I've updated "The Emerging iBeacon Ecosphere" infographic we released in February. Based on the feedback I heard, I've removed the distinction between hardware and platforms as many of the companies making CMS platforms are also creating their own beacon hardware. There are certainly companies just developing hardware, but it seemed too firm to divide these groups. It's more accurate to view it as a spectrum from pure hardware to software.
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Many factors weigh in the decision-making process for prospective students. It's critical for higher education institutions to deliver the right information at the right time. To communicate effectively, it's important to understand the type of messaging that will resonate most with prospective students as they make their way through the student lifecycle.
iBeacon has been getting lots of attention this past week with a surge in articles and an analyst report calling out the potential for improving proximity marketing on mobile devices. Last year’s iBeacon announcement, along with the release of the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint sensor to facilitate e-commerce, has opened up the debate as to whether the more elegant iBeacon “touchless” payment will destroy NFC for mobile payment.
According to Google Trends, iBeacon has a long way to go to catch NFC. Clearly iBeacon is a very interesting, but still emerging technology.
For a young kid, few activities are more exciting than putting things together and taking them apart to figure out how they work. Helping children identify that tinkering and building as engineering can change how they view their career opportunities, adding ‘engineer’ to the list along with fireman, actress, and doctor. This is the foundation for Engineering is Elementary (EIE), a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy based at the Museum of Science, Boston.
Launching a national advertising campaign that invests your valuable budget dollars in television, radio, print, outdoor, and online media is a great way to drive traffic and give a push toward reaching your business goals. But if you’re driving to a poor web experience, you’re wasting your money. Luckily, the digital media team at St.
Earlier this week I attended the “2014 Edge Conference - Branded in Boston,” hosted by the ICA and organized by the AdClub. With speakers representing companies ranging from Google and Fidelity Investments to Bully Boy Distillers and Island Creek Oysters, the event celebrated the brands that live, breathe, and grow in Boston.
Now that you have completed a site map and identified a CMS, it’s time to start diving into your content. The best way to determine what you already have and what you’ll need to create to get your site launched is to conduct a content inventory.
Create a Content Inventory
A content inventory should list all of the content items on your site, including text, video, file downloads, images, and forms. It’s also helpful to make note of basic information such as:
The launch date for your redesigned website is getting close. Your visual design is perfect and your content management system is ready to rock. You’ve conducted a content inventory, created new content, and outlined a governance plan. There’s just one thing left to do – optimize your content for search engines.
Your website tells the story of who you are, who you are serving, and how you get it done. While creative design is a key piece to telling your story, your content plays the starring role in communicating your message. Copy, video, and photography work together to tell your brand story and convert prospects into customers. However, despite its starring role, the content strategy for a website is often put on the back burner during the redesign process.
Picture it. You’ve just discovered a very interesting link that you can’t wait to share with your friends. You log into Facebook, write a quick status update, and paste in your link… and you see something like this:
Heading to the CASE District 1 Conference at the Westin Copley Place in Boston? So are we! OHO is looking forward to exhibiting at the event on January 30 & 31 – let us know if you’ll be there so we can connect.
DrupalCamp NJ is right around the corner and we’re very excited to be lending our support as a Silver Sponsor. This year’s camp will draw more than 200 Drupal enthusiasts to learn more about the platform, how best to use it, and how to enhance it further.
OHO Interactive's Solutions Architect Dave Sawyer will be presenting a talk on integrating Drupal with Google Drive and Dropbox on Thursday, January 9, at the Drupal User Group meeting at UMass Amherst.
It’s that time of year when we turn to predicting the future and figuring out what will be keeping us busy in the next 12 months. For digital marketers, 2014 will have us looking for new ways to create meaningful interactions with prospects and customers, keeping up with the rapid pace of technology evolution, and finding ways to measure and report on digital marketing channels.
We’re pleased to announce that California Baptist University’s website has been selected to receive the Leader Award in the Summit International Awards Emerging Media Competition. CBU’s site was honored in the education website category.
Online learning has created a highly competitive environment for higher education institutions, especially those with a focus on educating adult learners. The biggest challenge for many schools is decreasing recruitment and enrollment numbers, and without major changes, many institutions face a very uncertain future. One school has not only recognized the need for change in their approach, but has actually taken a significant step toward engaging, recruiting, and retaining students. Enter Cambridge College.
iBeacon for Hospitals - Using Bluetooth LE Beacons To Provide Wayfinding, Mapping, and Clinical Care
In our continuing look at applications for iBeacon, we're honing in on specific industries that have great opportunities to implement the technology for multiple uses.
What is an iBeacon and Bluetooth LE (BLE)?
iBeacon are small, low power computers comprised of a CPU, battery, flash memory and Bluetooth LE. They have long battery life – most Beacons available have an advertised battery life of 12-24 months – making it easy to install them anywhere (no plugs needed) and easy to maintain. The broadcast range can be set between a few inches and 50+ meters. An iBeacon is too small to hold data itself – so it reaches out to the cloud or other servers to pull content down to push out to the device.
iBeacon is Apple’s location-tracking service that was introduced at the 2013 Developer conference. With functionality built into iOS7, iBeacon uses Bluetooth Low Energy (LE or BLE) to allow the pinpointing of devices within an environment – a store, hospital, hotel, amusement park. Think of iBeacon as extremely accurate GPS for indoor environments.