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5 tips to increase your Real Estate asset valuation with traffic data
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5 tips to increase your Real Estate asset valuation with traffic data


Asset valuation, Traffic data, Foot traffic, Footfall


It is sometimes difficult to know the accurate value of a real estate asset, because of the volume and complexity of data to consider. By considering an asset to its accurate value, you will improve its management and make it more profitable. The value of an asset is measured through its income, but also through its economical and physical environment.

You can consider pedestrian and vehicular flow as an advantage when evaluating the economical environment of your shopping centre. Quantifying and qualifying your footfall on precise periods will allow you to support some choices in your development strategy

You will find in this article 5 possible uses of foot and road traffic data to enhance your asset’s value, and how to measure it thanks to Mytraffic.

1) Analyse the average footfall in a shopping centre over a typical week or day

Knowing the visitor’s volume of a shopping centre or shopping area can support different actions. You can for example use this data to: 

  • accurately value a vacant property and to attract appropriate brands.
  • give quantitative metrics to existing or potential tenants. You can then objectively reassess rents (when traffic fluctuates for example)
  • anticipate the visitation peaks of your shopping centre
  • Compare your footfall to your competition

Example : Average footfall, day after day 

Graph of the Average footfall day after day

We can see that this shopping centre welcomes significantly more visitors on Saturdays, when looking at an average week.

This data are available in the analysis “Average footfall“ on Mytraffic platform.

2) Keep track of your in-door footfall every month

Knowing your weekly and monthly footfall allows you to monitor your asset’s performance and to compare it to your competitors.

By analysing footfall trends, you will have a more accurate vision on :

  • Footfall seasonality of your mall
  • The impact of your marketing campaigns or events
  • Your shopping centre’s highlights 

Example: Footfall dynamic between June and October 2020, month after month

Graph showing the footfall dynamic trend in shopping center

We can see here that more visitors came to this shopping centre between July and August, and that the number of visits tends to decrease since September.

Example: Footfall dynamic between June and October 2020, month after month

Graph showing the footfall dynamic trend in shopping center

You can also see these data as a table, so you can have a precise look at the variation rate.

This data are available in the analysis “dynamic footfall“ on Mytraffic platform.

3) Establish your real catchment area and penetration rate

The customer catchment area is an essential information to know when assessing the value of an asset. It allows you to know your customers better, by defining their origin. You’ll be able to know the real influence of your shopping centre. By knowing the living and working places of your visitors, and your penetration rate by city, you’ll be able to: 

  • Observe most penetrated cities or district
  • Identify best actions to reinforce the footfall in your shopping centre
  • Better target your local marketing campaigns 
  • Guide your media agencies in the location of your advertising spots

Example: Top 10 provenance neighbourhoods for a shopping centre in June and October 2020

Map showing from where your shopping center's clients come from

We can observe here in blue the top 10 residency place of the shopping centre, and their evolution between June and October 2020

Example: Top 10 neighbourhood with the best penetration rates 

The analysis “origin” and “penetration rate” give you access to these information in the Mytraffic app.

4) Identify competitor shopping centres and the part of your visitors going there

Which part of your visitors are also going to competitor’s centres? This data is important in an objective of developing or restructuring an asset. You will know which of your centres are highly competitive, and be able to adapt your local strategies (diversify your offer, change your commercial or marketing strategy…)

Knowing the cannibalisation rate between two centres will also help you to attract brands, by proving to them that the targeted people are not the same as in a centre they are already in. 

The analysis “cannibalisation” in the Mytraffic app gives you access to this comparison.

5) Understand the socio-demographic profiles of your visitors

The profile of your clients is sometimes difficult to identify. To help you determine typical profiles, you can lean on information like:

  • The volume of your addressable market
  • The spending power of this addressable market
  • The age and gender of your clients

Knowing better your visitors allows you to:

  • Ensure that brands installed in your centre matches with the profiles of your clients
  • Adapt your speech and arguments to attract corresponding brands
  • Adapt your development strategy

Example: evolution of the socio-demographic profile of visitors between October 2019 and October 2020

Socio-demographic analysis of a shopping center

2020’s data are blue, 2019’s are grey. We observe here a decrease in the addressable market,.

You can access this dashboard in the analysis “socio-demographic profile”.

In every analysis available on Mytraffic, you can compare data with competitor centres, but also to compare precise time-range.

Traffic data are a major asset in the understanding of the environment and performances of a shopping centre. 

By studying these traffic data, you have a better visibility on your shopping centre’s visitors. You can then:

  • Measure the exact volume of visitors of your centre
  • Understand trends and evaluate the impact of marketing actions
  • Determine your real catchment area
  • Estimate your penetration rate on your catchment area
  • Understand the cannibalisation with your competitors
  • Determine socio-demographic profile of your visitors

With these data, you can (among others):

  • Adjust your development strategies
  • Attract the right brands to your centre 
  • Determine rents objectively
  • Improve and measure results of your marketing actions

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