What We Learned From Obama at Bits&Pretzels 19

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“Diversity is an engine of excellence, not an act of charity.”

That’s what former president Barack Obama said during his keynote on the opening ceremony of Bits&Pretezels in Munich last week, and it was all true.

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Former President Barak Obama Keynote at Bits&Pretzels19

Yes, you’ve probably guessed it now. We spent our weekend in Munich, at the Founders Festival, Bit&Pretzels until Monday, October 1st. Yes, we did celebrate Oktoberfest, and I don’t remember much to tell. We also had a booth to demonstrate our awesome work along with our dear SAP.iO partner and it was all amazing.

But first, let’s take you back to the opening day of Bits&Pretzels, where it all started at the ICM Munich.

It was 8:00am and the place was already packed. We actually thought we were late. Eventually, it turned out everyone was simply so excited and hyped and they should. I mean, any person checking out the speakers line-up must be either thrilled, … or maybe depressed, for not being able to attend the event! (Sorry…)

Nevertheless, the event kick off was entertaining, fun and inspiring with a clear focus on important themes like Impact and diversity.

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Bits&Prestzels Founders On The Stage

We also enjoyed the musical breaks, the genuine sense of humor of Bits&Pretzels founders, and we appreciated them sharing their tactic for reaching President Barack Obama’ team and sending him a personalized video invitation. OMG, that part was super fun. The knowledge shared by great leaders like LinkedIn Co-founder, Reid Hoffman and others was simply worth the long-distance flight from San Francisco.

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Reid Hoffman Keynote at Bits&Pretzels

It’s really the diversity in the speakers themselves and their backgrounds that made the opening and the whole conference captivating. At some point, all of the 8,000 attendees were doing the count down for the next speaker to take the stage. Especially for President Obama …

Eventually, he showed up, he looked a bit tired or maybe jet-lagged, but his smile, optimism, lovely spirit and inspiring words made a really remarkable keynote.

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Obama Opening Keynote at Bits&Pretzels

He talked about all sort of things. On the subject of stimulating entrepreneurship, Obama stated that “Entrepreneurial culture starts with society investing in children.”When asked about AI and disrupt technology, he explained that the fear of it is rather overrated and we should instead focus on embracing and adopting those advances to improve our lifestyle. Finally, he emphasized on the importance of family, and yes, on how much he adores his beloved Michelle and daughters. Obama mentioned his staff multiple times and everytime he confirmed how a great leader he is.

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Obama Opening Keynote at Bits&Pretzels

The next day at Bits&Prestzels, we were rocking our awesome booth with live demos of our recent AR templates and interactive experiences.

We’re still excited and humbled by our visitors’ enthusiasm about webAR and all the demos we showcased and the nice encouraging words they said about our technology’s ease of use. We loved their genuine excitement for signing-up immediately to our platform, publishing their first experience and providing kind feedback. 

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Augmania Booth at Bits&Pretzels

Rania had to leave the Augmania booth to attend to her talk at the Impact stage on a panel of 4 inspiring, very successful and determined female founders sharing their experiences and advice with the audience.

The closure day was stunning with the actress and entrepreneur, Jessica Alba who shared her personal challenges and journey while founding The Honest Company.

She highlighted the importance of promoting work environment diversity and empowering more women to take leading positions within an organization. In her last piece of advice to the keen audience, she recommended the following points:

1. Focus on details as they always matter.
2. Buckle up with optimism and drive.
3. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.

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Jessica Alba Keynote at Bits&Pretzels

The Bits&Pretzels huge team and founders thoughtfully organized the conference to help attendees make the most out of their experience. The place was huge and well-equipped with everything attendees might need to spend a comfortable time. Let’s not forget the delicious food and yummy pretzels!! Also, the Bits&Pretzels app was super helpful, allowing attendees to customize their experiences. All these aspects created an immensely inviting environment. Advertently, this environment gave way to a plethora of networking, especially during the 3rd and final day. After all, it was Oktoberfest Liquid Networking Tables!

