Before you can enable this functionality, there are a number of steps you must follow. First, you must first gain email permission. Next, your customer must download the app. After than, you have to set up geofences in relevant locations. And last but not least, there must be a tie between the customer’s email address, the app and the technology you use to deploy your emails.
Here are a few ideas to get you started once you get your foundation in place:
Close Proximity to a Store
When a customer is in a neighborhood where there is a brick-and-mortar presence, send an email with a coupon or special incentive to come into the store. The email can be coordinated with a push notification or rich app message with a badge notification on the app (the number that hovers over the mobile app on the home screen encouraging you to open it and engage). The email will most likely work well when you set up the trigger to monitor when someone has entered the geofence repeatedly, but is not near their home store. This could be a scenario where someone commutes a considerable distance to work each day and could be encouraged to stop periodically by a physical location near their work.
Brands invested in hosting or attending events where customers are present can geofence the event location. Once users enter the geofence, an email can be sent inviting the customer to drop by a booth, VIP space or to share a schedule of all the events that day. The trigger can even be pre-loaded to look for certain customers who are considered most important or have pre-registered for the event. Emails leading up to the event and push notifications during the event can remind the customer to check email for more important details throughout the day.
Geofences make it increasingly easy to know when your customers are traveling or moving between regions. This is a great opportunity to be more helpful and show content relevant to the region where the customer is physically located vs. their home location. This is different than open-time personalization. Geofencing allows for a trigger, while open-time personalization updates content in existing, planned communications at the time of open.
We’re just starting to scratch the surface of possibilities when it comes to coupling mobile geofencing technology with email. Email continues to evolve through innovation, and I’m excited to see how effective geofencing can be with our beloved channel. What are some ways you are using mobile to drive email targeting?