You Ask, I Answer_ Alexa vs. Google Home for Marketers

Drew asks, “What’s your take on Amazon’s smart assistant and devices versus Google’s?”

As a consumer, use cases depend. As a marketer, both platforms are valuable; in this episode, learn the trick for marketers that puts your content in both places with a minimum of re-work.

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In today’s episode drew asks what’s your take on Alexa versus Google Home

two different takes one as a consumer certainly you want to

choose the smart assistant that matches the ecosystem You are the biggest participant in so if you have amazon prime and you have amazon music and all these different services there then obviously you choose and Amazon device if you are much more tied into the Google ecosystem and you choose your Google devices it’s pretty straightforward for use cases if you’re going to use the device for things like education and search it is 100% Google Amazon’s searches appalling and and for found that helpful

if you are going to be doing things like commerce, obviously having the ability to have Alexa drop ship things to your house is is the way to go. So it really depends on the use case on the consumer side, for the marketer. The question is a little more nuanced and a little more interesting. It depends on who your audience is, if your audience is in the Amazon ecosystem as consumers, then obviously it makes sense to go there. And the market share right now I’m taking a look here looks like it’s about two to one still were twice as many consumers have Alexa devices as they do Google Home devices. But Google critically has something that Amazon does not Google has a smartphone base, thanks to Android. And so the number of people who couldn’t use the Google Assistant overall, is substantially larger. So that said, when you’re developing branded skills for these platforms, Amazon has skills and Google has what’s called actions, they are different, they are different in terms of the ability to do things like development and burgeoning and stuff like that,

if you are a b2c crowd, I would definitely say that prioritizing development on on Alexa would make the most sense, because again, it’s it’s the end consumer crowd, if you are heavily invested already, in things like search engine marketing and search engine optimization, it is relatively trivial to use that experience to help crossover on google home when coming up with actions and things like that, for have a Google Home device to take

Google Home, particularly now that it has screens, devices, devices with screens, that gives it access to things like YouTube, which if again, if you’re already publishing content like this on YouTube, it is a trivial step to get that content to show up on a screen device. Google’s home devices, seven shipping since March of 28, I think.

But their official

Google branded devices just started shipping at the end of October 2018.

If your customers search if your customers interact with your brand via rich media,

I would argue that Google’s devices a little bit easier for a marketer us if you have a podcast and you’re not listed with Google podcasts, you’re missing a massive opportunity because Google Home and it’s an and all the smartest distance connect to the Google podcast directory. And so you can say, hey, Google, play the latest episode of marketing over coffee, or Hey, Google Play police episode of in here insights. And it will obviously go through the podcast directory, find those things, fish them out, and, and and start playing audio for you. Some folks have taken to making branded skills

that you can install on either platform. And I think that’s a perfectly fine idea. I don’t know if it’s the best use of your time if you don’t have a lot of budgets. Because developing a skill is no different than developing something like a

mobile app. It requires programming experience, it requires you to

put together a smart back end the SDK is the software development kits that exist for these platforms are good for assembling simple stuff. But if you want to have a a rich conversational bought, for example, you need to hook into one of the machine learning platforms and IBM, you can hook into, into Watson assistant, you can hook into Google’s Cloud Platform, AWS, etc.

One of the interesting points that a developer on media made was that your chat platform, your conversational platform should not be tied to any one ecosystem, you should have

that code abstracted and running somewhere else. And then use the the relevant SDK to connect to your your chat platform. But that way your chat platform uses its own machine learning can power Alexa compiler, Google can power a chat bot on your website can power of social media chat pod, so you want to have that abstract today, a level up from and as opposed to building something custom only for each platform, you want to have that logic in that investment be spread across multiple different locations. So there’s a lot of things to consider when you’re looking at how do you want to work with the smart assistant

environment. One thing I would say, if you want to get started relatively easy. Again, make sure that you’re listed. If you’ve got a podcast already, make sure that you’re listed in all the relevant podcast systems. Like if you use a hosting company, like Lipson. For example, they can post your podcast to these different directories that will get indexed by Google Home, and I believe by Alexa as well. And there and it can push to and Alexa skill for your podcast. So

to the extent that you can leverage the media, you’re already that’s probably the easiest way to get into that environment and get people listening to what you have to say the chat bots stuff a little bit harder. And then

for the screen devices, one of the one of the serious drawbacks of Amazon is that it cannot access YouTube. Google has blocked it. And they have their own little walled gardens and stuff. And so there’s no simple way to get your video content directly onto an Alexa device the way you can on a Google device. So that’s something worth considering as well. If you’re already publishing video, it’s probably going to be on the Google side. So good question. Tough question. And the ecosystem is, as everyone knows, rapidly evolving there is it’s estimated by analysis, marketing that by 2022, when in four short years, you may be looking at anywhere from 300 to 400 million of these devices, possibly more, depending on if the price points keep coming down. And the features keep getting more distributed.

With Amazon’s announcement about the echo drive, the ability for your device to sit in your car would not surprise me to see Google come up with an equivalent device very shortly as well, that will

continue to change contexts. But think about how people use these devices. Audio is probably your best bet because people can listen and do something else. So if there’s a device in the kitchen, the device in the car, treat it like podcasting and have content that is great, that is worth listening to. And that is

that is something that people can tune into while they multitask with something else. So great question. As always, please leave comments in the comment boxes and subscribe to the newsletter and the YouTube channel. Talk to you soon. Take care want help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems.

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