IoT for Marketing: The power of digitizing the physical world

In 2018, mobile phones are expected to be surpassed in numbers by IoT devices, according to Ericsson Report.  The Internet of Things (IoT) has received enormous attention during the past years. It has been called The Next Industrial Revolution because it has the potential to impact the way all businesses, governments, and consumers interact with the physical world.

By connecting the physical and digital worlds, the Internet of Things enables to expand the reach of information technology. The possibilities that come from the ability to monitor and control things in the physical world electronically are endless. In this blog post, we are going to understand how IoT technology can create real economic value and how it will impact the future of digital marketing.

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MOCA AI-based mobile engagement at Mobile World Congress Americas

The Mobile World Congress is the most important event in the mobile industry and it has been held in Barcelona during 12 years. The MWC17 edition surpassed the 108,000 mark for the first time in the event’s history, with nearly 101,000 attendees which means an increase of more than 7% over last year.

This year GSMA in partnership with CTIA introduced GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas,  the premier mobile industry event for the Americas. The event was hosted in San Francisco at the Moscone Center and took place from 12th-14th September. According to GSMA, more than 21,000 attendees from 110 countries and territories hosted the event and there were more than 1000 exhibiting companies showcasing the newest mobile technology, trends, and opportunities. Over 55% of Mobile World Congress Americas attendees held senior-level positions, including more than 2,400 CEOs, and 20% of all attendees were female.

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How to transform the Banking experience using location technologies

With the disruption of smartphones, banks have been turned upside-down and today, they are the ones searching for clients, while users rarely visit traditional branches anymore. This means that, if Banks don’t act fast, they’ll keep losing relationships with customers. Consumers are increasingly looking for digital banking services provided by third-party tech firms. This is deteriorating the relationships between banks and their customers, and banks are losing out on branding and cross-selling opportunities.

But not all are bad news for banking, recent studies have revealed that almost 50% of customers react positively to location-based communications, which means that they are expecting faster and more personalized services. Mobile app marketing uses location technology to provide customers with the right digital content based on their proximity, behavior, and preferences through smartphones at the most relevant moment.

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Physical Web: Eddystone and what it means for mobile marketers

In the past few years, the beacon technology has proved to be an effective tool for mobile marketers, changing the way consumers interact with brands. However, this location technology has had to face some adoption barriers such as the need of having an app installed by end users in order to be able to interact with them and to convince them to turn on their Bluetooth. 

The latest proximity update from Google, the Eddystone beacon protocol, has been designed to overcome those constraints. So, let first understand what the Physical Web is and what it means for proximity marketers.

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Top 3 Best Practices for Effective Location-Based Marketing Campaigns

Nearly 90 percent of customers who search for a local business via their mobile device will visit or call that business within 24 hours. With 40 percent of mobile searches having a local intent, it’s easy to see why location marketing is something you’ll want to consider embracing as part of your overall marketing and engagement strategy.

When on mobile devices, most people spend their time in mobile apps, presenting another potential source of engagement. The location technology available today also presents many opportunities for marketers looking to boost their return on investment. By adhering some of the best practices like the ones discussed here, businesses can increase their possibilities of enjoying effective and successful location-based marketing campaigns.

To deliver proximity or location-based marketing campaigns, you need a platform. You’ll find a complete list of location marketing software providers here. A lot of them offer a trial version.

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