If we explain the word “geofencing”, it is creating a fence or marking a boundary over a specific location on geo or Earth. In marketing terminology, geofencing refers to pitching your brand to a group of people or audience in a specific location.
However, for marketers, geofencing is not just about targeting people in a country, state, zip code, or location. It is also about the traits of their exact audience or buyer persona – such as competitions’ customers, buying history, web or mobile browsing trends, preferences, interests, age, and gender.
Geofencing and eCommerce
E-Commerce industry, which was going through a great hardship due to users’ privacy and financial security concerns at the beginning of the last decade, has already started leveraging geofencing to reach new customers; establish a healthy but a tough competition; and set new sales records.
According to a report, “51% of smart phone users have discovered a new company or product conducting a search on their smart phone.”
If users can find or locate a company, product, or service they need, why can’t a company or marketer locate customer(s) for their product? Geofencing allows for that with the help of new-age marketing tools and techniques.