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Retailers are buzzing about beacons and the potential to transform the shopping experience. Footmarks is teaming up with Avanade, a business technology solutions and managed services provider with innovative insights and expertise in Microsoft technologies, to power retail-based customer engagements via personalized, beacon-enabled user-to-user messaging. Together, we showcase what is possible with beacons beyond broadcast messages and coupons. Our social shopping experience highlights the innovative digital and cloud-based capabilities that are part of Avanade’s Connected Retail Experience, created with Footmarks and Microsoft technology. Our friends at Avanade describe our new partnership: “Most retailers who are using beacon technology are using it to track the movement of shoppers in the store and, at best, to target them with relevant geo-spatial offerings. We believe that this is a one-sided approach, so we have teamed with Footmarks to innovate scenarios where a shopper can instead use the beacon to leave a message for another...
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Last week, Footmarks COO Todd Paris took one for the team, and headed to Deer Valley, Utah, to present “How Geolocation is Changing Retail,” at Digiday’s annual Summit. If you’re going to talk about emerging technologies in retail for 72 hours, Deer Valley, is the place to do it. For the first day of the event, social media was alive with enviable views from the conference’s mountain top perch. Fortunately, the Summit’s speakers and guests were able to pull themselves away from bowling and trail runs long enough to put on a great event.         Digiday summarized the Summit’s key takeaways, and it’s not surprising beacons featured front and center. As they write, “almost every presentation touched on this technology,” and indeed, all eyes were on R/GA Director David Womak, and Footmarks COO Todd, as they gave the audience a live demonstration of the rich analytics afforded...
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What if one app on your phone could unlock personalized offers, and event and restaurant recommendations in real-time, for more than a hundred locations along a single street? And what if all you had to do was start walking along that street to start receiving and redeeming those deals? Such is the proposition of the Regent Street app, making headlines in recent weeks for its markedly different use of beacon technology, for a one-app-one-street premise. The Regent Street app, unveiled in early June, takes advantage of location-aware beacon technology to deliver timely, location-relevant content – discounts, new-product promotions, and the like – to the smartphones of shoppers on Regent Street. The approach differs from the types of beacon deployment we’ve seen so far. Rather than use beacons to leverage an individual brand, or promote a single store, or chain of stores, the Regent Street implementation is an effort – the...
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Summer’s here, the sun’s out, and we finally finished the move to our swank new Bellevue office. If that weren’t enough to celebrate, here are some super encouraging stats, released this week from the ad platform inMarket. According to their study, use of beacons in retail stores delivered: – a 19x increase in interactions with advertised products, – a 16.5x increase in app usage in-store, – and a 6.4x increase in app retention. This is good news. Not only does it validate our own mission to enrich lives through ambient technology, but it means consumers are finding real value in contextualized messaging and personalized experiences, delivered in-store, right at the moment they’re needed most. inMarket’s CEO Todd DiPaola summarizes his company’s findings: “Successful geofencing improves the consumer experience while increasing engagement value for brands. With today’s data release, we now have proof that consumers appreciate this value in a measurable...
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Last week, TechCrunch – via inMarket’s Mark DiPaola – suggested 5 important questions retailers should pose to beacon providers “before [they] beacon.” Because, as he writes, “there have been plenty of exciting announcements touting beacons in 2014, and enormous interest in the field,” we thought we’d use this opportunity at Footmarks to allay any “confusion about how to use these devices at scale.” So – here’s those 5 questions for beacon providers, answered by Footmarks – an end-to-end platform, boasting secure and reliable patent-pending hardware and an innovative and intuitive experience platform. 1. Which apps do these beacons work with, and how many people use those apps? Footmarks’ SDK gets built into our clients’ existing apps to bring location intelligence to the client-end user relationship and enhance the app’s utility for both client and end user. As DiPaola correctly points out, the larger the app network in place, the greater...
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