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RFID vs. iBeacons: Which is better for event marketing?

Marketers and retailers have been quick to begin trials with iBeacons after the technology was added to iOS7 last year.

We’ve seen a number of interesting experiments, such as automated messaging in airports, cinemas and baseball stadiums.

The speed with which these trials have been expanded for general consumer use is in stark contrast to the years spent covertly trying to find a use case for NFC.

While NFC technology is unlikely to disappear altogether, it appears that iBeacons are a more attractive proposition.

Another area that iBeacons might be extremely useful for is at events and conferences, such as our own Festival of Marketing.

I’ve come across several intriguing trials in recent months, though it faces stiffer competition from other technologies in this space, namely RFID.

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Five retailers using NFC and RFID to enhance shopping: but do they work?

Let's take a look at who is using this technology in retail.

I'm not looking at payment here, which NFC has been mired in, merely how the shopping experience can be enhanced.

I'll get a few things off my chest about what works and what doesn't. First, a super quick differentiation between the two technologies.

Near field communication (NFC) is capable of two way communication, so payment (a debit and credit) for example, or even in medicine (a tag in your skin could send vital signs to your smartphone), and it works only at short distances. NFC can be used more basically, to simply transmit set information to a phone or tablet.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been around for yonks, the tags only transmit information, to an RFID reader (an NFC enabled phone or tablet such as an Android can be used as a reader, but for an iPhone a separate reader is required). These tags have been traditionally used in stock control.

There's bluetooth low energy (e.g. iBeacons) in the mix, too. However, many of the uses of beacons have been for push messaging to customers.

In this piece I'm not going to be talking about geofencing which can be done with RFID, GPS or low energy bluetooth (iBeacons). I'll be focusing on active rather than passive engagement, though I'll discuss iBeacons in my conclusion (as they're rapidly taking hold in many of the same scenarios).

Right, now that's taken care of, let's dive in...

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The Internet of Things: 10 things consumers should expect

Microsoft recently announced its newly branded Lab of Things. It describes this as ‘a flexible platform for experimental research that uses connected devices in homes.’

I thought I’d use this opportunity to look again at the rise of the connected device, and the future of the so-called internet of things, or IoT. Below you’ll see 10 things that you, the consumer, should expect over the next few years.

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Back up bro! Does anyone really want smartphone NFC?

Alternative payment methods are pretty much the hottest topic around, and last week EE previewed its new NFC smartphone wallet. Retailers, however, are pretty adamant NFC wallets are not worth their time.

At the same time, marketers are still plugging away with new advertising campaigns using NFC technology to deliver content. Is this anything other than a fad?

In this post I look at the uses of NFC, assess some recent campaigns, and ponder what the future holds. (Major hat tip to NFC World, where I found a bunch of the campaign info).

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Meet Andy Hobsbawm, the man making coffee mugs smarter than you

Son of the late and venerable historian Eric Hobsbawm, Andy Hobsbawm may make history, not write it. That’s because he, along with technologist and serial entrepreneur Niall Murphy, as well as computer scientists Dom Guinard and Vlad Trifa, are making great strides with EVRYTHNG, a software company bent on connecting objects to the Internet — making them “smart,” as it were.

Powered by the EVRYTHNG Engine, the technology makes real the “Internet of Things,” a concept first named in 1999. In that schema, objects are given virtual identities (perhaps through RFID tags, maybe through a barcode or QR code) and connected in a Web-like structure. 

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Q&A: Cindy Krum cuts through the mobile marketing alphabet soup of NFC and RFID

cindy krumIt's going to be the year of mobile...again. Sure, go ahead and yawn (or laugh).  We've heard it all before, right? But smartphone adoption is through the roof, and cutting-edge technologies are gaining some real traction. So we caught up author and consultant Rank Mobile's Cindy Krum to help sort out some of mobile marketing's most recent acronyms, not to mention their viability.

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