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Updates to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

At Enkronos, we believe in putting the customer experience above all else. With that in mind, we have made some updates to our Legal documents to make it easier for you to understand what information we collect, why we collect it, and how we use it.

We are making these updates in response to a new data protection regulation that will come into effect in the European Union on May 25th, 2018. We are using this opportunity to make these updates globally because we think they’re fundamentally better for our community.

Here is a quick summary of these important updates:
• We have updated our Privacy Policy to comply with the new requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on May 25, 2018.
• We have added a new Cookie Policy to make it easier to review alongside our use of cookies and other technologies.
• In addition to the Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy, we have also updated our Terms of Service that is also in line with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union

If you have any questions about these changes, please send us an email: privacy@enkronos.com.

Enkronos d.o.o.

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Enkronos go to ICO!

Enkronos Apps: a full trusted decentralized blockchain-based accountability system for ethic advertising, marketing, data driven campaigns and projects in a total market of 700 billion USD

We are very excited to announce you our ICO! We can see all the details in our ICO web site. A basic difference from almost all the ICOs is then that we already have a product and an established Company.

As our followers know very well, in fact, the last 3rd of May we published the 1st release of Enkronos Apps, in advance of 12 days on the planned date of 15 May. Now we are very proud to tell you that our Token Generation Event (or better, ICO, as everybody calls it) has started its operations.

The Enkronos Tokens (ENK) will be the utility tokens of the “Enkronos Apps” Platform that will be used in all transactions related to distributed credits on the “Enkronos Apps”.

ENK will be then the only way to use “Enkronos Apps”, starting predictably from Q1-2019. Depending on resources consumption, storage and requests to the platform, the Enkronos Wallet will update its balance of available ENK.

Why we created ENK?

Enkronos Apps platform powerful advertising, marketing, AI and big data possible usage (as it happens for any other advanced solution) raises a problem of respect of ethical conduct that till now has not found any acceptable answer also in any other available platforms. This unsolved problem is the main reason of the recent uncertainty that has created collapses in the stock exchange even for giants like Facebook (see Cambridge Analytica case).

The natural evolution of “Enkronos Apps” was therefore the realization by Enkronos of a full trusted, not manipulable publicly available accountability system to guarantee its ethical usage.

This the main reason why blockchain technology is the answer to this issue, since it is the only way to assure everybody that any usage of Enkronos Apps, that will be possible only with ENK tokens, will be registered and traced in a secure way that can’t be deleted or changed.

ENK Supply

ENK follows ERC20 token standard on the Ethereum blockchain.

ENK has already been created and they have been capped, meaning we are not able to create any more in the future. No inflation is intended. The base price of ENK is setted as published on our TGE web site, ico.enkronos.com.

500 million ENK tokens created. 255 million directly sold to public.

Token supply is fixed, we create immediate deflationary currency that will be as va­luable as our growing community (startups and crowd) in our ecosystem.

The tokensale will happen in these phases:

  • Private Sale: June 14, 2018 h16:00 CET – June 25, 2018 h15:59 CET
  • Pre Sale: June 27, 2018 h16:00 CET – July 16, 2018 h15:59 CET
  • Public Sale: Sept 18, 2018 h15:00 CET – Nov 20, 2018 h14:59 CET

Legals: No KYC Is Required

From a legal point of view, ENK is a utility token and does not qualify as securities since their sole purpose is to confer digital access rights to our multi-application ecosystem. ENK doesn’t function in any way, solely or partially, as an investment in economic terms.

On these fundamental assumptions of ENK tokens, then, in accordance both with the slovenian law (our jurisdiction) and also the doctrine that is going to be established at many levels in different countries and jurisdictions, such as the ICO guidelines recently published by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA, there is no need at this stage to apply the procedures known as “Know Your Client” (KYC) and “Anti Money Laundering” (AML) to any person or entity interested in buying ENK during our “Token Generation Event – Initial Coin Offering” (TGE).

You can read more information about ou ICO on our official web sites and social media pages.

Company Web Sites

Our products are live:

Social Media Presence:

And last night (local time) has also started our Bounty Campaign. All the info about our Bounty are available in https://bountyhive.io/join/Enkronos.

Thank you all for your support, that is already overwhelming!

Enkronos Marketing Team

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FeelGrid Smart Vineyard promo video

Here it is! Our FeelGrid promo video! Thanks to Aljosa Jakoncic and his hospitality!

FeelGrid is a digital platform that allows you to design and manage IoT-based monitoring, forecasts and actions in large geographical areas (such as vineyards, cities, urban, agricultural, industrial areas etc.).

FeelGrid has been released in its first version on 05.05.2017 and will be avalaible on Enkronos Apps on 30.11.2018.

It allows the gathering of data in time and space enabling thus their scientific analysis. The results of analysis translates directly into a benefit for end users, which in vineyards case can be wine growers as much as winemakers-enologists.

FeelGrid creates a personalized environment for specific needs. It offers real time data presented through a customer dedicated control panel.

An example of application is given by the measures required for the management of vineyards, which we are using in areas of Goriška Brda. Readings of temperature and humidity in the air and ground or values of leaf wetness, sunlight, rain and other data can help to better manage the production process of winegrowing. How to, for example, optimize treatments and irrigation only on the basis of the actual need of plants, monitored in real time, remotely and comfortably visible from a PC or smartphone via internet.

We have created a assortment of measuring node devices equipped with sensors that measure any needed value in the wine sector, such as:

  • Air temperature
  • Relative humidity of the air
  • Rainfall
  • Leaf wetness – both sides
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Lighting
  • Air pressure
  • Soil temperature (on 2 levels of depth)
  • Soil moisture (on 2 levels of depth)

Thanks to the data collected by FeelGrid it will be possible to control a vast variety of diseases that can affect the vineyard:

  • Vine Diseases – impact on growth: Variety, substrate, position, microclimatic conditions, ampelotechnical procedures, phenological phase
  • Peronospora of the vine (Plasmopara viticola Berl. & De Toni):
    • air temperature, precipitation, leaf wetness: primary infection + relative humidity: Secondary infection
  • Oidium of the vine (Erysiphe necator Schwein):
    • temperature, relative air humidity, wind speed, precipitation (primary infection!)
  • Other diseases:
    • gray mold (botrytis), grape black rot

More info in www.feelgrid.com.

Marketing Office – FeelGrid

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Enkronos Apps, a new multi-application ecosystem for AI, AR, IoT and Big Data solutions

A Fully Trusted Blockchain Credit System for Ethic Data Driven Campaigns

May 15th 2018 is the date! We are extremely happy to announce the publishing of our new and powerful platform named “Enkronos Apps”.

It will be a very important step for our business, which will anticipate further extremely important steps, and finalize an ambitious development plan, that began just three years ago with the birth of Enkronos d.o.o.

“Enkronos Apps” is not a simple platform, but a powerful multi-application ecosystem for advertising solutions, marketing and promotions, gamification, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, internet of things, big data and e-democracy, just to name a few areas.
All the applications that will be published share a unified authentication system (SSO) that will also facilitate interoperability and will greatly enhance every data-driven project in a common cloud-based environment.

We anticipate an application release plan in Enkronos Apps that is already very tight and will soon be open to the publication of apps by third parties, developers and companies, which will benefit from an innovative approach to data integration, which covers all sectors and needs.

Initially, the target we are addressing will be more in the business-to-business area, as our history and vocation is currently prevalent as an application service provider for companies. Soon we will also target the business-to-consumer segments, as soon as in particular some applications in Enkronos Apps will develop the potential for dissemination that we expect, for example, in the context of augmented reality applications and user location-based engagement.

The events of these weeks related to the case of Facebook – Cambridge Analytica have also opened an unprecedented and serious ethical issue in the use of big data, which social networks, large applications and digital companies have raised creating a challenge to be seized as soon as possible.

Enkronos Apps interprets this need in a native way. On one hand, with full compatibility with the European GDPR legislation on the subject of privacy protection, which will take effect from next May 25th. On the other hand with extreme care and attention to security. Such as those provided in the Application Security Verification Standard Level 3 of the Owasp project, a level that every app we develop intends to respect.

In this regard, we have also decided to create a real Credit Ethics System of Enkronos Apps, thanks to the use of the blockchain. Within a few months, the only way to access Enkronos Apps will be made possible only through the use of a cryptocurrency, the Enkronos Tokens (ENK), that will allow us to make public and non manipulable all the billing entries associated with the use of Enkronos Apps. No one will be able to afford abuses like those of Cambridge Analytica, as all the advertising or communication campaigns associated with Enkronos Apps will see their budgets publicly accessible thanks to the integration of our credit system with the blockchain.

Starting from the next few weeks, therefore, it will be possible to purchase the Enkronos Tokens, according to a public sales plan that can already be consulted in advance on the site announcing our Token Generation Event: https://ico.enkronos.com/.

During the launch days of this event, some promotional campaigns will also be carried out which will also include special incentives, which will also allow ENK Tokens to be obtained free of charge through contests and competitions.

At this point, we just have to start the countdown for May 15th, to start using the Enkronos Apps.

Gianluca Busato
CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

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How we helped a Promotion Agency in managing their client´s loyalty store

CUSTOMER
Tichè Promotion is an Italian Company specialized in organizing promotional operations, brand engagement events, mass marketing campaigns, conferences, incentives and team buildings. They collaborate with the most important national agencies and tour operators which allows them to maintain a high quality standard. Tichè Promotion implements all kind of promotional services for the most important companies in the world in order to retain their audience with tools suitable for each target.

BUSINESS SITUATION
Tichè promotion wants to build up and manage a reward system and a loyalty online store for a word wide company in the field of professional food service. They choose LV Store because they were looking for a new, more affordable and faster supplier for a loyalty platform.

“The greatest advantage of Loyalty Venue Platform is its easy usability.” said Giorgia Mancon, Network Manager from Tichè Promotion.

SOLUTION 
Loyalty Venue is an unique loyalty program for your business which strengthens the relationship with your customers and allows you to gather important data. You can access your customized card or card-less business loyalty program with our web-based software wherever you are! And what is more important, a special reward web store – LV Store can be opened with minimal effort. After you have inserted the products and set their prices, just pick a sub domain and your store is ready. In just a few clicks your customers can start redeeming their rewards!

All our platforms are GDPR compliant and respect the word highest standards in the field of internet security – ASVS Level 3 of OWASP.

Find out how in just a few clicks your customers can start redeeming their rewards: www.loyaltyvenue.com

Enkronos Marketing Team

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Why you should start using Augmented Reality (AR) and Gamification?

I am sure we all remember Pokémon Go.

And do you remember all those people searching and catching Pokémons all over the word? It was a real social fenomena.

Just imagine that some of these people are your customers and instead searching Pokémons they could be searching for your store discounts! Or your store credit points. It´s a great idea, isn´t it?

What can we learn from this fenomena?

Pokémon GO is the living proof that if you combine a mobile game with innovative technology, like AR, and add a partnership with such mobile ecosystem as Google, mostly likely you will hit the jackpot and create not just a new mobile game but a worldwide phenomena. And of course, there is one extra component of the Pokémon GO success – it’s based on previously popular Pokemon Brand.

Now you can easily imagine: just switch Pokémon Go with a well known food chain company (or whatever), add some marketing idea manipulation … and there you go! Maybe you will not get 500 millions of downloads worldwide*, like Pokemon Go did, but I am asure it is still a huge success getting just a few percentage of that number!

