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Purple WiFi launches Presence Analytics and Location Based Services, allowing venues to track and engage consumers directly based on behaviour and location

Purple WiFi, the cloud-based Social WiFi software company, has added Presence Analytics and Location Based Services to its Guest WiFi product.

Presence Analytics bridges the gap between Google Analytics and the real world, offering real time data and reporting using WiFi technology, similar to how cookies track user browsing online.

This arms the venue with an unprecedented level of insight into consumer behaviour and opportunities to engage customers directly. Purple WiFi already serves demographic and engagement information from users to the venue through its Purple Portal, which allows the business to understand who is visiting and using the hotspot, how long they are online, as well as their age, gender and any other relevant information that they offer in their social networking profile.

Purple WiFi's Presence Analytics feature also incorporates Customer Tracking, which is facilitated by tracking the MAC address (unique number associated with any WiFi enabled device), and the received signal strength indicator (RSSI) which identifies roughly how far away the device is from the Access Point. This tracking capability is relevant to all devices regardless of whether the user authenticates onto the network.

From the continual storage of this intelligence key elements can be identified, such as how long the devices stay in a location and how often the device returns. Reports can then be generated on data such as; footfall, repeat vs new visitors, average number of visits, average visitor duration and recency of visits.

Location Based Services utilise Geo-fencing technology to allow this data to be taken one step further by drawing invisible lines around specific sales areas or locations, to identify behaviour patterns within that area. This is facilitated by setting up WiFi grids where activity is monitored, allowing instant confirmation of who is using the network and where.

Purple WiFi can then gauge how long consumers will remain in these areas, what purchases they are considering and assist venues to develop marketing engagement strategies that can then be implemented in real time, including email and messages sent to a consumer's phone, highlighting offers in the store.

The customer has the right to opt-in or opt-out of tracking. If a customer is not opted in, Purple WiFi's software can still detect an anonymous MAC address, confirm whether that MAC address is a new or repeat visitor, and see how long that device stays.

Using Purple WiFi's Location Based Services (only available with certain hardware manufacturers) the device can be tracked within the specific venue. The accuracy of the location-based tracking also depends on the number of access points in the space.

If a customer is opted in, the device MAC address can be linked to personal data, such as their age, gender, name, email address, location, language, Likes, etc. meaning relevant vouchers can be pushed to the visitor.

The issue of privacy has been raised in relation to customer tracking and it must be addressed to allow both retailers and their customers to feel comfortable and have clear guidelines on analytics use. After all, if the retailers better understand the needs of their customers, the outcome will be better store layouts, improved traffic flow, evacuation points, safety and removing the frustrations that customers often feel when receiving non-specific and irrelevant marketing messages.

Gavin Wheeldon, CEO, Purple WiFi comments: "Purple WiFi's social login feature provides a wealth of understanding, but when added to Presence Analytics and Location Based Services, things start to get really interesting.

"We support an individual's right to privacy and right to control the collection of information. They need to feel confident that information collection is in their best interest and once they understand the advantages of opting-in, in terms of better targeting and relevant offers, it is our belief that they won't be opting out."

Notes to editors
Purple WiFi is cloud-based which means that it can work with practically any hardware and it currently supports location analytics on Cisco, Cisco Meraki, AirTight and very soon Ruckus, Xirrus, Enterasys and Purple WiFi's own firmware.

Purple WiFi brings all the expected benefits of an enterprise WiFi system, with the additional benefits of enhanced social media interaction and real-time insight and analytics.

We install carrier class WiFi equipment, improving bandwidth availability wherever practical and cost effective. This ensures that the user experience for both end users and staff is second to none.

About Purple WiFi http://purplewifi.net
Purple WiFi provides a fast, secure, social WiFi solution to businesses wishing to offer free WiFi to visitors. The business is provided with valuable analytical data to enable more effective marketing.

Purple WiFi is cloud-based and works with any hardware, with native integrations with Cisco Meraki, AirTight Networks and Ruckus in place.

The company is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), highlighting Purple WiFi's commitment to content filtering and minimising access to abusive online content.

Press contacts:
Lloyd Gofton [email protected] Mobile: +44 (0)7919 353484
Jeremy Lloyd [email protected] Mobile: +44 (0)7808 608416

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