Day 1 with the Apple Watch

Everyone is wondering if the Apple Watch is worth buying.

There are way enough reviews about it to help you make a decision.

I bought the Apple Watch because I wanted to experience wearables.

This post is a documentation of my experience with it as I integrate it into my daily habits.

If you do have an Apple Watch, please feel free to comment and add your thoughts at the bottom.

What I like What I don’t like

What I don’t know yet

Like all Apple products it is beautiful and delightful to (use) wear.I ordered it on Apr 18th and was expecting delivery in June. What a great surprise when it got delivered in April 24th It doesn’t have a browser.
So when I receive a notification, there is noting more that I can do on the watch. I have to take out my phone or computer to follow-up.That is the fundamental question about connected watches: Do they bring enough value to fit in the current usage of connected devices?
There are not a lot of apps available yet
Fitness tracking is great, motivating interactive, accurate + I can keep my Apple in the shower. That is a plus! Siri and I are having a lot of arguments. I hate repeating myself…. And she is not very tolerant with mixed accents … I want Google apps: search, maps, translate… when they will be available, it will bring this tool to a whole new level
The battery life. A lot reviews marked this down. I was actually worried that pairing the watch with my iPhone via Bluetooth would drain my iPhone battery. So far, I have been out for a full day using both and the batteries have lasted the whole day on both. Notifications are always on: Is there a way to automatically turn off notification when the work out app is running? For instance, I don’t want to see my emails pop up when I am in the middle of a spin class checking my heart rate. The voice control is a great feature (to send messages, search… ) but it feels awkward to use in public places. Not a lot of people have adopted it yet.
The notifications at your finger tips without having to take out your phone (email, txt, tweets…) give you the feeling that you are not missing a bit of the information that comes your way. I am yet to use Apple pay, Delta check in, SPG keyless room
The Haptic (vibration) system is definitely not as intrusive as receiving notification on a phone. I can see how this type of communication will become a game changer in the future. Apple is leading the way there I have only made one phone call so far and holding my wrist near my face to talk was far less comfortable that using headphones with an iPhone with . Not sure if I can talk into the watch with my hand hanging down and also the volume of the watch is not strong enough to hear. How do I make the best use the camera command? Is this suppose to replace the selfie stick??

Have you used the Apple Watch?
If yes, please share you experience and nuggets that you have found using it

Stay tuned for more remarks as I learn more about it!

Marie Sornin

My observations about social selling

The global take up of social networks, has transformed “peer to peer” recommendations and is changing the way consumers search for products. So, what is the impact of social media on search & the purchase funnel?

Based on my experience of leading major brands through digital and social media transformation and my knowledge of social network features, I collected 3 observations demonstrating that search and social are colliding into what I call “searchial”.
Here are my observations and insights on future transformations.

1st observation: 50% of consumers and marketers use social for search

Recent research revealed that:
– 50% of marketers say that social media has impacted their search engine marketing strategy.
Social media has transformed the purchase funnel into a cycle by adding one more step to the traditional “awareness>consideration>decision” model: The “share” phase.
The key for retailers is to not only to engage their audience on social networks but also to integrate their customers’ social graph into the shopping experience. Some retailers have done it brilliantly (e.g.: Levi’s friends store, Etsy Connect Your Shop)

– In Europe: 50% of 16-64 year old have used social networks to inform their buying decisions.
Google remains by far the first search engine in the world with over 3 billion searches per day. Did you know that the second search engine in the world is a social platform: YouTube with 2 billion searches per day… and that 1.6 Million searches are conducted on Twitter every day!

Here, I would recommend reading “Grouped” by Paul Adams (Global Head of Brand design at Facebook), which provides great detail on understanding the social graph.

2nd observation: social networks are rolling out search features
Facebook search graph: let’s you search for movies, restaurants, music, and photos… based on you & your friends activity…

Facebook Search Graph screenshot: let’s you search for movies, restaurants, music, and photos… based on you & your friends activity…

Facebook search graph

Google is now positioning G+ has the social spine to all Google products and has already integrated +1 interactions on search results. Case studies show that adding social annotation increases click through rates significantly (+12.2% for SEM branded campaign).

Tweeter just rolled out key word targeting ad products… and this is just the beginning…

3rd observation: Social accelerates purchase decision

Extensive research conducted by Google (unfortunately, no Australian data), which places social media on the customer journey along other online marketing technics, shows that for most categories, social media plays a strong role at the awareness stage.

Google Think: channels play different roles in customer journey

Google Think research

But, other experts contradict that point of view and say that social closes the loop

John Batistich. Search at start, social closes the loop

I think that social is the validation point. Early or late in the decision process, depends on your brand and your audience behavior. That’s for each marketing team to analyze and understand. Combine your search and social media activity with one goal in mind: accelerating the purchase decision.

I might finish by pushing the envelope a bit further… Where is this all going?

If you look at how Facebook and Google but also Amazon and eBay have been using behavioural data to surface relevant content (and products). Combine this with the rapid evolution of connected devices, which bring applications like natural language recognition (Siri being one of the best example so far), and how social media is becoming more sophisticated by including geo location as well as rich media interactions… this all points to predictive solutions. It’s not long until our devices, networks or apps will provide us with the information we are seeking before are even asking for it…

I will finish by pointing you to an article on the SMH about Google Star Trek computer

Marie Sornin