Merriam-Webster describes a beacon as “a strong light that can be seen from far away and that is used to help guide ships, airplanes, etc.”
In 2014, it could revise the definition to include a piece of hardware used to guide marketers.
Last year it was showrooming at retail locations that was most watched in the holiday season. This year, many of these same brick-and-mortars, and many others, have something else to keep an eye on - beacons installed to execute personalized and contextually relevant mobile app experiences, and drive foot traffic, brand awareness, and incremental revenue.
I’ve learned a lot about beacons through a new relationship that I have with Mobiquity Networks, which has developed the leading shopping mall-based mobile advertising network.
One misconception around beacons is that mobile device owners will be pestered by so many offers that the permission that they granted to receive marketing messages will be rescinded. That surely won’t happen if brands establish business rules that address consumer wants and desires.
Just look at the messaging channel. Thousands of brands have successfully engaged with consumers through permission-based mobile VIP clubs in large part because they understand that messages should only be sent when they provide value to the recipient.
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It was another typical Apple conference, but not because they debuted new products. It was the latest announcement of Apple aligning itself with new industries and companies as partners, while also creating new enemies along the way. As critics waited roughly 60 seconds before knocking the innovations that Apple spent years developing, what can’t be denied is the sheer ambition that the company continues to display in continually creating new ecosystems and challenging existing, competitive landscapes. These are arguably the first significant invasions under General Tim Cook, who fired out a salvo of his own brand of Apple magic to finish off the conference.
So let’s take a look at the new battle lines being drawn specifically with the introduction of ApplePay, AppleWatch, and a focus on health and fitness. As Apple has successfully done in the past, its new products and core software enable a whole new group of developers to dream of how to reach several hundred million iPhone users around the globe, quickly. Just as the App Store brought a new generation of ground-up and established developers to the mobile world, the HealthKit opens the door for some very heavy hitters to align with Apple. Medical equipment manufacturers... Read more