A new Argos scan function will bring the Argos catalogue to life for over 8 million people
In a further move towards the digital world, UK retail giant Argos has incorporated augmented reality (AR) into its publications and customer apps.
Over 300 pieces of AR content have been built into the latest Argos catalogue, which launched in the last week. It’s hoped it will encourage smartphone and tablet users to access extended ranges, product videos, special offers and quizzes online.
Easier access to app
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and branded ‘Argos Scan’, the functionality will be
accessible to the over 8 million customers who have downloaded
the Argos smartphone and tablet apps.
The retailer explained that thanks to the Aurasma SDK (Software Development
Kit) used for Argos Scan, customers no longer need to download a separate app. They simply need to look for the special Argos Scan icons within the
latest catalogue, open the Argos Scan function within the Argos app
and scan the corresponding page/imagery using the camera on their
smartphone or tablet device to launch product videos and 3D models,
games and competitions.
Richer shopping experience
“Customers can get a much richer shopping experience with us online
including twice the range of products, the latest offers and ability
to check stock levels in stores, so building a bridge between our
physical and digital channels remains a key priority for us,” commented Bertrand Bodson, chief digital officer at Argos parent company Home Retail Group.
“We were really encouraged by the high levels of engagement from
customers in our initial augmented reality trials. Our newest catalogue launching this month features many more pages and even more examples of ‘scanable’ 3D content, including lots of fun features for children to play with.”
Argos first trialled AR technology from Blippar in its catalogues and 2013 printed Christmas gift guide, which resulted in more than 1.5 million ‘blipps’ from customers who had downloaded the Blippar app.