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Amazon Heralds The Era of Smart Homes

Trend Summary: Here's a glimpse into the future as the era of the smart home looms before us.


It’s a Saturday night, and you’re having friends over for dinner. So you start chatting with your refrigerator, integrated with Amazon’s Alexa while the technology suggests some meal ideas and tells you what ... 

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2018]

... you’ll need to buy.

The fridge tells you what’s inside and you place your order and start focusing on cleaning, telling your your Google Home to pick a cooking playlist while you enjoy the few minutes of reprieve, knowing that soon your groceries will arrive via drone delivery.

This is the world of the smart home – a world of incredible convenience and connectivity. These innovations set us free to do what we really want and need to do – work, play, relax, socialise – and reduce the tedious time spent on chores and errands.  

As exciting as these changes are, they’re just the beginning. This same desire for convenience and connectivity is driving the global push for smart communities – cities and towns powered by data analytics and the Internet of Things.

Using artificial intelligence, sensors and automation, they will maximize productivity, streamline and strengthen public services and increase sustainability for citizens, communities and companies alike. And they’re coming soon – according to research from the Consumer Technology Association, the global smart city market will be worth more than $34.35bn come 2020.

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Source: MediaPost.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7321

Samsung Launches Smart Home WiFi System

Trend Summary: Smart home Wi-Fi connectivity and control is on the cusp of consolidating into a single network solution for consumers.


Samsung’s Connect Home smart Wi-Fi system, introduced at a launch event earlier this year, is set to hit the market later this week. For the first month of pre-orders, transnational consumer electronics corporation Best Buy will be the ... 

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

... exclusive retailer, according to Samsung.

According to Bill Lee, vice president of smart home product marketing at Samsung Electronics America, in addition to connecting to and managing smart home devices, the increasing number of connected devices within homes also requires faster Wi-Fi.

Says Lee: “Today’s smart homes have the power to deliver simple and efficient automation, but as families stream more content and buy more connected devices, it’s a struggle to get fast, reliable and extendable Wi-Fi coverage."

Enthuses Mr Lee: "With Samsung Connect Home, we’re redefining the whole home network to finally offer families a simple solution that expands Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home while offering the ability to monitor, automate and control smart devices using Samsung SmartThings.

The system can be configured using Samsung’s Connect smartphone app, which guides users through placing the units in the most effective locations, according to Samsung.

The app also includes connected device management capabilities, such as setting parental controls and granting guest access to the network.

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Source: MediaPost.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7192

Internet of Things "Misunderstood" IBM Tech Guru Claims

Trend Summary: Technology is advancing at an unparalleled pace and global tech companies have never previously made such a profound impact on the world.


yes According to Rob High, vice president and chief technology officer at IBM Watson, this is a trend that could advance in ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

... less apparent ways.

​Mr High believes that technology and the Internet of Things [IoT] will advance human abilities, claiming that it would do so in ways that we can't yet imagine.

"When you think about what it was like ten or fifteen years before smartphones, could we have then then imagined the way that these things would impact our lives?

"I suspect that technology will impact us in just as profound a way and even more so than it has so far. I'm not sure we can fully predict how it is going to augment us other than to say that by helping us to overcome our own limitations we are going to start to begin to see the world in a different way and imagine the possibilities in a different way, make choices in a different way and be inspired in ways that people only have a slight hint at understanding now".

It's going to be an extremely remarkable and fun time to live through these changes in society and the potential is going to be great for us."

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Source: TheDrum.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7152

Amazon UK Trials Automated Ordering Online

Trend Summary: When Amazon launched its Dash button in April 2014, many checked whether it was the first of the month?


enlightenedThe online titan's plastic branded buttons are connected to the Amazon Prime app, enabling consumers to replenish branded household goods instantly – no logging in, no confirmation of payment. When it became clear that Amazon was serious, observers speculated as to ... 

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

... whether the internet titan's instant-order button signals the future of shopping?

Dash was met by a lukewarm response in the US when it launched, with consumers questioning the convenience of receiving 45 toilet rolls at a time! When smart devices don’t turn out to be that smart, consumers can be unforgiving in their analysis.

Amazon is currently rolling out its Dash Replenishment Service [DRS] to the UK. The platform will enable 'internet of things' devices to automatically re-order their own supplies when they run low, with Bosch, Siemens, Grundig, Samsung and Whirlpool adding codes to their connected products to facilitate the deliveries.

