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AMERIA 2 | Overview

With its interactive Virtual Promoter, AMERIA digitizes shop windows and brick-and-mortar stores and excites customers.
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AMERIA is an established technology company, which develops digital marketing and sales solutions for companies like HARIBO, MediaSaturn and Porsche. Its flagship product, "Virtual Promoter", the interactive solution for shop windows and brick-and-mortar stores, revolutionizes the shopping experience across the globe. In this sector, revenue grew by 124% in Q1/2017 compared to Q1/2016.

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We are pleased to provide you with our pitch deck, which summarizes AMERIA`s business model and strategy and illustrates our company’s potential.

As always, you can find all information on us, our team, and AMERIA in our company profile.

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AMERIA - Key Investment Facts


Retail is changing. Both traditional local retailers and service providers, such as banks, are finding themselves in stiff competition with offers on the internet. At the same time, the majority of sales still take place at the physical Point of Sale: currently over 90%. According to numerous studies, this will remain the case in the future. Not least because of this, eCommerce providers from Amazon to Zalando are opening their own shops.


AMERIA - Worldwide Growth of retail


But success in the brick-and-mortar world is only possible if shops, branches and showrooms change. Retailers must address their customers in a new way. This heavily depends on the use of technologies, which create new experiences and connect the offline and online worlds. All industries need support with digital transformation.


AMERIA - Digital transformation in retail


With software, hardware, content and service, AMERIA provides complete solutions for digitization in six industries. The starting point is AMERIA’s flagship: Virtual Promoter, the interactive solution that appeals to customers and can be controlled via simple gestures. Both in the shop window and in the shop itself, Virtual Promoter offers users exactly what they expect from the physical retail: a great shopping experience and information.


AMERIA - In the shop window and in the store


As a software company, AMERIA is also continuously working on the expansion of Virtual Promoter with new technologies to create a seamless connection to smartphones and the online world:


AMERIA - Digital customer journey


Development since the first crowd investing campaign

Our first crowd investing campaign ran from February to June 2016. The success was overwhelming. 1281 Companists gave us their trust and invested 1.1 million Euro meaning that we were able to reach our financing limit even before the campaign ended.


AMERIA - What has changed?


Since the last crowd investing campaign, we have quickly expanded AMERIA’s B2B business by acquiring major clients. At the beginning of 2016, the focus was still on customers from two industries, now we have developed dedicated solutions for six industries:

►   Automotive

►   Financial

►   Consumer Electronics

►   FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) / Toys

►   Health Sector

►   Tourism Industry


Beginning with the digitization if the shop window, we now have expanded to the sales floor, the inside of branches and showrooms.

2016 was characterized by a series of tests and pilots, including the Porsche Center in Dubai and in various branches of the consumer electronics chain, Saturn. Based on this, the first large-scale rollouts of Virtual Promoter and the associated technologies are in planning for 2017.

Due to the very good early sales of our new product version, Virtual Promoter INCA, the commissioning of tests with further clients and the first commissions in preparation for larger rollouts, we have been able to increase Virtual Promoter sales by 124% from Q1/2016 to Q1/2017:


Virtual Promoter Growth


All our customers have now carried out market surveys proving the positive effect of Virtual Promoter on their businesses. This was also confirmed by an independent GfK survey, carried out during the pilot in the markets of the consumer electronics chain, Saturn, in 2016:


AMERIA - Key findings market survey


Accordingly, it may not come as a surprise that our customers are very satisfied with AMERIA’s services and are counting on our future support in all areas of digitization.


How did we use the funds from the first campaign?

We used the capital of 1.1 million EUR from the first round of crowd investing primarily in the areas of marketing, product development and patents/certifications. The fundamental optimization of our brand identity is a decisive factor in the perception of AMERIA as the provider for surprising and exciting customer experiences. Our customers are all large corporations; a presentation that creates confidence is therefore crucial.

