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Know Your Consumer: Using Location Data to Drive Hyper-Personalization

A single, giant billboard designed with mass audiences in mind is no longer enough to turn heads or lift sales. Today, individuals crave more personal communication from brands, preferring unique and customized ads on their personal devices to any form of mass communication. In fact, personalization is more than just a preference for most consumers: 54% have come to expect it, believing brand communications should be “tailored to their values and preferences.”

And with the power to boost conversions by more than 27%, personalization is good for marketers, too. So it’s no wonder many are putting it at the forefront of their strategies. But in order to get it right, marketers need to pay attention to where consumers go to inform their entire strategy — from ad creation to delivery.

Customized Creatives


What’s the best way to get to know your customer on a personal level? Spend the day with them—and find out how (and where) they spend their time.

Historical location data can help advertisers get a good idea of who their customers really are. They can identify, for instance, an audience of sporty young women by seeing visits to the health food store, gym, yoga studio, and local juice bar.

Insights derived from location data can empower advertisers to craft ads that are tailor-made for the individual. A juice brand, for example, may feature someone doing yoga in a short video ad to appeal to their active, yoga-going clientele.

Personalized Delivery

Once location data has enabled advertisers to understand their ideal audience and craft the perfect message, how can they use it to deliver an ad at just the right moment?

By looking at where consumers are, where they’ve been, and where they’re going, brands will be able to deliver ads at the time and place that makes the most sense for the consumer.

Advertisers should consider using real-time location data to send ads to individuals based on their proximity to a specific location. For example, a grocery store may deliver an ad to the health-conscious yogi when she walks within 150 feet of a store location. Using a custom-made creative, the brand can invite the potential customer to check out a new sale on fresh, organic produce.

But real-time location data isn’t the only kind of data that can help advertisers deliver personalized message at the most opportune moment. They can also collect and analyze historical data to reach out when a consumer is most likely to convert. Blis Activation, for instance, uses pre-defined or custom audience groups to help marketers drive incremental sales and brand uplift through relevant and contextual targeting (including historical lifestyle indicators, specific locations, time & weekday, and frequency & visitation).

Through location-fueled analytics and activation, brands can reach and engage the right audience when they’re most receptive, delivering more engaging campaigns or contextually relevant content. And in today’s hyper-personalized world, that’s more important than ever before.