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Museums and the Web

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Mobile Phones and Visitor Tracking


Google Analytics provides museums with extensive data around visits to their virtual sites. Physical visits and the way in which visitors track around museums is currently much harder to monitor. This paper discusses the opportunity that mobile phone WiFi, Bluetooth and TMSI signals provide to allow visitor tracking. The resulting data has potentially great value to museums in understanding how exhibitions and museums spaces are used, in forming exhibition design, assessing the return on investment of interactives and even profiling visitors. Two pilot studies using comparative technologies will also be discussed.


Paper - in formal session


JulianBickersteth's picture
I started International Conservation Services as a private conservation business in 1986. It has since grown to provide museum consulting services as well as conservation of the full range of cultural and heritage material. I have particular interests in Antarctic conservation, and in improving...
Christopher Ainsley's picture
Christopher Ainsley came to ShopperTrak in 2008 from The Patent Board, where he served as president and chief executive officer. He successfully transitioned the company from a consultancy to a business model of online tools and analytical products. He previously served for two years as senior vice...

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