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Report: IoT 2020 – Big expectations and cost savings

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Just recently, we summarized the findings of Goldman Sachs’ on the Internet-of-Things (IoT) report, and what they think where IoT might lead us to in the future.

Now, another report from Schneider Electric called “IoT 2020 Business Report” delivers some new findings on how large organisations will leverage Internet of Things technologies as a serious business tool by 2020. Their study is based on feedback by 3,000 business leaders from twelve countries.

According to their global survey, 75% of respondents were optimistic about the opportunities IoT presents this year. Almost every second out of three (63%) companies use IoT to improve their customer experience and analyze customer behaviour in 2016. They hope to solve problems faster, achieve better customer service and customer satisfaction ranking.

Furthermore, cost savings in automation seem to be high on the agenda, above all building (63%) and industrial automation (62%). As results showed the improvements in automation technologies almost half of the companies (42%) say they want to implement IoT-enabled building automation systems within the next two years.

The key driver for IoT is mobile for two out of three companies (67%). Thus, they plan to implement IoT via mobile applications this year, and 32% even in the next six months. Again, cost savings of up to 59% is the major driver for IoT implementation.

The confidence is the value of knowledge gathering and sharing already exists inside most companies surveyed. 81% feel that the data and/or information generated by the IoT is being shared effectively throughout the organisation. Fears are lower than expected. Only 41% of respondents connect cybersecurity threats with IoT business challenges.

“We’re past the point of questioning whether IoT will deliver value. Businesses now need to make informed decisions to position themselves to maximise IoT’s value in their organisation.” Dr. Prith Banerjee, Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric

However, Schneider Electric does not only publish numbers of their study but also provides the following predictions that business leaders might take into consideration.

1. The next wave of digital transformation.
IoT will bring operational technology (OT) and IT together while fueling a mobile and digitally enabled workforce: As more companies both expand and deepen their digitisation programmes enterprise-wide, IoT will increasingly take centre stage. This new wave of transformation will be enabled by more affordable “connected” sensors, embedded intelligence and control, faster and more ubiquitous communications networks, cloud infrastructure, and advanced data-analytics capabilities.

2. Insightful data.
IoT will translate previously untapped data into insights that enable enterprises to take the customer experience to the next level: When thinking about the value proposition of IoT, most businesses point to efficiency and cost savings as the key benefits. Yet access to data – including previously untapped data – and the ability to translate it into actionable insights, the hallmark of IoT, will deliver greater customer-service transformation and new opportunities to build brand/service loyalty and satisfaction.

3. Premise-to-cloud confidence.
The IoT will promote an open, interoperable and hybrid computing approach, and it will foster industry and government collaboration on global architecture standards that address cybersecurity concerns: While cloud-based IoT solutions will grow in popularity, no single computing architecture will monopolise their delivery. IoT instead will flourish across systems, both at the edge and on premise, as part of private cloud or public cloud offerings. Making IoT available across heterogeneous computing environments will help end users adopt IoT solutions in the way that best suits their security and mission-critical needs while also offering entities with legacy technology infrastructures a logical and manageable path forward, allowing them to transform over time.

4. Innovations that leapfrog existing infrastructure.
IoT will function as a source of innovation, business model disruption and economic growth for businesses, governments and emerging economies: Just as the Industrial Revolution, birth of the Internet and mobile revolution have driven advancement, innovation and prosperity, so will IoT. Businesses and cities alike will deliver new IoT-enabled services; new business models will emerge; and, in particular emerging economies will have a significant opportunity to quickly leverage IoT without the constraint of legacy infrastructure, essentially leapfrogging old ways. In fact, McKinsey forecasts that 40 percent of the worldwide market for IoT solutions will be generated by developing countries.

5. A better planet.
IoT solutions will be leveraged to address major societal and environmental issues: IoT will help countries and their economies respond to the biggest challenges facing our planet, including global warming, water scarcity and pollution. In fact, survey respondents identified improved resource utilisation as the number one benefit of IoT to society as a whole. In concert with the private sector, local and national governments will embrace IoT to accelerate and optimise current initiatives to curtail greenhouse gas emissions in accord with the breakthrough COP21 climate agreement, whereby 196 countries pledged to keep global warming under the threshold of two degrees celsius.

