Posted by Danielle Goodman
At Skyhook we are continuosly finding ways to gather contextual data with our Wi-Fi location network. Knowing contextual data on users and audiences is a top differentiator for apps and advertising companies. Here are some examples of what Skyhook has been up to spreading the word on context this past week!
We are rolling out a new UX series called Designing for Place to highlight the key theme of differentiating the app, reducing friction, getting more engagement, monetizing and getting to the user's home screen. Designing for Place is all about how user context about venues and locations can be used to dramatically alter mobile user experiences.
For example, retail apps have features like store finders and online catalogues, which are very useful for users at home or on the go, but what about when they are in the store? In-store modes that help users navigate retail stores or find their favorite items in stock are much more useful to users after they arrive at the retailer—we’re seeing it already with WalMart and Lowes. The element of place will fundamentally change mobile app design for the better. It's all about reducing the friction between the user opening their app and getting the experience they want. We call that Appticipation.
This week, we talked about using location and venue data to make sense of where people shop for Black Friday in a podcast on WSRadio.com. Schneidermike breaks it down further to the city level and gives some insight on shopping in Los Angeles: