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Real Life Application of Internet of Things Marketing

What if the offline marketing media that used to deliver messages to customers in one direction can actually communicate with people?

We are about to share an interesting real life application of Internet of Things(IoT) marketing that actually realized the statement above.

The basic concept of IoT, connecting every object together
The basic concept of IoT, connecting every object together

Real Life Application of Internet of Things Marketing (5W1H)

  1. WHO? Exterion Media, an outdoor marketing agency based in UK,
    along with Telegraaf, a leading media company in Netherlands
    and a beacon supplier.
  2. WHEN? Since July 2015
  3. WHERE? Purmerend, Netherlands
  4. WHAT? Outdoor marketing signs such as the ones in bus stops.
  5. WHY? So that people nearby the marketing campaigns can actually react and communicate with the advertisements.
  6. HOW? Applying beacon system to all advertising signs in the region.
An example of Internet of things marketing <br /> mobile apps push messages when the device is nearby the sign
An example of Internet of things marketing
mobile apps push messages when the device is nearby the sign

It is pretty straightforward. As mentioned before, they set up a beacon system with approximately 250 beacons installed where the outdoor signs are present: bus stops, metro stations, or close to major buildings. When people pass nearby with their phones that has the ‘Telegraaf’ app installed, the app pushed a message. So how effective was the internet of things marketing campaign through beacon?

“More than 15% increase in push open rate,

along with increased Click-through Rate (CTR)”

* referred to the report produced by KOTRA(Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency)

Then, what benefit did each parties enjoy?

  • Outdoor marketing agency: Obtained a stepped-up version of outdoor marketing signs as well as another business model.
  • Media company: Can execute push message marketing campaigns with better efficiency.

IoT, with the proposition of connecting all objects, is not a hypothesis but a reality now. Just like the outdoor marketing signs that reached out to the potential clients with beacons, you can now realize the dream of both-ways communications with your customers rather than one-directional message delivery.

Take a leap forward in the era of IoT with our RECO CMS.

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Personalized Marketing through Beacon

“Imagine the street signs display items or services of your interest whenever you walk into them”

The interactive signs can definitely capture your attention and cause you to focus more on the messages conveyed by the ad. Naturally, this leads to increased public brand recognition and sales drive.

If you thought these interactive signs were just some imaginative chimera that only exists on Sci-Fi movies, beacons got you wrong big time, at least in year 2016. But how?

Personalized Marketing with Digital Signage
Personalized Marketing with Digital Signage

Digital Signage are signs utilizing Digital Information Display. Below are the steps to realize highly customized and effective marketing tool through the synergy of beacons and digital signages(Personalized Marketing).

  • Step 1. Assign and place RECO Beacons with own unique IDs nearby the digital signage displays.
  • Step 2. The apps with RECO SDK installed in the passengers’ smartphones receive and identify RECO Beacon signals when the people approach to the display.
  • Step 3. Thorough analysis of the passengers’ activity and interests suggests the appropriate contents for each person, and the digital signage displays the customized contents.

Simple application of RECO Beacons can cause evolution of digital signages from displaying boring contents over and over to interactive ‘smart signages’ that shows what actually attracts people’s attention.

Personalized Marketing with Digital Signage
Personalized Marketing with Digital Signage

Moreover, this smart marketing enables evaluation of offline marketing effectiveness, which has been considered nearly impossible. Now the boundary of offline and online marketing is entirely blurred.

“All the numbers that were believed to be bounded to online marketing are now available also in offline marketing”

Now your offline marketing efficiency can be measured and provide grounds for further improvements on the overall marketing campaign!

Realize your dreams or futuristic smart marketing signs with RECO Beacon.

For more information about personalized marketing solution, click here

Android Configuration App Now Supporting Eddystone Setting!

Our RECO Configuration App for Android has been completely renovated. Check out the below for the updated features!

 New Feature 1. Complete Eddystone Support.

Eddystone Support Android Configuration App
Configuration App screen for Eddystone Setting

Former RECO Configuration App for Android did not support setting beacons in Eddystone format. However, with the new version of RECO Configuration App for Android, you can now set your RECO Beacons to send out Eddystone format packets in Android devices also.

 New Feature 2. Device Firmware Update through Configuration App.

To set beacons in Eddystone format, RECO Beacon firmware should be updated from v2.0 to v3.0, and this can be also done through the Configuration App.

(However, as the firmware v3.0 can only be applied to RECO Beacons whose serial number starts with 5, the old version RECO Beacons that has serial number starting with 140 do not support Eddystone format.)
firmware updates for broadcasting Eddystone
Configuration App screen for RECO Beacon firmware update

As you can see from the screenshots above, the formerly non-existing ‘Broadcast Mode’ field appears after the firmware update to v3.0. This field lets you choose between iBeacon, Eddystone-UID, Eddystone-URL modes. The detailed values for each broadcasting mode can also be set from this screen.

New Feature 3. UI Improvements.

  •  3-1. Beacon List UI

We’ve updated the beacon list UI so that you can check the beacon settings from the list screen, without having to connect to each device. The beacon list shows following information for each advertising mode.

broadcast_ibeacon
Beacon list example of an iBeacon.

For iBeacon mode:

MAC address, SN(Serial Number), RSSI, Battery Level(High/Low), TX(Transmitted Signal Power), Interval(Signal Transmission Interval) and UUID/Major/Minor

broadcast_edyuid
Beacon list example of an Eddystone-UID

For Eddystone-UID mode:

MAC address, SN(Serial Number), RSSI, Battery Level(High/Low), TX(Transmitted Signal Power), Interval(Signal Transmission Interval) and UID

broadcast_edyurl
Beacon list example of an Eddystone-URL.

