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Augmented Reality Analytics Explained

August 6, 2020

Along with providing a rich user experience, Augmented Reality boosts the perceived value of brands and products. Many analytical metrics help companies measure this perceived value and whether the use of AR marketing was a success. Having access to detailed analytics is also helpful for understanding their target audience better, enabling companies to fine-tune future campaigns.

What does Augmented Reality Analytics measure?

Augmented Reality analytics measure the outreach and customer engagement levels of the AR campaign or solution. By using AR Analytics, it is possible to track unique users, call-to-action button engagement, views, average time-on-page, dwell time within your brand experience and more. These also come with user location reports and geolocation heat maps. These numbers can then be compared with other AR or non-AR campaigns to understand how much more content was consumed by AR implementation.

Augmented Reality Analytics
Augmented Reality Analytics

In this article, we'll focus on Web-based Augmented Reality, or Web AR analytics. Web AR is Augmented Reality that is activated from your mobile device without the need to download an app, it simply uses the phones native camera and browser to experience the AR. This is the next generation of Augmented Reality.

Engagement Rate

The rate of engagement is a statistic that measures the engagement and interaction that any digital content has received from the audience. When it comes to Augmented Reality, engagement rate is usually measured on how many users choose to activate the AR experience, this can be through scanning the activation QR code or manually accessing the experience URL within their mobile web browser.  The total number of interactions that users have had with the digital content is very important in understanding how well the content connected with the user.

Augmented Reality Analytics engagement rate
Engagement Rate of the AR Experience

Alongside experience activation, another engagement metric is amount of click-throughs and click-through-rate percentage. This is calculated on how many clicks we see within the AR experience to external locations like website or social media. This is another area AR, and specifically Web-based Augmented Reality outperforms other traditional forms of marketing such as Paid Social ads. Aircards Web AR clients can often see click-through rates of up to 40%.

Page Views per user

There are broadly two types of page views: unique and page view per user. When a new user visits or views the webpage for the first time, it falls under unique page views. Page view per user tracks how many times the same user has viewed the webpage in how many sessions, using parameters like hits, impressions, and visitors. At times, there might be links to the company or product webpages in the AR content. In such cases, metrics like the click-through-rate help in understanding how many page views were generated via the AR content.

Augmented Reality page views
Augmented Reality Page Views Per User

Looking at the page views per user metric, you're able to gauge how often consumers are returning to consume your brand experience. We've seen Web AR brand experiences with multiple page views per user, which means consumers have returned on multiple different occasions to consume the content. This is exactly what you want to see. Users that are actively choosing to consume brand content again and again. That's what you call high engagement.

Dwell Time

Dwell Time is the total time a user spends with the augmented reality enabled content. The time calculation starts from when the user clicks on a link or scans a code to get routed to the digital content. The calculation stops when the user completely exits the webpage that hosts the AR content or returns to the source of the AR content link. The time that a user spends viewing and interacting with the content, following through to the company website, and how much time they spend there tells a complete story about how relevant and engaging the content really is to the the consumer. High dwell times = highly engaged consumers.

Augmented Reality dwell time Analytics
Web AR Experience Dwell Time

Spatial Analytics Within a 3D Scene (or Metaverse Analytics)

Metalitix is a 3D spatial analytics software tool that is able to provide a detailed understanding of user behaviour & engagement within 3D and immersive environments. This is very important for brand and agencies looking for a much deeper level of insight into their AR/VR scenes. Analytics within 3D spaces has always been a bit of a 'black box', and user behaviour has always been somewhat of an unknown metric. Metalitix provides a suite of data collection and visualization tools for XR and 3D experiences which essentially pulls back the curtain, and reveals what users are really doing in your 3D environments.

Metaverse Analytics Software, Metalitix

This kind of advanced analytics technology is exactly what marketers want to see. The ability to accurately track, analyze and react to campaign performance has always been important in traditional marketing, so Augmented Reality analytics should be no different. In a time where brands are looking to drive real business results, rather than just using AR as a gimmick, companies like Metalitix are pushing the boundaries on what's possible. You can learn more about their metaverse analytics product on their website

Benefits of Augmented Reality Analytics

One of the biggest benefits of Augmented Reality marketing is the ability to track and analyse campaigns. AR analytics provide immediate feedback, as opposed to vague, quarterly reports from traditional print marketing. Not only can you see how successful your campaign was, but you can also learn how to improve upon it in the next one. 

See Augmented Reality case studies or contact us to learn how an AR marketing campaign can take your business to the next level.