Security, privacy and the issue of trust
Large-scale hacking in 2016 drew attention to privacy issues; Yahoo, Verizon, Dropbox, and even the Democratic National Committee were targeted.
Today’s 11 billion global connected devices will increase to 80 billion by 2025. Companies that make these devices are typically not security companies, and popular culture such as Netflix’s Black Mirror has painted an image of a distrustful, connected society.
CES featured companies dedicated to security including Bit Defender Box, a network device that prevents hacking into connected home devices.
Marketing implication: Increased scrutiny of privacy is a good thing and needs to be taken seriously by marketers. Data protection should be revered at all costs and marketers need to respect the individual with the continued evolvement of data-driven, programmatic media.
Automation and the connected-everything
The old companies you thought you knew have transformed into smart-technology companies intent on making our lives easier via automating and connecting our utilities.
The Panasonic smart kitchen features a digital kitchen wall with video recipes based on your refrigerator’s contents. A smooth, marble bench surface is transformed seamlessly into a heated stove top as a pot is moved around the surface. Once dinner is finished the Whirlpool Zera food recycler can keep a garden healthy by producing 25lbs of compost a week.
Connected cars continued their dominance at CES with new models including the breathtaking Faraday, electric ride sharing Honda and Alexa-integrated Ford. In ten years most new cars will be autonomous, and for everyone else there are after-market retrofitted autonomous kits such as Delphi.
Even the sport of fishing didn’t escape automation with the PowerRay underwater robot combining fish-detection with VR live-streamed video.
Marketing implication: Automation is changing all aspects of our lives, both as consumers and marketers. The businesses we work in today need to transform to become technology and data led.
Our job titles in as near as five years’ time will be vastly different from today. The savvy marketer will adapt, retool and retrain today to stay relevant in the future. Taken individually, these trends are exciting. When combined, they’re mind blowing.
CES gives us a glimpse into the future of marketing, one of utility, automation and deep personalization. As marketers it will no longer be acceptable to blast consumers with a one-size-fits-all approach. Our role is to provide valuable interactions, hyper-relevant to the micro moments in consumers’ lives.
In the near future, the car I’m driving will detect that I’m drowsy by analyzing my face and driving patterns. She will say “Hello Jeff, you’ve been driving for eight hours. Why don’t you stop for a coffee? There is a Starbucks 1.5 miles ahead.” As I pass a digital billboard that triggers Starbucks content, I will turn into a parking lot to speak to a voice activated digital barista who already knows my order. The future of marketing is exciting.
Jeff Tan is vice president of strategy at Posterscope.
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