Press Releases

June 7, 2016

Red Wing Shoes Puts the Consumer at the Center of the Experience with SIM Partners’ Velocity

By Julie Piatek

Local Marketing Strategy Uses the Context of Location to Turn “Near Me” Searches into

In-Store Purchases

CHICAGO (June 7, 2016) – To drive visibility when and where consumers are looking for footwear or workwear, SIM Partners (www.simpartners.com), a leading provider of location-based marketing technology, today announced the launch of Velocity store location pages for the Red Wing Shoe Company. Founded in 1905, Red Wing Shoes is a leading purpose-built footwear and workwear manufacturing and retail company, specializing in work and outdoor products.

According to Google, search interest in “near me” has increased 34 times since 2011 and has grown at a rate of 146 percent year-over-year, with 88 percent coming from mobile devices. With Velocity store location pages, Red Wing Shoes will maximize its local and mobile search efforts — in conjunction with ongoing Velocity Location Data Management efforts — to drive visibility in the “near me” moments of search. Red Wing store pages, powered by Velocity Publishing, are designed to deliver localized content and contextually relevant experiences that drive “next” moments of engagement and conversion, in stores as well as online.

“Our brand represents a tradition of excellence — from the sourcing of our materials and the craftsmanship of our products, to the expert fittings and premium service provided in our retail stores,” said Dave Schneider, CMO, Red Wing Shoes. “With a comprehensive location marketing strategy across 500 store locations built on the Velocity platform, we are extending that tradition of excellence into the customer experience to provide the right content, in the right context, in just the right moments — where and when people are searching.”

Velocity Location Data Management manages, distributes and monitors Red Wing’s store location data (including name, address, phone, store hours, and other key attributes) to ensure store locations are visible when and where consumers are looking for footwear or workwear. With Velocity Publishing, store locations are able to create contextually relevant content and experiences to convert searches into store customers. One-to-many publishing enables store managers to update their pages, including localized content on services provided and brands carried, while custom workflows and moderation ensures content and messaging stays on-brand.

“Many of Red Wing Shoes’ consumers work in field or non-office environments where mobile visibility and the context of location are critical to providing the right experiences in the right moments,” said Jon Schepke, CEO, SIM Partners. “With Velocity, we have unified Red Wing’s brand across 500 store locations — while publishing localized content at scale — to provide a higher level of service and engagement to turn mobile searchers into in-store customers.”

For more information about SIM Partners and its Velocity platform, visit www.simpartners.com.

About SIM Partners

SIM Partners’ local marketing automation technology, Velocity, maximizes digital marketing results for enterprise brands at a local level. By making location data actionable and local content scalable, Velocity drives customer acquisition for national brands across thousands of physical locations. With Velocity, national brands can create location-based offers to turn “near me” mobile searches into offline conversions. Velocity includes a powerful location data management tool to drive listing visibility, a content management system that automates the creation of location-based content and experiences, and a robust insights platform to inform local content strategies. SIM Partners has offices in Chicago and San Francisco. To learn more, or request a demo, visit www.simpartners.com.

About Red Wing Shoe Company

The Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. is a global leader in the design, production and distribution of work, safety and lifestyle footwear and work apparel. Established in 1905 in Red Wing, Minnesota, today the privately-held company’s family of brands includes Red Wing®, the premium choice for purpose built work footwear including a collection of Heritage styles created for any occasion; Irish Setter®, the footwear brand of choice for hunters who want uncompromising quality and innovation; Vasque®, a pioneer of performance hiking footwear; WORX™, a trusted brand for the industrial safety footwear market; and S.B. Foot Tanning Company, one of the largest USA producers of fine tanned leather for footwear and leather goods.  Its brands are distributed to more than 110 countries in an immersive multi-channel environment of 500+ Red Wing retail stores, third-party partners, and owned ecommerce platforms. The Red Wing Shoe Company employs more than 2,000 employees worldwide today, and operates two U.S. manufacturing facilities in Red Wing, MN; and Potosi, MO. For more information, please visit redwingshoes.com, facebook.com/RedWingShoes or follow @RedWingShoes.