A beacon device is nothing revolutionary – it consists of some basic components. It’s what you can DO with them that makes them special. Casey Markee of Media Wyse explores this topic in detail in his session at Rocks Digital 2017. Here are the highlights.
1. Beacons as Lighthouses
A beacon device uses signals from local areas and is most commonly employed with an app. Beacon-enabled apps recognize that, and it initiates an action in the app. Which leads into…
2. HyperLocal Marketing
Remember the movie Minority Report and the different ads that popped up as Tom Cruise’s character walked through the mall? That is happening now. It delivers convenience when a consumer can use that information in real time.
3. Optimize for Micro-Moments
Example: When someone walks back towards various restaurants during lunch hour they are probably looking for someplace to eat lunch. We want to anticipate these micro-moments to take full advantage of them.
Beacons are small and powerful (can be as small as a quarter).
Beacons are extremely easy to set up – comes with its own SDK (software development kit) and are WYSIWYG.
Question: What Can a Business Do with Beacons?
A business can let people know about specials and different products that are being sold.
Question: Why Should a Business Use Beacons?
Helps to increase the possibility of people making purchases at a store.
The Physical Web is an app that allows you to sense other programs in machines that allow you to interact with other machines.
You want to make sure this program “Physical Web & Nearby Notifications” on your phone is on and Bluetooth is enabled.
Question: Why Eddystone?
Question: What About Security?
Beacon Use Cases
Designing a Beacon Campaign
Use when people are in a calm area someplace, not in a rough place.
Example: You could use beacons while people are waiting outside a store on Black Friday, but you would not want to use a beacon inside the store where all the chaos is going on.
Question: How to get started?
Get a Beacon Starter Kit, simple and easy to use. Use the code CASEY10 for 10% off. See slide 51 below for details.
Casey Markee is the founder of Media Wyse. View his presentation below.