Augmented Reality – A huge and blooming market

“What’s different about AR”, says Ana Javornik, an academic at the Newcastle University Business School, “is the ability to overlay virtual content on the physical world and have the two interact in real time.” Rather than shutting us off from reality, AR enhances our experience of it.

 “Marketers should remember that AR is not about creating a completely new reality; it’s about enhancing what already exists. When the virtual is well fitted with the physical and interacts with it, that’s when AR magic happens.” says Ana Javornik.

Gartner, a technology research company, predicts that by the end of this decade 100 million consumers will shop in augmented reality. The technology is still in its infancy. But with the some of the biggest brands and marketing companies moving into this space (Ikea, RayBan, CoverGirl), it can only be a matter of time before AR changes the world.

Augmented Reality in the Retail Segment

Customers are looking for a unique experience when it comes to shopping, both online and offline. Retailers that use AR technology to deliver these experiences will beat out the competition. And it’s not only big businesses that are using this technology. Often, larger companies are stuck in legacy systems and in red tape that blocks innovation, which means smaller retailers can use AR technology to take more of the market.

Retailers that invest in VR and AR technologies are sure to edge out the competition in the near future.

Converse, for instance, created a Sampler app, where users snap a picture of their leg and can see what different shoes look like on them. 

LEGO has created an in-store action app to improve the shopping experience. It encourages people to download the app and visit a LEGO store to pose along with mini figures. Moreover, certain stores offer AR-powered kiosks that bring the products to life with the use of 3D technology.

Gamification

First and foremost, Gamification is not equal to games. On the web you can find a lot of Gamification definitions. I have chosen the next two, because I think they give the right idea:

  • Gamification is the application of gaming concepts to non-game experiences in order to drive desired behaviour from an audience.
  • Gamification is the process of applying video game mechanics – things like points, rewards, badges and so on – to non-gaming websites and apps.

The theory is simple: make something fun, and the customer or employee is more likely to use it. But according to Adam Kleinberg, a journalist at Mashable, there’s also a deeper psychology behind gamification. Kleinberg cites a 2010 study in the Harvard Business Review, which concluded that a sense of progress is the most important motivating factor at work. Both as employees and consumers, we want to strive for something – a reward, a point, an outcome. Companies are learning that they can drive engagement by tapping into this desire for progress.

The time is now!

While AR is not quite yet mainstream, this trend is really growing fast and engaging users in the meantime. Now is the time to invest in Ar technology to meet customers demands, create unique experiences, and put your brand ahead of the rest.

Enkronos development team is working hard to release our new AR App, that should be ready for the market in May 2018. We are proud and thrilled to be on the edge of this powerful and helpful technology that can help companies stand out of the croud and give customer a really unique experience!

Check out our giff preview of [The name is still secret] APP on the video below:

Enkronos Marketing Team

Source:

http://www.businessofapps.com/data/pokemon-go-statistics/

https://www.lsretail.com/blog/retailers-benefit-augmented-reality/

https://hbr.org/2016/04/what-marketers-need-to-understand-about-augmented-reality

https://thestack.com/big-data/2017/06/09/how-ai-is-improving-customer-experience-and-loyalty-in-retail/

https://www.clickz.com/how-is-ar-revolutionizing-the-in-store-experience-for-retailers/112696/

https://mashable.com/2011/07/18/gamification-marketing/#Up6VNjdEGqqR

*This augmented reality (AR) game required players to catch digital monsters that appeared more or less randomly in real-life locations. The app was downloaded by over 500 million people (!), and although the game quickly peaked, it kept enjoying a very healthy fan base. The phenomenon may have faded, but it still holds important lessons for retailers, giving us some clear insights into what customers want.

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GDPR – A Data Privacy Challenge

 

What is GDPR

GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation. Quite simply, it’s a new, updated data protection law enabling consumers to take back control of who uses their personal information and when. For those with businesses you’ll need to make sure your data is managed correctly and comply else you face heavy penalties.

When

25th May 2018 for anyone handling personal data of EU citizens, anywhere in the world.

Source: http://bit.ly/2FfexFw

For Who

GDPR allows for EU Data Subjects (EU citizens whose data is being processed) to be granted certain rights and protections relative to their personal information.

What Is Personal Information

Personal information can include many data types, including but not limited to:

  • Credit card information
  • Photos and videos
  • Usernames and passwords
  • First and last name
  • Bank account information
  • Address
  • Medical records
  • Passport information
  • Personal email addresses

Source: http://bit.ly/2I3MaYG

Key Changes

Some of the key changes outlined by GDPR include:

  • Increased territorial scope
  • Enhanced data inventory requirements
  • Increased penalties
  • Appointment of a Data Protection Officer (DPO)
  • Broader obligations for Data Controllers (organisations that collect and manage EU citizen data)
  • Direct obligations for Data Processors (any company that processes personal data on behalf of a Data Controller)
  • More timely data breach reporting
  • Right to data portability
  • Right to erasure (‘right to be forgotten’)
  • Stronger Data Subject consent

Warning

In the case of a breach, fines could be as high as €20 million or 4 per cent of annual global turnover, whichever is the highest of the two.

How to start

We know that it’s easy to get caught up in the details and not know where to start, so here are ten things you should do now to get your GDPR preparation underway (Source: http://bit.ly/2FfexFw)

1. Everyone in your Company should know about GDPR

Education should start at the top and then go down in order give everybody the appropriate knowledge. Remember that business unit stakeholders don’t need to understand all of the subtle nuances of GDPR, but they do need to have a general grasp of the terminology, required controls and desired outcomes.

2. Choose your “in house” GDPR specialist

In accordance with GDPR requirements, a Data Protection Officer (DPO) may need to be formally appointed for your organisation. Irrespective of whether or not this is the case, the appointments shouldn’t stop there. Your organisation should have an internal GDPR specialist within each line of business.

3. What personal data elements you control?

Whether you’re in marketing, HR, customer services, procurement or one of the many other divisions within your organisation where GDPR will be a focal point, you should immediately start identifying all the personal data relating to EU citizens that is under your control.

4. Make a list of your personal data processing activities

GDPR‐compliant personal data processing procedures can be implemented centrally or departmentally. There are no hard and fast rules but you can’t create procedures until you understand how you or your department processes the personal data that’s under your control.

5. Educate & engage your legal and information teams

This almost goes without saying. Since GDPR is a regulatory mandate, your legal, compliance and information security teams should be deeply involved from the outset.

6. Check your current consent request and notifications

Make sure you identify how your part of the business is currently obtaining consent and providing notifications of processing.

7. Who are your everyday personal data handlers?

Start engaging and educating those employees within your area of the business that handle or process personal data as part of their everyday responsibilities.

8. Make a security plan in case of privacy breach

In order to provide breach notification as per GDPR, you need to actually know that a breach occurred. That sounds straightforward and maybe even common sense, but knowing that a breach has occurred can be challenging.

9. Recheck all your data request handling

If your employees and customers are not already asking for the data you store and process about them today, it’s very likely they will be once GDPR is fully in effect. You should have well‐defined, consistent processes and procedures for handling requests related to the Data Subject rights covered by GDPR.

10. Find out all your third party data processing companies

Lastly, start documenting any third‐party data processing services leveraged by your company. Do you use third parties to consolidate your marketing data and manage mailing lists, for instance? Make sure that you’re considering all potential third‐party data processing scenarios.

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GDPR and Enkronos Platforms

All our teams already started with all the needed work, to ensure all our platforms to be 100% in line with GDPR! We realise this is just the beginning of a long and sometimes unpredictable process, and we are sure that some needed changes will become clear only after the 25th May 2018.

If you think GDPR doesn´t concern you …

If someone ask you to delete their personal data, do you know where it is? 🙂

Are you sure you will be in line with GDPR across all your data sources? PCs, laptops, mobile devices? Email? Clouds? File servers and CMS with hundreds or thousands of authorised users? Dev/test copies? Business intelligence and analytics applications?

Enkronos Marketing Team

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Lead Generation with Contest Dream and Gamify

Create your Audience / Create your Public / Create your Community

Contest Dream and Gamify let you create and maintain during time an audience of people which predefined peculiar characteristics (geographical demographical and based on their interests). Contest Dream is the online platform for creating and managing your promotions and contests and Gamify is its section that let you create sequences of chained contests for gamification purposes.

Nowadays the audiences created, for example, thanks of social media and web advertising (Facebook Adv, Google Adwords and so on) are ephemeral, volatile and limited. That is, they do not allow you to reuse the potential contact, unless you can maintain during time their information and their consumer profile (that is an expensive activity and also dangerous, from a legal point of view). Other solutions instead are outdated, if not even illegal and spam risky (as users lists or databases sold online).

Thanks of Contest Dream and Gamify, the members of the community you have builded (for example through a Fb or Adwords Adv Campaign, or thorugh other communication or viralization mechanisms) will be always at your disposal, through a dashboard. This dashboard has segmentation tools (based on different features) and the possibility of download of filtered segments (with all the choosen contact and profile data) on excel files, that can be reused in various ways (newsletters, CRM, cross-selling and so on).

Contest Dream Lead Generation tools are perfectly legal, since they are based on the user’s consent of data use and will also provide them of the possibility to unsubscribe with a data protection policy natively compliant with the new legal framework of GDPR that will be enforceable next 25th of May 2018 in all the EU.

Then you can  start your lead generation campaign having one of these goals:

  • Find new customers
  • Find new followers / fans
  • Find new business partners
  • Find new friends
  • Finding new students
  • Create a tailored audience

Here are the phases of your audience building campaign.

  1. Define your target selecting criteria

  • Geographic origin
  • Demography
  • Gender
  • Interests
  1. Select the engagement mechanism

  • Prize Contest
  • Game
  • Gamification
  • Quiz
  • Survey
  • Test
  • Location based mechanisms (for example based on the visit on a store, or in particular geographic point of interest)
  • Loyalty – points
  • Prizes (assigned for ability, random, loyalty)
  • Content
  • More chained mechanisms
  • SSOs with Facebook and/or other social media to collect info on profile and interests
  1. Engage!

  • Start your campaign (define duration, dates, milestones)
  • Promote it with an online advertising campaign
  • Monitor the results
  • Control the audience you are building
  • Make a cross-action (new proposals, cross-selling, marketing etc.)
  • Correct and optimize your campaign
  1. Collect your results

  • When the campaign ends you will have create your Audience
  • You can view your users through a dashboard
  • You can filter your users for geographical, demograpghical, gender and interests features
  • You can download your data in csv / excel files
  • You can reuse your data for future marketing actions
  1. Maintain your Audience

  • Create new engagement mechanisms (inside or outside Contest Dream or other Enkronos solutions)
  • Keep it informed (with nesletters, infos etc.)
  • Build a long-life relationship (with CRM, selling, loyalty and so on)

You can activate your audience building campaign directly registering in Contest Dream and starting a contest or, better, a gamification with more chained contests.

You pay what you use. And till 1.000 users and 2 contests it will be free!

Start generating leads now, with Contest Dream.

Marketing office – Contest Dream

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Gamification in a few clicks with Contest Dream Gamify!

Easily create your ideal audience by location, interests and demographics and find new potential customers interested in your brand, products and services. You can now create free contests for up to 1,000 participations!

Contest Dream, the platform for creating and managing online prize contest and promotions   developed by Enkronos, is now enriched with a new product based on Gamification: Contest Dream Gamify.

