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Release Notes January 11, 2021

This month’s release allows users to run Customer Profiling with Dissemination Areas (DAs), to import shapefiles into Polaris as Zone Files for Targeting, to hide Points of Interest (POIs) and POI Labels for individual points, to use a more sophisticated Gravity Model, and to download Customized Reports more quickly. We also enhanced the Feature Selection model and the User Interface. […]

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Why Do Media Agencies Use Polaris Intelligence?

“What I love about Polaris is that I can take the persona from customer profiling or segmentation to messaging and the creative, to finding the right media channel in the right markets at the right times to reach the persona!” -Judy, top ad agency
“We used to just pick major markets, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal. I […]

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Release Notes November 30, 2020

This month’s release allows users to import shapefiles into Polaris, create new variables with two new transformations (Divide and Subtract) for the Targeting Module, and includes new data on cottages and area calculations (land area and inhabited area). We also improved the user experience by reducing load times in the Mapping Centre and making shapes more consistent. […]

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Polaris COVID Risk Score matches Actual Toronto COVID Cases

COVID Risk Score

What would you do differently or change if you knew that 10 of your stores were in neighbourhoods that have extremely high COVID case counts while 90 of your stores are in neighbourhoods that are largely unaffected? You can use our heat maps to allocate resources and plan your COVID-preparedness plan for all your stores, branches, or locations across Canada. Since March 2020, each phase of COVID has infected different groups […]

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Release Notes October 30, 2020

This month’s release involves a cleaner interface, new features (support for different kinds of files), improvements to the Data Mining module, the introduction of Weather Analysis, and many bug fixes and enhancements. Census Tracts (CT) are now supported as a Trade Area! You will find this option on the drop-down while uploading, next to FSA and DA. Additionally, FSA and DA files are now under Area Based Trade Areas. […]

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Release Notes September 25, 2020

This month’s release involves a cleaner interface, new features (support for different kinds of files), improvements to the Data Mining module, the introduction of Weather Analysis, and many bug fixes and enhancements. Census Tracts (CT) are now supported as a Trade Area! You will find this option on the drop-down while uploading, next to FSA and DA. Additionally, FSA and DA files are now under Area Based Trade Areas. […]

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Second wave of mortgage deferrals due to COVID-19 will affect Ontario and BC the most.

Second Wave of Mortgage Deferrals Coming

More than 1.5 million Canadians (4% of the Canadian population) will likely ask for a second mortgage deferral in October 2020, and here’s why. Despite partial reopenings, spending on critical sectors is still down. Pre-COVID, 22% of Canadians were employed in these suffering sectors: retail trade (~11% of Canadians), accommodation and food services (~7%), arts (~2%), and real estate (~2%) industries! For RBC in Ontario and BC, that’s $8.5 billion of mortgages at risk! […]

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Targeting to find prospects in Toronto

How to Find Your Top Prospects?

Identifying potential customers can be a challenging and time consuming task. Taking a shot in the dark on who and where your targets results in less success when trying to close a prospect. Prospecting is further complicated by the fact that there are many options you can choose to search for your targets. Options range from search engines (be it LinkedIn or Google), to more high end solutions involving surveys and data analysis but these tend to be time consuming and challenging to execute. […]

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Release Notes July 27, 2020

This month’s release is a quiet one: bug fixes and performance improvements. You might not notice much other than Polaris running a little faster. If you’re using an adblocker, you’ll get a warning now. Adblockers are known to interfere with the Mapping Centre, particularly Heat Maps. We made improvements to the Data Mining module, including validating data and column headers and user interface simplifications. Contact your account manager for more information […]

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Release Notes June 29, 2020

This month’s release includes many exciting updates for Polaris! We updated data/reports, added a new Food Spending Report (everything from amount spent on breakfasts purchased at table-service restaurants to spending on canned tuna), reorganized the structure of our Consumer Behaviour Report Categories, and recategorized our 4-digit NAICS Labour Force and NOC Occupation reports under Profession Patterns. We also made small aesthetics changes, fixed typos and other bugs […]

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