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Best Buy’s use of QR Codes has become a benchmark for other retailers and their latest experiment is no exception. Posters (image below) have gone up at Best Buy Headquarters to test the viability of mood sampling. The relevant QR Code when scanned inputs a single value ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and a running total of […] The strange thing about this add is the thumbs up is on the left, if you right handed, which a majority of people are, its seems natural to want to scan the QR code on the right, which i will admit i almost did by accident. Enjoy!
This month Best Buy added QR codes to the fact tags in all their U.S. retail stores, making them the first national retailer in the US to embrace their shopper’s desire to use mobile devices during their shopping trips. This is the latest in a series of savvy moves by the retail giant to pioneer the integration of social networks and mobile marketing with their brick- and-mortar retail experience. According to an InsightExpress study, 82% of consumers already use mobile phones during their shopping trips, so it’s critical that retailers understand and embrace this new shopping behavior.
Over the past six months there has been lots of buzz about mobile payments. High-profile companies such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Visa have all indicated they are exploring ways to make money from mobile payments. And at last month’s Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, the momentum around mobile commerce and Near Field Communications seemed to grow even stronger. In fact, several firms including Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), Deutsche Telekom and Orange all talked about how they were incorporating mobile commerce and/or Near Field Communications technology into their future plans. Some companies even went so far as to designate 2011 as the year for NFC payments.
We are under the impression that cellphone manufactures will be offering a secure mobile payment method – Near Field Communication
(NFC) short-range wireless technology and includes real-time anti-fraud alerts and other features designed to protect consumers from fraud.
Fine-tuning the business model for this nascent service is challenging. Wireless carriers, platform providers, device makers and financial institutions all want a piece of the revenue pie. It’s not surprising, considering that many analysts estimate that the market potential for these services is enormous. According to Portio Research, mobile payments volumes worldwide were $68.7 billion in 2009 and are forecast to reach $633.4 billon by year-end 2014. The biggest potential markets for mobile payments are Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, Portio says.
But for mobile payments to reach the potential predicted by Portio, a lot of diverse players will have to fit together to make a compelling and lucrative solution. How that will happen is unclear. All we know for sure is that there is a lot of experimentation in the market today.
To help spur the market, the GSMA is heading up a NFC-related initiative with several of the world’s biggest operators including America Móvil, Axiata Group Berhad, Bharti, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT Corp., MTS, Orange, Qtel Group, SK Telecom, Softbank Mobile, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telekom Austria Group, Telenor and Vodafone. The operators have said they intend to launch commercial NFC services in select markets by 2012.
In the U.S., mobile payments have made headlines lately because of the new initiative Isis, which is a joint venture from Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA. The carriers plan to leverage Discover Financial Services’ network to process payments; Barclaycard U.S. will be the first issuer. Isis has inked deals with merchants but so far has not revealed the names of those merchants or more details about when it will launch.
Meanwhile, Sprint has decided to go it alone with its mobile wallet initiative, called Sprint Mobile Wallet. Unlike the Isis project, Sprint’s wallet will let customers make purchases using their existing Visa, MasterCard and Amazon accounts. Sprint is going to eventually hit the big one, you have to admit they always have their hat in the rink, and sooner or later they are going to hit one out of the park.
Clearly for mobile payments to become a success, merchants, financial services, operators and device makers need to come together to make a viable solution. Perhaps all this experimentation in the market will result in less fragmentation and more cohesiveness. We are exploring those issues and more in “Cashing in on Mobile Commerce,” a new eBook from FierceWireless. In this eBook, we take an in-depth look at the overall potential for the mobile commerce market, profile some successful mobile payment implementations and explore some of the latest initiatives in barcodes, mobile coupons and more.
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26 Billion text messages sent during China’s Spring Festival!
Here’s yet more proof that plain ol’ text messages aren’t going away any time soon. The recent Spring Festival in China (the local name for what’s often referred to as Chinese New Year) saw the country send some 26 billion text messages. That’s billion with a “b,” mind you.
That number, 26 billion, represents a 13 percent increase over last year.
And here’s one last quick stat: China has some 859 million mobile phone subscribers, which works out to 74.5 percent of the country’s population.
A survey last year pegged the number of U.S. mobile phone subscribers at 285 million, or 91 percent of the country’s population.
You’ll recall that Deloitte said in a report last week that text messaging was as popular as ever, more so than social networks like Twitter and Facebook, largely because they’re seen as more immediate and personal.
World Mobile Conference, 2011
RealtyGo – Mobile that Accelerates your Business!
QR Code’s are Powerful and allows your Business information to dynamically update, while using the same QR Code in Print or any type of advertising campaign, even after the promotion is over or the real estate listing status has changed; ie- Sold, TOM, AWC, Pending etc.. !