In the product development process, we concentrated on the expansion of the offer for the digitization of the in-store experience. This way, we were able to acquire a great many new customers in industries in which the shop window plays less of a role.


AMERIA - Usage of fundings


Why another crowd investing campaign?

In order to continue the positive development of AMERIA and to achieve a faster rate of growth, there is need for further investments. We especially want to expand our team in the areas of product development and for the implementation of pending large orders.

To this end, we have decided to go for crowd investing: We very much appreciate the current cooperation with the Companisto and many Companists. We received a lot of valuable feedback from the market and new ideas are coming in constantly, e.g. for our product development.

A further round of financing will also help us to avoid larger external investors. In turn, this means we can we can keep the slim decision-making structure that is necessary for high-speed innovation.

Last but not least: since the conclusion of the first campaign, many requests from Companists have reached us, asking for a new chance to invest. The second campaign offers the perfect opportunity for this.

From its beginnings as a software developer, AMERIA has developed a broad product portfolio adapted to meet the needs of various different industries. Both with our flagship product, Virtual Promoter, and with other technologies we are driving the digitization of shops, branches and showrooms.


1. How does Virtual Promoter work?


The first step was the digitization of the shop window with Virtual Promoter. Passers-by are recognized and addressed by a life-sized promoter or avatar. By using simple gestures, they can then navigate through content, play games or retrieve information about different products.


AMERIA - Pictures Virtual Promoter Window


AMERIA - Specs Virtual Promoter Window


AMERIA has created an ecosystem around Virtual Promoter, which renders the operation scalable. All installations are controlled centrally via the cloud, content can be created and exchanged there and partnerships for installation and service allow global use.


AMERIA Composer Content Development


The result: a significant increase in attention, traffic, and sales.


2. The new product variant: Virtual Promoter INCA

In 2016, we integrated further solutions for the brick-and-mortar world into the Virtual Promoter ecosystem, in particular the in-store version, "Virtual Promoter INCA", which is already being used by a number of clients:


AMERIA - Pictures Virtual Promoter INCA


With Virtual Promoter INCA, AMERIA has transferred the principle of the shop window solution into the store:


AMERIA - Specs Virtual Promoter INCA


AMERIA - customer benefit


3. The second new product variant: Virtual Promoter with associated technologies

In addition to Virtual Promoter INCA, AMERIA also developed concepts for various industries. In the automotive industry, AMERIA is digitizing car showrooms with Virtual Promoter and associated technologies:


AMERIA - How does the concept is working


Virtual Promoter welcomes the visitor to the car showroom and explains the download process and benefits of the smartphone app:


Screenshots Car App


Car dealers and car manufacturers receive extensive information on customer behavior, for example, by means of heat maps showing which customer spent how long with the different car on display:


Heatmap Car


AMERIA - customer benefit - Car

Since the beginning of 2016, we have been further developing AMERICA’s business model. We are now concentrating on brand manufacturers and service providers with a particularly high willingness to invest in the innovation of physical retail. For these, we are developing customized industry solutions, each including a combination of technology and a tailor-made business model. In each industry, we are working with one flagship client and numerous others:


AMERIA - branches and top customers


Business Model 1: Sale, rental and licenses for individual solutions

Business Model 1 is intended for industries in which manufacturers and service providers operate their own space, e.g. automotive and finance. AMERIA provides individual, full solutions including software, hardware, content and service. Scalability results from the high number of branches and sales locations worldwide.


AMERIA - Revenue streams


In the next step, the business in these industries will be licensed out to individual industry partners. For the healthcare industry, AMERIA is already working on a partnership with the long-term client and globally active agency inVentiv Health. In the financial sector, AMERIA and Diebold Nixdorf are already closely cooperating in projects.


Business Model 2: Interactive advertising platform for stationary trade

In the areas of consumer electronics and FMCG/toys, brand manufacturers are largely dependent on retailers. As a result, they are investing in the innovative presentation of their products in brick-and-mortar stores. Marketing budgets are increasingly being used to this end.


