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Where's the Beef with Mixed Reality Marketing

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Where's the Beef with Mixed Reality Marketing? Join David Smith, Cyndi Greenglass and Ruth Stevens for Horizons brought to you by WVU Marketing Communications Today



Mixed reality is everything between AR to VR and in-between, evolving the consumer experience with virtual try ons, but where is mixed reality marketing going? Instagram and Snapchat have embraced AR and VR more than other platforms, people are virtually viewing houses, trying on lipstick, glasses and more and the outlook for mixed reality is bright. Join David Smith, Teaching Assistant Professor with West Virginia University's Reed College of Media as he discusses "Where's the Beef with Mixed Reality Marketing" on the sub-series, Marketing Horizons.

David highlights three key takeaways for mixed reality marketing:

  • The marketing applications of mixed reality are really broad. There are so many ways for brands to engage with customers and personalize their experiences. This can range from trying on lipstick to seeing how furniture looks in your space.
  • Don’t make it too cumbersome for people to use. A positive user experience is critical.
  • Augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality are all evolving rapidly. Today, they come in the form of phone-based applications, but the next iteration is likely to be wearable technology or headset-based.

About our Guest

David Smith

David Smith is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, where he teaches multimedia storytelling – including augmented and virtual reality (AR & VR) – to students across all majors. Before joining the faculty at WVU, he was a visual journalist for several news organizations in North and South Carolina, Alabama, Ohio and West Virginia. He’s always looking for innovative ways to use new tech for storytelling and education.


Meet the Hosts

Cyndi Greenglass

Cyndi W. Greenglass is a founding partner and president at Livingston Strategies, a data-informed, strategic consulting firm that helps clients develop, execute, and measure their customer communications with a close focus on results. Cyndi has razor-sharp strategic skills matched by impeccable on-the-ground savvy and tactical abilities. She is an Adjunct Instructor in the Data Marketing Communications online master's degree program from West Virginia University.

Greenglass has twice been named into the Top 100 Influential BTB Marketers by Crain’s BtoB Magazine and was the 2012 CADM Chicago Direct Marketer of the Year. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for BRAND United and has taught, trained and presented at over 50 conferences throughout the world.


Ruth Stevens

Ruth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention, for business-to-business clients. Ruth serves on the boards of directors of the HIMMS Media Group, and the Business Information Industry Association. She is a trustee of Princeton-In-Asia, past chair of the Business-to-Business Council of the DMA, and past president of the Direct Marketing Club of New York.

Ruth was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Marketing by Crain’s BtoB magazine, and one of 20 Women to Watch by the Sales Lead Management Association. She serves as a mentor to fledgling companies at the ERA business accelerator in New York City.


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