We’ve identified five key types of customers and how they feel about the connected products and services they interact with. In our six-part series, we’ll reveal the psychographic data of each connected consumer type and how you can develop a tailored sales strategy, create unique training opportunities and drive revenue. 

While connected tech is meant to help make our lives easier, not all consumers are excited for it. Some may even have technophobia as they’re pushed into a connected world they never asked for or wanted, but now need. 

Assurant surveyed thousands of people to uncover what consumers are really looking for in their connected lifestyle. We analyzed what frustrates and excites them, and what they expect from connected device manufacturers. Using this data, we’ve identified five specific types of consumers: 

Here, we’ll look at Technophobes. They’d prefer to remain analog in a digital world, yet they’re increasingly being pressed to adopt connected technology, especially as people are spending more time at home. It’s up to connected tech providers to make these advancements more appealing and approachable to the people who show reluctance. 

Technophobes Are Budget Conscientious and Hesitant to Adopt 

Technophobes are likely feeling pressure from their loved ones to adopt connected technology while they’re socially distanced, but they’re averse to jump right in. This consumer type needs a gentle push, not a shove, into the connected tech ecosystem.  

With an average age of 49, Technophobes are the oldest consumer segment. They didn’t grow up using technology, but had a front-row seat as it grew more complex and more integrated before their eyes. Owning an average of just one connected device, most Technophobes take “complex” to mean “too complicated” and haven’t adopted most connected products. As a result, their technophobia stems from an inability to understand how current technology works — a big barrier for brands to break down. 

Technophobes are also worried about overspending on new connected tech. It’s a reasonable concern, as they have the lowest household income of any consumer segment. Spending a lot of money on a device they may struggle to understand seems not just frivolous, but irresponsible. The best way to bridge that gap is to emphasize the value of connected tech. 

For example, in our Connected Decade research, there was a fundamental consensus that specific improvements to the American health system were important, despite the diversity in health care needs and experiences. In fact, across all generations, nearly 50% reported being receptive to in-home telehealth options.  

Telehealth remains a top priority not only for health innovation, but also for addressing overall health care costs. Telehealth solutions also can help the elderly and disabled remain independent and in their own homes for longer, and protect those who are immunocompromised and may not want to visit physician offices. All without sacrificing quality of care.  
What Devices Do Technophobes Prefer to Use? Technophobes tend to own products in just a few categories: Entertainment devices and Convenience devices


Device Value Should Equal Device Expense 

A Technophobe’s biggest concern is that an expensive connected device won’t work as expected once they adopt it. Without technical support, their technophobia will kick in and they’ll likely have a harder time transitioning to using your technology. And one bad experience could leave them with a bad impression not just of your devices, but of your overall brand. 

To ease the 23% of Technophobes who think extended warranties are too expensive, show them it isn’t just an added cost. Give them peace of mind with an extended warranty that protects them from the high cost of repairs and replacements. This could be a welcome point as they analyze every purchase they make in today’s challenging economy. 

What this means for You. Play up 24 and 7 support. Highlight real human support. Offer extended warranties. Provide quick start and how to guides.

Reiterate That Help Is Always Here 

In the Assurant Connected Decade study, more than a third (36%) of owners who haven’t established a wireless connection for their smart product say that the main reason why is they don’t know how to do so. The interesting takeaway from this finding is that connected technology providers overcame the most difficult hurdle: consumers bought the product.  

This means that there are opportunities to improve post-purchase support, which Technophobes want and need. Ease their concerns by highlighting features like 24/7 technical support services. This consumer segment most likely needs help with things like installation, troubleshooting and connecting their new device. Whatever the case, allowing them to talk to someone directly can help build a personal connection between them and your brand. Bolster that support with additional resources like quick-start and how-to guides to make it easier to adopt connected technology into their lives.  

By being there every step of the way, you’ll help Technophobes move from their analog world into our digital one and stay connected to their loved ones. You’ll increase their perceived value of your product and build loyalty to your brand. And, if you can build that personal connection from the start when they consider buying a product, you build future brand loyalty. According to the Assurant Connected Decade research [include link here], connected device owners are highly likely to purchase the next-gen model of a product they already bought and appreciate. 

Discover the details of the connected product community in our latest white paper on the five key consumer segments and how they buy. You’ll see how the right partner can help you support and protect every connected consumer while keeping them all connected to your business.  

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