71% of Home Internet of Things Purchases Are Influenced by Word-of-Mouth or In-Store Referrals; Privacy Cited as Major Concern

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) today announced new research that indicates that nearly 65% of American consumers are moderately or extremely interested in adopting a smart home solution, and 71% of those consumers make smart home purchases based on word-of-mouth referrals by friends and family or recommendations made in-store by employees.

Further, two-thirds of the respondents are concerned about privacy, highlighting the need for industry participants to mitigate privacy and security concerns to drive the industry forward. IoTC members Greenwave Systems, August, GK Digital Media and NXP Semiconductors commissioned International Data Corporation (IDC) to survey 1,005 U.S. consumers, aged 18 and older, about their attitudes towards smart home product purchases.

While variables like gender and income play a role in a consumer's willingness to purchase Internet of Things (IoT) products, those factors do not always influence their preference. The survey found that, regardless of age and gender, 54% of consumers say word-of-mouth is the number one source of information when purchasing point products and smart home solutions. Word-of-mouth influence has twice the impact of traditional information sources like TV and Internet ads. Additionally, retailers can have a significant influence over in-store buyers as 43% of those surveyed said that store employees are the second most used source.

With the growing number of consumer IoT purchases, it is clear consumers are actively seeking ways to enhance their digital lifestyle by employing smart devices to help them be more efficient and save money (44%). That said, 51% of consumers are concerned that the total cost of ownership will outweigh the benefits.

Other survey findings include:

  1. Across age, gender and income, 66% of survey respondents expressed concern about privacy.
  2. Over 60% said they consider security and energy efficiency the most attractive benefits of today's smart home solutions.
  3. With respect to future connected home solutions, 37% of respondents want to be able to enhance their home entertainment experience by easily transferring shows and content from one device to another. The same percentage desire the ability to control their home appliances via a voice assistant.
  4. There is strong evidence that smartphones are the central device for controlling smart home technology: Nearly a quarter of American consumers would consider a smart home solution only if they could control it with their smartphone.
  5. American consumers also indicated that they would be open to viewing advertisements on connected home devices. More than a third stated that they would be willing to accept commercial advertising if it helped subsidize the cost of connected home products or services.

"This survey highlights that IoT is moving towards mass adoption, but that industry leaders must make their connected home solutions intuitive, simple and cost-effective to put into play," said Nate Williams, CMO of Greenwave Systems. "Consumers don't really care how they manage their smart devices, but they want a frictionless experience — ideally with a solution that someone else installs for free — that saves them money and improves their quality of life over the long-term."

"We need to deliver products to consumers that have clear value and delight them," said Bharat Vasan, COO of August. "We can't underscore enough the impact ease of use and experiential learning can have on the IoT industry, as smart home products are being made more widely available through retail distribution."

Greg Kahn, Founder and CEO of GK Digital Media offered, "This ground breaking, collaborative research study shows that consumer interest in connected home products and services is reaching a tipping point. We can anticipate mass adoption of smart home technology if providers can subsidize the total cost of ownership. Advertising may be one way to do so."

"Data security and identity protection are clearly top-of-mind for consumers looking at IoT products and services," said Jack Ogawa, Sr. Director of Marketing for NXP Semiconductors. "The developing IoT industry has an opportunity to utilize state of the art software and semiconductor technology to set the standard for secure connections, both in the Cloud and in the connected IoT products themselves."

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About Greenwave Systems

Greenwave Systems is a global Internet of Things (IoT) software and services company whose disruptive Greenwave360º engagement model and scalable Axon™ software platform solution enables category-leading brands to profitably deploy managed services. The company's mission is to drive mass adoption of IoT by enabling leading brands to use technology in ways that foster deeper customer relationships. Learn more about Greenwave at www.greenwavesystems.com or follow us on Twitter at @GreenwaveSys.

About August

August builds products that make life simpler, allowing physical environments to seamlessly respond to user behavior. August's flagship product, the August Smart Lock, is a new lock and access system that allows you to send a virtual key to anyone you choose to have access to your home. Founded by renowned designer Yves Béhar and technology entrepreneur Jason Johnson, August has raised more than $10 million in venture funding and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information about August, please visit: www.august.com.

About GK Digital Media

GK Digital Media is a leading advisory firm that specializes in emerging technologies and "the Internet of Things." GK Digital Media works with entertainment producers, technology manufacturers, digital publishers and advertisers in the areas of content monetization, home automation, wearables and 3D printing. Experience GK Digital Media at www.gkdigitalmedia.com or follow on Twitter @gkmediabuzz.

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq:NXPI) creates solutions that enable secure connections for a smarter world. Building on its expertise in High Performance Mixed Signal electronics, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, identification and mobile industries, and in application areas including wireless infrastructure, lighting, healthcare, industrial, consumer tech and computing. NXP has operations in more than 25 countries, and posted revenue of $4.82 billion in 2013. Find out more at www.nxp.com.

CONTACT: Media Contacts: For Greenwave Systems: Amanda Brandt (408) 884-5162 abrandt@sterlingpr.com For August: PR@August.com For GK Digital Media: Greg Kahn (310) 266-2477 greg@gkdigitalmedia.com For NXP Semiconductors: Hillary Cain (415) 350-4860 Hillary.cain@nxp.com

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