AMERIA - Screenshots Saturn App


Together with retailers, AMERIA is developing an interactive advertising platform based on Virtual Promoter for these industries. The business model is based on proven business models for out-of-home advertising: AMERIA provides the advertising platform, the retailer provides the space and the manufacturer purchases advertising time. The revenue is shared between AMERIA and the retailer:


AMERIA - business model platform


AMERIA - Advertising platform customers

The challenge of digitization of the physical space lies in the need to connect software, hardware, content and sustainable operations. With the software and hardware product portfolio, AMERIA provides scalable solutions that are tailored to the needs of different industries.


Software Hardware Content Operations


With Virtual Promoter, AMERIA offers a unique and patented instrument for creating attention for businesses and products, which is proven to increase traffic and sales. Virtual Promoter connects the physical to the online world.

With the ecosystem developed by AMERIA, scalability and global applicability are ensured. All of the solutions are operated via proprietary cloud software. This means that all tasks, such as operating the physical installations, development and distribution of content, the collection and analysis of data and the connection to existing systems such as customer databases are centralized.


AMERIA - ecosystem

1. Clients

AMERIA works for clients from six different industries. Virtual Promoter stands at the very center as the entry point into digitization and the gateway to the digital world at the physical Point of Sale. The number of clients with whom AMERIA actively works, has multiplied in 2016.

AMERIA customers by branches

Feedback from our clients and experiences with Virtual Promoter

The feedback from our customers is consistently positive - both in terms of the cooperation with AMERIA and the effect of Virtual Promoter and related technologies. Even top managers of our corporate clients find Virtual Promoter exciting:


AMERIA MediaSaturn


“I am very excited about the successful test campaign with AMERIA's Virtual Promoter in our Saturn markets. The interactive tool enriched the shopping experience of our customers at the PoS tremendously and is a good starting point for further concepts in the area of digital interactive signage.“

Martin Wild, Chief Digital Officer, MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group


AMERIA - Microsoft App


 “With the Virtual Promoter solution, AMERIA has proven itself to be a force for innovation and has managed to implement the digital transformation in a customer-focused fashion. With their forward-thinking scenario on Azure, Ameria is an important and strategic IoT partner for Microsoft."

Laura Geier, Commercial Lead IoT & Analytics at Microsoft


AMERIA - EuroShop 2017


“Two thirds of the leads on the Microsoft booth at EuroCIS 2016 were generated through Virtual Promoter".

Xenia Giese, Industry Solution Executive Retail & Consumer Goods, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH


2. AMERIA’s Partners

Only with strong partners can AMERIA become the worldwide default provider for the digitization of physical retail.


Service Partners

Diebold Nixdorf has been AMERIA’s service partner since 2015. This is how we ensure the smooth operation of our solutions worldwide. Since 2016, we have also been working closely with Diebold Nixdorf in sales, especially in the financial sector.

Diebold Nixdorf Worldwide

In Germany, AMERIA cooperates with the CEMA AG from Mannheim, who provide logistics and service.


Software and Hardware Technology Partners

Logos technology partners

Sales Partners

In 2016, our exclusive partner for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, ppm factum, has already implemented several projects with Virtual Promoter. Our German distribution partner, i42, has realized its first sales of Virtual Promoter.

AMERIA is currently looking to acquire partners for all six industries. In the healthcare industry, the cooperation with our client, the globally-active agency, inVentiv Health, is now materializing. The first project has already been successfully sold.

Logos Sales partners

Feedback from our Partners

Quote Pavel Riha

AMERIA operates in two markets: digital out-of-home advertising (DOOH) and solutions for the digitization of physical retail. The market for DOOH advertising, with a volume of EUR 35.5 billion in 2017, is projected grow strongly over the next few years. The growth is mainly driven by digital DOOH advertising, which together with interactive advertising is increasingly replacing analog and passive forms of advertising.


