Apple Watch: Let The Marketing Games Begin

Posted by Kirhat | Wednesday, July 01, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Marketing Games
Advertisers know that Apple Watch has marketing potential. However, for now it's more about experimenting with the ultimate goal of pursuing 'micromoments' that could make or break customer experiences.

The Forrester Research brief made it clear on how companies should think about marketing on the Apple Watch.

Now that Apple is allowing native third party apps, the flood gates should open for more innovative approaches. So far, there aren't any killer apps for the Apple Watch and the potential as a content delivery tool remains to be seen.

Forrester's note, which focused on business-to-consumer marketers, said brands will find loyal customers if they can act during "micromoments." Forrester wrote:

"A micromoment is a mobile moment that requires only a glance to identify and deliver quick information that you can consume or act on immediately. Twenty-five percent of US online adults get tired of pulling their phones out of their pockets all the time. Smartwatches are the perfect fit for marketers to deliver value in micromoments when people are travelling, jogging, commuting, or in a meeting. Healthcare companies are working on Apple Watch apps to deliver recommendations based on your individual context (e.g., your unique situation, emotion, and preferences) at a given moment in time. For example, an app could send you a discreet notification to use your asthma inhaler because you're entering a more polluted area based on crowdsourced data on your allergens."
All of that sounds fine and companies like Salesforce are pursuing Apple Watch and wearables as a new customer engagement tool.

But for every positive micromoment, I'd argue there will be at least three or more negative ones. Hit the wrong micromoment and a brand becomes annoying in a hurry. Forrester advised that companies should use ethnographic research and customer journey mapping to identify where smart watches trump smartphones when it comes to notifications and reaching customers.

Forrester's advice is to focus on glances and allow consumers to see notifications and information that help their brands and sales. Some examples - baggage notifications from an airline - are no brainers. The issue is that companies are going to have to narrow down their content, stay disciplined and have the data chops to customize on an individual level.

For now, the Apple Watch and iPhone lacks the advance filtering to allow individuals to curate to a micro level, said Forrester. That reality means that companies are going to have to allow customers to personalize.


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