Spot On!
The Internet of Things has been seen as the main revolution from a technology perspective. The hype seems to be at an all-time high. Real business value is not only saving money though. Customer service improvements, better process optimization and smarter work and life opportunities will have big potential to bring IoT business value to enterprises in the future.

What is your experience on the value of IoT for your business?

Study: Content marketing investment on the rise

A recent study 2015 Content Marketing Survey by content marketing agency Castleford states that the amount of marketers committed to content marketing is increasing. According to their results 65% (compared to 48% one year ago) of marketers want to boost their content marketing next financial year. Their plans is to invest more in time and resources.

Even more, 97% of participants of the survey said they will increase or retain their current level of investment. And the respondents also face the support of their C-level executives. Of the responding marketers 76% replied their C-level executives viewed content marketing “quite positively” or “very positively”.

Obviously, there are also some challenges involved in content marketing creation wit time (45%) and budget (29%) being the biggest problem. Just, 3% that mentioned their C-level buy-in is their biggest challenge to content marketing will be probably persuaded over time, we think.

In terms of content marketing tactics the study shows that social media (81%) is still the favorite online marketing tactics in this field. However, the biggest growth opportunity shows video marketing and paid promotion of content for the next year. 61% are already using video marketing, (increase of 13% compared to last year). This is probably also driven by the main players Facebook and Google.

The variety of content marketing is also growing though. Almost every second marketer said that they use five or more different online marketing channels (45%).

Although Castleford director Rob Cleeve is confident with the development of content marketing, he also makes clear that marketers need to deliver results with it as well: “In my experience, content marketing is claiming an increasingly large share of overall marketing budgets, which is going to mean more pressure to show how it’s benefiting the bottom line.”

Spot On!
Content marketing definitely has changed the advertising industry drastically. However, the main challenges involved are the appropriate use of data with content to drive the right story in the right context to the right user at the right time. Here we see massive problems for many marketers still in our work with customers. Post-it recently explained it nicely in a video that leverages their banner and ask many question in terms of how retargeting actually kills good content marketing in terms in the example of banner ads.

The infographic of the study carries all relevant results of the Castleford study.

Castleford-Content-Marketing-Infographic-2015

Most Popular Websites By Country (Map)

Two researchers Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata at the Oxford Internet Institute mad use of Alexa to determine the most visited websites by Internet traffic. Although the findings are quite obvious for some regions like the US and Europe where Google dominates, Facebook has already taken over Spanish-speaking parts of the America, the Middle East, and North Africa. Still, in those 50 countries where facebook “rules”, Google or YouTube appear just behind. Yandex is leading in Russia with approx. 60% of search traffic, Baidu in China (however, the researcher doubted their leading position in South Korea). Interesting for me to see that Yahoo is still powerful in Taiwan and Japan.

Most Popular Websites Global

Content: Secrets of a killer blogpost (Infographic)

Many marketing, PR or product managers think about starting their own blogs when joining one of our inhouse or open seminars. And for most of them, it has become a challenge just finding the right topic that makes them outstanding with their product or service offering. This is not surprising, bearing in mind that there were already 74.874.233 WordPress websites out there when I wrote this post – and when you think about Blogger, Typepad, Tumblrs and all of those enterprise blogs, it becomes a mission impossible to find a niche that helps building brands.

Now, the guys at WhoIsHostingThis.com have published some helpful infographic which give us some quite good arguments on what matters when you start blogging.

Which Content?
There is no magazine without a smashing title. Ideally, you write about the topics you are an expert in. As people will want credible, meaningful and authentic blog posts, this is the only way to get your readers attention. Then, check out what readers do want, discuss and share on your topic via social media monitoring. This will make your content interesting and will prevent you from writing content that nobody reads.

