Captive Portal Tools

How SMB and Brick-And-Mortar Businesses Can Generate Revenue With a Captive Portal Tool

For small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as well as brick-and-mortar stores struggling to find ways to generate revenue in the digital age, implementing captive portal tools can provide a powerful solution. Captive portals offer an array of benefits that allow businesses to revolutionize their customer engagement and revenue generation strategies.

Enhanced Marketing Capabilities

By leveraging a captive portal’s ability to gather customer data such as email addresses and demographics, businesses can gain valuable customer insights to inform their marketing efforts. This data enables personalized and targeted advertising campaigns across email, social media, and in-store promotions. With a captive portal acting as a marketing platform, businesses can showcase offers directly to customers already engaged with their brand, increasing the likelihood of converting potential customers into loyal, paying ones.

For brick-and-mortar stores, a captive portal powered by the store’s WiFi network allows capturing information from foot traffic coming through retail stores. Customer data such as visits, movement, demographics and segmentation can provide invaluable understanding of customer behavior. Armed with these insights, stores can optimize their retail sales strategy and effectively promote products and services through targeted digital banners and ads displayed during the captive portal login process. This drives higher engagement from existing customer traffic, leading to increased retail sales.

Beyond revamped marketing capabilities, captive portals also enable SMBs and physical stores to provide an enhanced customer experience. The captive portal login process facilitates an interactive brand experience and gives businesses an opportunity to deliver personalized promotions and offers. Visitors recognize this elevated shopping experience, building customer satisfaction and loyalty over time.

Compliance and Security Benefits

Additionally, captive portals allow SMBs to ensure compliance with regulations around data privacy and WiFi access. The customer data collection process can be designed to adhere to standards like GDPR, securing sensitive information during login and transactions. This strengthens customer trust in the brand’s ability to protect their data.

Cost Considerations

When considering implementing a captive portal system, businesses must weigh the costs of equipment, software, monthly fees, and bandwidth usage. However, the long-term revenue opportunities through improved customer targeting and the ability to track ROI on campaigns can offset the initial expenses. And the customer loyalty and retention generated by captive portals become invaluable assets.

Robust Security Strategy

With a sound security strategy, captive portals can also help SMBs prevent unauthorized access, data theft, malware attacks and spoofing attempts that could put customer data at risk. Measures like encryption, access controls, malware scanning, and employee education enable businesses to protect customer data integrity and prevent incidents that undermine trust.

For small and medium businesses as well as physical retail stores struggling to adapt in an increasingly digital marketplace, captive portal tools offer a versatile way to drive revenue through next-level customer experiences, insights, and engagement opportunities.

The capabilities around collecting customer data and shaping omni-channel marketing strategies provide SMBs and brick-and-mortar stores with an effective solution to not only generate revenue in today’s landscape, but also build the customer relationships that ensure future growth.

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  • Enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure
    Scaleable platforms on the Amazon AWS cloud provides carrier-grade uptime.
  • Multi-Location Data Views
    An aggregated view of your data giving you visibility to all of your locations or drill-down to specific locations.
  • User Access Control
    Allows your administrator to control and limit access, features and data visibility among users.
  • Advanced Captive Portal Engine
    A complete toolset to design and build dynamic captive portals, guest flows and custom privacy controls. Includes our Touchless Menu features.
  • Guest Forms, Vouchers and Payments
    Collect guest data, surveys, on-line or offline payments and offer different access levels.
  • Customized login methods
    Choose how guests are able to access your network including social login, emails and SMS login, advertisements or a combination.
  • Data Export
    Full guest profile export to CSV allowing you to use collected data in third party systems.
  • Detailed Location Data Analytics
    Analyse detailed information about your locations like busy days, busy times and location comparisons.
  • Demographics and Device Information
    Make informed decisions based on detailed demographics and perform location comparisons.
  • Data Sync to other systems/API
    Save time populating other systems as guest profile data can be sent to external systems on timed intervals.
  • Triggered Campaigns
    Engage with your guests without the manual work by creating personalized email, SMS or Twitter campaigns.
  • Coupons and Loyalty
    Increase spend and promote repeat visits by creating incentives for guests or their friends to come back.
  • Import external data
    Bring in contact data from other systems to consolidate your marketing efforts into a single comprehensive platform.
  • Contact segmenting and lists
    Build contact groups to send personalized messages to your guests based on automatic segmentation and your own critera.
  • Scheduled Campaigns
    Communicate with your contacts to drive awareness through email, SMS or Twitter.
  • Traffic Counts and Statistics
    Monitor your venue and events with real-time and recorded traffic counts and patterning.
  • Heatmapping and Traffic Flows
    Visualize crowd density and how people flow in, out and through your venue to see where people congegrate.
  • Alerting and Reporting
    Create automated alerts to help control crowds or to monitor abnormal trends.
  • Intelligent Landing Page Builder
    Simple to create pages that support multiple campaign types and can easily be modified and re-purposed for other venues or events.
  • Campaign Management Tools
    Offer your advertisers options to suit their advertising needs such as A/B testing, ad weights, flexible scheduling and more.
  • Reporting and Attribution
    Analyse detailed information about the campaigns and creatives to get the best campaign targeting.

  • Access

  • Insights

  • Automation

  • Contacts

  • Presence

  • Advertising

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Custom Splash Page Builder

A custom splash page helps give a captive portal the branded look it needs to stand out from the crowd and give guests the peace of mind they’re accessing the network associated with the venue they’re visiting.

WiFi Payments and Vouchers

Offer premium guest WiFi access and promote WiFi upgrades with comprehensive payment and voucher modules. Payments can be used to offer guests varying speeds of WiFi access, while vouchers are great for venues that want to utilize a captive portal that also requires a voucher code for WiFi access.
WiFi payments and vouchers

Guest Plans

Venues can now offer multiple levels of guest WiFi access with our Guest Plan feature. Guest Plans are defined by specific upload and download speeds and session time limits. Brick-and-mortar businesses can offer guest WiFi access and promote WiFi upgrades with our new payment and voucher modules.

Versatile Form Builder

Create and display custom guest surveys on any splash page of your guest flow. Collect feedback and gather additional data points to create smarter marketing.

Enhanced Guest Flow

Guest flow gives venues complete control over the guest WiFi experience. Guest flows help keep a visually pleasing captive portal experience by preventing clutter of multiple marketing assets. Keep it simple, or turn your WiFi into a digital billboard.
WiFi splash page with survey social login

Integrated Ad Spaces

Ad Space Integrations is a powerful feature for venues who want to promote products, deals and specials, online shopping, loyalty programs and other signups, or third-party advertisers all on a pre-authenticated Splash Page.

Increase impressions and clicks for advertising opportunities by showcasing AdSpaces before requiring a guest to connect to WiFi.

Have an app that needs more downloads? The URL redirect function will navigate guests to the app store specific to their device as soon as they click on the advertisement/call-to-action button.

No more will guests have to wait to connect to WiFi to reach interactive ads. Ad Space Integrations takes Ads4WiFi smart advertising tools and places it our smart marketing environment powered by Marketing4WiFi.

Hotspot Scheduler

Determine the specific days and times that WiFi is available to guests. Hotspot Scheduler offers smarter WiFi control by allowing venues to run their guest WiFi during business hours.