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It feels like eons ago that Amazon released Alexa and Echo exclusively to Prime members in November of 2014. Today, the voice of Alexa is a cultural icon, and thousands of users across the U.S. are turning to Alexa for their daily news. In fact, 42% of smart speaker owners reported using their smart speaker at least weekly to get the news in the Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison. Flash briefings are a great way to start the day — especially if you’re in the biz of marketing. With the industry landscape shifting, well, pretty much every day, flash briefings are my go-to source for the latest trends and news. But with over 8,000 results for “news” in the Alexa Skills Store, how do you choose which flash briefings to tune into?
I don’t mind TV commercials. There — I said it. Before you call me crazy, hear me out. It’s not that I love sitting through ten minutes of dancing hamsters selling hatchbacks. It’s that I don’t have to anymore. Thanks to the Internet of Things, TV ads are becoming increasingly targeted — which means they’re becoming actually relevant to viewers like me. A few weeks ago, I went on vacation and decided to turn on the hotel TV. Within an hour, I saw dozens of ads that I never see when I’m watching Hulu. The ads didn’t resonate with me at all. I don’t consume dairy — I haven’t for a long time. In over a year of using connected TV devices, I have not seen a single ad for milk or yogurt. In just one hour at my hotel, I saw six different milk commercials from three different companies. Now that’s bad ad spending.
Picture this: Sunday. You’ve cracked a beer and the buffalo sauce is flowing. You turn on the TV for the Big Game, and the first ad of the night begins to roll. It’s morning, and a woman casually runs around a corner in her activewear. Fast-forward several hours to the end of the day, and she comes around the same corner. This time, she’s in casual clothes — and holding a six pack of ultra light beer! Cue the eye roll.