From the bigwigs like Sephora and Ulta to relative newcomers like Glossier and Birchbox, beauty retail is evolving faster than other sectors. Sephora’s in-store experiences have made a mark in the beauty retail industry. In fact, the company also won Retail Dive’s Store Concept of the Year Award in the year 2017.

Beauty retail brands that have their physical stores across various locations are the best fit for location-based marketing. Marketers can capture more audience based on real-world visits, as compared to the number of likes, shares, and followers on social media. The understanding of the targeted audience helps them to create accurate geo campaigns. It also helps them to ensure that they are not triggering towards the target without the aim and reaching the right audience at the right time with relevant messaging.

According to Orbis Research, the global cosmetics market was valued at USD 532.43 billion in 2018 and is projected to hit USD 805.61 billion by 2023, a CAGR of 7.14% from 2018-2023.

From the above insights, we can consider that beauty retail industry is actively implementing different strategies, which helps them achieve exponential growth. One such strategy can be – location based advertising. However, creating a compelling location-based advertising is complex method. There are many parameters involved where brands need to understand every aspect to reach out to their audience. Here is a sneak peek at the top takeaways, which include types of location based advertising techniques:

Hyper-Contextual Targeting

Hyper-contextual targeting along with location targeting makes use of the captured data intelligently and provides an exceptional experience to their targeted audience. With this method, a retailer can drive more in-store traffic and increase purchase intent.

Sephora, a French multinational chain of personal care and beauty stores based in Paris, has a remarkable brand positioning on mobile platforms. While creating a location-targeting strategy, they have included three essential components:

  • Loyalty
  • In-store
  • Commerce

Geo-Aware Targeting

Geo-aware can be deemed as the origin of location-based mobile advertising. It uses real-time location data supplied by the mobile network provider. Through geo-aware targeting, you can display mobile ads to potential customers within your vicinity.

Suppose a store-owner of beauty products intends to increase in-store visits through geo-aware targeting technique. And someone who is looking to buy beauty products is within the vicinity of the store. You can send them an alert that your beauty store is just around the corner. Also, the messaging with offers on beauty products will tempt them to visit your store. This targeted messaging is sure to drive more customers to your store.

Location-based Targeting

As the name implies, location-based targeting means creating a marketing strategy tailored to consumers in a specific location. It can also give you insights for targeting certain audiences in certain timeframe.

Let us say there is a beauty contest happening at a store near you. Now, it is quite likely that such an event will attract many beauty enthusiasts. As a small beauty retail brand, promoting and your beauty products at such events can help, you drive customers to your store. You can coordinate with the event organizers and make use location based targeting to attract the participants when they arrive for auditions or while they pre-visit the venue. It is also possible to send alerts and messages regarding special offers and attract more in-store visits.


“Did you know that as per SBWIRE’S report, the geofencing industry is expected to grow by 27.5% by the year 2022?”

Using a map, you can draw and mark a specific geographical area and circle it with a digital barrier. This marked area can detect and communicate with mobile devices that fall into this territory. The creator of Geofence can send SMS, emails, push notifications to the devices that enter into the marked area.

On World Donut Day, Dunkin Donuts released a geo-filter on Snapchat that gave a twist to a giant Donut over a person’s head. To unlock the filter, users had to visit the store. They also received a free Donut with an order of coffee.

Any brick and mortar businesses, whether it is product or service-based aiming to increase sales should use location-based mobile ads. Service-based professionals like dentists, beauticians, electricians, plumbers, etc. can also grow their businesses with the help of location-based advertising. Most of these professionals provide their services in a certain locality and thus, it proves to be quite effective to drive more customers.

Wrapping Up…

To get good results from location-based advertising, the targeting tactics require a lot of work. During the initial phase, you might not get it right. However, do not withdraw due to these results. Once you get it right, location-based mobile advertising can be one of the most compelling strategies to drive purchase and increase in-store visits, which translates to more sales for your business.

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