Forest City and PlaceWise Media Introduce the Shoptopia® Network

The Largest Digital Network to Connect Shoppers with Malls, Retailers and Brands

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“The Shoptopia Network engages our shoppers with insights to all things fashionable, special offers and feedback from their peers,” said Jane Lisy, Forest City Enterprises vice president of marketing for Commercial Management

Denver, CO (Vocus/PRWEB) April 14, 2011

Forest City Commercial Management, in partnership with PlaceWise Media, announced the launch of the Shoptopia® Network today. Shoptopia will unite the industry’s leading small and mid-sized shopping center developers nationwide as the nation’s largest integrated media network focused where America shops.

Shoptopia combines online, social, mobile and digital screen-based communications into an interactive experience and relationship with consumers. This expansion of the original Shoptopia service, an online shopping community jointly created by Forest City and PlaceWise Media, is a network designed to enhance the relationship among malls, retailers, brands and shoppers with an interactive experience before, during and after shopping.

“The Shoptopia Network engages our shoppers with insights to all things fashionable, special offers and feedback from their peers,” said Jane Lisy, Forest City Enterprises vice president of marketing for Commercial Management and chairwoman of the Shoptopia Network Advisory Board. “It’s a perfect integration of all the digital and physical shopping experiences. Shoppers are engaged, informed and rewarded for their participation.”

Shoptopia enables shoppers to gain insider knowledge and receive special offers, rewards and event invitations. Content is syndicated and broadcast through personal computers, mobile devices, tablets, and in-mall digital experience walls, providing consumers with real digital interactions that are natural extensions of the shopping experience.

As PlaceWise’s charter partner for the original Shoptopia community, Forest City conducted a two-year study to explore the future of retail center marketing. A key focus of the study was the need to better understand digital channels and their influence on both online and bricks and mortar purchasing habits. Finding that frequent online shoppers still highly value the in-mall shopping experience, Forest City recognized that the integration of social networking channels with in-mall shopping was necessary to engage shoppers and provide them with a complete experience.

“What makes the Shoptopia Network so interesting and valuable is the targeted communication with shoppers during their entire shopping experience,” said Mort Aaronson, chairman and CEO of PlaceWise Media. “This network delivers timely and relevant content to shoppers via the communications medium of their choosing.”

At launch, Shoptopia is at 16 Forest City retail centers and will reach 12 million monthly shoppers. By the end of 2011, it is projected that the Shoptopia Network will include 150 retail centers and reach over 100 million monthly shoppers.

About Forest City
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is an $11.8 billion NYSE-listed national real estate company. The Company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.forestcity.net.

About PlaceWise Media
PlaceWise is the largest provider of place-based content & integrated marketing channels in partnership with shopping center industry. PlaceWise delivers millions of engagements with shoppers every month via online, mobile, social, experiential, and digital screen-based media. From its beginnings as the digital marketing agency Mallfinder, PlaceWise has serviced leading companies in the retail industry with interactive marketing solutions since 1997. For more information on PlaceWise Media, please visit http://www.placewise.com

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