Remote-Work: Endgame Tips To Become a Pro!

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Let’s be honest for a second; I bet we all wished we could skip an office workday to spend it at home instead. Wouldn’t it even be better if we still could get the work done without leaving our cozy couches?

Well, I surely prayed for that. Mostly during the traffic jam, early cold mornings, extremely dry or rainy times, and on any other given day. Then on one sunny day, the stars have answered my wish. By the stars, of course, I am referring to the Augmania team.

As a multinational startup, with team members from Boston, San Francisco, Berlin, Tunisia, and Egypt, the Augmania work environment has been favoring remote-work since the early days. That is by putting the trust in its employees and collaborators to find their most suitable workspace and grow professionally and personally.

So, dear reader, you can imagine the dramatic changes Covid19 had brought upon our work culture;

You see, we weren’t able to get coffee from outside and it was horrible! It almost affected our productivity, but eventually, we managed to get by thanks to this fun AR experience developed by the team: augmania.co/costa

The rest of the consequences were familiar, as most of us already work from home regularly. Even if we didn’t meet as often as we wished, we still have a special team bond.

However, many companies nowadays are struggling to build and maintain that bond in the era of Covid-19 and the current work circumstances, and that is understandable. Flipping the switch is not always easy, but, it is a must now especially when 98% of remote employees would like to continue working remotely for the rest of their careers according to Buffer.

That’s why the team decided to share a couple of tips to help you become remote work heroes!

“Make friends with your kids – Even better, help them get along with your colleagues” Nouran – Tech Lead

Having kids can be regarded as a threat to parents trying to get work done from home. You never know when they’ll barge into the room during a conference call; Scream their lungs out, or simply want to play.

Well, it all happened with me, and you better start accepting the fact that it will happen to you too.

At first, when Jamila’s voice started interpreting my meetings, I was embarrassed and constantly apologizing. There was nothing I could do to keep her quiet even when I was in a different room. So, I decided to go with it. Her voice became familiar to company meetings. They even greet her now and ask about her, and that saved me lots of embarrassment. This is only human, and it’s always a delight to realize you’re talking to someone as normal as you are.

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Our friend Jamila

“Remove distraction, keep the dog ” Rania – CEO

Sitting at home for a long period was honestly a first time experience for me. I think I’ve spent more time in the airports than at my own place before Covid-19. It was a bit of a challenge; Not that I am not used to remote work, but staying still amidst all the distractions was the real test. So, I simulated the office experience in-house! I created a comfortable work environment away from all diversion; TV, door, people, but not the dog.

You keep the dog. Not only it will shower you with love but it will also act as a stress reliever when needed.

Breaks are certainly necessary and helpful to release tension and recharge. Personally, I find great pleasure in having safe beach walks with Joujou.

Joujou, the company dog, having the time of her life

Be part of a community and don’t be ashamed of talking to pigeons! Rihab – Marketing Lead

According to a survey held by Buffer, loneliness and communication are the biggest challenges for remote workers. The more time they spend on remote work, the fewer their chances for outer world interactions. That’s why I find it important to get involved in communities that share the same interests and work-lifestyle as me. It’s a safe place to communicate your worries, exchange tips, and thrive to improve your daily routine. Nevertheless, it still can get so lonely that you start waiting for that pigeon to show up again and strike a conversation. That’s totally normal – at least, according to my standards…

When your remote-work buddies finally show up at the doorstep!

There’s no shame in making friends with birds passing by, and neighbors at the window to challenge our loneliness. As long as you don’t name your football Wilson and talk to it, you’re a perfectly normal human being.

Lots of big corporations are now leveraging the “the new normal standards” of work by giving more flexibility. Twitter announced recently the option to work remotely permanently for its employees. Others are working on improving the new experience for workers. That’s where the new initiative from SAP, Qualtrics and Thrive Global comes in: “Working From Home in the New Normal”; A data-driven platform including all resources you need to truly become the remote-work hero we want you to be.

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!

Building a better athlete

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.