The Dash button means consumers can order brands such as Ariel, Andrex and Finish literally at the touch of a button, resulting in less time spent lugging around heavy items in person.

In the UK, Tesco is also exploring automated shopping through a partnership with an online service called If This Then That.

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Source: campaignlive.co.uk
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7144

AI and Bots Herald Next Version of Mobile Apps

Trend Summary: Bots will become the next version of mobile apps, creating an emotional connection between brands and consumers.


According to Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's General Manager for search, cloud and content, Bots [web robots] will replace mobile applications resulting in conversations via ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q4 2016]

... bots occurring more frequently.

To all intents and purposes, bots will become the new app for brands, while natural language is on course to become the popular user interface, thereby creating an emotional connection between brands and consumers via artificial intelligence [AI] and search.

Microsoft, ever vigilant for opportunities to make a few million bucks, this week announced a new group that will help accelerate the use of AI.

Circa five hundred computer scientists and engineers will support the marketing team and will include Microsoft Research along with the company’s Information Platform Group, Bing and Cortana's  natural language processing. Vital input will also come from the multinational mammoth's Ambient Computing and Robotics teams.

According to Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP of technology and research, tools like Skype Translator, XiaoIce chatbot and the Cortana virtual assistant would not have been possible without years of investment in machine learning, speech recognition and natural language processing". Cortana currently serves around 113 million customers and has answered over twelve billion questions.

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Source: MediaPost.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6996

Consumer Behaviour Will Control The Inexorable Rise of the IOT
... adapt accordingly. A good example of such an adaptation is the introduction of the new Nest Cam Outdoor camera. After Nest Cam started selling this product the company noticed that a large number of purchasers of the product were pointing their devices at windows so they could monitor activity outside their home. So the company seized on this behavioral pattern and created an outdoor......
[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2016]

... adapt accordingly.

A good example of such an adaptation is the introduction of the new Nest Cam Outdoor camera. After Nest Cam started selling this product the company noticed that a large number of purchasers of the product were pointing their devices at windows so they could monitor activity outside their home.

So the company seized on this behavioral pattern and created an outdoor version of the same camera, essentially a traditional Nest Cam built into a weatherproof container.

According to MediaPost.com staff writer Chuck Martin, this is what the IoT is all about: launching and then adapting to consumer behaviors.

Says Martin: "Had Nest simply stuck with its indoor camera it's likely that a fast-moving competitor would move in to capture the outdoor connected camera market".

Mr Martin also warns that: "IoT products are relatively new, and no one really knows how they will be used until placed into the hands of a large number of consumers."

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Source: MediaPost.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6936

'Internet of Things' Looms Ever Nearer

Trend Summary: Prophets of information technology believe that the next big trend in this field will be the so-called “Internet of Things”.


The Internet of Things [IoT] say the self-appointed prophets, will connect objects hitherto beyond the reach of IT’s tendrils enabling, for example, your sofa to contact your phone to tell you that you have left your wallet behind, while your 'intelligent' refrigerator  automatically orders groceries without you needing ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2016]

... to make a shopping list.

This means it will be becessary to embed chips in your sofa, your wallet and your refrigerator to enable them to communicate with the rest of the world. And those chips will need power to run their communications.

In some cases this power will come from the electricity grid or a battery, although this is not always convenient. However scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle believe they have at least part of an answer to the problem: to reconfigure a chip’s communications so that they need almost no power to work.

Most conceptions of the internet of things assume that the chips in sofas, wallets, fridges and so on will use technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to communicate with each other - either directly over short ranges or via a base-station connected to the outside world for long range connectivity.

However, for a conventional chip to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal requires two things. First, it must generate a narrow-band carrier wave. Secondly it must impress upon this wave a digital signal that a receiver can interpret.

Following Moore’s Law (that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years) the components responsible for doing the impressing have become ever more efficient over the past couple of decades. However, those generating the carrier wave  have not done so.

Not having to generate its own carrier wave reduces a chip’s power consumption ten-thousandfold, because throwing the switch requires only a minuscule amount of current. Moreover, though trial prototypes do still use batteries, this current could instead be extracted from the part of the carrier wave that is absorbed.

