So, you're walking down the street past the local cafe.? All of a sudden, you get a message on your mobile phone -- it's the cafe, asking if you want to
download a coupon for a free cappuccino. You press OK Robin Roberts Phillies Jersey , and the coupon and a menu is downloaded straight to your phone.? You browse through the menu, and, feeling a bit hungry,
you turn around and head back towards the cafe for a quick snack and a
cappuccino. You present the coupon on your phone's screen and get your drink.
You're happy, and the restaurant just turned a passer-by into a customer, thanks
to Bluetooth Marketing.
So, aside from the funny name, what exactly is Bluetooth Marketing? How does it work? And what does this mean for the average consumer?
By now Steve Carlton Phillies Jersey , many people are already familiar with Bluetooth. It's a standard feature on almost every new cell phone sold today, as
well as many laptops and desktop computers. One of the more common uses for
Bluetooth is to connect to a hands-free headset, but it can actually do a whole
lot more. Bluetooth is a standard that allows many different types of devices to
communicate with each other wirelessly. So, with Bluetooth, your cell phone
could also connect to your computer to synchronize your contacts list, transfer
songs and ringtones, even upload those pictures you just took with your camera
phone.? What's more, if your friend also has a Bluetooth phone Dave Cash Phillies Jersey , you could easily send them your pictures, songs, videos, games, or other files stored in your phone, all without having to worry
about having the right cables to connect.?
So, what does this have to do with marketing? Well, through some clever use of technology John Kruk Phillies Jersey , companies are now using Bluetooth to send their latest promotions to the mobile phone -- that ubiquitous device that almost
everyone uses and carries with them at all times.? How does it work?
A small, Bluetooth enabled file server, specially configured for this purpose, is mounted in a busy location.? The server will continuously scan the
area for Bluetooth enabled devices as they come within range (up to 100
meters).? When found, it sends the user a message asking if they wish to receive
the advertiser's content. This could be a coupon, a video, Java game or any
other multimedia file. If the user responds with a Yes, the file is sent
automatically. If they respond with a No Chase Utley Phillies Jersey , the server logs this decision, and will not ask the same user again the next time they come within range. This so called
"blacklisting" feature ensures that users are not continuously bothered with
requests to download things they don't want.
And, unlike text messaging, Bluetooth transmissions are free, so users don't have to pay to receive content. What's more, since files don't pass through any
cellular carriers, Bluetooth Marketing works even where there is no cell signal,
such as subway stations or other "dead" zones.
So what are the benefits and pitfalls Greg Luzinski Phillies Jersey , both for prospective businesses looking for a new and unique way to connect with their customers, and for consumers, who
may view advertising on their cell phones as a sort of invasion of privacy?
For advertisers, Bluetooth Marketing allows them to send their promotions to people for very little cost. Aside from the initial purchase of the equipment,
Bluetooth Marketing campaigns are essentially free to run. Since file
transmissions via Bluetooth are free, it doesn't matter if they send 100
messages or 100,000. More importantly, users who choose to accept the message
inevitable take the time to look at it. This differentiates Bluetooth marketing
from other types of advertising Dave Hollins Phillies Jersey , which goes largely ignored by the target group. Advertisers also have the opportunity to market their products and services
based on the proximity of the consumer. For example, restaurants can send
coupons to people as they walk by; movie theaters can send video trailers of new
releases to people standing in line, etc. What better time to send promotions to
customers than when they are physically close?
From the consumer's point of view, Bluetooth Marketing may present some unique concerns. Would people be spammed with ads they don't want as they're
walking down the street? Will advertisers be able to record their cell phone
numbers and use it for marketing purposes?? And what if someone doesn't want to
receive this kind of marketing -- ever?
Fortunately, most of these issues have been addressed. Again, Bluetooth servers must always get permission first from users before any content is sent.
And if the user refuses, the software remembers this, and will not ask again in
the future. This ensures that only people wishing to receive content will get it
-- a benefit to both advertiser and consumer. Also Pete Rose Phillies Jersey , personally identifiable information is never collected by the system. The server only detects each phone's MAC address, a
unique hardware ID, but nothing else. It cannot collect phone numbers or any
personal information from any user. So users never have to worry that their
phone number or anything else is being collected and used by the advertiser.
And, of course, users can always choose to never participate in any Bluetooth
campaign by simply setting their Bluetooth to "invisible", so they won't be
found in the first place.
Bluetooth Marketing has been popular in Europe for several years now, and is only now beginning to catch on in the United States. With applications beyond
just simply sending coupons to customers, many types of businesses can take a
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