Whitepaper

Digital Assistants: Reordering Consumer Lives & Redefining Digital Marketing

Advice for navigating the rapidly developing digital assistant reality.

Today, 500M people use a voice search powered digital assistant. That number is expected to skyrocket to over 1.8B people by 2021. In partnership with Bing, this joint-analysis explores the factors that have given rise to the use of digital assistants and voice-based conversational commerce, and offers marketers advice on what to do now.

Key Points:

  • Voice is quickly becoming the search method of choice. Half of all searches will be voice searches by 2020. - comscore
  • Similar to the mobile revolution, voice-based interaction with digital assistants is ushering in an entirely new set of consumer behavior. By 2020, Gartner predicts 30% of web browsing will be screenless.
  • Could relevance factor be the new “quality score” for marketing to the machine?
  • Interaction with a digital assistant is not a series of isolated touchpoints – it is an ongoing conversation.
  • The keys to effectively marketing with relevance: customer advocacy, brand loyalty, and conversational commerce.
  • Estimates show the voice market growing from $1.6B in 2015 to $15.8B in 2021. This entirely new channel has immense revenue potential.
  • Digital assistants are now a critical component in building stronger relationships with consumers.

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