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- Are consumers ready for such an extensive Voice Everywhere presence?
- The actual benefit of some Voice enabled devices.
- What does this mean for marketers?
Make no mistakes, this CES event was all about Voice. You could see it everywhere, from the monorail train bringing attendees up and down the Strip to the large “hidden” ballroom Amazon had taken over at the Venetian.
But it wasn’t the large booths that made Voice the hit of CES 2019. Walking the stalls, it was noticeable that every stand promoting some sort of “smart” device would have either a big “works with Amazon Alexa” sign or an all-in-white Google Assistant Promoter educating the public on how to interact with the Google Voice Assistant (“Hey Google” anyone?).
We have reached the point where if a device doesn’t work with Voice,
Google is looking to establish a broad market of devices in all sorts of categories that feature its Assistant in order to provide consumers with constant access to the AI — even if they don’t have their phones on them.
Meanwhile, more companies are finding ways to integrate AI voice assistants into the home without dedicated devices. They’re inserting these assistants into everything from bathroom lights and toilets from Kohler to mirrors from SimpleHuman, and even pet-monitoring cameras from Petcube. These devices are built with either Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant — or both — integrated into their hardware, with microphones to record and transmit voice commands.
Are consumers ready for such an extensive Voice Everywhere presence?
Not really. Most consumers still have pretty basic interactions with their voice devices and question whether Voice is really needed “everywhere”.
However, users are questioning the actual benefit of some Voice enabled devices:
“They’re putting Alexa in everything and I’m getting a little bit tired of it,” one user-interface specialist from a major carmaker told the BBC at CES. “If I want to open my toilet why should I tell Alexa to open my toilet instead of opening it myself?”
Whether you have started to use Voice enabled devices in your routine or not, the trend from CES is clear, the tech giants believe Voice is needed and it’s here to stay.
What does this mean for marketers?
All marketers from every industry should sit up and take notice of this trend and closely follow its evolution. Building for Voice interfaces is not the same as building a Web Page; the language construct requires a different type of expertise and consumer experience thinking. Whether you are on the device manufacturing side and want to build interfaces or on the advertising side and want to build content, you need to go on a learning journey which includes experiencing this new channel for yourself.
Want to see which devices have been presented with “Voice Inside”? Click here for a good roundup from Digital Trends.
At EBI, we understand the crucial importance of Voice and over the past year have developed extensive expertise of its application in eCommerce. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you to get started with Voice.
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