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Date, Don’t Get Married

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…

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…

Footmarks: Just Getting Started…

Time really flies when you’re working at a startup. It’s already the second week of April, and it’s hard to believe our SXSW demo was a month ago today. While much has changed since we started at the Accelerator in November, some things – like our passion for the technology, our aspirations for the company, and our core mission – remain the same. Not long after arriving at the Accelerator, Casey, Skylar and Preston sat down with the R/GA Digital Studio Team to talk Footmarks’ origins, their goals for the Accelerator, and the team’s vision for the company’s future. Click here to watch the video interview in its entirety. Or skip through to see the highlights below: Apple’s validation of the market: 07:30. By now the story of the beacons’ stealth emergence is well known: Apple released the iBeacon as an unaddressed footnote at last year’s WWDC keynote. Fast forward a…

As the iBeacon™ Gospel Spreads, Security becomes the Focus:

In light of Apple’s new iBeacon™ specification and MFi certification program, both implemented early last week, we thought we’d take the opportunity to highlight Footmarks’ patent-pending security features. The Footmarks secure solution remains compatible with the iBeacon and SIG standards, but provide retailers with complete control over their customers’ in store experiences. Following massive data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus Group and a handful of other retailers at the end of last year, security has fast become the industry buzzword for 2014. Just this past weekend, Sears Holdings Corp., the multinational department store chain, announced an investigation into its own possible security breach, and the company is now one of many trying to build back consumer trust and goodwill. While credit card-related breaches have plagued retailers for years, the issue of beacon security is much newer, and comes with its own set of concerns. Beacons present much less of a…