Release Notes May 4, 2020

Edge of computer and to do list

The Mapping Centre, Trade Areas, POIs, sharing custom reports, and Data Mining saw a number of improvements this release. In the Mapping Centre, you can now save a picture of your map as a PNG through our new download map feature! When creating trade areas, you can now use latitude and longitude instead of postal code to define the centre or other points! All of your customized reports can now be shared with Polaris users in your group with the click of a button! […]

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COVID-19 Hotspots: Finding high risk populations using Polaris

Heat map of vulnerable populations to COVID-19 in St. Catharines outlined by the CMA of the town

COVID-19 is quickly spreading and impacting an alarming number of people that come from different walks of life. The demographics of confirmed cases indicate that some groups are much more vulnerable to the virus than others. How can we find the communities which are most at risk? Is the distribution of the most vulnerable groups to COVID-19 geographically even? We use Polaris to tackle these questions. […]

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Release Notes Apr 13, 2020

Edge of computer and to do list

Our latest release includes a little bit of everything! New features, new data, faster performance, and bug fixes. New ways to define Trade Areas. Users can now define trade areas by uploading a list of FSAs (first 3 digits of the postal code). To take advantage of this feature, upload a Trade Area File as a Point-Based Trade Area and select Forward Sortation Area (FSA) as the Geography Level. New Reports! We’ve added a couple new selections for report types: Household Spending by Major Group, Labour Force […]

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Insight, Plain Sight, Out of Sight

Longo's Intro slide for their presentation on how they use Manifold Data Mining for data analytics

We invited a sophisticated, well-esteemed partner, Longo’s, to share their experiences at the Conference on Big Data and Information Analytics at the Fields Institute at the University of Toronto. Longo’s is an independent, family-owned grocer with many locations across Ontario that has long known the value of data for growing their business. As a grocery retailer in a highly competitive field, they rely on effective data analytics to increase their understanding of their customer’s needs […]

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Release Notes Feb 25, 2020

Edge of computer and to do list

We added a lot of new functionality this release, connecting the Data Mining module to the rest of Polaris, connecting Targeting directly to the rest of Polaris, and adding Point-Based Trade Areas. We added a new type of trade area called “Point-Based”. These trade areas are defined by a single or a group of postal codes. These “Point-Based” trade areas can be combined with each other in the same way that typical trade areas can be, which enables a new level of precision to Trade Area Analysis! […]

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FT: Outdoor Advertising Spending Surpassing Newspaper Ad Sales Globally in 2020

Impressions received by outdoor advertising at Yonge and Dundas

As reported by the Financial Times [paywall], spending on out-of-home advertising is the only traditional media that continues to grow while others are declining and being replaced by online advertising.
What is out of home? Out of home refers to billboards, outdoor posters, street furniture (e.g. bus stops), airports, truck ads, and restrooms. Outdoor advertising as a category has grown […]

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Why do so many corporations use Canada as a test market?

Toronto city transit, buildings, and people who serve as a global test market due to the diversity of residents

As McDonald’s starts selling Beyond Meat sandwiches in Canada, we are reminded of all the ways that Canada, and in particular, markets like London Ontario, serves as a test market for global corporations. In recent years, Ikea’s pick-up warehouses, Lululemon’s loyalty program, Facebook Dating, Twitter modifications, and in the early 2000s, McDonald’s Chicken Nugget and Swiffer’s Wet Jet, have all been tested in Canada before being […]

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Last Chance for Retail Conference Early-Bird Tickets

Polaris intelligence location at the the retail, marketing & technology event

DX3 is Canada’s biggest retail, marketing, and technology event. 2020’s conference will be held on March 10 and 11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We will be exhibiting at booth #115, and we hope to see you there! They will be extending early-bird pricing by 1 week. DX3 is also providing 25 free Full-Access tickets to charities! Send them an email at info@dx3canada.com […]

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How Does a Store Choose Where to Open a New Location?

Toronto Star article header on how does a supermarket decide where to open in Toronto

It’s not easy to choose where to open a new retail location, let alone a new supermarket. This article from the Toronto Star covers the closing of T & T’s Cherry Street location as well as some considerations retailers, especially sophisticated retailers like Longo’s, make when they evaluate new locations. Polaris Intelligence is perfect for this kind of use case. Strategists can use Polaris to evaluate neighbourhood demographics […]

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Data and AI Marketing Conference

Heat map with overlying trade areas and trade area labels

We presented and had a booth at the Data and AI Marketing conference. We co-presented with Outfront Media about finding and reaching specific audiences with a small budget, showing many data visualizations including heat maps, lift charts, and geo-fences. We also co-presented with Pat Pellegrini, the CEO of Vividata on cannabis usage. Vividata’s robust surveys show that social acceptability for Cannabis usage has not changed meaningfully since legalization. […]

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