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Practical IoT for businesses: How to turn your product or service on-demand?

Want to make it easy for customers to order products or services from you? Don’t worry, it’s natural.

That’s exactly why bttn was created – to act as a versatile human interface to support customer actions such as placing orders / re-orders and to engage customers in dialogue. Simply put, to improve customer experience.

Today people hail taxis, order heating oil, place re-orders in online stores, request callbacks from customer service and whatnot with simple push of a bttn.

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Steps to on-demand and better user experience

Here are some simple steps and few tips to help you get your on-demand solution done in no time:

  1. Decide what you want to get done?

Do you wish to give your customers a shortcut to your product or service? Or build a new business model?

Once you get a good idea, plan the interaction flow: what happens when customer presses your bttn. An example: warehouse manager presses a parcel service bttn to order a pickup to get fast shipping.

Tip: Get a bttn to test the interaction in real life. First with yourself and then with some friendly customer. The action can be just an email message at this point. It’s the end-user experience that counts.

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Dribble on a paper – or a napkin. Whatever works best for you to get a good idea of how various parts work in your new service.
  1. Setup bttn actions

bttn actions are configured at my.bt.tn cloud service. It’s a straightforward process. If you know how to write an email you know how to setup bttn actions.

There are various actions you can do directly from the cloud such as sending email, SMS, post to social networks. You can also link up with simple tools such as IFTTT or Zapier to get more things done. For advanced integrations with business systems, bt.tn service offers secure authentication, HTTP(S) requests and modern RESTful APIs.

Tip: There’s a default http template to satisfy most needs so light integrations can be done pretty fast. And the action can be changed whenever on the fly, so you can start with simple things and develop your solution further as your business grows.

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Setting up bttn action is simple.
  1. Plan the hardware deployment

Usually the most overlooked aspect in development projects is deployment. With bttn we have put a lot of effort to make everything run as smooth as possible on the cloud and hardware side so deployment is a breeze for you.

How to distribute the bttn devices to your customers? Do they know how to setup their bttns? Worry no more. Guess why we’re such big believers in stand-alone connectivity (and at the same time not so big fans of local infrastructure like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth)? Exactly. To be easy to use. Just power on and everything works. Like magic.

Tip: We’ve prepared a bttn deployment guide that covers everything from planning to actually executing the deployment. You can download it here.

  1. Manage your bttn fleet after deployment

Now that you’ve successfully deployed tons of bttns to your customers the main thing is how to manage your “fleet”? It’s cloud time, baby. Bttn cloud has all the tools you need to remotely manage and configure single bttns or larger batches at the same time, to monitor bttn statuses and get automatic alerts and analytics.

Tip: Introduction to management tools is a guide you can download to get a grasp on the things that help you operate your business with bttns. Get it.

Press the bttn and on-demand happens.

 

Guides

bttn deployment guide for businesses

Introduction to bttn management tools for businesses

bttn for Commerce API

bttn works with PayPal

bttn works out of the box with Microsoft Flow

Send messages to Slack channel with a press of a bttn

Use bttn with Zapier

Use bttn with IFTTT