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The Experience is the Sensor

This is a Guest Blog Post by
Geoff Bessin

Our assertion: Digital experiences can be a sensor. If true, this turns the world of digital signage upside down.

It is well understood that a key strength of interactive content is engagement. With interactive content you get all the benefits of static signage enhanced with the ability to immerse. Content reactive to user input and – through connectivity – delivered in context, tailored in real-time for the user and/or the environment, is sticky. Users like it, want to use it, come back to it.

There is another key strength, however, one that is often overlooked because the technology in support of interactive content had not been able to fulfill it. (Until now.) If target audiences are at the screen, expressing preferences and interest through their interaction, isn’t there value to be mined here? Insight about users/visitors/customers based on their decisions? Understanding how those subjects are influenced by their environment (time, season, weather), demographics (age, gender), location (store, in-store) and more?

Data is the foundation of any customer experience effort. With data you can answer questions like what happened, why it happened, and how to make it (or the alternative) happen in the future.

Imagine the ability to not just identify what your audience is doing but to give it context in any number of ways including:

-      interfacing with software gathering demographic data off a webcam

-      capturing user/item identification information off an RFID/NFC reader or a QR code

-      logging environmental information for in-store location and weather

If all this is possible then interactive content – digital experiences – can be a sensor.

This concept turns the world of digital signage upside down. Interactive content becomes a means of capturing (sensing) information, not just pushing that content onto an audience. It’s a complete paradigm change. Of course, data capture doesn’t have to be explicit. The user experience can still be personalized, informative, unencumbered with distraction. In fact, the more rich and engaging the content, the more insight you can gain about your target audience.

Taken one step further, if you have the ability to update content on the fly in response to data-revealed trends, you can essentially “program” content to be intelligently reactive. The experience can not only be a sensor, it can be a programmable one. It’s an endpoint among the Internet of Things, always learning about and reacting to users and the environment.

Intuiface gives you all the tools you need to adopt this sensor-like approach.

Let’s break it down. The key features making Intuiface unique are – no coincidence – the key building blocks for a sensor-like approach:

-      Interactivity: Engagement via touch-first content created without any coding.

-      Connectivity: Personalization via integration with any third-party data source, business logic, or device.

-      Analytics: Insight via data collection and chart creation in support of KPIs.

With guidance from the business, creative teams identify events to monitor. Intuiface automatically collects information about these events – aka “data points” – and transfers them to cloud-based storage. This data is turned into a set of charts and dashboards to identify trends and support design, operational, and business goals. The resulting insight launches a feedback loop, providing direction for creating and deploying more effective content.

Interactive content is the ultimate source of insight about your target audience. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – data capture is the holy grail of the signage community. With Intuiface, technology has finally caught up.

See our details about Intuiface Analytics for a breakdown of capabilities and a short video demonstration. A press release highlights the importance of Analytics in the larger world of digital signage.

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Geoff Bessin
Geoff Bessin

I'm Intuiface's Chief Marketing Officer, which means it's my job to get you interested in Intuiface. Once you try it, I know you'll love it.

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