To see an example of Contest Dream Gamify we have created this example for you: https://promo.g.contestdream.com/ . Play with it and find out how it works!

Contest Dream Gamify allows you to create and manage challenges and nested competitions, composed of different types of mechanisms. On the same initiative, you can involve your users with a basic questionnaire, a photo contest and instant victory based on destiny.

You can decide to assign physical prizes for each competition, or only after the user has passed all the challenges. Prizes can be physical objects of your choice, virtual prizes “virtual recognition” of the user’s skills (badge, leaderboard etc.), or even digital prizes of third parties, such as gift cards (Amazon Card, Apple Store & iTunes Gift Card, etc.).

With Contest Dream Gamify you can create entertaining competitions and in addition acquire new users interested in you and your products and services. You can engage specific audiences in social networks, for example in Facebook by creating advertising campaigns aimed to a specific target, defined for example for aspects related to location, interests and demographics. Thanks to this mechanism you can build new pre-defined audiences of interested users and provide them with products, services and more targeted communication. Contest Dream tools allows you to profile and create your targeted community users.

Your contest will therefore be the starting point for a new relationship and communication with potential customers and users interested in your brand. This is an innovative and unprecedented way to create the perfect audience for your business identity that allows you to start a new profitable relationship with your customers.

However if you want to create a long-lasting relationship with the new customers you have found thanks to Contest Dream, you can also set up a personalized loyalty program for them using Loyalty Venue that is another of our dedicated platforms.

Have fun and let your potential customers have fun to starting today with Contest Dream!

From Tuesday, December 12 the platform free usage limit is raised up to 1,000 participations!

Up to that limit it’s all free and after you have exceeded this limit you decide if you want to subscribe to a plan with more advanced features.

Marketing office – Contest Dream

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Better Loyalty with Advanced Technology

Do you need web based systems for loyalty programs, gift cards programs, and incentives for your customers, your suppliers or for your employees? Loyalty programs are exactly what we offer with our Loyalty Venue suite. Our mission is to help you maximize customer retention and increase customer spending.

Loyalty Venue just added 2 new features:

  • LV Lite, to start easily collecting points and
  • LV Store, to create in few clicks a special web store to reward your customers

START COLLECTING DATA NOW with LV Lite

Collecting loyalty points can be easy with LV Lite. Each customer can earn points however you imagine by providing their email address – no user registration needed. You can add loyalty points to their account from multiple websites, social media or even physical stores.

Use your secret key to generate code snippets which you or your developers can place in any application that you use. Reward your customer on any action or event: product purchase, social media involvement, newsletter subscription or anything you imagine.

  • Easy implementation: We provide code snippets and support for you.
  • Points from anywhere: Offer your customers to collect points in multiple ways and places.
  • One core: Loyalty points gathered from different sources use the same database and business logic.

OPEN YOUR REWARDS STORE WITH A FEW CLICKS with LV Store

When you start using Loyalty Venue, a special web store can be opened with minimal effort. After you have inserted the products and set their prices, just pick a subdomain and your store will be ready. You can even change its look.

Your customers can then use their points acquired through LV Lite or via unique codes you give them.

  • You can enable and disable the store at any time.
  • Any change you make to your catalogue (products etc.) is immediately seen in store.
  • Name your store and pick a suitable subdomain for it.
  • Contact us if you need help or have any questions.

The perfect Loyalty Solution for Developers

  • Loyalty Venue is based on a API system that provides scalability and ability to evolve that the platform should have from the beginning to avoid having to recreate everything from scratch in case of future requests for new features and conceptual logic.
  • It is based on a apptoken system for managing campaigns, extension to other countries and the creation of new business entities (partners, new customers, etc.).
  • The SSO (single sign-on) Authentication system. The application provides from the beginning a unique authentication system, which allow users to access the various functions of the platform without having to relog.

Get a customized loyalty program for your business to gain an advantage over your competitors

Trust the customer retention to us and do your day to day business relaxed. We have the perfect solution for you whether you want to increase sales, motivate students or reward employees. Loyalty Venue offers a wide variety of solutions for all kind of companies or educational institutions.

Rather have a card or card-less loyalty program? The choice is yours, Loyalty Venue works with or without cards.

 

Contact us now for a custom analysis and quotation: https://www.loyaltyvenue.com/en/contact

 

Marketing Office – Loyalty Ve

 

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How to organize a successful online Contest

Do you want to launch a prize contest or a commercial promotion?

Now you can do it easily with the newest Contest Dream Platform release, without writing a single line of code.

You can use our platform free of charge by signing in, online in a few seconds at https://www.contestdream.com/register.

In few moments, you can create the rules of your national or international promotion, personalize your content and then publish it as and where you want, all in line with prize contest rules:

  • directly on Contest Dream platform;
  • incorporating it into your website simply by copying and pasting the code as for a youtube video;
  • integrating it with our API in your custom site (or if you want, we can do it for you!)

You will be able to create a wide variety of promotions and contests:

  • instant win
  • final draw
  • jury contests
  • video and photo contests
  • quiz and trivia
  • questions contests with point
  • surveys etc.

If you need a particular mechanism that you do not find among the available ones, order it and we will create it for you in no time!

If you need to translate your contest, you can do it easily in the content management section. At the moment the platform is available in Italian, English, German, Slovenian and French. If you need another language, you just have to ask for it!

You will also be able to create connected and nested contests for complex or hybrid gaming mechanisms.

All contests can be published in social media.

You will be able to collect profiled contacts and download them easily from the Reporting section.

You can improve your online brand presence and reach new potential customers by Social Media Engagement actions increasing the popularity and virality of your promotions.

What are you waiting for? Join today and start using Dream Contest for free!

Marketing Office – Contest Dream

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Increase your customer membership effect with Loyalty Venue platform

Enkronos has just released its Loyalty Venue platform that allows companies to easily create their own loyalty campaigns to reward their most loyal customers.

Loyalty Venue has developed a powerful integrated application technology for the management of loyalty programs (loyalty card, loyalty campaigns etc).

Brands will be able to attach their loyalty promotions and their loyalty card to the Loyalty Venue System and secure “virtual” scores, which give the right to prizes, based on a catalog.

Loyalty Venue therefore configures a system of creation and maintenance of the digital catalog that enables the realization of product cards and points needed to receive them. The catalog may be managed directly by the loyalty program manager, or we can fill it in through an optional service.

Thanks to the responsive online technology your customers can easily sign up, redeem their points and check their current point balance in your Loyalty Venue program from anywhere on every device with web connection. They can order their desired prizes directly from the Web Catalog and receive them at home.

Our user friendly loyalty solutions can be fully customized with your company’s corporate image and graphic layout.

Your employees can rapidly enter transactions using a simple dashboard at point of sale, retail and online shop or let customers to sign-in and upload their earned points themselves. They can easily manage prize orders and deliveries from 1 single dashboard.

You can create, or upload your own unique codes directly from your admin dashboard, setting their validity dates and monitoring their usage for customer care and support activities.

Loyalty programs are very likely to increase visits to your business, thanks of customer membership effect. Successfully retaining even only a small part of the customer base can increase a lot of business revenue.

Loyalty Venue is based on an architecture that includes an integration component with functional modules and internal and external services, based on RESTful API technology, for users with SSO authentication (single sign-on).

The technology also allows extensive customization that may be required by the existence of particular constraints or systems used by customers. Loyalty Venue is natively multi-language and multi-country compliant.

If your Company needs to organize a promotional campaign, contact us for any information about Loyalty Venue.

Gianluca Busato
CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

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Great success for TTN Nova Gorica Official Community Launch Event hosted by Enkronos

Great success today for the launch event of The Things Network (TTN) Official Community of Nova Gorica, hosted in Enkronos Auditorium, in the International Business Center in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenija.

Almost 100 people attended the event, mostly entrepreneurs, startuppers and students.

After an introduction of Luka Manojlovic, the program saw the speeches of Robert Ambrož (Presentation of The Things Network Community), The CEO of Enkronos Gianluca Busato (IoT Business Applications: from Wine and Agriculture to Smart Homes and Cities) and of Tom Puc (Beyond the theory and media hype: practical use cases).

After the speeches there have been a public debate with questions from guests.

The event has been also covered by the national Slovenian tv RTV SLO and it was also availaible in Facebook live streaming on Enkronos page.

During the event Gianluca Busato presented FeelGrid, the new Enkronos’ IoT Empowering Platform.

Staff Enkronos d.o.o.

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Enkronos hosts The Things Network Nova Gorica Official Community Launch Event

Enkronos is proud to host The Things Network Nova Gorica Official Community Launch Event!

DATE AND TIME

Friday, May 5, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CEST
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Enkronos is technological partner of TTN communities in Nova Gorica and Treviso.

Let’s build an open, free and community-owned Internet of Things data network for Goriška Region!
Our mission is to provide the entire Goriška with Internet of Things data connectivity by crowdsourcing the network infrastructure from technology enthusiasts and local businesses.

Open and secure LoRaWAN technology enable an entire new class of use cases for the Internet of Things. We already have started the process, installed standard LoRaWAN gateways and we already provide free connectivity.

Join us as we unleash TTN Nova Gorica and become an official community of The Things Network!

Program of the Event:

  • 11.00 Arrival and Registration – tea, coffee, biscuits
  • 11.15 Presentations
    • Introduction to Internet of Things (SLO), Robert Ambrož
    • Presentation of The Things Network Community (SLO/ENG with virtual participation of initiators of The Things Network), Robert Ambrož
    • IoT Business Applications: from Wine and Agriculture to Smart Homes and Cities (ENG), Gianluca Busato (Enkronos)
    • Beyond the theory and media hype: practical use cases (SLO/ENG), Tom Puc
  • 12.15 Q&A
  • 12.30 Networking
  • 12.45 End

During the event we will introduce FeelGrid, our new IoT Empowering Platform.

For more info & RSPV contact info@enkronos.com

Staff Enkronos d.o.o.

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A future, indeed a present increasingly Artificial Intelligence enhanced

The interest around the artificial intelligence applications has grown tremendously in recent times, so as to collect, according to CB Insight, more than $ 6 billion of venture capital funding in the past 5 years with 1098 with deals concluded. From 2011 to 2015 AI equity funding grew by 746% with $ 2.4 billion. The growth trend has continued in 2016, so much so that in the first quarter closed deals were 143, 36% more than in the previous quarter.

There are many sectors of industrial application of artificial intelligence, such as for example:

  • Conversational AI / Bots
  • Vision
  • Auto
  • Robotics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Business Intelligence & Analytics
  • AD, Sales, CRM
  • Core AI
  • Healthcare
  • Text Analysis / Generation
  • IOT / IIOT
  • Commerce
  • Fintech & Insurance
  • Other (agriculture, climatology, education, HR etc.).

Within a few years most of the companies can no longer easily ignore the integration of their business processes with AI technologies enabling the maintenance of its competitive potential in the market.

The sectors that have most invested in AI and cognitive systems in 2016 were banking and retail, followed by health care and manufacturing. Together, these industries we will generate more than half of the revenue in 2016, with the banking and retail that each generate $ 1.5 billion. In the four years 2016-2020 will be healthcare and manufacturing to grow at the highest rate, which will be annually respectively by 69.3% and 61.4%.

Most of the revenue, almost half of the total, will be realized by the software, which includes both the cognitive applications (for example, analysis of texts and multimedia, tagging, search, machine learning, categorization, clustering, hypothesis generation, answers to questions, vision, filtering, alerting and navigation) that the cognitive software platforms that facilitate the development of intelligent, consulting and cognitive enhanced solutions.

