If you’re like the team at Calysto, you may find it slightly amusing that Sunday, April 9, is IoT Day. I mean, really, isn’t every day IoT Day? But just as we celebrate Moms in May, and Dads and Chocolate ice cream in June, why shouldn’t we celebrate one of our favorite technology markets with its own special day? We have to give kudos where it belongs: The Internet of Things Council dreamed up this special day back up in 2010, and in 2016, IoT Day was celebrated with events and hackathons in nearly 20 countries.
Regardless of whether you’re a 20-year-old company or a ‘fresh off seed funding’ newcomer, the IoT can be a daunting place. There are so many companies with similar-sounding products that even industry insiders get confused about “who does what.” That’s why messaging is critical to the success of your marketing efforts and thus your IoT company.
As a marketer in the fast-paced IoT market, you have a lot of decisions to make every day. One of the biggest, of course, is “where should I be spending my marketing dollars to get the ROI I am looking for?” That might immediately be followed by “should I concentrate on vertical markets (and if so, which ones?) or spend my time on a horizontal marketing approach and touch the broader IoT industry?”
There’s Grandparents Day and Chocolate Day, but how about something all of us IoT aficionados can sink our teeth into? Mark your calendars for April 9th: the 5th annual Internet of Things Day. The IoT is permeating into every facet of businesses, cars and homes, so why shouldn’t it have its own party? Remember, if you celebrate too much, there’s an IoT breathalyzer app for that!
So, how are we celebrating? With this list of 24 cool IoT Facts, one for every hour of IoT Day. Buckle up!
Already connected in the ecosystem of the Internet of Things, Twitter offers vast potential for IoT companies to engage, and encourage customers and prospects to pay attention to their brand. After all, Twitter is fun, addicting and a social media channel too large to ignore. Roughly 316 million active monthly users post 500+ million Tweets per day, with 80 percent of these users on mobile, as of June 30, 2015. How often do you check your timeline to see what’s happening? A recent Pew Research study reports that 63 percent of U.S. adults on Twitter use the platform for news.
How many companies play in your part of the M2M/IoT universe? Unprecedented growth and the advent of new technologies means companies in the IoT ecosystem often find themselves grappling with WSIC. No, not poor reception on your car radio station, but Why Should I Care About Your Company? To be a Tier 1 player, prospects and customers must be on your wavelength, tuned in to your company’s offerings and benefits. That’s where brand journalism and IoT storytelling come into play.
You’ve spent weeks (or months) getting your new IoT website ready and you’re ready to launch. That’s great! However, a new look isn’t enough to make a website refresh a home run. If you’re not also providing a range of different types of valuable content to your site visitors, then you’re missing out on some great opportunities to convert website visitors into leads. Content can help you:
Influencer marketing is the practice of marketing specifically to a select group of individuals, e.g., journalists, analysts and bloggers—that have influence over the buying decisions of your target audience. You may already be using some level of influencer marketing in your PR program by pitching news to select media and analysts. One thing you may have missed, however, is integrating this strategy into your content marketing efforts.
Your team is at CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas, arguably one of the biggest trade shows of the year for most companies, especially if you’re in the IoT or M2M industry. You’ve been left back at the office while they have all the fun. Trust us, you’ve ended up with the better part of the deal, and your team really needs you to not only keep the home fires burning, but also as remote support for the show.