Near Field Communication
I really dig Near Field Communication (NFC) and your customers will too! Instead of scanning a barcode with your phone you wave your phone in front of NFC printed tags or stickers. People will be looking for these just like they do QR codes today, only much more fun.
NFC tags and stickers are programmable like a flash drive is. They are also reprogrammable or lockable. With NFC tags, stickers and paper you can do things like:
- Change the phone settings
Turn Bluetooth on/off
Turn Wi-Fi on/off
Set an alarm
- Join a Wi-Fi network
- Launch an application
- Display a message
- Send a text
- Open a web-page
- Show an address or location
- Social Media, foursquare, facebook, twitter and more
Imagine if your guests waved their phone at your front door when they entered and it automatically signed them onto your Wi-Fi, displayed a welcome message and then logged their trip on foursquare.
You could also provide them with a sticker in their direct mail that displayed their Freeplay offer in a message and set a date on their personal calendar if they let you. These can be highly personalized but like a USB flash drive it would take time to personalize a bunch of them.
Today NFC is most popular with transferring pictures and business cards between 2 phones. People are told to ‘bump’ their phones to transfer videos, pictures and contact information.
Tomorrow they might be used everywhere to set entire experiences by turning off peoples ringers as they enter a conference, set alarms, calendars upload course literature, pictures and much more.
As Casino Marketers we can make them more useful than most people.