Original or Curated?

If you have got the time to write original content, go for it. It’s the best for your reputation and shows your own mindset. And most importantly, Google likes original content which is more likely to rank better. Whenever, there are guest bloggers who want to contribute to your website, invite them.
However, the truth is that if you curate your competitor’s content or third party content from time to time (with a back link!), you jump into their fish-bowl. The easiest bit is if you use their infographics, webinars and branded industry blogs to expand their ideas and thoughts.

Consistency? 

Find your style and stick with it. People want to feel “at home” and comfortable. Figure out when most people share your updates, or when it’s better not to send them live. If you can afford it, stick to an editorial calendar as people love publishing source they can rely on finding the relevant set of information that stands out.

Good luck (and if you need help), we are here to advice…

How-to-Write-a-Successful-Blog-Post

The WestJet Santa Surprise (Video)

The team of WestJet made a Christmas afford to bring some Toronto passengers a personalized gift at their destination. With an interesting technology approach, they made some wishes becomes reality…like miracles really do happen. I have to admit that the campaign massively reminded me of the former KLM Surprise campaign but still the marketing budget is wisely spend when you can make people share their happiness around Xmas. Do you like it?

Social Networks für Frauen, Mütter und Eltern

Neue Social Networks und Online Communities für Frauen, Mütter und Eltern schießen schneller aus dem Boden als man den Überblick behalten kann. Die Zielgruppen sind finanziell potent und offen für neue Produkte. Wer z.B. aus Absatzsicht wissen will, wo sich Eltern auf Communities tummeln, sollte sich diese ausführliche Übersicht der Eltern-Plattformen mal ansehen.

Was die Zielgruppen Frauen und Mütter angeht, so finden hier mal ein paar interessante Plattformen ein wenig mehr Beachtung, die wahrlich viel Gründe und Potential für Werbeeinsätze liefern: ein Social Network für die moderne mobile Frau, zwei Communities für (auch werdende) Mütter und das neue Corporate Community des Kinderwagen-Produzenten Bugaboo. Die Auswahl beruht darauf, dass diese Plattformen teilweise neu sind, teilweise nicht IVW gelistet oder klar positioniert – aber sich dennoch großer Beliebheit erfreuen.

Neue Community Plattformen

shesconnected.com
Women and Businesswomen united – das Sex and the City Netzwerk? Nun kommt also die exklusive Plattform für die Frau und man frägt sich, ob nicht eine persönliche Präsenz auf XING, LinkedIn oder Facebook genügt? Nein, denn so die Plattform… “No other site allows women to create both a personal and professional profile. Keep one private, make the other public.” Man(n) frägt sich automatisch: Gibt es eigentlich für Männer schon eine ‘hesconnected’ Community, oder brauchen Männer ein geschlechtsspezifisches Social Network nicht? Für Frauen positioniert sich das Social Network als …

“…the one place where busy women can connect with others to find the tools, tips and resources to simplify everyday life on the go. Whether juggling family, career or both, now women can stay connected to who and what matters most.”

Ein aus Business- und Finanzierungs-Sichtweise sicherlich guter Ansatz ist das Shesconnected Publishers Network, welches talentierten Bloggern und der ‘publizierenden’ Menschheit die Option bietet, Content in die Plattform einzubringen und der mobilen Frau interessante Inhalte zu offerieren. Ein cleverer Web 2.0 Ansatz: Nicht die Plattform muss für Content sorgen, sondern die Community selbst – oder eben diejenigen, die den Zugang zur Frau suchen.

bugaboofriends.com
Diesen Monat launched Bugaboo seine weltweite, lokalisierte Online Community: Bugaboo Friends – eine Community für Eltern, Großeltern, Freunde der Marke und allen mobilen ‘Kinderwagenschubsern’. Dort sollen Geschichten ausgetauscht werden, Produkte vorgestellt und Tricks gezeigt werden, sowie Fotos und Videos von Bugaboo Begeisterten aus aller Welt hochgeladen werden. Bugaboo fordert die Mitglieder zu Bewegung auf, neue Örtlichkeiten zu erforschen und stellt selbst Tagestrips vor. Natürlich gibt es für Commmunity Mitglieder alle Neuigkeiten um das Brand und die Company zuerst. Und die Community wartet mit einem Statement auf, welches werdenden Eltern ein neues modernes und mobiles Leben aufzeigt.

