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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 & iOS8

It’s been over a week since Apple’s high-profile WWDC. In the days leading up to the event, many speculated this would be the year of the iBeacon. After the technology’s surreptitious introduction at last year’s conference, developers and members of the press expected the technology to feature squarely in Apple’s plans for the coming year. And Apple didn’t disappoint. Never before has the future of one technology been as heavily foreshadowed and discussed without actual mention of the technology itself. Indeed, Apple CEO Tim Cook never mentioned the iBeacon by name once within his two hour keynote. Nevertheless, with the press and developer communities having spent the past week dissecting every announcement out of Cupertino, it is clear that many of the changes to Apple’s mobile operating system – the upcoming features of iOS8 – will have huge implications for the use, adoption, and impact of beacon technology. Here we…

Google’s Making a Masterful Play for Amazon’s Customers (And Saving Brick & Mortar Retail?)

In New York, San Francisco, or LA? Then you’ve probably heard about Google’s same-day delivery service Shopping Express, which rolled out in Manhattan early last week. Google is forgoing the delivery surcharge for the next six months, and New Yorkers who signed up for the service before midnight last Monday also received a $10 spending bonus. So far, participating stores in Manhattan include Costco, Walgreens, Target, and Fairway Market, which for many, could easily kill a week’s worth of errands. There’s apps for both iOS and Android, or users can dial up the service at Google.com/shopping/express, to place an order before 4.30pm. So far, reviews have been positive (as per a casual survey of Twitter), and demand for the service has been brisk. So brisk, in fact, that Google was forced to shut down deliveries by noon on its first day. Further reports indicated Tuesday was rocky for the company…

On the Hunt for Beacons

In New York City this Easter weekend and looking for fun with beacons? It’s not too late to celebrate the season (and the kid/tech nerd in you) with THE BEST EASTER EGG HUNT EVER. But hurry! The hunt ends April 26th. Lola is currently leading the Footmarks team in eggs cracked (23), but the competition’s a little light, what with Casey in Seattle, and Skylar more interested in trawling Tinder than sporting for eggs. The Big Egg Hunt, sponsored by luxury jewelry company Faberge, and conceived by the The Elephant Family charity and its agency Saatchi & Saatchi (with a beacon assist from Nomi), brings over 260 large Faberge eggs designed by leading artists, designers, and architects to the most tourist-trafficked and picturesque parts of the City (i.e. not by our office). The eggs were designed by the likes of Jeff Koons, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, Curtis Kulig, and Zaha…