An internationally operating brewery corporation is frequently highly visible at large-scale sports events such as football games – both in beverage sales and with marketing activities. The problem: with tens of thousands of visitors, the sales approach to individual customers is usually very anonymous. A proximity marketing app developed by T-Systems Multimedia Solutions was to solve this problem by providing targeted, location-related content for mobile devices via Bluetooth. The customer data gained in this way allows the beverage manufacturer to improve its bar service and implement event or reach marketing campaigns far more easily at points of sale. Ultimately, the app helps the company gain new customers and retain existing customers beyond the event.
The proximity marketing app allows the beverage company to offer punters at sporting events localised services and advertising where there is real demand for them. Beacon technology transforms users' smartphones into receivers for personalised information, discounts and coupons – much to the delight of the fans.
The customer data gleaned from the app are processed in the background using a big data analytics solution, giving the brewery important information on the company's performance, on sales and logistics: such as which beer stands were the most popular and whether there were any supply bottlenecks. This allows the company to optimise its inventory management based on consumption, reducing costs. The analysed information moreover makes it possible to serve campaigns far more selectively for event or reach marketing.
The application also provides valuable information on customer behaviour, such as routes, interests and beverage consumption. On the other hand, with its very emotional approach at points of sale the app helps retain customers and gain new ones. And it does so beyond the duration of the sporting event, as the app also offers content that can be used over the longer term.