How Extended Reality Is Transforming Business Environments?
Picture yourself diving into crystal-clear Grecian waters or taking a walk on the moon, all the while sitting in the comfort of your home. As fantastical as this may seem now, Extended Reality is making this possible as we speak. What is Extended reality and what are its powerful real-world applications? Let’s check.
Understanding What Extended Reality Is
Extended Reality is a blanket term that encompasses all virtual and real environments generated by computer technology. This includes components such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality. Extended Reality is poised to completely revamp the way businesses interact with the media and has the potential to allow seamless interaction between the real and virtual worlds allowing its users to have a completely immersive experience.
Three Remarkable Components of Extended Reality
These components fall under the category of immersive technologies that can affect our perceptions. Here is a little bit about them:
Virtual reality: Virtual reality transposes its users to a different setting through a simulated digital experience. It makes use of a head-mounted display (HMD) to create an immersive experience by simulating as many experiences as possible. Industries such as healthcare and real estate have started using virtual reality significantly.
Augmented reality: As the word suggests, augmented reality takes the existing reality and overlays it with various types of information, enhancing the digital experience. It could be categorized as marker-based, marker-less, and location-based. It has proven useful in medical training, design, modeling and numerous other areas.
Mixed reality: Being the most recent advancement among reality technologies, mixed reality is experienced through mixed reality glasses or headsets where you can interact with physical and digital objects in real-time.
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The implementation of these technologies through extended reality is enabling businesses to create innovative solutions and increase customer engagement, reduce human error and improve time efficiency.
5 Powerful Real-World Applications
“The market for Extended Reality is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of more than 65% during the forecast period of 2019-2024,” says Mordor Intelligence.
Check out these five real-world applications of extended reality:
1. Entertainment and Gaming
The entertainment and video games industries are the foremost users of Extended Reality. Camera tracking and real-time rendering are combined to create an immersive virtual environment, allowing actors to get the real feel of the scene, thereby improving their performance. The extended reality also allows for multipurpose studio environments, thus reducing the cost of an elaborate movie set.
Video gaming is enhanced by the ability of Extended Reality to create a comprehensive participation effect. This allows users to dive into a completely different reality. Other entertainment events such as exhibitions and live music can also be enhanced by the capabilities of Extended Reality.
2. Employees and Consumers
- Training: Extended Reality allows employees to be trained and educated in low-risk, virtual environments. Medical students, surgeons, firefighters, pilots, and chemists can closely simulate risky scenarios with minimal risk and less expense. The experience they gain will prove invaluable when they handle real-life situations.
- Information: Replacing physical manuals, Extended Reality can enable technicians to focus on the task without having to flip the pages of a manual. It can even connect an expert remotely to the real-time issue for his expert advice. This would save organizations a whole lot of money, and more importantly save them valuable downtime as they wouldn’t need to wait for experts.
- Improve customer perspective: Simulating virtual experience brought on by specific diseases and impairments can help doctors and caregivers receive empathy training.
Extended Reality is improving healthcare by streamlining medical procedures while enhancing patient care. Allowing surgeons to visualize the complexities of the organs in 3D, it is enabling them to plan each step of a complicated surgery well in advance. Essentially, it is ensuring that surgeons can perform surgeries in a more safe, effective and precise way.
4. Real Estate
Extended Reality makes it easier for real estate agents and managers to close a deal by enabling prospective homebuyers to get a real feel of the property. The layout scenarios that are enabled by Extended Reality enhance customer experience while providing strong business opportunities.
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Extended Reality enables marketers to give their consumers a ‘try before you buy’ experience. It allows consumers to be transported to a place, immerses them in that world and motivates them to explore it. As an example, Cathay Pacific used a 360◦ video with hotspots to help potential customers experience the brand firsthand. That increased customer awareness by 29% and brand favorability by 25%.
Face the Future with Extended Reality
There are many more advancements and applications to be discovered with Extended Reality, and it is soon going to be imperative to competitive advantage. Make sure your business isn’t left behind. Talk to our expert today.
Do you think social media marketing is important for your business? If yes, do you use social media channels on a regular basis? If your answer is yes, then great. What if you didn’t post a tweet today, or in the last one week? What’s going to go wrong, right? (That’s an oxymoron!).
Well, what’s going to go wrong, is probably your entire business. Yes, it is that important. According to a recent study, about 1.7 billion people in the world use social media. That accounts for almost a quarter of the world. Which means, if there is anything that you want people to know, or if you want to know about something, chances are, that you either put it up on a social media channel, or read it up through one, respectively. What started off as a secondary marketing technique by, let’s say around early 2000, has now become THE MOST influential tool for marketing in a few years. So, as much as you need to be active on your social media networks, you need to also keep yourself updated with all the latest trends in social media as well, don’t you think?
Here are the top 3 trends in social media marketing.
- SoLoMo – Since social media marketing and advertising through mobiles have been gaining popularity lately, and since social media is one of the most popular channels for digital content, there has arisen a new marketing mix, involving all these 3 factors. It is called SoLoMo, which is an acronym for Social, Local and Mobile based marketing plans. TechTarget defines SoLoMo as “a term representing the convergence of collaborative, location-based and on-the-go technologies primarily used for marketing and discovery purposes.” Some examples of apps using this technique are FourSquare, Yelp etc. You need to really engage with your customers through social networking sites and keep your online marketing efforts in line with your offline efforts. You need to also reach out to your customers wherever necessary, through location-based apps that compliment your facebook and twitter ads.
- Twitter trends – According to a recent Twitter survey, apparently almost 61% of Twitter users follow various businesses online to share their opinions and ideas. Promoted trends on Twitter have had a pretty huge impact in this regard. 32% of users said that they are more likely to follow and even visit certain businesses after they see a promoted tweet from them that relates to their personal interests or ideas. Promoted trends are basically time-based, context-based and situation-based trends in Twitter, promoted by the advertisers. Just like trending topics, promoted tweets are also visible to all Twitter users and on clicking on them, the users will be shown all tweets that contain the trending hashtags or terms. These are very effective when you want to disseminate mass awareness about a particular product of yours. You can concentrate on a targeted niche of users every time you launch a new product or service too.
This is an example of what a promoted trend on Twitter looks like:
- Visual content – Whether it is on Facebook or Twitter or any social media channel, visual content never fails to attract us. It has been found that posts on social media channels with videos, attract up to 3 times more inbound links than regular text posts. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc. are some platforms that businesses utilize, to post videos and launch video advertisements through. Companies can run visual content marketing campaigns to increase their profits as well. Visual content marketing campaigns involve content in several forms such as animated GIFs, images, infographics, videos etc. or anything that attracts you. Various organizations have carried out such campaigns and have experienced tremendous increase in customer engagement and hence their profits.
These trends, along with a number of upcoming trends in the world of social media marketing are sure to bring about a revolution in this field. As influential as these are, the impact that they are going to create in this regard is also going to be pretty huge. What do you think are likely to affect industries in a big way?? Let us know in the comments below.