 For Eddystone-URL mode:

MAC address, SN(Serial Number), RSSI, Battery Level(High/Low), TX(Transmitted Signal Power), Interval(Signal Transmission Interval) and URL

 

  •  3-2. Beacon Sorting Option

Now you can sort the scanned beacons in two ways: by RSSI and by S/N. When sorted by RSSI, the beacon list arranged so that the closest beacon comes up first. When arranged by S/N, the beacon with smallest S/N is shown on top.

beacon_list
By the beacon sorting button, you can arrange the beacon list by either RSSI or S/N.
  • 3-3. Convenient Passcode Input

We’ve heard many complaints about the short time window for entering the passcode in some Android devices. Thus, to enhance user experience, we have increased the passcode input time window. Also, now you don’t have to re-enter the passcode every time you try to change the settings of a beacon; typing it in once will let you change all the settings without the hassle.

You can see the passcode for each beacon when you register the beacon on RECO Member Center. Registration requires the S/N(Serial Number) and CC(Confirmation Code) of the beacon, which are attached at the back side of the beacon. You can make changes of beacon settings only when you have the passcode with you.

Also, diverse supporting materials such as configuration app download link and detailed instructions on the configuration app are available in RECO Member Center.

We’ve listed the changes in Configuration App for Android devices. The Configuration App can be downloaded from either RECO Member Center or Google Play Store.


 

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The ‘RECO Manager Plus’ is coming soon!

RECO Manager will be upgraded to ‘RECO Manager Plus’ from this upcoming May.

RECO Manager’s current key functions — remote management of RECO Beacons — will stay the same.

The exciting parts about the updates on RECO Manager Plus is ‘real-time Bluetooth scanning’ that reports the scan results periodically.
The following are the additional features of RECO Manager Plus.

1. Scanning nearby BLE beacons

RECO Manaer Plus will be able to scan all the nearby BLE Beacons.

The scannable beacons include BLE beacons from any manufacturers, regardless of iBeacon/Eddystone formats.  But configuring will only be viable with RECO Beacons.

2. Report function
RECO Manager Plus sends reports on appear/disappear scan results of nearby beacons once in every 5 seconds in JSON format.
Appear: Shows newly-scanned beacons during the last 5-second scan period
Disappear: shows disappeared beacons; meaning that once scanned, but unscanned while scanning
All: shows all scanned beacons

3. Filtering function
Shows filtered beacons by beacon settings variables (by UUID, UID, etc.)

Expected in May 2016, RECO Manager Plus will bring beacon management to a next level. Stay tuned for updates!
RECO Manager Plus will bring beacon management to a next level. Stay tuned for updates!

After the official public launch, we will continue to deliver updates on RECO Manager+  via our blog, newsletter, and RECO Member Center. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on RECO Manager Plus, firmware updates, industry news, and much more!

RECO Beacon with Eddystone – 3 Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Although the information and awareness on Eddystone is expanding, there are still parts that remain ambiguous about Eddystone. Today we summarized the key questions that we’ve been asked most about RECO Beacon with Eddystone, and the Eddystone technology itself.

Q: Do I need a separate beacon hardware to use with Eddystone?

A: No. Out of the three broadcasting mode (iBeacon, Eddystone-UID, Eddystone-URL), you can just set up the broadcasting mode of your choice with RECO Configuration App.

Eddystone configuration with RECO Config App
If you already have RECO Beacon, you can update the firmware and select the broadcasting mode.

Our latest firmware updates include Eddystone packets. The instruction on how to update the beacon firmware and configuring Eddystone is available on our Member Center (Go to RECO Beacon > Configuration App > User Guide (iOS)).

Note: Configuring the broadcast mode is now only available with iOS. Although Eddystone configuration is not supported with Android OS, Android devices can still pick up Eddystone signals.

Note 2: Eddystone-TLM is an interleaved packed, meaning that it is ‘tied’ together with Eddystone-UID or Eddystone-URL packet.

Note 3: Firmware update is not available with the former version of RECO Beacons (Beacons with Serial Number 1400~). Only the recent version of RECO Beacons (S/N with 5010~ or 5011~) is eligible for firmware upgrade.

A recent version of RECO Beacon can be firmware upgraded with RECO Config App
Recent version of RECO Beacon can be firmware upgraded with RECO Config App

Q: Is it true that you don’t need an app with Eddystone beacons?

A: In simple words, No. Beacon operates based upon the BLE signals, meaning that you will always need an app to operate together with BLE signals.

But why did Google say that there is “no need for an app” with Eddystone-URL? The truth is that when operating with Eddystone-URL, you do not need to develop or download a particular app.

Google relieves the pain of developing a beacon app by making the Eddystone-URL work together with Google Chrome app. You would probably remember that when Google first launched Eddystone, they did mention that Eddystone-URL can advertise designated URL to end-users’ smartphones. Does that mean the users will be able to see a pop-up on their devices? No. But they can tap and open the URL sent by Eddystone-URL with Chrome Widget and be directed to certain websites.

How Eddystone-URL appears on Chrome Widget
Google Chrome Widget with Eddystone-URL

Q: Can RECO Manager work with Eddystone beacons?

Sure. Our Member Center is very recently updated, and one of the key updates include management of Eddystone RECO Beacons with RECO Manager.

Plus, you can also make your RECO Manager to operate as iBeacon/Eddystone-UID/Eddystone-URL beacon. Please refer to our RECO Manager user guide to for details.