The results from a recent study published today by field marketing agency Gekko entitled ‘Smart Home Shopper’ has revealed that more than half of Brits have purchased smart technology for their homes – but have little idea how to use it.
The study which investigated smart home purchasing behaviour found that 56 per cent of adults have bought the latest must-have smart home tech, including Wi-Fi controlled security cameras, heating systems and speakers - but have been left scratching their heads when they get them home. In fact, three in ten consumers regretted buying at least one or more items of smart home technology because it proved so difficult to get up and running.
Nearly a third of adults say they never read instructions or manuals when they buy a new piece of kit, while 21 per cent admit that although they have a love of tech, they are intimidated by the complexities of it. Thirteen per cent of consumers who have invested in smart home technology said they couldn’t get all their devices to connect – which is the whole point of having a ‘smart home.’ More than one in ten have used a piece of smart home tech once and never again.
The trickiest bit of kit to install was security equipment (45 per cent), including app-controlled doorbells, motion sensors and CCTV, however 28 per cent couldn’t get their smart lighting to work and 35 per cent came unstuck when installing their smart heating system. Twelve per cent claimed poor Wi-Fi connection made installation difficult and 15 per cent confessed to lacking any technical ability.
Surprisingly and despite its current popularity, 30 per cent of adults that have purchased a smart speaker such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home don’t understand all its functionality.
Those people that bought their smart home tech from a brick and mortar retail store did so to play, touch and feel the product (40 per cent), get advice from sales staff (30 per cent) and a demonstration (30 per cent).
Daniel Todaro, MD, Gekko comments: “It’s clear from our study that smart home tech is popular, but people don’t know how to fully utilise the devices to meet their lifestyle needs – whether that’s convenience, money saving, leisure time or learning.
"This is a great opportunity for retailers, especially brick and mortar to improve the customer experience within the smart home tech category by having an environment where consumers can ‘play’ and a retail team that understand each product in detail and can match consumer need to product performance. By solution selling it’s a win win for the customer and the retailer – the retailer can enrich the sale by demonstrating the whole product portfolio and functionality and the customer gets a product that’s fit for purpose.
Traditional retailers have never been under so much financial pressure to adapt to today’s market conditions, so they must use what they’ve got to make every customer visit worthwhile.”