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Shortlisted for The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2014

Shortlisted LargeThe Gesaky Interactive Mirror has been shortlisted for the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2014.

Featured recently in the Irish Times, you can read journalist Barry McCall’s interview below with Alan Kearney, Managing Director of Gesaky.


Imagine walking up to a mirror in a shop carrying an item of clothing and having the mirror recognise what you are holding and displaying further information about it in terms of alternative sizes and colours as well as offering advice on the accessories to match it which the shop has in stock.

It may sound a wee bit far-fetched but that’s precisely what the Gesaky Mirror does.

According to Gesaky founder and inventor of the mirror Alan Kearney, the initial idea for the product came about as a result of both experience and necessity.

“I have three daughters so I know a little bit about shopping,” he says.

“I’m also an engineer and my background is in utilising wireless technology to make buildings more energy efficient. When the downturn in the building sector came in 2008 I looked around at some other ideas and came up with the mirror in 2010.”

With support from the Enterprise Ireland high potential start-up programme he set about developing the technology and in April 2013 Gesaky was selected by Intel’s research and development team to work with their next generation i7 processor chip and was showcased at Intel’s Global solutions Summit in the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Early adopters
The mirror itself was launched in the US in July of 2013 and is already in use by a number of retailers.

“In the US people are early adopters of new technology so we brought it over there first and it has taken off,” says Kearney.

“We also have an agreement in place with RYU, Respect Your Universe, a US sportswear brand which is currently rolling out stores through the US, Europe and Asiaover the next 18 months. The Gesaky Mirror is central to their store roll out and brand strategy.”

Kearney continues: “For the consumer it is an information device and for the retailer it is a cross-selling and upselling aid.

“It is effectively an additional sales assistant. When a customer interacts with the mirror the cross-selling element kicks in – the mirror provides the additional customer service support by matching products and giving stock and product information.

“This element also addresses busy times when there is more demand for customer service and not enough staff to support them. Research has shown that one in five consumers do not buy because they cannot get served in store.”

The mirror also earns its keep at less busy times as well.

According to Kearney: “During quiet times it operates as an advertising platform, allowing brands to showcase adverts, new stock or sale items. It also operates as a training platform for shop assistants so they can quickly understand outfit combinations and other sales training that can be remotely provided.”

The mirror’s possibilities also extend to e-commerce and product trialling.

“It can bring bricks and clicks retailing together,” says Kearney. “If a shop in a chain doesn’t have the accessory, such as shoes in stock at the time, the shopper can simply click on a touchscreen device attached to the mirror to order it online and have it delivered to their home the next day.

“Also, a retailer might want to just trial a new line in a few stores and the mirror can be used to judge customer reaction before launching it across the whole chain.

“Analytics are very important as well, as the mirror can tell the retailer when customers don’t buy as well as when they do.”

Looking ahead

Versions two, three, four and five of the mirror are already in development.

According to Kearney: “We are developing it into a fully functioning point of sale device so that customers can just walk up to it and use their phone to buy an item. We are also looking at integrating it with social media to allow people to ask their friends if they should go ahead with a purchase.”

It may not tell you how big a part of your anatomy looks in something but it certainly has the potential to make shopping a very different experience.

–  Text by Barry McCall, read the article here on The Irish Times website.


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Multi Channel Marketing Strategies

Today’s marketeers must constantly adapt and adopt their customer engagements across numerous platforms and touch points within the ever evolving digital revolution.  A recent survey carried out by Forrester found that marketeers who have adopted multi-channel marketing practises are benefitting from a higher return on marketing investment.

95% of marketers either implement or have plans to implement multi-channel marketing.  The Forrester report also found that one of the largest obstacles for companies not implementing multi-channel marketing was due to a lack of knowledge and skills and or a dependence on external marketing service providers.

One of the key elements of a successful marketing strategy is in understanding customers and their expectations.  The biggest challenge in meeting those expectations is through service delivery, this process is becoming more and more complex as omni channel customers expect a consistent service delivery through whatever channel they interact with.  A summary of customer expectations can be viewed in our recent infographic here.  

Omni Channel ActionsThe Forrester survey also found the most effective methods employed to deliver a consistent multi channel experience is through integrated processes, intelligent use of technology and adoption of emerging technologies.

Of those found to be mature practitioners of multi -channel marketing, the key differentiator was in their approach.  They are more likely to be adopters of technology with the marketing department working in close partnership with IT while also collaborating more with sales on setting goals and implementing programs.  Non-integrated IT solutions are the norm, with email campaigns on one system, social media on another and in-store carried out by another team.  This can create technology silos which are then likely to be implemented by organisational silos where customer data is organised within individual channels, thus creating a disjointed complex and inconsistent customer experience across a business.

Organisations have the challenge of integrating processes which can be supported by new and emerging technologies. Agile organisations who embrace change management when approaching their processes are best positioned to deliver an effective customer omni-channel strategy.


Source:   The Multichannel Maturity Mandate, A Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper Commissioned By Sitecore

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