It’s good to see that discussions around beacons are moving well beyond the experimenting and trial phases and marketers are starting to learn some of the ins and outs of beaconing.
One of the more interesting questions posed during the MediaPost IoT: Beacons at Internet Week conference yesterday was what unexpected things have brands and agencies found out, now that beacons have been deployed.
The question came during the panel “Sensitivity Training: The All-Sensing World of Beacons and Beyond.”
It turns out that while the larger strategies have been a primary focus, once beacons are used in the field in real life, other lessons are learned. Here are some highlighted by the speakers:
As to the context of where beaconing plays in the grand scheme of marketing, speakers tended to agree that it is yet one more method to be used, a leading edge one at that.
“Beacons are a fantastic sharp edge of the marketing toolkit,” said Dunn, who suggested beaconing at companies should reside within areas responsible for customer relationship management.
Shabtai of IPG had a similar view, suggesting they are yet “another tool to start pinpointing advertising.”
The larger point made in various ways by the speakers is that beaconing is not about the actual beacon but rather about the engagement and location-based interactions a technology such as a beacon can trigger.
And that is a discussion about beaconing.