outside my comfortable door and was swept out into a digital world that I – like everyone else – knew very little about. There were dragons in that wilderness, as there always are. Some we slew and some we ran away from. Some are out there [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Digital Mortar News, Gary's Posts, Retail Analytics|2 Comments

Frictionless Competition and the Surprising Monopolization of the Internet

In the last few months I’ve been spending quite a bit of time thinking about the challenges in physical retail – stores. I’m going to be talking much more about that in the months to come, but thinking about the challenges in physical retail and whether and to what extent digital techniques might help, I’ve also had to think about why digital retail has evolved the way it has. There’s no doubt that digital has disrupted and hurt traditional retail. But it’s a mistake to [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|Gary's Posts, Retail Analytics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Digital Transformation and the Reverse Hierarchy of Understanding

Why is it so hard for the traditional enterprise to do digital well? That’s the question that lurks at the heart of every digital transformation discussion. After all, there’s plenty of evidence that digital can be done well. No one looks at the myriad FinTech, social, and ecommerce companies that are born digital and says “Why can’t they do digital well?” When digital is in your DNA it seems perfectly manageable. Of course, mastering any complex and competitive field is going to be a challenge. [...]

By | November 5th, 2016|Gary's Posts, Uncategorized|0 Comments