Creating an interactive digital window display that can connect with smartphones of consumers walking by can be more complicated than it looks.
A while back, Adidas created a pilot interactive display at a storefront in Germany. Last week, the people involved in creating and monitoring it presented their findings during the Digital Signage Expo in Last Vegas.
The idea was to transform store windows into real-time shopping screens, so consumers could interact both during and after hours of operation of the store.
A smartphone shopper would see a PIN on the store window and once entered the phone would be linked to the screen content. The consumer then could move items on the window with their phone, drag and drop items into their shopping basket and purchase via their phone.
Most interesting in the pilot is what Adidas learned around consumer behavior and technology deployment.
“Whatever you think is intuitive is not,” said Stefanie Seufert, consumer experience manager, global retail environments at Adidas.
For example, she said passersby were reluctant to touch the window because many people grew up being told by their parents not to touch things like store windows, making it initially unnatural for them to touch the digital display.
To get around this, the team added a picture of a hand, a small innovation that quickly let a consumer know that it was expected that they would use their hand.
Then they added a photo of a phone with a browser address to type, which helped shoppers get the idea.
The concept was to create an e-commerce experience right to the window, using smartphones. The Adidas presenters said the idea conceptually was to merge the storefront and the Web store.
Other things the Adidas team observed and learned:
The presentation ended with indications that there would be more of this type of interactive store window displays this year from companies beyond Adidas.
Perhaps coming to a store window near you.