July 6, 2015: Purple WiFi, the cloud-based Social WiFi software company, today announced the appointment of Roberto Aguirre as Service Provider Director, EMEA, reporting to Eric Law, VP of Worldwide Sales.
Working out of Madrid, Roberto will be responsible for positioning Purple WiFi in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and will be working with top Service Providers to target enterprise customers across public administration, multinationals and retail vertical markets. This will include examining their WiFi strategy within a cloud based solution and managing the addition of social media login, real time reporting, content filtering, marketing tools and location analytics.
Purple WiFi is expanding globally following a $5m investment announced earlier this year. The investment was raised in order to accelerate product development and recruitment of a truly global sales team, which already has strongholds in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.
The WiFi offering focuses on engaging, understanding and delivering value by allowing users to gain free access to a public WiFi network through their existing social media accounts or a short form. The user gets access to family friendly WiFi, while the benefit to the business hosting the service (such as a restaurant, hotel, retailer, museum, sports stadium or shopping mall) is valuable analytic insights into the profiles and movements of their customers and a sophisticated built-in marketing platform.
Thousands of venues globally have been secured and deep technology partnerships established, most notably with Cisco, Cisco Meraki and Verizon but also many others.
Roberto Aguirre, SP Director, Purple WiFi, comments: “Purple WiFi is the perfect solution for enterprise companies that wish to monetise their free WiFi and improve the customer experience with highly targeted marketing strategies. I am thrilled to be joining such a forward-thinking, fast-growing technology business at the cutting edge of the WiFi industry.”
Eric Law, VP Worldwide Sales, Purple WiFi, comments: “Roberto Aguirre has a long history of partnering with service providers helping them develop and take to market profitable managed services. Roberto’s appointment is a reflection of the importance of the Service Provider segment to Purple WiFi as we help them provide new services and new ways of engaging with their current and new customers – helping them expand their business.”
About Purple WiFi http://www.purplewifi.com
Purple WiFi is scalable, cloud-based guest WiFi software, offering customers access to WiFi through social login. In return, WiFi providers benefit from real-time analytical insights, customer demographic data, information on visitor footfall, plus a marketing tool to send out targeted communications to customers whilst they are in the venue. Purple WiFi natively integrates with most leading wireless hardware manufacturers, notably Cisco and Cisco Meraki, Ruckus, Xirrus, HP and Aruba.
The service is growing quickly, with 3 million users across 134 countries. Purple WiFi has global agreements in place with Westcon Comstor and many other country specific distributors, in addition to an active reseller base of over 300 in 60 countries. Purple WiFi employs over 60 full time staff and currently has offices in the UK, San Francisco, Shanghai, Madrid, Melbourne, Copenhagen and Singapore with more offices planned in the coming months.
Huge growth is being seen in all sectors, including hospitality, where people have time to spend online, retail, where footfall tracking is essential, healthcare, offering transparency around service and communication and entire cities moving towards the Internet of Things.
Purple WiFi has also intensified its focus on the carrier market, developing a service provider portal that delivers a credible offload solution. As the offering is hardware agnostic, carriers can monetize the WiFi estate through a number of different business models. To date, four major global carrier deals have been agreed where Purple WiFi is included as part of a venue WiFi package covering connectivity and hardware.