In Summer 2017, Tillys teamed up with GPShopper to relaunch its mobile app. The buzz surrounding the relaunch was massive thanks to a scavenger hunt that utilized augmented reality (AR) to encourage consumers — particularly young ones — to engage with the brand.
The retailer joined forces with YouTube influencer Shonduras on a back-to-school campaign. The goal? To boost in-store traffic by combining AR, social media, influencer marketing and gamification through digital elements. Shonduras, who has more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube, hosted the contest and provided in-app hints to participants about where they could find and collect virtual coins in-store.
The campaign demonstrated how retailers can use smartphone technology to draw consumers into stores, motivating offline behavior with an online initiative and bridging the digital and physical shopping experience.