Top 5 Myths about Bluetooth Beacons

No matter how closely you follow marketing articles and news, location-based marketing and its applications usually bring lots of not-so-clear technical concepts and open questions. Things get even more confusing when we talk about beacons. Read on, to discover the most common myths about this exciting technology.

Myth º1:  Beacons send messages and offers

Contrary to popular belief, beacons do not deliver messages, offers or any content at all. A beacon is a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) hardware device that broadcasts a signal that smartphone can listen when users opt-in within a specific mobile app. When the smartphone enters a beacon range (usually up to tens of meters), it wakes up and notifies the listening app. Think of it like the beacon simply broadcasting, “I’m beacon 17” over and over again.

How to use geofences and beacons to engage mobile users

Engage mobile users with location based services

Location-based marketing is the ultimate tool to engage mobile users.  Leveraging time and user location, it allows modern marketers to promote products and services and customers to receive personalized treatment based on their interests and needs. These include geo-fencing and beacons as key enabling mobile technologies. Through push notifications and promotional pop-up creativities, these services transform existing apps into highly engaging and useful tools that improve overall user experience and boost revenue.

You walk into your favorite store. As soon as walk through the door, your smartphone recognizes the place and suggests products and promotions you might be interested in. The sales manager greets you by name and discusses the product you researched earlier on your app and shows you some additional products you might like as well.