At Spatial we analyze social media to reveal what types of people are in the surrounding area. This goes a step beyond census data to quantify the personality of the surrounding community. Something we all know is important but left neglected because it is hard to quantify.
For a city to thrive, it needs to have flourishing retail. For retailers, Spatial applies our 500 social segments to reveal sites where communities naturally gravitate to your brand.
Quantifying human personality
By analyzing social media data alone we were able to predict 82% of Payless store closings. There were a few topics mathematically proven to spell life or death for Payless stores. Two of them were:
1. Presence of feminine interests (#cutestbabies, #prom dresses, #bikinis)
2. The absence of expensive tastes (#versace #laceup)
The takeaways are obvious, but until now we have never been able to quantify them. For Payless, areas that attract feminine interests are good. Areas where people express interest in status symbols like Versace or Dolce & Gabbana, are bad.
Most important, personalities of the people surrounding your store have a bottom-line impact on success.
Ultimately this is another line in the equation for optimizing retail success. And by extension, our cities. If you’d like to add this new layer of understanding to your toolbox sign up for a free sample report or contact us.