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Oktoberfest Liquid Networking at Bits&Pretzels

So yeah, we did have a lot of fun. This is mainly while discussing our passion for AR and Augmania, listening to great Bavarian music and making toasts for all the great people we’ve met during the day! And we have the Bits&Pretzels team to thank for that.

At last, as our Founder & CEO mentioned during her Bits&Pretzels talk “AR technology is what fills my mind. Impact is what fills my heart” and wherever those two collide, know that Augmania will be in the picture.

Cheers to you and see you next year!

Top 5 AR experiences of 2018

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2018 was a year full of interactive AR experiences.

Brands and leading firms have realized the importance of investing in AR and they’ve been doing it intensively lately to stay ahead of the game and secure their customers’ satisfaction.

Here are our selected top 5 AR experiences of 2018

1. Weather Channel – Hurricane Florence AR Experience

What’s the best way to warn residents of an upcoming hurricane and raise awareness about such a dangerous phenomenon in a way people will find entertaining?

Apparently, the Weather Channel has already found answers. So far, it is looking very interesting. This happened last September when the destructive Hurricane Florence made landfall on North Carlonia.

In order to inform people about it, the Weather Channel has created some terrifying yet amazing interactive graphic illustrations of the storms and the water surges that are expected to immerse the city using augmented reality. Besides the powerful AR visuals, the weather reporter appeared to be in the middle of the storm while things were falling and water levels rising around him. This made the whole experience seem too realistic.  The video of the AR experience went viral and it marked the success of the Weather Channel at getting people interested and warned about the real dangers of the Hurricane.

      Credit: The Weather Channel / YouTube

2. Coca-Cola – Scandinavia AR campaign

Augmented reality is not news to a huge brand like Coca-Cola. It has been killing it with AR campaigns already since its Arctic Home Campaign back in 2013 to its recent 2018 World Cup AR experience.  In fact, in 2018 it invested heavily in creating more interactive AR experiences all over the world.

Augmania was part of Coca-Cola’s journey into creating immersive experiences as it was deployed to build a Fanta Flip challenge campaign. The experience succeeded massively at boosting consumers’ engagement.  

Coca-Cola’s recent AR campaign at the Mall of Scandinavia was by far its major 2018 hit. It brought life to the coca-cola cans and bottles that were all over the place in an attempt to persuade people to interact with it by collecting it and disposing of it. The campaign was very engaging and people had a lot of fun tossing the cans in creative gestures into the garbage collector. After all, the campaign ‘s goal aimed at highlighting the importance of recycling and keeping the environment clean. Amazingly, people were more than willing to join the cause and be part of the disruptive experience.

    Credit: Coca-Cola / Youtube

3. New York Times – AR Halloween Edition

New York Times took the Halloween celebrations to a whole new level this year. A more frightening one. It included some scary surprises for its readers when browsing the pages of the magazine. This was ensured by a new feature it added, ‘Monsters That Live on You’ which displays augmented visualizations of the most terrifying parasites that we usually avoid seeing at any cost.

So by scanning the QR code, readers will be face to face with their worst nightmare; A huge spider crawling in the screen, a giant cockroach laying in their house floor, bed bugs in their pillows and much more.

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To make the experience more exciting, the New York Times included a fun fact related to each parasite to add a little humor to the petrified scene.

4. Nicorette – Augmented Reality Storytelling Campaign

Nicorette is your one-way ticket to quitting smoking. It is a Swedish brand that is providing a nicotine replacement therapy through a wide range of products. It strives for helping people overcome their cigarette cravings.    

Recently, it showcased the great cause that it is advocating for through an awesome AR campaign. It took place at the Kings Cross station in London. Basically, it told the story of David, a smoking addict that succeed at quitting and acquiring instead a better habit; slacklining.  The storytelling style using AR was so intense to make people feel what’s like to be in David’s shoes. They got to see the life he lived and mainly the challenges he overcame during his battle with the smoking habit.

Through this campaign, Nicorette was trying to influence people to replace their smoking habits with more interesting ones. Let’s face it, what a better way to do it than through an immersive AR experience?