Developing digital strategies and platforms – both own (such as Contest Dream and Loyalty Venue) and for third parties – Enkronos is increasingly integrating artificial intelligence services and applications. Here are some areas of most interest for the development of artificial intelligence enhanced digital platforms to which we are working:

  • machine learning
    • deep learning
    • predictive analysis
  • natural language processing (NLP)
    • translation
    • classification, clustering
    • information extraction
  • speech
    • speech recognition
    • text to speech
  • expert systems
  • planning, scheduling, optimization
  • robotics
  • vision
    • image recognition
    • machine vision
    • face recognition
    • gesture recognition
    • emotion recognition
    • pose estimation

In conclusion, although perhaps appears to many futuristic the prediction of Elon Musk that human beings will become a sort of cyborg to compete with artificial intelligence, it is rather clear to most that companies in every industry cannot afford to watch passively to the growth of this technology.

Gianluca Busato
CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

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Create your Prize Contests and your Loyalty Promotions from one single simple dashboard

If you have to organize prize contests or Loyalty promotional campaigns, thanks to Enkronos platform development, now you can do it from a simple control dashboard.

Prize Contests

Contest Dream let you to easily organize prize contests for every need:

    • National Contests. Promotions organized in a particular state.
    • International Contests. Promotions organized in two or more states at the same time
    • Contests B2C. Contests which involve the participation of final consumers.
    • Contests B2B. In this case the target could be a particular sector of companies, that the company wants to involve ad award since they are their clients or prospects.
    • Incentive Contests that involve, for example sales departments or resellers..
    • Company Contests. Contests open to participation only for the employees of a company.

Contest Dream platform enables the widest possibilities of publication, in line with your communication objectives:

    • On Contest Dream platform: This option requires only the simple signing of a subscription. Each contest can be published on contestdream.com website directly from your business account of Contest Dream.
    • Embedded in any web site: this option requires only a simple subscription to a plan. Each contest can be published on any web site, simply embedding a code row that can be copied and pasted from your Contest Dream account.
    • On a customized micro-site: this is an add-on option that can be ordered at the special price of 990.00 € (+ vat) see example
    • On a customized complex web site: this is an option that can be created with a simple subscription to a plan developing any kind of web site connected to Contest Dream Platform by our API system with an apptoken key you can find in your Contest Dream account (see example).
    • On Facebook: this option requires only a simple subscription to a plan. Each contest can be published directly on Facebook from your Contest Dream account.

    On any other social media: this option requires only a simple subscription to a plan. Each contest can be published directly on any social network simply sharing its link.

You can organize contests with all of the game mechanisms already existing in the platform capabilities, or you can order your personal custom feature made for your promotional contest.
Get in touch today for all information about Contest Dream or subscribe online and create a contest yourself.

Loyalty Campaigns

Enkronos now offers also the new Loyalty Venue platform that allows companies to easily create their own loyalty campaigns  to reward their most loyal customers.

The brands will engage their loyalty promotions and their loyalty card to the Loyalty Venue system and doing so, secure “virtual” scores, which give the right to prizes, according to a catalog.

End users will be able to access the site dedicated to the loyalty campaign to upload their points and order awards from the catalog according to their scores, or even with the advance formula of anticipated points

The entire site of Loyalty campaign could be realized easily directly from the dedicated admin panel from which the company (either directly, or through our consultancy service) can program content, associated scores to promotional products, awards catalog their scores and any payment systems, as well as view and download all the data, and reports on their loyalty campaign.

Loyalty Venue is based on an architecture that includes an integration component with functional modules and internal and external services, based on RESTful API technology, for users with SSO authentication (single sign-on).

The technology also allows extensive customization that may be required by the existence of particular constraints or systems used by customers.

Contact us today for any information about Loyalty Venue.

 

Gianluca Busato

CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

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Many news on Contest Dream, now also in German language

Contest Dream, the online platform for creating contests and promotions started 2017 with some big news. We have indee released some new type of games and features that expand the possibilities in organizing contests and have fun playing.

Among which we point out:

  • Final Draw “Solo”: now it is possible to create promotions with a single final extraction. Previously promotions with final draw were possible, but only combined with other promotion types. Now this constraint no longer exist . Here you can find all the information needed to create a promotion with single final draw: https://www.contestdream.com/en/68;
  • Facebook: now you can create a contest on facebook page. To publish a contest on facebook follow the instructions you find on the https://www.contestdream.com/en/65;
  • Contest creation with wizard. A newly developed interface easier to use for create contests based on wizard that help to configure the desired promotion much faster: here you can learn how to create a contest: https://www.contestdream.com/en/how-to-create-a-contest;
  • The boosted functionality of incorporation of a contest on websites: now you can publish a contest even in sites created with wordpress, allowing anyone to create and publish their contest with no knowledge of computer programming; to incorporate a contest in your wordpress site follow these simple instructions: https://www.contestdream.com/en/89;
  • The version in German: https://www.contestdream.com/de: . Contest Dream is enhanced by a new language, which soon will be joined by others. If you have special requirements of language version not yet published, ask for them. With a powerful localization engine that we developed, our platform now can be translated into any language in a few weeks (with some forethought and extra time for oriental languages or non-latin alphabets).

The ability to create contests now is therefore even easier with Contest Dream.

Of course any mechanism may be added according to the specific requirements of a promotion with customizations that allow to take advantage of the availability of multiple basic already made functionalities.

In the same way it is also possible to request custom statistical reports in addition to the already developed and available on the platform.

As always, thanks to powerful integration architecture native in our application, you can organize contests that fit individual communication and budget needs.

You can for instance dedicate all your resources to design, creating a customized solution of great communicative effect (that can be provided by us or your agency of trust), while we will take care of the technology below it.

In less than 10 minutes you can create your promotion, and install it on your site.

Contest Dream has been entirely created by Enkronos, tech company specializing in the development of powerful platforms and digital applications in many areas, including: Loyalty, Prize Contests, Ticketing, Digital Couponing, Delivery, Fintech, E-payment, e-voting, E-learning, CMS, CRM, Graphic, Supply Chain. Logistics, E-commerce, Hybrid & Native Mobile App. Our team has many years of experience with leading European and international companies.

The more complicated are the platforms that our Customers requires the more we amuse ourselves.

Gianluca Busato
CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

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Contest Dream Micro-Sites: now you can create a special Web Site for your Prize Contest in the simplest and easiest way

They say the best things often come in small packages. Think about it: jewelry, books, the keys to a brand new car …

Enter the rise of microsites for your contests. Unlike regular websites, microsites tend to be rather simpler and easier to navigate.

A microsite is an individual web page or small cluster of web pages that act as a separate entity for a brand. A microsite typically lives on its own domain, but some exist as a subdomain.

Microsites can be used to help brands achieve a number of things. For example, some companies have used them to highlight a specific campaign or target specific buyer personas. Others have used them to tell a short story, or to inspire a specific call-to-action.

What can we do with microsites:

  • launching a new product,
  • generating leads,
  • SEO advantage
  • effective branding
  • efficient email campaign
  • detailed information
  • increased public interest
  • less overcrowded home pages

…and above all…

  • Manage your super prize contests and promotions

With our Cat-alogue Contest we created a special contest for cat lovers to show you an example of what we can realize for you as micro-site: http://catalogue.contestdream.com/.

And if you like cats and will participate to our contest, you can also win wonderful prizes!

If you need to realize a customized micro-site for your prize contest we have the perfect solution! And, of course, if you need legal advice also, we can help with that, too. With our qualified legal partners in international and local promotions, we can take on the management of competitions in many countries all over the world. For all companies interested in promoting services or products, we can provide full assistance (this feature needs of course an extra-quotation, basing on your needs).

With our basic micro-site you can create the following sections (as you can see in our Cat-alogue Contest):

  • homepage
  • contest
  • partecipate
  • about us
  • regulations
  • language
  • link to social networks
  • login (to play)

The contents published on your micro-site will be managed directly and easily by Contest Dream Content Management System section on your contest creation panel.

You can customize your graphic layout and send it to us (in a psd format) for the implementation on your micro-site. If you need particular customizations about sections, pages and contents we will provide you a quotation for that, too.

From a technical point of view, your contest micro-site will have natively all the integrations with our powerful platform Contest Dream, thanks of its RESTful API architecture, as, for example, the registration and login of players through our Single-Sign-On (SSO) system and all the interactions you can set up by your admin panel in your business account in Contest Dream.

Pricing for 1 standard micro-site (as above described) for 1 prize contest: 990,00 € *

  • Delivery time: 10 days (after we receive your graphic layout files).
  • * price vat excluded

So, what are you waiting for? Ask us to realize your micro-site. Now.

 

Gianluca Busato
CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

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Integrated digital platforms are essential for fidelity and loyalty operations

An important area of Enkronos digital strategy application experience is represented by loyalty and fidelity systems.

A concrete example of realization was made from the application and technologic heart of the prize game promotion, promoted by a leading Italian energy company. The promotion was developed in collaboration with an Italian development partner.

The platform, which uses Loyalty Venue and Contest Dream technology, already proven in multiple game promotions, allows the integration of logistic platform needs for the delivery of prizes and integration flows with the Customer´s systems.

Structurally, the application consisted of complementary and integrated modules, suitable to fill the required features (orders input, ticketing system, availability check, notification controller and state machine, reporting/analysis and tracking costs) and generate the workflow of each possible integration with external systems.

The platform has been structured to manage intense volumes, typical of mass-market, with more than 60.000 orders per day during television advertising campaigns.

The orders workflow was automatically managed with the interfacing of couriers systems for the shipment management. At the same time, the system managed all the related information like the positive or negative ending of the operation, even integrating with existing billing systems.

The platform also provides the ticketing management for the management of the incidents and of the potential problems in the phase of prize shipment. It is articulated in different structured phases, with integration also with the Customers Call Centre.

An analysis and reporting system is then generated in push and pull mode in order to send statistical information on the platform operating status.

This project is part of the excellence of solutions provided by Enkronos, which always supports its specialization in web and mobile development, to deep architectural knowledge, which enabled us to become partners at very complex projects on one hand, and to launch to the market new solutions, on the other hand. Both is very well exemplified by Contest Dream platform, used for creating and managing prize games and promotions.

Gianluca Busato
CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

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Lady Amarena, an example of contest realized with Contest Dream platform

A few weeks ago, we have presented you Contest Dream, an online platform for creating and managing promotion and contests. Thanks to the innovative technology of RESTful API integration, it allows the creation of customized promotions, with significant cost savings and increased gaming potential.

headerToday we would like to present you an example of Contest Dream use: the contest Lady Amarena (www.ladyamarena.it), an international competition, organized by Fabbri is now already in its second edition. All the bar ladies around the world, can rise to the challenge and take the title, now held by Cinzia Ferro. They just have to connect to www.ladyamarena.it site and upload their own original recipe until 31st of October 2016.

A qualified jury will select the 15 finalists, who will be guests at the final in Rome. The best Bar Lady will be rewarded with the hand-chiseled shaker of the value of 1,000 Euros and the title of Fabbri Brand Ambassador.

The Lady Amarena site was created by integrating the logging functionalities and participation in the competition through a simple apptoken integration with the Dream Contest API.

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Contest Dream is a special and powerful, multi-channel white label platform, natively multilingual, easily manageable, with a high rate of integration and customization, responsive, built according to the most modern and reliable web technology, born from our unique experience of many years in the field of promotions and sweepstakes.