AMERIA - Digital out-of-home advertising growth


Marketing budgets are being moved from other channels such as print, radio, TV, online and mobile into new channels, such as the Virtual Promoter interactive advertising platform.

In 2016 there were more than 100,000 screens for DOOH advertising in Germany alone, more than two thirds of them in placed in retail. Our calculations show that there is a potential for at least 5,000 Virtual Promoter screens around the world by 2024. At a conservative estimate for the turnover of EUR 2,500 per screen/month, this results in a total turnover of over EUR 120m.


market volume AMERIA

In 2016, we successfully tested our solutions in several industries and developed a precise understanding of the specific needs and challenges involved. In the next step, solutions for different industries will be implemented in larger rollouts.

The new business model “Virtual Promoter Advertising Platform” was tested last year in consumer electronics retail. Implementation in a major and lasting framework is scheduled for September 2017. In the FMCG space, the platform will be tested in 2017, both in department stores and in supermarkets.

With Virtual Promoter Window and Virtual Promoter INCA, we now have mature products that can be used at low costs. The next steps in product development will lead in two directions: on the one hand, we will be developing our cloud software,, which has thus far supports the creation and distribution of content as well as the management and control of installations, into the AMERIA POS Marketing & Sales Suite. This will enable our clients to connect different physical and mobile solutions, to analyze data and integrate existing systems.

At the same time, we are continually developing further features for Virtual Promoter and new technologies which can be connected to Virtual Promoter. Here is an overview:


AMERIA - new technologies

Usage of the funds will be concentrated primarily in two areas: implementation of our interactive advertising platform for retail in the consumer electronics and FMCG/toys industries and implementation of major orders in other industries.

AMERIA could finance both of these from turnover, but would lose the advantage of speed and possibly thereby the edge over the competition. In the medium term, we are therefore planning to raise up to EUR 1.1m additional to what we are looking for from Companists.

► With EUR 300,000, we plan to pre-finance 50-80 Virtual Promoters for the development of the interactive trade advertising platform.

► With EUR 600,000, we additionally plan to expand personnel in the areas of service, sales and software development.

► With EUR 1m, we additionally plan to prepare targeted internationalization, including the submission of new software patents in the USA, certifications and further trademarks and industrial designs in both the EU and the USA.

► With EUR 1.4m, we additionally plan to develop a user-friendly auction platform for advertising time on the interactive Virtual Promoter advertising platform.

In 2016, Thomas Thomas Steckenborn, CEO of CEMA, AG invested in AMERIA. The EUR 800,000 announced in the first campaign became EUR 1m.


Quote of Thomas Steckenborn - CEO CEMA AG


Since then, the cooperation between AMERIA and CEMA has intensified in various areas. This will be crucial in the operation of the advertising platform.

AMERIA can also currently finance itself at any time via trust agreements at an evaluation of EUR 22.5m. Dr. Jeffrey Bierbrauer recently came on-board with AMERIA with a six-figure sum:


Quote of Jefferey Bierbrauer, German-American Private Investor


Furthermore, an existing investor increased their investment by a further five-digit amount at the new evaluation.

AMERIA - Patend Solution 


Virtual Promoter Window

► Patent issued on March 29th 2017 by the European Patent Office under the number 2849442

► CE mark

► TÜV Süd (South) certification for North America as per UL 60950-1:2007 and CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1:2007

► TÜV Süd certification as per EN 60950-1:2006

► IEC 60950-1 CB Test Certificate for faster national registration outside EU and North America

► Extension of the patent to the USA (in preparation)


Virtual Promoter INCA

► CE mark

► TÜV certification (in preparation)

► Registration of design patents (in preparation)


Other patents

► Procedure for the execution of a digital response to a physical interaction (pending)

► Procedure for the displaying of content on Virtual Promoter without conscious interaction of the user (pending)

► Procedure for wireless transfer of content between Virtual Promoter and personal devices (e.g. smartphones) (pending)

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