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Aerohive Helps Retailers Engage In-Store Customers
Aerohive Helps Retailers Engage In-Store Customers

By Sue Smith
June 27, 2014 11:38AM

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“Today, brick and mortar retailers need to provide a differentiated shopping experience to remain relevant and attract customers to visit stores,” said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “By leveraging mobile retail technologies and analytics, retailers have the potential to deliver an authentic, personalized engagement."
 



Enterprise mobility specialist Aerohive Networks is launching a 'Personalized Engagement Platform' designed to help brick-and-mortar retailers deploy new apps for increasing customer loyalty and customer engagement. Aerohive says the new platform provides a secure, scalable mobility infrastructure that connects all wireless devices in the retail store in a way that can easily evolve as new retail trends emerge.

We’re talking here about retail personalization tools, customer behavior analytics, loyalty apps, mobile checkout, custom coupons, and other tech tools that traditional retailers can use to increase in-store sales and repeat business.

Tailoring the Customer Experience

Aerohive explains that as e-commerce and online shopping sites have become more sophisticated over the past decade and a half, customer expectations have increased as well. At the same time, traditional retail stores have seen a downturn in sales, as customers have been lost to Amazon.com and other online retailers.

To regain a competitive edge, many physical retailers are now turning to technology to help customize the customer experience and build customer loyalty. In fact, Aerohive points out, with today’s mobile technologies, retailers now have a wealth of new tools at their disposal to attract and engage customers.

For example, retailers can create personalized offers using digital coupons for returning customers and use location-aware loyalty apps that leverage customers’ mobile devices. Offering opt-in log-ins for Wi-Fi access, retailers can even leverage in-store connectivity to interact with customers. And, by weaving social media promotions into customer engagement, retailers can encourage happy customers to share feedback with their friends, attracting new customers to the brand.

Analytics and Mobile Device Management

Aerohive is currently working with a number of strategic partners to provide retailers with additional capabilities for personalized customer engagement.

Euclid is providing retail analytics functionality, while AirWatch supplies the mobile device management (MDM) component. Aerohive says their features integrate seamlessly with its own customer engagement platform to help store-owners optimize operations and increase sales.

As the platform matures, Aerohive plans to announce additional partnerships that extend its functionality later this year.

For now, Aerohive says its latest software release includes three key enhancements for the retail market: Payment Card Industry (PCI) 3.0 compliance and security; a social log-in solution which can be used to leverage consumers’ social media accounts for improved customer experience and personalization; plus, an integrated LTE “Branch on Demand” solution that enables retailers to quickly deploy a complete and secure network within hours. (continued...)

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