In addition, it is the solution with the most competitive prices available in the world market.

If none of the Contest Dream options suits your business needs, just ask us and we will realize it for you.

So, what are you waiting for? If you have to organize a sweepstake for Christmas, for your company or for your clients, in less than 10 minutes you can create your promotion, and install it on your site.

It’s simple, start now.

Gianluca Busato
CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

P.S.: and until November 11th and December 9th you will be able to do it for free by participating and winning at one of the competitions made by Contest Dream!

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW PLATFORM – CONTEST DREAM

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We’re proud and excited to share with you our new Contest Dream platform, which is designed for creating and managing your promotions and contests.

Now, anyone can easily engage with their audience, generate leads, attracts an audience to a point of sale, gathers feedback and rewards customers for their loyalty. Contest dream enables you to build and run promotions that you can implement into any website. With Contest Dream, you no longer have to pay for expensive custom solutions for your promotions.

 

How to create your first prize contest

Through the Dream Contest platform it is possible to realize a prize contest at every stage of you marketing campaign.

The basic steps that a company needs to address to make a contest with Dream Contest are:

  • Registration of a Buiness Account for Contest Dream platform – register here
  • Choose the right subscription model for your company (you can activate the free mode to practice before publishing your first contest)
  • Creation of the draft version of your first contest
  • Review the contest for legal and/or feasibility consideration
  • Publication of the contest
  • Competition is live and players can play!
  • Closing of the competition

 

With our qualified legal partners in international and local promotions, we can take on the management of competitions in many countries all over the world. For all companies interested in promoting services or products, we can provide full assistance

 

Internal view of the admin panel on Business Account.

 

Basic aspects

In order to create your first contest it is crucial to understand some basic aspects:

  • In what country or countries do you want to organize your contest? Each country has its own particular legislation and therefore you must pay attention to what’s the country´s policy. Thanks to Dream Contest you will be directed properly from the beginning of the creation of your contest and all the way until the closing. If you’ll need help it is possible at any time to request the assistance of our professional partners.
  • Who can participate in the contest? For example: the contest is open to citizens of the country where the contest is held, or citizens of more countries, or citizens of any country.
  • What kind of contest do you want to organize? There are several game mechanics that can be created (for example, instant win, final draw, contests with jury, photo contest, video contest, quiz, survey etc. )
  • What are the requirements that end users need to have to play the game? Again you have to pay attention to the laws of individual countries, as there can be several constraints. In general, thanks to Dream Contest platform, you can create an open contest to anyone. Or you can require the end user to enter an access code, that he found in the packaging of a product in promotion.

Your promotion can work through our RESTful API integration, can be embedded as a widget or as a stand-alone micro site on your website, as well as live on your Facebook page, blog, Twitter, and link through a newsletter, email campaign – or all of them.

 

What kind contests can I create?

We are very proud to announce that Contest Dream platform is working right now in Beta version, and there are already live contest going on! Like for example the jury based contest of the Fabbri 1905 company from Italy that organises the second edition of Lady Amarena. You can participate at the contest on Contest Dream platform or on www.ladyamarena.it.

Contests already developed and running in Beta version:

  1. Instant win: You can distribute your prizes quickly. Participants can try their luck and find out instantly if they have won a prize.
  2. Final draw (Sweepstakes): Generate new leads with segmented information on your followers and clients, while broadening you subscriber database.
  3. Contest with jury: organize any contest you want: video, photo, recipe, hashtag, writing-based! The winner selection can be done also with an internal jury

 

PLAY AND WIN A FREE CONTEST DREAM

On this special occasion, we have decided to give you 3 extraordinary opportunities to win a free contest on Contest Dream platform. One of them is PLAY AND WIN A FREE CONTEST DREAM – you just have to register to Contest Dream, upload your company logo and fill your company data. That´s all!

The competition is live from 21.9.2016 until 11.11.2016. The prize winners shall be drawn on Tuesday 15th November at 12 a.m. The prize will give the possibility to the winner to create and publish a free contest on Contest Dream platform without any technical cost, within three months after its delivery.

If you don´t want to wait until the 15th November, you can also try your luck with CONTEST DREAM INSTANT WIN and immediately find out if you have won the prize!

So what are you waiting? Play the game now!

 

Špela Mermolja

Business Assistant

Enkronos d.o.o.

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HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR FIRST MOBILE APP?

Your first mobile app

Mobile applications are like a sort of golden rush: the media are full of articles about some team that developed an incredibly successful app, that may be the reason that trigger people start developing their own application. Sometimes they really succeed. And sometimes don´t. Unfortunately the second option is more frequent.

But when they succeed … it can be something like Pokemon GO!

Monday, just days after the game was released, Nintendo’s stock jumped 36 percent to the tune of $7.5 billion. It’s been downloaded over 15 million times in less than a week, and is already more popular in the U.S. than Twitter.

 

You realise that it is really scary how the success of some apps influences your personal life when your mom calls you and she asks: “How do I play the new Pokémon game?” (she started to use her first smart phone one month ago!). A true sign of an app phenomenon.

WHY ARE MOBILE APPS SO POPULAR?

The fact that mobile users are using 90% of their time on mobile devices only for applications is a huge reason why apps rule the mobile word. The main reason for that data is user experience! Mobile apps, compared to standard web pages, are adapted and customized for mobile devices. Scrolling through the app is easily, downloading new content is quick and visual design is much better than on normal web pages. The second reason why apps rule the word of mobile devices are various options that they offer. The mobile app can in fact easily access all the mobile device sensors and also other sources of information – to which a normal web site can not.

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Here is a short guide to get you started, but note it may not work for everyone. Take from it what suits your strategy best, or follow it to the hilt. The important part is to get started. The sooner the better!

1. MARKET RESEARCH

If you don´t know your competition yet, you have to do a research right now! Let me tell you, that you are lucky – the analysis of the mobile app market is much easier than for all the other industries. In the App Store and Google play, you can find tones of very useful information, but they are not the only place to search. You can also use App Annie, which offers you an inside view to the historical ranks and reviews of an app. It is probably no necessary to stress, that the mentioned apps are not the only ones for the market research analysis. There are a lot of other useful information on the web that can be crucial for your research.

2. CHOOSE THE PLATFORM

There are two operating systems that dominate the smart devices market: Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Gartner says that in the Q1 2016 these two platforms had an amazing 98.9 % market share! Android convincingly leading with 84.1 % against 14.8 % of Apple. Windows, Blackberry and others (together) are achieving only 1,1% of market share. So it is quite obvious on which two platforms you should start.

Some companies decide to start developing both platforms at the same time. That is usually not a very smart idea. Those are two completely different programming languages, which requires different groups of developers.

There is no doubt that the final version of the app will be a different app than the one you predicted at the begging. Why? In the development and testing phase, you will encounter problems and shortcomings, that will require searching for new solutions, adding new functions, changing existing functions, … All that changes will transform the final version of your app. In the case of development for both platforms all that work will double in volume (and in costs)!

The fact that Facebook, Microsoft and Google start offering their apps first only on one platform is no coincidence! The sooner your app will be on the market, the sooner you will get the needed feedback from the consumers.

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So the question is obvious: Android or iOS? It depends on your market strategy. With the Android platform development you will certainly be able to reach a greater market range. But with iOS development, on the other side, you will reach users that will pay 4x more that the Android users!

3. USER EXPERIENCE

User experience is the key to your apps success! Unfortunately, in the whole developing process, user experience is the less known concept! A nicely designed app does not mean a good user experience – and what is even more overlooked – it does not mean a simple and understandable use of the app. That is why it is crucial to attract qualified staff, who can help you in UX developing! You have to determine at least the next parameters: the whole user interface, color palette, typography and information structure of the app, …

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4. START PROGRAMMING

Programming is one of the crucial parts in developing a new app, that is why a lot of people thing it is needed to be done first. Wrong. Maybe you will be surprised, but there are a few tools that can help you test your app on consumers, before you even start coding! You can start with using Invision or Proto.io. My advice: do not use friends and family in testing the prototype. You may not get the most credible and impartial opinion.

5. USE ANALYTICS

Analytical tools represent a key support in determining the behaviour of users of your app. You should take care of your analytics before your app goes live on App Store or Google Play! General info such as number of existing / new users, most visited app content, …, are not enough for taking the right decisions – that is why you should determine what you will measure before starting programming. Let´s take registration process as an example. With analytics, you can find out if the process of registration is clear and user friendly for the end consumer. It takes just a small mistake in the registration process to dissuade the client to stop and leave your app! That is not what you want! So roll up your sleeves and start using analytics. Here are few free tools you can use for analytics – the most popular are: Google Analytics and Flurry.

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Once you’re ready to start, you must also know that building a mobile app is the easiest part. Getting customers is where the challenge lies.

If you are not sure if starting developing your own app is a good idea, you can CONTACT US ANY TIME. We might help you in building the new “Pokemon GO” app!

 

Špela Mermolja

Business Assistant

Enkronos d.o.o.

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WHY DO YOU NEED A DIGITAL STRATEGY?

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What is a digital strategy?

Let’s start with a definition: according to Wikipedia a strategy is:

  1. “In the fields of strategic management, marketing strategy and business strategy, digital strategy is the process of specifying an organization’s vision, goals, opportunities and related activities in order to maximize the business benefits of digital initiatives to the organization.
  2. A digital strategy is a high level plan that details how digital media and platforms can be used to achieve an organization’s goals.

Intro

“We shape our tools and then our tools shape us” a quote that most perfectly explains the current business reality. Companies realize that the modern age is a time of almost no attention and too much connectivity; where smartphones are our primary access and point to everything; where money and everything is digital; where the interface layer is where the profit is; where physical assets and employees are liabilities; etc.

Technology should not be the oil that lubricates; it should be oxygen to grow ideas and change business. Modern businesses need to change themselves at the very core: Banks need to reevaluate their roles in the modern world. Gyms need to use technology to become health partners. Car makers need to become transportation solution companies. Why didn’t a telco invent Skype? Or GM start Uber or Kodak create Instagram? Or Blockbuster, Netflix?

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Someone may say: “We have a business strategy, do we need a digital strategy?” Well, usually you do, because the business strategy doesn’t contain enough detail and direction for digital success.

Digital goes beyond. Digital also deals with internal communications, customer service, product and operations. Thinking holistically about digital will lead to a much more effective organisation.

Take Uber, for example. Its digital strategy goes way beyond using digital marketing channels to promote its taxi services. Uber’s whole business – its whole product – is fundamentally digital, from the technology that shows you exactly where your cab is on your phone, to the algorithm that adjusts pricing in real time based on local demand.

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Digital brings together your marketing, your products and your services. These three are hard to separate, and you shouldn’t try. Because digital is a cross functional discipline, it
impacts on most areas of any organization. That is why the right formula should be: Marketing + product + it + sales

Properties of a good strategy (don´t be a one-trick pony)

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  1. A strategy isn’t a goal. A strategy helps you achieve a goal. It’s not the goal itself.
  2. A strategy helps determine repeatable tactics. Things you can do again and again to help achieve your goal
  3. A strategy links factors to goals using metrics. A great marketing strategy provides a closed loop between your business goals and the properties of ‘successful’ tactics. It measures effectiveness of factors using metrics.
  4. A digital strategy affects the core of a business. A true marketing strategy has far-reaching impact on the primary goal of a business.
  5. A digital strategy has a specific goal or goals. The strategy should aim for a measurable end.
  6. A strategy withstands change. Pretend that, three months into your strategic plan, a new channel, technique or tool appears on the scene. Everyone wants you to try it. That may require a change in tactics, but not a change in strategy.
  7. A strategy transcends channels. A strategy is not a one-channel plan. Or at least, a good strategy isn’t. Putting all your strategic eggs in a single basket is a fundamentally flawed strategy.

