Innovative augmented reality solutions for eCommerce businesses

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5 Businesses That are Using AR to Increase Conversions

5 Businesses That are Using AR to Increase Conversions

Augmented reality is becoming the next big thing in ecommerce. As technology progresses, marketers are trying to satisfy the quickly evolving modern consumer. AR is the logical next step to enhance the shopping experience, as it utilizes the one piece of tech that nearly every American carries in their pocket: the smartphone.

Today, it is estimated that more than 5 billion people have mobile devices, and over half of them are smartphones.

Although it takes an initial investment, augmented reality offers many undeniable benefits that more than make up for its cost, including:

Creates an immersive and memorable shopping experience

Gives customers the ability to “try” products before buying

Reduces product returns and increases customer satisfaction

Increases conversion rates, both in-store and online

Don’t just take our word for it. Here are 5 leading companies that are already using AR to transform and expand their digital reach.

Smartphone Ownership Is Growing Rapidly Around the World, but Not Always Equally | Pew Research Center

Sherwin-Williams

The leading paint supplier recently introduced its ColorSnap® Visualizer app, which takes the guesswork out of painting. Previously, if someone wanted to know what their walls would look like if they were a different color, they would just have to paint them, or at the very least ask an expert.

With the ColorSnap® app, customers can simply point their smartphone camera at their wall and try out different Sherwin-Williams colors using augmented reality in real-time. There is also a “Paint a Photo” option for customers to upload or take photos to paint if desired.

ColorSnap® Visualizer – Apps on Google Play

IKEA

IKEA Place, the Swedish company’s augmented reality app, first launched in 2011, has undergone major improvements to keep it updated. We’ve all had this problem; you see a piece of furniture in the store that you can imagine fitting perfectly in your living room. Yet, when you bring it home, something feels off—maybe it doesn’t fit, isn’t the right color, etc. For IKEA products, many of which require assembly, this can be especially frustrating.

IKEA Place looks to remedy this problem through augmented reality, allowing customers to drop virtual furniture into any room. In 2019, the company introduced a “multi-placement” feature that allows multiple pieces of AR furniture to be viewed at once. In its current form, IKEA Place can turn an empty room into a fully-furnished virtual space.

IKEA Place on the App Store (apple.com)

Sephora

Integrated into Sephora’s official app is Virtual Artist, a feature that allows customers to virtually “try on” makeup as easily as taking a selfie, not unlike Snapchat’s popular filters. In 2018, the feature was updated to enable a user’s selected makeup filter to move with them in real-time.

Virtual Artist’s integration into Sephora’s official shopping app makes it even more effective. Customers can tap into augmented reality while browsing products without taking the extra steps required for most AR software.

Sephora Virtual Artist: Try On Makeup Instantly | Sephora Singapore

Nike

Nike has experimented with augmented reality for years, but its newest attempt may be its most important one yet. Like Sephora’s Virtual Artist, NikeFit is a feature on Nike’s official app that allows customers to virtually “try on” shoes before buying—seeing a trend yet?

Trying products on may be par for the augmented reality course, but Nike is taking it even further, looking to solve the wrong shoe size problem. NikeFit actually uses your phone camera to scan your foot to determine its size, following up with a recommendation for what to purchase. While still in its testing stages, Nike is looking to make NikeFit a core part of its app.

Nike uses AR to help you find the right fit for your sneakers | Engadget

Apple

The globally recognized tech innovator has long been rumored to be working on wearable augmented reality products. However, according to the insider report from the end of last year, Apple is set to introduce an AR headset in 2022, with smartglasses designed for everyday use releasing the following year.

Early clues found in iOS 14 code indicate that a future app could activate a real-time augmented reality experience by scanning a QR Code or detecting other nearby software. Once activated, the app could overlay data over products, including product information, prices, and even unpackaged virtual products to “try out.”

While the implications are massive, it’s important to remember that technology takes time to be practical in an everyday setting. Although, if any company has the ability to revolutionize our modern lifestyle, it’s Apple.

Apple AR Headset Delayed Until 2022, Smartglasses to Follow in 2023, Report Says « Next Reality

The Future of AR and Ecommerce

Businesses integrating augmented reality into their marketing is a risk that seems to be paying off—especially in the long run.

Forecasts indicate that the AR market will reach $198 billion in 2025. Just this year, the total number of AR users is expected to reach 1 billion.

Don’t let your business get left behind. Partner with Tulfa to integrate augmented reality into your digital shelf.

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45 Vital Augmented Reality Statistics: 2020 Market Share & Data Analysis – Financesonline.com

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