Credit: Nicorette/Youtube

5. National Geographic – Augmented Magazine Cover 

Just like Coca-Cola, National Geographic has been doing AR campaigns for a while now. The good thing is that it is getting better each time.

Just this month, it launched an interactive augmented version of its paper edition. With the 3d visuals and impressive animations, people would be able to see athletes swimming in the cover page and more objects coming to life by simply scanning the images.

It is looking cool and people are liking it. Interactive AR magazines might just be the next trend to engage more readers!

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What was your favorite AR experience of the year? Leave us a comment below or better, make your own experience using the Augmania AR platform.

AR Business Cards: Why and How To Use Them

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Business cards. At a particular time,  technology completely overruled them with online tools pushing people to give up using them to introduce themselves.

Is The Business Card Dead? 

However, the same technology that made them outdated once is now revolutionizing them through Augmented Reality (AR). People are no longer exchanging a mere card with a name on it anymore, but rather an entire experience.

Nevertheless, some people still can’t see why or how they should use AR business cards. This makes sense as it is still a very disruptive trend yet to become popular.

Business cards are making a strong comeback for sure; however, we can’t say the same about printing expenses.

In fact, with AR business cards, printing costs will be cut short. This is because the need for printing a vast number of cards will no longer be a necessity.

All you need is a few copies to share with your network and engage them with your augmented card. So, instead of spending a lot on printing, you can augment your card by making it part of an interactive AR experience effortlessly.

Not only will you wow your customers with your AR business card, but you will also have the opportunity to infuse more information into it. You can add videos of previous projects, pictures, audio tapes of past customers testimonies and much more.

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Digging more into the reasons for using AR business cards, branding your products, and yourself should come as the top motivation.

Instead of having basic text on a small piece of card, people will now be able to explore your work in an outstanding method. Just imagine holding the card, scanning it with your phone and then suddenly having 3d animations pop up. It could be related to your product, or a cool animation showing off the great achievements you have accomplished.

Over and above leaving a great impression on people with the AR business cards, you will have the power to set aside competition by your original move.  After all, it shows a lot about your personality.

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 So the question now is how can you do that? How can you upgrade your business card and make it an interactive storytelling tool?

The answer is way more straightforward than what you might be imagining right now. The only challenging phase is probably with finding the right tool to do the AR magic. Luckily, we have that covered for you. Instead of wasting time and energy looking for the best AR platform to augment your business card, you can sign-up to Augmania here and achieve more with AR.

You will need to generate a QR code and put it on your card. Using the Augmania AR platform, you can add a different set of digital assets to be displayed when the code is scanned. You can even form a more interactive experience by asking your customers to engage with it. They can do that by taking a specific action like tapping on a picture or following a strong CTA leading to a URL link of your choice.

That’s it. Seriously. You now have a cool AR business card, and you are all set to hand it over to your network. You will enjoy watching their jaw drop while scanning the QR code. What’s even cooler is that you won’t have to make them download an app to engage with your AR card. It is effortless!

So are you ready to stand out from the competition with your awesome AR business card?

Sign-up to our Augmania AR platform and go the extra mile with your business card! If you are interested in the printing industry, here is a chance to get a free consultation on ways to leverage AR for print with Augmania’s Founder and CEO. Click here.

Why Everyone Is Betting On AR And Why Should You Do It Too

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Everyone is betting on AR.

After all, Augmented Reality is changing the world of consumer marketing. As a result, marketers need to keep up with the changes through betting on AR to provide their audience with a meaningful experience.

This is important as customers are no longer satisfied by old-fashioned marketing practices. They are looking for immersive experiences to stimulate their attention and purchasing behavior.

Overall, with the huge fuss AR is making, most companies began to see the potential of this disruptive technology and some has already started implementing it for their business.

But, why are these companies betting on AR, investing in it and leveraging it for their work?

To be fair, the right question should be why shouldn’t they bet on AR?

The disruptive technology is already giving us every single reason of why we need to believe in its power in transforming our world..

For the sake of the blog, we are just going to explore three major reasons.