Approach

There are numerous approaches to conducting digital strategy, but at their core, all go through the following four steps:

  1. identifying the opportunities and/or challenges in a business where online assets can provide a solution;
  2. identifying the unmet needs and goals of the external stakeholders that most closely align with those key business opportunities and/or challenges;
  3. developing a vision around how the online assets will fulfill those business and external stakeholder needs, goals, opportunities and challenges, and
  4. prioritizing a set of online initiatives which can deliver on this vision.

Phases

We can segment the digital strategy process into three main phases. But, because the process should be both top-down and bottom-up, don’t be surprised or frustrated if you have to move back and forth between these phases.

Top-down and bottom-up

Phase 1

  • Understanding the customer
  • Defining the vision
  • Where are we now?
  • How is our market and environment changing?

Phase 2

  • Goals / hypotheses
  • Evaluation and feasibility

Phase 3

  • Prioritization

 

Sum

A strategy helps you to identify and formalize who your customers are, what you want to say to them (and, more importantly, what they want to hear from you), how you intend to do it, how you are going to measure the effectiveness of your marketing, and where you go next.

Without a digital strategy you have no direction – and you run the risk of spending your budget without the means of showing any return on your investment.

Still not sure if your Company needs a digital strategy?

Call us or send us an email – We’d love to discuss your project or world-beating idea with you.

 

Špela Memrolja

Business Assistant

Enkronos d.o.o.

 

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Celebrating 1st year in business

They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and boy are they right. Enkronos is celebrating its first full year as an independent company, and what a year it was!

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Thanks to our great Clients, Partners, Colleagues, Family and Friends, we’re celebrating the completion of our first year in business. We’ve built a lot of great relationships already, and we’re looking forward to strengthening them even further.

Today, we want to share a bit of perspective on what we’ve done over the past twelve months:

  • We have established a brand new headquarters office in the International Business Center in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenija
  • We are now a team of 6 extraordinary people and still looking for new colleagues
  • In the first 8 months, we made 43% of net profit
  • We helped in hosting 1 startup conference: www.coinvest.com
  • We got a new product web page: www.contestdream.com
  • We developed a new platform engine that let us create a vast selection of Solutions, Application and Integrations.

Thank you for helping make Enkronos a fantastic company now and for decades to come.

 

 

Špela Mermolja
Business Assistant
Enkronos d.o.o.

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE!

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Something important is happening today!

We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website. Visit us at our new web address www.enkronos.com. The site’s homepage features bright colors and an uncluttered design. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, and more  user-friendly. Take a look around and let us know what you think.

Our goal is to provide visitors with clear and accurate product and service information, show our expertise through business and technology solutions, and to help them navigate in this confusing world of digital technologies.

Amongst the new features the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to foster improved communication with the clients. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, articles, blogs, newsletters, company announcements and client successes. We hope you find the new website with a fresh look and easy to access information.

Are you interested in working for a fun and innovative company like Enkronos? Then, continue to check the About page where you can now apply for positions posted.

Hopefully, you find the site easy to use, clean, and informative. If you have experienced any problems, please go easy on us. For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please E-mail us or leave a comment.

Thank you!

Enkronos team

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CODING IN SCHOOLS

“Today, 90% of all jobs are expected to require at least a basic level of ICT skills, said Marianne Thyssen, the EU Commissioner in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.”

Coding at EU schools

In October 2015 15 EU countries have coding in their curricula: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and the UK. For specific levels of education coding is even compulsory in some countries (mainly as a part of computer courses). In Denmark, for example, basic coding  knowledge is a compulsory part of physics, chemistry and maths curricula. Slovakia went a srep further and they have integrated programming at all levels of school as compulsory element!

“In five years’ time, 825.000 jobs may be  unfilled,  simply  because  employers cannot find people with the right digital  skills,” said Günther Oettinger, the EU  Commissioner in charge of the Digital  Economy & Societ

 

Why introducing coding in schools?

40% of the EU population has insufficient digital skills and that is a real problem, says Andrus Ansip, a former Prime Minister  of  Estonia  who  assumed  office for almost ten years – from 2005 to 2014. Most modern jobs has the requirement of at least basic ICT knowledge, including coding.

If we look further on in statistics, only 25% of students are taught by digitally confident and supportive teachers with access to ICT, and 40% of businesses encounter difficulties in recruiting ICT professionals. This is a real cause for concern, and things are getting worse, as we see that education systems are currently slow to react to increased market demand for people with digital skills (more …).

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Doing a career in for example architecture, engineering, accountancy and medicine, will soon require basic knowledge of coding skills. European Commission stats that 120.000 new jobs are created each year. If the whole system fails to fill this gap, Europe can face the shortage of more than 800.000 skilled ICT workers by 2020. Coding is becoming a part of the mainstream, not just a realm of some computer geeks.

The answer is simple, says Günther Oettinger, the EU Commissioner in charge of the Digital Economy & Society, Europe needs to get serious about digital skills, for each and every person, and each and every business to thrive in our digital economy and society (more …).

Leaving the employment gap aside, there is another view of learning to code in schools. Maybe more important. Learning to code also develops many other useful skills like: problem solving, critical thinking, logical reasoning, … Read more about coding benefits in a previous blog: “Why you should learn to code”. Schools are a very important player in introducing coding to children and students in a friendly way and trying to break down all the stereotypes about “programming is only for geeks”.

Also we at Enkronos are trying to contribute to the system! So if you are a student searching for experience or just a coding geek willing to explore new things you can write us and we can discuss about possible options. Maybe YOU can teach us something new. Why not?

Špela Mermolja
Business Assistant
Enkronos d.o.o.

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WHY PLATFORMS ARE BETTER THAN PRODUCTS

Usually we tend to think of companies competing with their products. But, in modern, networked age, competition is taking place on platforms. Therefore, if you have a better platform, you will surely have a distinct advantage over the competition.

If we use the construction terminology, a platform is something that can lift you higher, and at the same time, others can stay on it. The same is for digital platforms. If we build a digital platform for you, other companies can efficiently connect their business with yours and build products and services on it.

Digital businesses look LESS like fixed systems and MORE like platforms.

Let´s think of a traditional company – they produce a product (or maybe more close related products), than with marketing, they try to attract potential customers. This kind of company can no longer compete with a platform-based company, which have the ability to assimilate partners and customers into their own ecosystems.

So, if you are thinking about platforms, maybe for your own business model, we give some prosperity topics that might trigger you:

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  1. Better/quicker feedback (time)

Platform companies can do things faster than their competition. If your products and services have the tendency to frequently change, it simply enforces you and your employees to accept changes quickly. This ensures that bad habits will appear less often. If we take Amazon for example – they started with selling only books! Then they went to selling everything possible; started with Kindle, e-services, …

  1. Bigger Brand Awareness

You can use your customers as an excellent way to extend your brand. Facebook – it started as a site for college kids, but with endless invention, they expanded its offering in enormous way. Now they have more than 1,59 milliard of active users “spreading” their brand.

  1. More customers

More products and services means more customers. If you have spinning lessons you surely cannot offer dental services, but you can start with building an app for tutorial spinning classes, or using a platform for coupons, …

  1. Diversification

Establishing a platform may boost diversification and reduce risk. Think of what would happened to Apple if they were still producing only expensive hardware?

  1. Cutting edge technology

The most successful platforms can connect more types of users, for example: end-customers, delivery companies and contests organizing company on a prize events portal, travelers and hotel operators on a booking service, … As in every new technology, also here we can face limits. But we can fiercely expand those limits! Having a special, powerful platform lets you cultivate a special interaction with partners, users, developers and other contributor that may help innovate your business.

Things are changing fast today. While, in past generations, we could expect to learn a job/trade and follow a direct career path, today things don´t last.  For example: your job may not exist anymore in about 15 years. You can try and type your job title HERE to find out the likelihood that it could be automated within the next two decades.

CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGYWe are cracking all the past assumptions, because we simply no longer live in a word of products, but platforms.

 

 

Špela Mermolja
Business Assistant
Enkronos d.o.o.

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A BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION FOR BUSINESS EVOLUTION

New p2p technologies are a fundamental and invisible base in the tip of the iceberg of Digital Platforms and of a comprehensive digital strategy

The blockchain technology as well as to have become a kind of mantra in fintech and government field is now attracting more and more in-depth interest for its possibile applications in businesses. The recent interest and involvement of IBM, for example, is a signal of this clear trend.

They have also a huge impact also on digital platforms, which are synonyms for the implementation of a comprehensive digital strategy for every company and every organization.

Iceberg (1)And they actually are a sort of “iceberg” in which what you see is only a minimal part of all the platform thing.

They can take different guise depending on the predisposition of various sectors and fields of supported application architecture, in adopting technology and services they provide.

For this reason a digital platform requires a complex structure, in order to enhance its usability and its features.

The creation of a digital platform may involve an extremely onerous and trivial investment for a company, especially if faced only with craft optics and tailor-made solutions.

It is therefore very convenient in terms of implementation times and costs to use a “motor” of engineered development for digital platforms. Enkronos has developed a highly sophisticated engine that allows the realization of complex digital platforms with the extremely competitive times and costs.

We see it on the base of our experience in the development of a large amount of very heterogeneous platforms. Application examples range in various types: mobile & web app, augmented reality app, solutions for management of customer loyalty and loyalty campaigns, solution for management of digital multichannel prize competitions, solutions for configuring systems, creation, storage and distribution of digital passes, ticketing, couponing, e-commerce and delivery, platforms for e-voting and e-democracy, for e-payment and fintech solutions. We have also integrated different technologies: GPS tracking, social media, Multimedia, fantasy games, sensors, semantic web etc.

Also the fields of application are multiple: Energy, Finance, Legal, Voting, Mass Brands, Large Retail Organisation, Publishing & Media, just to name a few.

Enkronos Platform V1Simplyfing, all our applications and structured solutions consist of three different logical layers: data, platform and services.

Starting from the bottom, the first conceptual level is the data (for example, a public register). We’ll se below how it works.

The second level is the core platform itself. The intermediate level identifies the true platform, which connects all the data to the end services, identifying the right logic and the access privileges for the wanted data.

The third level is the service to the end-users of the platform. This layer identifies the services and applications provided to the end user, who can be a consumer or an operator. It is often the only visible layer to the most part of people, the tip of our platform-iceberg.

Depending on the type of the service we want to provide, the architecture will integrate all the components in the required manner.

The level of data is the commom base and the lower level of our application model. Depending on the project and the solutions we want to provide, the data can be managed with public or private encrypted distribution systems, using for example blockchain and smart contract tecnology, or other p2p tecnologies, or even with traditional databases.

For example, a Fintech application could use a system of Distributed Public Ledger, because generally a finance institution needs regolation and compensation systems which are verifiable via cryptography and distributed globally for a reason of resiliency and complience with the various communications and reporting responsibilities.

From a technical point of view, our philosophy about the realization of public registry and contracts systems (using public and private ledger and smart contracts technology) is similar to the one provided today by Ethereum, with a particular focus on the adaptability features that guarantee a long term “technological” shelf life, as suggested by Tezos’ position.