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Source: TheEconomist.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6850

Marketers Prepare for Virtual Reality Ads

Marketing Trend Summary: Brands are embracing Virtual Reality via 360-degree video now that Facebook and YouTube both support this video format.


A diverse group of entrepreneur originators has been creating 360-degree virtual reality [VR] videos for some US college football teams, the Rockefeller Center and GoPro Extreme. On the publishing side of VR, media companies such as Discovery are already creating VR content for their apps, but as yet are not ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2016 Onward]

... extending resources for VR advertising.

Framestore, a VR production and creative studio, is currently assisting a number of ad agencies to prepare for a VR advertising channel.

In an interview with Digiday, a company focusing on digital media, marketing and advertising professionals, Framestore creative director Resh Sidhu said: "We were getting agencies coming to us so late in the process. They didn’t know the realities of what they were producing, both from a creative and a financial point of view. So we need to do this."

Meantime, eager (and gullible?) US consumers can pre-buy Oculus Rift VR headsets for a mere $599, scheduled for delivery later this spring .

After twenty-plus years of promise it now seems that virtual reality tech will truly reach the masses.

From a marketing standpoint the ability to completely control an audience’s environment via sight and sound, provides a fresh canvas for crafting and delivering marketing messages.

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Source: MarketingDive.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6806

Amazon Muscles-In On the Coming Smart Homes Market

Marketing Trend Summary: Amazon enters the Smart Home market, becoming the 'Brains' behind the Internet of Things [IoT].


Amazon today announced it's intention to push deeper into the smart home market by selling semiconductors manufactured by its subsidiary Annapurna Labs, a chip design company purchased by Amazon chairman/ceo Jeff Bezos last year for $350m. Amazon's ultimate aim is to sell ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2016 -Q4 2019]

... the technology to home equipment designers who specialise in building products for the Internet of Things [IoT].

Amazon's move will see companies integrate search into a variety of hardware devices.

Amazon’s new product line, branded Alpine, will serve as a foundation for next-generation digital services for connected homes.

The chips can enable functions such as voice search in domestic devices.

Voice search will drive new behavior and understanding for marketers in 2016, according to David Pann, general manager of Microsoft Search Advertising, who made seven search predictions for 2016.

Pann’s predictions range from using search data to predict the outcome, to using paid-search advertising to go beyond keywords to audience and action buying, and mobile to personalize the experience.

Search marketing will harness the majority of digital marketing spend, predicts Pann, but the industry will need to find a way to automate more functions into chips and devices.

Search marketing will represent 45.4% of digital marketing spend in 2016, predicts Forrester Research Digital Marketing Forecasts, 2014 to 2019. However, that figures doesn’t include future search investments that will become automated in devices.

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Source: MediaPost.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6803

Publicis Groupe Restructures its Offering for 2016 Onward

Trend Summary: In a move that may be emulated by other ad agency titans, Publicis Groupe plans an imminent massive restructuring.


Paris headquartered Publicis Groupe, the world's third largest ad agency conglomerate, has announced a major resructuring of its worldwide operations effective 2 January 2016. According to the group's chairman/ceo Maurice Lévy, the move will divide the group's current advertising and marketing properties into four hubs focused on ... 

[Estimated timeframe:Q4 2015 - Q4 2016]

... creative, media, digital/technology and healthcare.

According to M Lévy, the restructuring comes as Publicis Groupe focuses on a new ambition:"To be the admired force for business transformation driven through the alchemy of creativity and technology".

It's unclear whether M Lévy's orotund prose is directed at the group's clients (who include CocaCola, AXA, AstraZeneca and Bank of America) or at other major advertisers who have yet to be coaxed into the Publicis fold.

This is how the Publicis brands will be grouped in future:

1. Publicis Communications: Arthur Sadoun will head up Publicis Communications as its new CEO. This hub will include Publicis Worldwide, MSL, Nurun, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, BBH and Marcel.

2. Publicis Media: The media arm of Publicis will be led by Steve King whose remit includes Starcom Mediavest, ZenithOptimedia, Vivaki, Performics, MRY and Moxie.

3. Publicis.Sapient: The digital hub, will be led by Alan Herrick and includes Sapient Consulting, SapientNitro, DigitasLBi and Razorfish.

4. Publicis Healthcare: Nick Colucci will head up the healthcare hub, Publicis' newly integrated health and pharma offering.

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Source: AdWeek.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6785



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