Window shopping is a pastime enjoyed by many, shopping without the “intention” of making a purchase. And yet, it’s hard to walk by a store window, see something that catches your eye and not want to buy it, reports Amir Shub for AdWeek
The purpose of physically dressed store windows is much like that of digital advertisements, says the report: To drive consumers to purchase. However, digital ads, especially in the early days of banner ads, generally haven’t emulated what’s made brick-and-mortar shopping successful: the experience of browsing and discovering products, or “window shopping,” until now. Social networks are slowly becoming targeted storefronts.
This storefront concept blends the best of digital and physical. It gives consumers a “shoppable” experience and provides them with a level of personalization they’ve never experienced in the brick-and-mortar world. There are a few elements at play that drive this trend forward, says the report.
These digital storefronts also expose consumers to far more creative assets than a brick-and-mortar shop window could, because they incorporate both product ads and branding imagery. In Facebook Collections, for example, you often see a mix of product ads (resulting from retargeting) and branding-style ads that elicit a bit more emotion, imagination and lifestyle.
The consumer experience is key, says the report. Ads that make their way to consumers’ mobile devices and social networks should be as targeted as possible, or else they will only annoy consumers, feeling more like brand “intrusions” than welcomed browsing experiences.
Targeted storefronts are the next wave of advertising for brands, concludes the report. They yield better results because they showcase more options to consumers, which also allows for more room to personalize.
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