Probably the first sector to have explored the possibilities of the technology blockchain application is financial, with banks, investment banks, financial markets and insurance companies that have played and are playing a pioneering role. Equally interesting appear the possibilities of use in government services. For example, they can vary from the digital citizenship and residence to the electoral system, from the tax system to health, state and social services.

Our view is that the real strength of blockchain technology and more generally of an integrated approach to the needs of data integration with every possible architecture, from p2p, to smart contracts, to public and private ledger technology (and not forgetting, of course, traditional databases), will constitute the assets of each winning digital platform and consequently in every business sector that requires interoperability.

In short, we think that blockchain revolution probably will be a necessary step towards business evolution.

Gianluca Busato
CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

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DOES LISTENING TO MUSIC IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY?

Music is a powerful art form that can bring up emotions, inspire motivation and alter your mood. 

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New research undertaken for MusicWorks has shown that playing music at work can have real benefits for businesses; boosting profits, attracting new customers and increasing productivity.

In biological terms, melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, as would eating a delicacy, looking at something appealing or smelling a pleasant aroma, said Dr. Amit Sood, a physician of integrative medicine with the Mayo Clinic.

But when it comes to tasks that require more brainpower, finding that perfect playlist is not so easy.

In a Noisy Workplace, Music Is An Escape

While the open space encourages more collaboration, the noise can be too much for some people to handle when engaging in deep work. If there is no physical escape—such as a private room—then a pair of headphones may be the best alternative.

Based on some of what we know about how music affects productivity, you should try this kind of music through your headphones the next time you’re feeling unproductive:

Music with Lyrics

For low-immersion or physical tasks, music with lyrics can offer huge benefits. But for intensive work, lyrics are especially destructive for focus. In one study, 48% of participants listed intelligible talking as the sound which distracted them the most.

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Robin Harwood, point to the “Mozart Effect” in their textbook “Child Psychology.” The “Mozart Effect” is the belief that listening to classical music can improve intelligence; it is based upon a single study that was subsequently refuted. Instrumental and classical music won’t make you smarter, according to Harwood. But this music can have a relaxing, soothing effect and is less distracting than music with lyrics.

Music Makes Repetitive Tasks More Enjoyable

Songs that include sounds of nature.

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently discovered that adding a natural element could boost moods and focus. Sounds of nature can mask intelligible speech just as well as white noise while also enhancing cognitive functioning, optimising the ability to concentrate, and increasing overall worker satisfaction, the researchers found. The mountain stream sound researchers used in their study also possessed enough randomness that it didn’t distract test subjects.

Repeating »noises«

You can boost your productivity with repeating noises – have large collection of background noises such as rain, see, showers, river, forest etc: http://www.noisli.com/, or https://www.healthambition.com/how-to-improve-concentration/.

Or you can meditate with natural sounds: http://www.calm.com/

Music and the developer’s flow

Psychological studies reveal that developers can slide into a focused working rhythm with music much faster than without. Music helps to block out annoying, distracting noises like telephone conversations, squeaky chairs or that coughing colleague who gets on your nerves. Developer Rob Walling used music to condition himself to quickly assume a focused work pattern. While programming he would listen to the same track on repeat for hours until he could concentrate entirely on his work. Following this experiment, all Rob needs to do is play the song to evoke his undeterred concentration. Some good music to listen while developing:

http://musicforprogramming.net/

http://www.getworkdonemusic.com/

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Familiarity is best for focus

It may be beneficial to listen to music you are familiar with if you need to intensely focus for a project. The reason being is that new music is surprising; since you don’t know what to expect, you are inclined to listen closely to see what comes next. With familiar music, you know what lies ahead. Paying attention requires less focus. While the “journey” of new music can be beneficial in other ways, it’s best to tread a familiar path if you are using music to get things done.

The environment you create impacts the behavior you get. When deciding what sounds will fill your workday, please try, test and tweak until you find the perfect harmony.

The ability to do consistently great work is not an easy task, so think before you press play.

Špela Mermolja
Business Assistant
Enkronos d.o.o.

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DIGITAL PLATFORMS: THE MORE COMPLEX THE MOST FUN TO SIMPLIFY

From saas and cloud computing applications to decentralized peer-to-peer architectures a new technological landscape is shaping towards the future Artificial Intelligence scenario

Digital platforms are becoming increasingly important as part of the exploration and creation processes of new markets. They enable the integration of activities and workflows, that are increasingly knowledge intensive and often in a collaborative way.

According to a recent Gartner survey, marketers are moving to “digitally led business models” and no longer see digital as a distinct marketing discipline. Soon, industry boundaries will dramatically blur as platforms reshape industries into interconnected ecosystems.

Davos 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting has focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution following the digital revolution and characterized by a fusion of technologies that is merging the physical, digital, and biological spheres. The main reason this is a distinct one industrial era are velocity, scope, and systems impact.

The path towards a comprehensive integrated Artificial Intelligence business model is now anticipated by the development of digital platforms that will enable it in the next future on a broad coverage.

Digital Platforms may take different forms and models, as saas (software-as-a-service), cloud computing applications, web and mobile cross-platform apps, or with a decentralized peer-to-peer architecture.

Digital Platform have many uses. As regards companies, for example, opening new markets, building customer loyalty and lead generation are aspects of fundamental importance to ensure success in every company.

What tools are most intelligent and which are the most efficient ways to address the market?

They are countless and forgive us if we like to take as an example some of the innovative solutions that we launched on the market:

  • Augmented Reality apps,
  • mobile application development and platform for smartphones and tablets,
  • integrated web system for configuration, creation, storage and distribution of tickets, digital coupons and pass,
  • integrated platform for the management of loyalty campaigns and of multichannel contests and sweepstakes,
  • blockchain technology and fintech applications,
  • platforms for e-democracy and e-voting,
  • collaborative platforms for e-learning.

Thanks to the experience gained by our team in many years of cutting-edge technology, we have developed innovative solutions and created digital platforms, intranet and custom web applications for leading companies in each sector.

The know-how and strategic control of the technologies on which we develop our applications, make us the ideal partner to entrust the outsourcing of IT activities and creation of customized platforms for web & mobile content and app management.

We like to demonstrate every day our ability through our achievements. Obtaining and confirming the trust by customers is our primary goal.

If you have an impossible and complicated technology barrier, call us: that is where we have more fun.

Gianluca Busato
CEO – Enkronos d.o.o.

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From native to hybrid. And maybe back.

Nine years after the release of the first smartphone with multi-touch interface we simply cannot imagine a world without that devices and their mobile applications. Nowadays there’s a mobile app for almost everything: dating, ride sharing, finance, gaming, insurance claims, email, music, etc. If you can imagine it, it’s probably already available for download.

Your mobile device is with you, quite literally, every minute of the day. And if the device is with you constantly, it needs to be responsive and reliable.

Nobody has time for bad user experiences, your customers and employees included.

47% of apps have an uptime that is not competitive

While 79 percent of consumers would retry a mobile app only once or twice if it failed to work the first time, only 16 percent would give it more than two attempts. Poor mobile app experience is likely to discourage users from using an app again. Source

So you might get one chance to get it right. But you almost certainly won’t get a second.

There are hundreds of articles detailing and debating the Native vs. Hybrid topic. Some argue that the war between the two sides is already over and that most apps are already hybrid. Others take a more balanced approach, assessing the weaknesses, opportunities and threats of each strategy.

Building Native Apps

Building native applications means using the native language of the platform. The main advantage of native applications is their performance. Native apps are compiled into machine code, which gives the best performance you can get from the mobile phone.

Native development will often give you more capability; however, you should expect higher development costs and longer project time. The maintenance cost and time is also significantly higher for native mobile apps.

Building Hybrid Apps

Creating a hybrid app makes it easier to build multiple mobile apps for different platforms quickly. The application development is faster, simpler, more rapid and the application is easier to maintain.

The main problem with hybrid apps is that they still depend on the native browser, which means they are not as fast as native apps.

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The dilema of mobile app development

 

Both native and hybrid are ways to fulfill the different needs and preferences of users and developers, and none of them can be thought as a perfect solution.

They have their strengths and weaknesses and it is up to you to decide which of them fits you better and which one you will use in your application.

Špela Mermolja
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Enkronos d.o.o.

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DO YOU PREFER SPAGHETTI, LASAGNA OR MAYBE RAVIOLI?

 

Pasta is one of my great food weaknesses. In my world, there are few dishes that can compete with a good plate of thin spaghetti with a home made tomato sauce. That’s why I was so happy to hear my coworkers talking about spaghetti … code!

Typical software development follows a brute force development strategy, where the functionality of the software is expected to be proportional to the amount of development effort.

Managers are usually anxious to see results as soon as possible. They expect to see ongoing progress to justify their investment. As the software increases in complexity, continued development will gradually become more difficult and also more expensive.

Functionality of the software is expected to be proportional to the amount of development effort.

When a section of code has problems or bugs, rather than rewriting the entire section, a developer will often add some kind of workaround. Over time, these workarounds (or hacks), start building up on top of each other. Eventually the code becomes incomprehensible – it starts to resemble spaghetti.

Developers who have the “fortune” to deal with legacy code know very well the term spaghetti. It’s long. It´s pretzled. If you pull one part of spaghetti, half of what’s on your plate moves. There can be many unexpected tastes, in terms of what can be mixed in. Read more about dealing with legacy code and pasta …

As the source code continues to spaghettify, the amount of time and effort required to add new features becomes greater and greater until eventually it reaches the spaghetti limit.

Spaghetti limit

The common solution to spaghetti code is also well known: object oriented programming (OOP). Of course, in practice this is more an ideal than reality. Still, OOP can help a lot to separate large code bases into smaller, more maintainable chunks.

Especially programmers who are relatively new to OOP often overreact to its benefits by creating way too many classes. In other words this is code that has too many layers – Lasagna code.

In terms of pasta coding I would like to mention one more metaphor: Ravioli code. Ravioli code specifically uses the analogy of the small squares of filled pasta pieces to describe a large number of small, separate code modules that work together to accomplish a greater objective in a program’s source code. Overall, a great number of coders feel that ravioli code is neither innately good or bad, and should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Conclusion: It doesn´t matter if it is spaghetti, lasagna or ravioli; just call some good friends or family, prepare a nice home made sauce and have a good time!

Špela Mermolja
Business Assistant
Enkronos d.o.o.

 

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3 GREAT EVENTS THAT WILL BE HELD IN ENKRONOS DURING 2015 COINVEST VENTURE DAYS

We are really excited in Enkronos to host in our Conference Room three great events during 2015 Coinvest Venture Days, the biggest tech investment event in Southeast Europe, that will be held this week in Nova Gorica, Slovenija.

==> 17TH NOV, 2015 – TUESDAY <== “MINISTRY OF DATA” BOOT CAMP – WORKSHOPS

10.30-18.30 – http://www.ministryofdata.info/https://www.facebook.com/Ministry-of-Data-895465933928755

Do you love data? And do you want to understand how governments across South-eastern Europe spend taxpayer money? Crunch the data that we provide here for public good: if you find a way to make sense of it, the citizen will, too. Visualizations/analytics, mobile apps and other e-solutions welcome. You can win a cash prize and mentorship schemes tailored to you and your team! More than forty projects from all over the world applied for the challenge, out of which were “datahuggers”, “relatables”, “cdt” and “pmt” selected as this year´s finalists competing for the absolute win. These projects represent a heterogeous compilation of brilliant ideas, approaches to visualization of data, bacgrounds and nationalities.

