Location data is lighting up the marketing world in a big way. Facebook, Google, Yelp, Instagram, Groupon, Twitter, etc., now offer apps with location data features– with good reason. Mobile location data is a proven powerhouse when it comes to both engagement and target marketing.
However, location data is not just about reaching consumers in the vicinity of participating businesses (typically small and medium-sized.) Capitalizing on the phenomenon requires addressing a number of important questions. Only after the answers are known can businesses formulate an effective strategy. Here are some key questions brand marketers should ask early on:
1. Where are you getting data about specific places of business and the real-world coordinates they occupy?
2. Are you personally doing the info-gathering, or is an outside supplier your go-to source?
3. How are you mapping out designated coverage areas? Two popular choices are polygons and geo-fences.
4. Is your data accurate? It is one thing to know that a pet shop is located on a certain city block. Quite another to know said pet shop is sitting at a specific spot on the block.
5. Are you getting full coverage? Half? The number of businesses that get ‘caught’ in your data net depends on a variety of factors.
6. Do you have effective filters in place? Like it or not, your location data will turn up faulty addresses now and again. Sometimes it’s a technical glitch. Other times, a particular business has simply shut its doors. Obviously, brand marketers should harness available filtering resources to minimize inaccuracies such as these.
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