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Beacons & Apps: Power Couple

Like peanut butter and jelly, and Ernie and Bert, beacons and apps are better together. Beacons need apps to recognize their unique identifiers and facilitate their associated interactions. Apps need beacons for real world context; to deliver the transformative mobile experiences at the intersection of time and place the hardware enables. Together, beacons and apps are unstoppable: the Beyoncé and Jay-Z of the location-sensing industry. Because of this interdependence, consumer adoption and sustained use of beacon-enabled mobile apps is critical to beacons’ success. Some even see crossing this mobile app-gateway as the industry’s biggest challenge. But there’s good news. A batch of recent studies provide encouraging stats on the rise in our use of apps, and big changes made by the mobile app gatekeepers – Apple and Google – are making app discovery and search easier than ever before. So this week’s post is all about apps. Let’s break it…

Beacons on Regent Street

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…

Study: “iBeacons in retail stores blowing up app usage, ad engagement.”

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…

Never Wait in Line Again!

Never wait in line again, with Footmarks’ location intelligent software, powered by RFduino: http://ow.ly/xNPOg. Footmarks’ ambient microlocation solution uses secure hardware and a powerful SDK to bring digital intelligence to physical spaces, and enable relevant and real-time personalized customer experiences. With Footmarks’ Coffee Queue App, customers can pre-order and pay for their order in-app. Customers approaching the store passively alert baristas to their proximity, and their orders are prepared. Arriving customers can then bypass order and payment lines and pick up their coffee – hot and ready when they enter. These time-saving experiences and so many more are possible with Footmarks beacons, intuitive management and experience platform, marketing console and configurable SDKs. Write to us at partners@footmarks.com or call us at 1 (800)-558-2556 to learn more. With special thanks to RF Digital and the Lost Bean.  Footmarks: Smarter environments. Happier customers. More informed brands.

5 Questions for Beacon Providers, Answered

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…