The Augmented Media Experience: “marketing insights for commercial use of Augmented Reality”.January 16, 2011
February and March of this year, Citymall Almere in the Netherlands will be the center for augmented reality. We were fortunate to get the assignment to build an augmented reality channel for the Citymall as facility for all its retailers. We will launch the first version on public mobile AR browser Layar but we expect that Junaio and Wikitude will follow. Next to the mobile AR channel TAB Worldmedia will open the first (255m2) experience and consumer research center for augmented reality media in the World. The pop-up store formula will open its doors on February 10th and will be the center for all digital activity in Citymall Almere.
‘The Augmented Media Experience’ is a temporary store formula that will be open for a period of 2 months. Consumers and companies will be able to get acquainted with spectacular new digital interactive media. From augmented reality on Android- and iPhones on public augmented reality browsers like Layar, Junaio and Wikitude to special augmented reality apps like Wordlens.
To complete The Augmented Media Experience we will be looking beyond augmented reality on mobile devices. Visitors will be able to enjoy AR on kiosk, digital mirrors, interactive floors, holographic store windows and more!
During the opening period ‘The Augmented Media Experience’ will not only serve as entertainment and information area for visitors of the shopping mall but even more as a consumer research centre. The primary goal of TAB Worldmedia, the company that developed the mobile augmented reality application for Citymall Almere, is to generate deep consumer insights on how visitors interact and react to new augmented media. The question how these innovative media will contribute to commercial sales will be researched on a continuous basis. For augmented media participants also will have the unique opportunity to do tailor-made consumer research for their product or service.
The marketing lounge will play a major role in the ‘The Augmented Media Experience’. Companies can book exclusive workshops to learn all about how to use these new media techniques in their marketing and sales strategy. Realtime research data will be used to illustrate the workshops and there will also be opportunities to talk to consumers.