Each time you list a property for sale, often times the next step is advertising. Your Client expects you to advertise their real estate for sale and do so in a reasonable time frame.
With RealtyGo you can list your real estate property and use our advanced software technology to promote and sell real estate while saving you money and repetitive/duplicate work load. If you typically print full color flyers, or even black and white flyers for your listings, it can become expensive, especially if a majority of the people taking the flyers are nosy neighbors or lookie loos that are just curious. There is also the inconvenience of monitoring flyers each day or several times a week to ensure they are fully stocked. If you have multiple listings, this can become quite a chore, much like baby sitting your listings. With RealtyGo we offer the ability for end users like Potential buyers, New Customers, Lookie loos, and other Real Estate Professionals to access your listing while standing right in front of them; or when seeing the listing advertised in a print ad (like the image above) or even from a digital TAG, advertised on the internet (like Criagslist,Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, etc.. ), not to mention all your other real estate listings as well, using Mobile technology. Now end users can use their Mobile phone or iPad, etc.. , and Scan or Text to get all your real estate listings and current listing information; photos, your professional contact info, your professional website and more, via any mobile device.
Lets say a Client wants to change their listing price, or has new professional photos they would like to add to a listing. If you have already run a print ad or sent out mailer/flyers in regards to the property, they may be irrelevant and out of date by the time a potential buyer or new customer contacts you about the listing. This could be detrimental in the sale of the listing and creates drop off or abandonment rate from consumers, even outrage in some cases if the change of information works against the prospective buyers agenda.
With Mobile Real Estate Listings and RealtyGo, you simply update your listing information within an easy to use log in area at RealtyGo.co and anytime a potential buyer, new customer or business professional access your listing(s), they will receive the most current information every time. This will reduce your printing costs and the worry work of potential ads running in magazines or newspapers that may not be up to date or as relevant as they should be, based on a change in the real estate listing information, etc.. . You can continue to use the same Mobile listing TAG even after a listing has sold. Simply reassign the Mobile URL within your login area to one of your “Other” real estate listing, enabling your Mobile real estate listings to always be working and relevant in regards to your professional real estate business, saving you valuable time and keeping operating cost low, maximizing return on investment.
RealtyGo enables you to run print ads and advertise your listings with a dynamic TAG called a Mobile Listing TAG, which can be placed everywhere, and will always bring back the most current and relevant information from all your real estate listings, by scanning the QR Code “Smart Code” or sending a Text Message for listing information. Once a potential buyer accesses any of your listings, any time you edit or make a change to the listing thereafter, an alert automatically goes out to the potential buyer, notifying them that a change has occurred to the real estate listing they requested information from, for instance a price reduction or offering the listing for lease vs for sale or vice versa.
Once the end user has the Mobile real estate listing(s) on their hand held mobile device, they can easily forward the listing(s) by text message or email, which gives your listing the ability to travel and be seen on all Unified Channels giving it the viral effect. A Husband can quickly access a listing, see photos, pricing, your contact information, then send it to his wife or an investor all in a few moments, displaying your listing efficiently and in a well organized professional fashion with all you contact info and professional business information. Potential buyers and other real estate professionals can even auto schedule an appointment to meet with your from within the listing, right from their mobile device, freeing up valuable time that you can use to network, focus on day to day activities and your real estate business.
Your Mobile Real Estate Listing on a Mobile Phone;
We posted a picture of a Real Estate listing (Home), a few days ago, with black and white flyers. The listing photographed was selected completely randomly and has no affiliation with RealtyGo or any of our associates. We periodically monitor Local Real Estate Listings to see how we can help add value using modern technology and common sense practices.
The very same listing photographed a week ago,
now has an EMPTY flyer box. Empty flyer boxes are common with all real estate listings; but now there is an alternative way to ensure your listing(s) can always be seen by prospective buyers, new customers, etc.. .
Not only will consumers always get your mobile real estate listing(s) but in the event you need to update your listing(s); like the price, listing status, photos, your availability and open house schedule, you can do so within your RealtyGo login area, under manage listing(s) – then as you change any information within your listing(s), so will displayed information being accessed by prospective buyers, new customers, and other real estate professionals. Imagine not having to reprint flyers and refill all your flyer boxes each time you edit your listings.
RealtyGo allows you to list all your listings within any of your Mobile real estate listings. This gives Prospective buyers and new customers the ability to see your other listings you may have elsewhere or in an adjacent neighborhood while keeping the initial home they were interested in right on their mobile device, Smartphone, iPad, iPhone, Android, Tablet,or any PDA device.
Here is an example of our Full Color Rider signage you can use to promote your Mobile URL (which is the word DEMO, in the Rider sign below) and your Mobile Real Estate Listing(s). We also offer Rider signs in Black and White, Blue, Red and Green or you can simply down load the PDF and email it to your favorite sign company to print for you, any way you like.