New Survey Finds Amazon Echo Owners Plan to Upgrade to Echo Show

Data Produced by Tech Services Company Asurion Shines New Light on Consumer Attitudes Toward Smart Home Products

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Asurion, the global leader in connected life services, today released new survey findings and consumer insights, which examines consumer purchase intent for the Amazon Echo Show as well as attitudes toward the smart speakers' category.


Survey results of more than 600 participants found that consumers who currently own an Amazon Echo plan to upgrade to the new Echo Show (87%) once it starts shipping on June 28, while the majority of consumers who do not currently own an Echo, have still not been motivated to purchase one (62%).

Current Echo Owners

87% plan to upgrade at some point to the new Echo Show
The primary reasons are:

Prefer to have the latest technology (22%)
Intrigued by Amazon's addition of the 7" screen (15%)
Only 9% of current Echo owners surveyed do not plan on purchasing the new device. The primary reasons are:

Opinion that the product is too expensive (54%)
Attitude that the current Echo works fine and meets their needs (27%)
Consumers without an Echo

22% of customers surveyed that do not own an Echo are looking to purchase the Show.
The primary reasons are (the same motivators of the current owners):

Preference to have the latest technology (30%)
Intrigued by the addition of the 7" screen (18%)
Additional findings from the survey convey the message that privacy issues do not appear to be a concern amongst owners and non-owners, with only (4%) and (13%), respectively, citing this as a reason for not choosing to purchase the Echo Show.

Asurion, the company that provides technology support and protection to over 300 million consumers, works on the front line of new device adoption, and oversees and solves the most common tech issues consumers experience with their connected devices.

Last year, in line with reports that the Echo was the best-selling product, the company saw a nearly a 400% increase in calls to its tech experts after the holidays. Calls ranged from consumers looking for support on everything from set up, to pairing multiple devices to troubleshooting integration across apps and accounts. Asurion is expecting a similar increase in tech expert support needs later this summer, following the release of the Echo Show.

"We are prepared for another tremendous increase in calls given the new features of the Echo Show," said Todd Chretien, Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions for Asurion. "Our survey shows us that customers are excited about the screen and ability to make video and internet phone calls and our experience tells us customers will most likely experience issues with basic set up, pairing and connecting to their home Wi-Fi setup."

Based on Asurion's Amazon Echo survey and calls into the company's tech experts, many consumers are still lacking the basic knowledge-set to seamlessly integrate this sort of technology into their lives. These rapid consumer tech advancements cause frustration for consumers and result in a growing "Knowledge Gap" between OEMs and consumers. In an effort to narrow this gap between new technology and consumers, Asurion's tech experts work with customers to ensure they are equipped with the most basic set-up knowledge, including how to pair selected devices, understanding smartphone data usage across these devices and even how to trouble shoot Wi-Fi connection issues so they can get the most out of their tech purchases.

About Asurion:
Asurion helps more than 300 million people around the world unlock their technology's untapped potential. We create innovative technology systems that help keep consumers connected, from comprehensive protection to smart tech help that redefines expertise. Partnering with leading wireless carriers, retailers and pay-tv providers, Asurion's 16,000 employees deliver a seamless, award-winning customer experience, anticipating their needs and providing tailored services reachable within one touch.

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