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iBeacon Emerging Ecosphere: Which Businesses Are Using iBeacon? March 2014 Update

March 02, 2014

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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Higher Education Infographic: The Student Lifecycle

February 18, 2014

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.

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iBeacon vs. Near Field Communication (NFC): The Battle for Proximity Marketing

February 13, 2014

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.

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Branded In Boston: The Power of Making Meaningful Connections

January 17, 2014

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.

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iBeacon for Hospitals - Using Bluetooth LE Beacons To Provide Wayfinding, Mapping, and Clinical Care

November 27, 2013

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.

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iBeacon: How Is It Related to Bluetooth (BLE)? Will iBeacon Work For Payments? (Part 2)

November 27, 2013

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.

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What is the Apple iBeacon? How to Design and Build iBeacon Applications (Part 1)

November 27, 2013


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.

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Content Strategy: Three Keys For Web Content Success

October 23, 2013

If you’ve been keeping up with marketing trends, you’ve probably heard more and more about content marketing over the last year. Believe it or not though, the idea that “Content is King” goes way back to 1996 when it was first outlined in a speech by Bill Gates. And while many things have changed in the nearly 20 years since, the one thing that remains the same is the importance of creating quality content.

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Mobile Usage in Higher Education Trend Report (Infographic)

October 07, 2013

Mobile has changed how Higher Education institutions use their websites to communicate with current and prospective students.

With mobile traffic on the rise for higher education websites, testing mobile site performance must be part of the digital strategy. Use this handy infographic to understand how mobile is growing, which devices visitors are using to access your site, what type of information they are looking for, and how you can effectively reach both current and prospective students.

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