Prisoner’s Dilemma: iOS 7.1 Challenges iBeacon Developers

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Apple has made iBeacon better with the release of iOS 7.1. But the changes in the consumer opt-in experience will will create new tensions in experience design that will challenge the entire market. The improvements are game changers: not only will your app now ‘range’ for beacons even if it’s closed, but there are other […]

iBeacon Myth Busting

There are two ‘myths’ about Bluetooth LE beacons that keep coming back. Whether it’s in the media or with a client they’re misconceptions about how beacons work. But while we like to be clear about the facts I’m not sure that either myth really matters. Today, two articles try to puncture common misconceptions about iBeacon/Bluetooth […]

iBeacon and Cause Marketing

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Brands and retailers will quickly look beyond the coupon or reward points as they begin to understand the possibilities of Bluetooth LE powered beacons. We’ve previously proposed five approaches, and among them was the idea of linking beacons to cause marketing or cause-related events: Cause marketing continues to be a high-growth area for brands, in […]

Toshiba Launches Bluetooth LE “Smart Signs”

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Toshiba showed off some new technology at the recent SC Business Fair in Yokohama, Japan that uses Bluetooth LE beacons to create a personalized billboard for passing shoppers. According to Tech-On! the signs turn a customer’s smart phone into a kind of remote control for what appears on the displays, and juggles multiple users by […]

iBeacon Examples: Game On

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There’s a lot going on in the world of Bluetooth LE technology – or iBeacon, if you buy into the way Apple has managed to blanket the term for an entire industry. This weekend the Superbowl will be supplemented in the New York area with personalized advertising alerts for visitors to Times Square and MetLife […]

Showrooming the iBeacon Way

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Retailers struggle with showrooming: the use of mobile devices by consumers to quickly compare the price of a product in a store with its price online. iBeacon technology seems to hold the promise of an end this trend. But while that might be a short-term benefit, iBeacon also represents a more profound challenge to retailers: […]

Growth Hacking Retail with iBeacon

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Retail is the New Digital Battleground Physical world retailers will need to adopt the growth hacking strategies of their digital cousins if they’re going to survive. To some, growth hacking might just be a fancy name for online marketing. But at its core it represents the idea that marketing, sales, design and technology need to […]

Coke is It: iBeacon at the World Cup and in Global Mobile Efforts

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Coke is heavily leaning towards an iBeacon experience at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer calling the technology a potentially “major part of its marketing activity for major calendar events including the World Cup, for which it is a key sponsor”. If you needed any greater validation that iBeacons have a place in […]

iBeacon Resources: 3 of This Week’s “Must Reads”

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We’re inspired everyday by the work of the becosystem – the loose coalition of companies, individuals and hardware manufacturers who are pushing the boundaries of Bluetooth LE and iBeacon technology. It can, frankly, be kind of hard to keep up. With the New Year barely a few days old we’ve already chatted with a dozen […]

iBeacon World-Changers: Washington Post Gets Beacons

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iBeacon and Bluetooth LE are door-openers to “groundbreaking services that could enhance the average person’s life” according to the Washington Post. The well-researched article included interviews with some of the luminaries of the becosystem. Mark Wallace of Radius Networks highlighted Bluetooth LE beacons as “the next big technology” and pointed to the CES Scavenger Hunt that’s happening this week at the […]