==> 18TH NOV, 2015 – WEDNESDAY <== “MINISTRY OF DATA” BOOT CAMP – WORKSHOPS, – FINAL PRESENTATIONS

9.00-15.00  – http://www.ministryofdata.info/https://www.facebook.com/Ministry-of-Data-895465933928755

Boot Camp, Workshops and the Final Presentations of MINISTRY OF DATA will see the participation of many Entrepreneurs and Advisors from the World Bank and the United Nations. — Boot Camp and Workshops will see the participation of many Entrepreneurs and Advisors from the World Bank and the United Nations.

==> 19TH NOV, 2015 – THURSDAY <== CEED TRYOUT DAY

9.00-11.00 AND 13.00-15.00 – http://ceed-slovenia.org/ceed-challenge-day-2015/ – 
https://www.facebook.com/events/896175617137942/

Get feedback on your global product/business model from entrepreneurs/experts with global experience: Jaka Levstek (D.Labs, London), Matt Mayfield (Lohika, Sillicon Valley), Boštjan Bregar (4th Office), Barbara Bregar-Mrzlikar (CEED Slovenija).

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ENKRONOS PARTNER OF 2015 COINVEST VENTURE DAYS

We in Enkronos are very proud and honoured to be partner of 2015 COINVEST VENTURE DAYS, the biggest tech investment event in Southeast Europe, that will be held in Nova Gorica on November 18-19, 2015.

Coinvest Venture Days is a 2 day venture event with several side and networking events. It is focused on tech startups and venture investors communities, as well as entrepreneurship enthusiasts.

INVESTOR DAY (Nov 18): The first day is reserved to 50 best startups and venture investors. It is a closed-door, invitation-only event. The program will enable venture investors to meet each other and identify rising stars in startup world. The program concludes with a networking event.

STARTUP DAY (Nov 19): On the second day, Coinvest Venture Days will take place with excellent keynote speakers (international startup founders and venture investors) and an unique opportunity to see live startup battle for on-stage equity investments; investors include StartLabs and Julien Coustaury.

The event is open to public and enables you to participate at great talks, meet many interesting people ranging from investors, entrepreneurs, customers to media. Attend our closing evening Fire&Ice Party.

The Coinvest Venture Days bring together tech startups from ‘New Europe’ (that is: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Russia) and global venture investors. In 2014 the event hosted 500 participants with backgrounds in entrepreneurship and investing, coming from 27 countries. In three days, almost 70 startups from New Europe pitched to more than 70 investors from the EU, USA, Turkey, Israel, UAE and other countries. These included venture capital funds, angel investors, accelerators and corporate investors. In addition, 1-to-1 meetings were organized, enabling further discussions between investors and startups. This year’s Coinvest Venture Days will take place in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on November 18-19, 2015.

Many international investors, such as Union Square Ventures, Accel partners, Founder Collective and Tim Draper are starting to appreciate the vast potential of our region. Great tech talent, a guerrilla DNA, realistic valuations and a cheaper environment for business experiments: Welcome to New Europe.

In the last 3 years Coinvest Venture Days have become one of the biggest SEE investment event. In 2014 it hosted more than 500 participants from 28 countries, with a total of 67 startups and 77 international investors from the EU, Israel, New Zealand and the USA.

 

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ENKRONOS SELECTED IN COINVEST 50 STARTUP COMPETITION

Dear valued customers, partners and friends,

We are very proud (and happy) to announce that Enkronos has been selected as one of TOP 50 startups to pitch at 2015 COINVEST VENTURE DAYS, the biggest tech investment event in Southeast Europe that wil be held on November 18-19, 2015 in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia. We will have an opportunity to pitch and mingle with 100+ international investors and will compete for 10,000€ in cash as well as a business trip to Silicon Valley, US for 2 persons.

The Coinvest Venture Days bring together tech startups from ‘New Europe’ (that is: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Russia) and global venture investors. In 2014 the event hosted 500 participants with backgrounds in entrepreneurship and investing, coming from 27 countries. In three days, almost 70 startups from New Europe pitched to more than 70 investors from the EU, USA, Turkey, Israel, UAE and other countries. These included venture capital funds, angel investors, accelerators and corporate investors. In addition, 1-to-1 meetings were organized, enabling further discussions between investors and startups. This year’s Coinvest Venture Days will take place in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on November 18-19, 2015.

Many international investors, such as Union Square Ventures, Accel partners, Founder Collective and Tim Draper are starting to appreciate the vast potential of our region. Great tech talent, a guerrilla DNA, realistic valuations and a cheaper environment for business experiments: Welcome to New Europe.

In the last 3 years Coinvest Venture Days have become one of the biggest SEE investment event. In 2014 it hosted more than 500 participants from 28 countries, with a total of 67 startups and 77 international investors from the EU, Israel, New Zealand and the USA.

Coinvest will take place in Nova Gorica which is located in western Slovenia on border with Italy. You can reach Nova Gorica from directions:

  • Ljubljana, SI: 108 km (1h 13min)
  • Venice, IT: 145 km (1h 30min),
  • Zagreb, CRO: 244 km (2h 29min)
  • Milan, IT: 410 km (3h 44min),
  • Vienna, A: 491 km (4h 34min),
  • Munich, D: 496 km (4h 31min),
  • Budapest, H: 570 km (5h 7min),
  • Belgrade, SRB: 634 km (5h 41 min)

Please keep in mind that for travel by car you will need a VIGNETTE. For daily traffic information check Traffic-information center at WWW.PROMET.SI.

For information on transport and accomodation check http://www.coinvest.si/venturedays/venue.

COINVEST-vd

 

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WHY YOU SHOULD LEARN TO CODE?

Working with programmers it´s a special experience. If you don´t know how to code it´s like you moved to northeast China and you don´t know a word in Mandarin. Jokes apart. Learning how to code isn´t just about knowing C#, PHP and Python, but rather changing the way we think! So maybe you won´t  be Neo, but creative people are always looking to change their perspectives or figure out new ways to think outside the box.

  1. PROBLEM-SOLVING

A real programmer knows how to handle real problems. There are many different problem-solving skills that can make your daily life more efficient: abstraction, pattern recognition, sorting, … You can also use some techniques like R-mode or L-mode thinking … or just use a special feature called “Ask someone else”. Seriously. Your biggest resource can be the person sitting next to you. Often you’ll work it out as you verbalise it.

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.”

John Foster Dules, Former US Secretary of State

  1. ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

einsteinProgrammers ask questions to ensure that they fully understand the problem. Learn how to observe details and do not be afraid to ask questions. There are no stupid question – the only stupid question is the one that you don’t ask.

As Einstein put it: “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” – http://mentalfloss.com/

  1. LOOKING FOR INEFFICIENCIES

It is said that programmers are the laziest people on the planet. They tend to always find an easier and more efficient way to do things. My coworker Jure (yes, he is like Neo) likes to cite Bill Gates quote: “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

  1. ABSTRACT THINKING

Abstraction means reducing a complex problem to its important components. Some programmers can see the whole picture of the problem and they can simulate (in their mind) how the program will work. However, not everyone is capable of abstract thinking. In any case, you have to first defrag the project into smaller, digestible chunks and then determine what the smallest chunk is.

Do I know how to code? No. Not yet. But I learned some fancy new words like Encapsulation and Polymorphism.

Špela Mermolja
Business Assistant
Enkronos d.o.o.

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TRUST, BUT VERIFY

Suzanne Massie, a writer on Russia, met with USA President Ronald Reagan many times between 1984 and 1987. She taught him the Russian proverb, “doveryai no proveryai” (trust, but verify). The proverb was adopted as a signature phrase by Reagan, who subsequently used it frequently when discussing U.S. relations with the Soviet Union.

Since 2009 Volkswagen has been cheating on the testing for its diesel cars. The cars’ computers were able to detect when they were being tested, and temporarily alter how their engines worked so they looked much cleaner than they actually were. When they weren’t being tested, they belched out 40 times the pollutants. Their CEO has resigned, and the company will face an expensive recall, enormous fines and maybe worse (CNN).

Trust
Without trust, our working environments are a lot less fun and a lot less motivating! (Photo by: National Geographic)

Electronic components and computers allow people to cheat in a million ways.  Because the cheating is encapsulated in software, the malicious actions can happen at a far remove from the testing itself. Because the software is “smart” in ways that normal objects are not, the cheating can be harder to detect.

In 2013 we had examples of smartphone manufacturers cheating on processor benchmark testing: detecting when they are being tested and artificially increasing their performance. We are going to see this in other industries.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming. Experts from Gartner estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 25 Billion connected objects by 2020. Many industries are moving to add computers to their devices, and that will bring with it new opportunities for manufacturers to cheat. Light bulbs could fool regulators into appearing more energy efficient than they are. Voting machines could appear to work perfectly – except maybe when it switches a few percent of votes from one party’s candidates to another’s. We need better verification of the software that controls our lives, and that means more – and more (public) – transparency.

Without transparency, facts are blurred and hard to come by, and we all know how it works when we make decisions based on assumptions or lack of data. The ultimate goal of transparency is not just better decision making through, it is to help build trust. Because without trust we cannot build teams and programs, and also build the confidence, we need to make and meet reasonable commitments. Moreover – without trust, our working environments are a lot less fun and a lot less motivating!

In summary, transparency is a must have for trust. At Enkronos we always strive to achieve more transparency and trust:

  • Equal access to information at all levels is critical,
  • All our developers are devoted to higher ethical standards and moral code,
  • We work diligently to safeguard our clients IP (Intellectual Property) and ensure proper and complete knowledge transfer back to them at project end,
  • We know that we will be working with our clients for the long term. So we create solutions for our clients’ business like it was our own business,
  • We have a wide range of satisfied clients, from startups to big companies – across many industries.

After all I feel quite happy and secure with my “Made in Italy” car. For now I have problems only with that special USB port (powered by MS), which refuses to read almost all the music files … luckily the optical drive is still working.

Špela Mermolja
Business Assistant
Enkronos d.o.o.

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OPENING OF OUR NEW HEADQUARTERS

WE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF OUR NEW HEADQUARTERS

IMG_1471Dear valued customers, partners and friends,

Life is full of many surprises and vast opportunities. Consequently, exciting things are happening at Enkronos d.o.o., and we want to share some important news with you.

We are pleased to announce the opening of Enkronos brand new headquarters office in the International Business Center in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenija. Our new office was under construction for the past month and is at the verge of completion. There will be soon a small inauguration party organized to commence the celebration of our bigger, better and technically advanced office.

We have equipped our new office with better and advanced system that shall make available a more comfortable ambience for our employees to work in. Our workspace is now pretty amazing. With long walls of windows, fresh air and natural light pouring in, Enkronos’s branch office is the type of place you want to work at. The space is designed for collaboration. It is close to the highway H4, a step away from Italian border, with sport facilities,

It is the result of dedication and hard work that has helped us to grow and spread our resources towards advancements. We are grateful to each and every one of you for your individual contribution towards the development of Enkronos d.o.o..

Please note our new business address and contact information:

Building name: IBC – International Business Center
Street name: Polje 12
City: SI-5290 Šempeter pri Gorici
Country: Slovenija

Floor no: 1st

Telephone: +386 5 5555 550
e-mail: info@enkronos.com

Web: http://enkronos.com/
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