Internet of Things has come to define modern life, especially home life. Connected TVs, alarms, even toilets are becoming more common. But what are we really looking for in a wired household? Jeff Malmad, managing director, head of mobile and Life+ at Mindshare North America—which surveyed 1,000 consumers in the U.S. this past January—said the answer could have big implications for marketers. “Privacy is paramount for consumers,” he noted. “Marketers need to make sure that it’s easy to opt in or out of connected experiences, and ensure that they’re providing people with a real value exchange for opting in. Brands have a real opportunity to make consumers’ lives easier by delivering relevant notifications and content in their time of need, whether that’s reminding them of an errand or helping them with a household task.”
Here’s a look at some stats from Mindshare showing just how interested consumers are in connected homes and everyday objects:
The “Internet of Things” is a commonly misunderstood phrase. Many people think it refers to things like an app for your heating, or turning on your kettle from your phone.
In reality however, it is a world-vision of interconnected devices, buildings, vehicles and other appliances. These “things” all communicate with each other wirelessly, carrying out independent actions without the need for human interaction.
It could be a boon for manufacturers. If they play their cards right.