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Thursday, January 24, 2013
72% of U.S. consumers interested in tech support services prefer a comprehensive option and assistance
New research report details opportunities in tech support for service providers, retailers
International research firm Parks Associates announced new tech support research today showing the do-it-yourself (DIY) model is the dominant, but not preferred, method for consumers setting up new connected or mobile devices.
The firm's industry report Creating Holistic Consumer Technology Support Services reports, among U.S. broadband households purchasing new devices, 81% set up a new tablet on their own, 72% set up a smartphone on their own, and 60% set up a new home network on their own. However, only 51% of these consumers overall would prefer the DIY method on the next setup. Smartphones were the devices most commonly set up by broadband households over the past 12 months.
"Improvements in automated device discovery and intuitive interfaces have boosted DIY setup on new devices, but a significant percentage of people prefer assistance," said Patrice Samuels, research analyst, Parks Associates. "Meeting this demand through premium technical support services provides outstanding growth opportunities for retailers, CE manufacturers, and service providers and creates opportunities to build long-term relationships with consumers."
Parks Associates estimates U.S. tech support revenues will exceed $8 billion in 2017.
The interconnectedness and interdependence among devices in the digital home blur the lines for ownership of a problem, so approximately 25% of consumers with a networking-related problem contacted their broadband service provider for assistance, regardless of where they purchased the home networking equipment. In response, providers such Comcast and CenturyLink have expanded their support services to include services, traditionally out-of scope, available on a premium or paid basis.
"Consumers want a solution that covers their support needs for all of their gadgets—computers, tablets, and smartphones; 72% of consumers interested in technical support feel the service should be able to fix every technical problem they experience," Samuels said. "As the boundaries separating digital devices blur, support services likewise will have to expand in order to effectively resolve consumers’ support needs."
Parks Associates' Creating Holistic Consumer Technology Support Services explores the leading motivations driving the expansion of technical support services as well as the revenue opportunity for providing premium technical support. For more information, visit http://www.parksassociates.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 972-490-1113.
About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.
The company's expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.
Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers.
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