Internet of things and sales

Last Update: Mar 6, 2018


Internet of Things has been around for a while

Its just beginning

Although IOT has been around for many years, IOT is just getting started. Even if we exclude computers, laptops and tablets, there are new devices being connected to the internet each and every day. This includes each phone or any type of handheld device, tvs, tracking devices, watches, fitbits, cameras, etc.

Why is it going to explode

Each and every device and hence each and every person is collecting a massive amount of data. We have been generating and collecting data for quite some time. However, today, this data is being collected faster and being stored collectively in huge databases. Even crazier, the data is being stored on geographically redundant cloud storage infrastructure.

It does not end there

On top of collecting massive data from trillions of devices, we have now developed artificial intelligence that learns from data in real time. Gone are the days when we took the data that one company generated and analyzed monthly reports to re-target marketing budgets. Today's big data combined with AI algorithms is changing the business world. This is being called by some as "The Third Industrial Revolution". A google of that term will result in amazing and in some cases scary results.

Where does this lead us to

An example of a problem that IOT could solve is the basic example of shoe sales. In the past I have purchased a pairs of shoes that just did not make the cut. The shoes were either not comfortable at all or in other cases they did not last very long even though they were comfortable. I had some friends that had the same pair of shoes and they found them to be very comfortable and wore them a long time. The shoes appear to be functional for a certain body type and activity. I have used, my latest pair of shoes for about 10 months and that is longer than the normal usage for shoes considering that I workout with them on average 4 times a week.

Well, what if shoes had sensors that measured number of steps taken, number of run strides, length of workouts, thread wear, length of ownership and the number of gym and other exercise location checkins on Facebook? What if positive or negative comments on social media related to the shoes were tracked as well as weight loss, muscle built and increase in lap speeds of the shoe owner. What if all this data was combined with the physical characteristics of the shoe owner? What could we do with this data.

We would be able to walk into a shoe store (or one of our member sites) and be guaranteed that we could purchase the perfect pair of shoes.

The ideas are unlimited.

IOT is just beginning.


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Very interesting post. Last week there was a very interesting episode on the "X-Files" that dealt with AI and how we could be affected by it. The thing was that all the computer-connected items that were in the episode are things that already exist today. Imagine if all our devices (especially smart home devices) started talking to one another.

Imagine the havoc that could be created as they sought to interpret our thoughts and wants and needs before we even had them. Imagine if we did something to make one of them angry. That's what happened in the episode.

One computer was angry because a character had failed to leave a tip at an automated restaurant. The devices all sort of ganged up on the characters. I won't give away the ending, but it was a good episode. We sometimes forget just how tuned in we are to computers and the internet of things.


Oooohhh!! Need to check it out!

You're welcome!

so true shoes always have been a hard buy

I had something odd happen last night while I was perusing Facebook.

My husband had gone clothes shopping at a big & tall store (he's tall) earlier in the day. Advertising for the store he shopped at popped up on MY Facebook page.

I asked him if he used our e-mail address, and he said no. He didn't use my cell number or our e-mail address, which is my contact info for Facebook. How in the heck did his targeted advertising end up on my Facebook?

I've seen how Amazon will pop up with ads on my Facebook for stuff he's looked at, because we use the same e-mail address for my FB and Amazon. But this really puzzled us.

I have had this happen as well. Did he check in at the store.
Are his location services turned on, on his cell phone?
Did he message you "hi, im at the so and so store, you need anything"? They are getting super sneaky. Won't be long b4 they listen to us if they aren't doing it already. Did he pay with credit card? Perhaps the CC companies are selling data to FB or FB advertisers? Now we know how the fb owner bought that huge property in Hawaii and is building a wall around it. I need to check my fb settings.

Yes, he did pay with a credit card, but that's not linked to my Facebook account. Except I do have my cel number as the contact info for the credit card the same as Facebook. That's the only thing that it could be.

I always have to laugh at the Amazon targeted advertising though. If you buy, say, a pair of hiking shoes they then send you ads for more hiking shoes. I already bought a pair - now you think I want to buy more? LOL

Yes, the founder of FB is very wealthy. No doubt about that.

The mind just boggles really. -Mark

If I was not involved here with WA, I would consider becoming a Luddite, just to get away from it all.

Seriously, there is tremendous opportunity here, "carpe diem" all you WA members.

Interesting and scary at the same time! The amount of information and usability that the owner of said "shoes", as well as all the other stakeholders can get out of it, is absolutely astonishing.

We were one of the very first to have a computer in our little town and Dad were telling us all these outlandish stories about how one day our cars is going to drive themselves, and check the middle line all by itself, and we're going to speak to the TV and it will switch on... And to think at that time I thought Dad had one too many beers! :-)

I wonder what he would have said today? Probably: "I told you so!" :-) LOL!

Thanks for sharing!
Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)

I think he'd be saying "I told you so and you ain't seen nothing yet..." :)

LOL! You are probably right too! :-) LOL!

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