For a starter,  AR could add a new dimension to your business…

This goes back to AR’s capacity for providing creative solutions that solve consumers’ most frequent challenges in an entertaining way. This will add value to the service already offered and eventually stand out from the competition.

A case in point is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Recently they addressed a common problem faced by travelers in the most efficient and original way possible. They developed an AR application that allows users to measure the size of their luggage and make sure it fits standards before even heading to the airport. The best part is that it is easy to use, solves the problem and is super engaging. This was guaranteed by the use of augmented reality.

Second reason on why you should implement AR for your business is that it provides a more interesting vision and understanding of complex concepts…

the interactive storytelling. There’s nothing more fascinating than breaking the hardest phenomenon to easy steps and actually interact with it live. This new kind of experiences boosts the audience’s curiosity and engagement with the content presented. The Weather Channel News is already killing it with terrifying yet amazing graphics and virtual representations of Hurricane Florence. The experience was successful as it exceeded people’s expectation and provided a deep explanation of the phenomenon.

Education is also integrating AR as part of its teaching methods to help instructors bring more life into their courses. Once teachers push lessons to AR apps, the whole learning experience will be more fun and attractive to engage with.

Here’s 5 Experiential Learning Augmented Reality Apps for Education

Finally, according to some of the great marketers, AR is going to be CMO’s next tool when it comes to engaging customers.

This applies especially in the retail industry. This explains why the giant retail leaders are using augmented reality campaigns to attract consumers, interact with them and increase their chances of boosting conversion and sales.

Let’s not forget that the AR market is predicted to keep on increasing until 2022.  This makes the technology more attractive to invest in.

So, are you considering betting on AR too?

Here’s a way to start; join our waitlist to get an early VIP access to the Augmania AR platform which will be launched later this week.

How To Create an Augmented Reality Experience In few Minutes

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Imagine being able to create memorable Augmented Reality experiences in a matter of minutes… Great, right?

There’s more. Imagine that you won’t be needing any engineering skills to do that.

No way you must be thinking, well, Augmania says Yes way!

The Augmania AR platform allows you to easily build interactive Augmented Reality (AR) experiences in a few clicks with no coding skills required.

You simply sign in to our creator, and the magic AR journey begins!

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Now, what makes The Augmania AR platform easy to use is that it is based on drag-and-drop technique.

After creating your campaign, by setting a name and a cover image, you start the fun part! 

Quick Tip: You can either start creating a campaign from a scratch or from the templates the Augmania AR platform will provide. We are preparing some cool templates for you supporting different scenarios and digital assets to help you get started easily. In this case, you will only need to make small changes and you are ready to go!  

You may want your audience to scan an image, a QR code or perhaps you want the campaign to be launched depending on their location.

Then simply upload your items in the Trigger section.

Quick Tip: Make sure your images are of a high-quality by checking our image quality checker.

If you are planning to take things to the next level and add more fun to your experience,  add a video URL, an audio file, 3D object, an animation or even a cool interactive game in the show interaction section, and add as many scenes as you wish! (it’s free, you know)

Quick Tip: To boost the campaign’s engagement, use the show interaction feature to ask your audience to take specific actions like tapping, swiping the content right/left to engage them with your experience.

Well, you are almost there!

Behind each campaign, marketers are seeking to initiate a certain action for the audience to take…

So what’s is it that you want your customers to do after seeing your AR experience?

Besides being easy to use, The Augmania AR platform is extra unique thanks to its WebAR technology.

Now what this means to you, is that you can easily share your campaign URL with your audience with no app downloads needed, independently from the device and the OS.

There’s more, you can even embed the campaign on your website!

It’s not enough to create and launch an AR experience, what you need is to know how well it’s doing, how much visitors did you get, and how often people saw it!

All this data and even more are provided through Augmania’s analytics, and you can even customize it.

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Well, that didn’t seem a very hard thing to do! What are you waiting for then, go on, sign in and start creating your own experience and let us know how it goes.

If you have a question, simply ask us on our chatbot, we love hearing from you!