Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are transforming from just being fun applications to providing useful value-added tools for companies and customers alike. Exhibitors and organizers also rely on these technologies in the trade fair sector. We spoke with Simone Pfisterer from Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, who has gained initial experience with the use of these new technologies as division manager for Servparc, an event that will be launched this year with an innovative new setup.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) can be used to create artificial worlds and extend real worlds. Whether the user wants to take a trip into the dinosaur age or walk through their new kitchen before purchasing it, VR and AR make it possible. Does this sound like a tempting idea especially for marketing? It certainly does. It could be an excellent idea as long as companies know and respect the technology’s challenges and limitations.
At least since the mobile game Pokémon GO took the world by storm, marketers have realized that Augmented Reality (AR) has the potential to ignite customer interest. This new, emotional way of storytelling inspires marketing managers, because they can now present their products in any environment and in a user-individual way thanks to AR. Some popular examples demonstrate how it works.
The Internet of Things (IoT) will also pick up speed in marketing next year. Not just in theory, but in the form of practical examples. After all, what used to be an empty buzzword has now become a natural part of everyday life for many people. And by 2020, more than 20 billion devices worldwide are expected to be part of the Internet of Things including nearly 13 billion in the consumer sector. But what does this development mean for marketing?
Indoor Navigation Systems will for sure improve the experience of every visitor of exhibition centres. Just as we have become reliant on Outdoor Navigation Systems to help us reach a destination easily, European Major Exhibition Centres Association (EMECA) is now looking to apply the same idea to help us find a way through large indoor spaces like exhibition centres, shopping malls or arenas. In addition to the simple wayfinding system, the ultimate goal of such an application would be to identify the right business connection, matching a search with best suitable goals – be it companies or people. Deadline of projects submissions is August 31, 2018.
In the era of corner shops, everything was still very simple. Retailers opened a shop in their neighbourhood, because they knew the people there and had good relations with them. But even then, the principle of geomarketing applied albeit unconsciously. After all, customers in wealthy residential areas usually require different products than those in poor neighbourhoods. Accordingly, retailers can adapt their offers to meet specific requirements.
Many stationary retailers see their existence threatened by online providers like Amazon. But local retail shops actually stand to benefit from digitalization as well. Geomarketing and location-based services are well worth considering as additions to the existing business model. But what are the concrete application scenarios?
Data is the raw material of the 21st century. It is left by users in rough quantities as “digital footprints” on their customer journey through the internet. Companies simply have to evaluate this “big data” to increase sales and customer loyalty. But does big data really help and is the whole thing really as easy as it sounds? Continue reading
Musikmesse brings together companies with dealers, professional players from the instrument industry and musicians from all over the world from 11-14 April in Frankfurt am Main. If you are interested, you can access comprehensive information on all exhibitors, many additional facts and useful features via the optimised Navigator App Musikmesse 2018 on your mobile device and make your visit to the fair more efficient.
From 10-13 April 2018, Prolight + Sound will bring together the relevant players from the different sectors of the event industry at the most important international industry meeting place like no other trade fair. Thanks to the optimised Navigator App Prolight + Sound 2018, interested parties can simply download comprehensive information on all exhibitors at the trade fair and many additional facts to their smartphones and use other exciting functions.