"This is exciting but might take years to implement in a typical store. First, we have to test it with customers and get a feel for how they react. Second, we will need to integrate ibeacon content into our existing IT infrastructure, which is already strained. Third, many of our executives won't understand this and how it fits their store operations. How do we convince them to support it? All this adds up to years to get started. What we need are some shortcuts to give people a glimpse how it works."
We agree that potential users need a shortcut. Therefore we're happy to announce our iBeacon Quickstart package, which helps build ultra-fast, low-cost iBeacon projects for retail stores and entertainment venues.
The Quickstart uses a combination of Passbook coupons and iBeacons. This combination is amazingly easy to implement because Passbook and iBeacons are already fully integrated, designed that way by Apple. Passbook provides a "lightweight" set of features, similar to your branded retail app, using coupons and storecards that represent your top products. Passbook "looks" for iBeacons automatically and pops up any coupons that match the ID number of those iBeacons.
All this works without writing a line of code...Passbook does it all for you!
In this process there are three simple steps:
- Give away Passbook coupons to your customers. You can distribute them via email, on websites, on print advertising, or from displays in your store. We provide all the technology and can create graphically beautiful designs for your coupons. All you do is provide a link to your customers.
- Place beacons in each entry doorway. We provide the beacons. Just peel the cover off the sticky tape and stick them above the door.
- As customers walk in the door, the iBeacon-compatible Passbook coupons will pop up on their lock screen.
There are other options of course but these are the basics. With a Passbook Quickstart you get a great set of features for a tiny investment...enough to demonstrate for your executives and customers BEFORE starting full integration.
Want to see a demo right now? Just contact our team here for a 5-minute demo on your own iPhone.