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Would watching a cartoon version of yourself leaping over aeroplanes and buildings, and encountering dancing pandas on a huge screen, convince you to buy a new sports shoe?
Sports clothing giant Nike thinks so.
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The Goodness Gang AR app has been downloaded 1. 5 million times to date after being launched with several major European retailers, including Lidl Ireland and the UK's Co-Operative Group.
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Barclaycard research from October 2017 found that retailers who hosted events and provided entertainment in physical stores could boost their annual turnover by an average of 14%.
Tech-based experiential marketing also presents opportunities for retailers to capture today's golden currency - customer data.
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"Performance data is collected via digital displays and sensors around the stores that customers can later access via the Nike Plus app or online too," says Laura Wynch, co-founder of retail technology consultancy, Validify.
"As well as creating an immersive experience, and bridging the online with the offline, they are collating huge amounts of data to deliver up individual product recommendations and advice to their customers. "
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"This has increased sales and conversion in-store by 30%. "
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But could all these tech-based experiences become simply a gimmick?
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