“Just because you become a parent doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring.”

Dieses Statement, die Geschichte um die Funktionalität und die Filmfeatures der Kampagne machen eine solche Online Community zu einer runden Sache – empfehlenswert für alle, die sich mit dem Gedanken tragen, eine Corporate Community Plattform zu schaffen.

Community Plattformen für Mütter

mamacommunity.de
Die Community für die Mama – eine von vielen neben der offensichtlich marktführenden Plattform netmoms.de (Oktober 2008: 18 Mio. PIs). Auf mamacommunity wird alles besprochen, was rund um Schwangerschaft, Baby, Kinder, Familie, Schwanger werden und Geburt geht. Die eigene Bezeichnung ‘Die Online-Community für Mütter, Schwangere & Co.’ klingt irgendwie herrlich – denn was oder wer ist ‘Co.’ (Papa?). Der Mitteilungswille und Kommunikationsaustausch unter Frauen ist bekannt – unter Mütter ist er immens … und im Wachstum. Da macht es anscheinend auch nichts aus, dass die Plattform gar nicht groß auf eine Beschreibung oder Positionierung setzt (außer die paar Google Metas) – eine ‘Über uns’ Seite fehlt gänzlich, ist für die Mütter aber wohl nicht wichtig. Es wurden inzwischen über 1 Mio. Beiträge (!) geschrieben. Für Frauen zählt anscheinend, dass gesprochen, diskutiert und mitgeteilt wird – eben der Grundgedanke einer Community. Was die Vermarktung der Seite betrifft, so sucht man Angaben hierzu gänzlich – auch wenn sich Banner auf der Seite finden.

mamiweb.de
Im Mai 2007 gestartet hat mamiweb.de inzwischen über 175.000 Mitglieder. So zitiert Perspektive-Mittelstand einen der Mitbegründer: „Mamiweb ist der Konkurrenz mittlerweile meilenweit voraus”, so Dr. Gerhard Öllinger, Geschäftsführer der Mamiweb GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. „Unser Angebot an Mütter und Schwangere ist so beliebt und bekannt, dass sich fast jede Minute ein neues Mitglied bei unserem kostenlosen Netzwerk registriert!”. Auf dieser Seite wird wahrlich an alles gedacht und erklärt. Natürlich auch Fotoaustausch, Regionaltipps und verschiedene Gruppen finden sich auf der Community-Plattform. Bei so viel Informationen und Austauschmöglichkeiten fägt man sich, ob ein Blog noch Not tut – nach Einsicht bietet dieser aber wahrlich hilfreiche Tipps für Mama und Papa. Vermarktet wird die Seite von GUJ Electronic Sales und so finden sich auch zahlreiche Banner auf der Seite.

Spot On!
Es ist faszinierend, wie unterschiedlich man Eltern, Mamas oder Frauen in unserer Web 2.0 Welt adressieren kann – mannigfaltig nach Geschlecht, nach Vorlieben, nach Selbstdarstellung oder Produktvorlieben. Für jede unterschiedliche Lebenssituatione kann man ein neues Gesicht aufsetzen. Wenn wir alle zwischen unseren Blogs, XING, LinkedIn, Social-, Privat-Interessen Networks oder -Communities hin- und herwandern, bleibt nur zu hoffen, dass wir da noch Zeit haben werden, reale Zwischenmenschlichkeit zu pflegen, unsere Kinder zu wickeln oder im Handel uns den begehrlichen Produkten der Zukunft und des handfesten Lifestyles zu widmen. Sonst haben wir bald SecondLife zur Realität gemacht… oder nicht?