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Consumer Technology Trends in The Powersports Industry

Consumer Technology Trends in The Powersports Industry

Tristin Burdick | September 20, 2023

Once in a while, a technological revolution sweeps across industries, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape. In the realm of powersports, such a transformative wave is currently taking shape, fueled by the relentless advancement of smart connectivity devices. Eager to comprehend this growing trend, we embarked on a journey of exploration to understand consumers’ awareness of the technology, ownership of devices, usage behavior, and sentiment of the technology overall. Read further to understand the insights we uncovered, starting with consumers familiarity of smart devices.

Consumer Familiarity with Smart Devices

The survey results reveal that a significant number of powersports consumers are generally well-informed about general smart devices (smartwatches, smart TVs, smart thermostats, etc.), with 24% self-identifying as 'very familiar.' This level of familiarity suggests a fair amount of exposure and potentially favorable predispositions towards these devices. As we narrow the focus to smart connectivity devices explicitly designed for powersports vehicles, the familiarity remains relatively high. Although slightly lower than the general awareness level, 20% of the consumers have a 'very familiar' understanding of these specialized devices. The data highlights the importance for retailers, dealers, and manufacturers to continue educational efforts about the capabilities and benefits of these devices. This familiarity sets the stage for a deeper examination of consumer ownership and usage patterns, which we will explore in the next section.

Ownership of Smart Devices

Building on consumer familiarity, the survey delved into the ownership patterns of various smart devices among powersports consumers. The data reveal a widespread adoption across different categories. It's notable that a high proportion of consumers own smart TVs (82%), smart devices for their powersport vehicles (70%), and connected car or vehicle infotainment systems (71%). The popularity of these devices suggests a keen interest in combining technology with entertainment and vehicle utility. Meanwhile, other devices such as smartwatches or fitness trackers (53%), smart speakers (54%), and streaming devices (74%) also show substantial adoption rates. Conversely, smart appliances and smart locks witness lower ownership, perhaps due to their specific uses. This wide distribution of device ownership across categories provides valuable insights into the preferences and lifestyle choices of powersports consumers. The next section will delve into the specific application of these devices within the powersports arena.

Usage of Smart Devices in Powersports Vehicles

Beyond mere ownership, the utility of smart devices becomes more relevant when applied to specific scenarios. Powersports consumers deploy these devices in a variety of ways to enhance their experiences. From GPS systems aiding navigation to Bluetooth headsets facilitating communication, the applications are diverse. The survey highlighted how these devices are predominantly utilized in scenarios like touring or cross-country trips, indicating the crucial role they play in outdoor adventures. A deeper understanding of these usage patterns allows stakeholders to tailor their offerings to meet consumer needs more effectively. This naturally transitions us to explore the brands that successfully cater to these preferences.

Brand Recognition and Preference

Brand recognition and preference play pivotal roles in consumer decision-making processes. The survey results indicate high brand recognition for several leading players in the smart device market, with Garmin leading the pack at 84%. This widespread recognition can be attributed to their established presence and reputation in the industry. However, when exploring consumer preferences (i.e. selecting a brand of choice), a more nuanced picture emerges. While Garmin continues to top the list with a 54% preference rate, other brands like Samsung and Sena also secure a significant share. These preferences suggest that consumers are not solely driven by brand recognition, but likely by factors such as product quality, technological capabilities, and after-sales service. Understanding these dynamics is critical for stakeholders as they strategize to maintain and enhance their market positions. This leads us to investigate where consumers prefer to purchase these devices, our focus in the upcoming section. 

Buying Preferences

Navigating consumer buying preferences is crucial in optimizing the purchasing experience and maximizing sales. The survey reveals a clear preference for online purchasing, with a dominant 67% of consumers opting for this channel. This inclination aligns with broader digital shopping trends and demonstrates the increasing comfort and trust consumers have in online platforms. While physical stores and direct manufacturer purchases still hold relevance for a subset of consumers, the online marketplace is the primary battleground for customer acquisition and retention. Recognizing these preferences is the first step in building effective sales strategies, leading us to explore the perceived necessity and value of these devices in the next section.

Perceived Necessity and Value of Smart Connectivity Devices

Perception of necessity and value of smart devices often drives purchasing decisions among consumers. In the realm of powersports, a sizable 42% of consumers deem these devices necessary, implying the perceived benefits they offer. However, a non-negligible 27% of consumers view them as unnecessary, underlining the variability in consumer attitudes. Despite these differing opinions, overall satisfaction levels with smart connectivity devices are high. This satisfaction suggests a perceived value derived from their use, likely tied to enhanced functionality, convenience, and enjoyment of their powersports vehicles. These findings reinforce the relevance of these devices in today's powersports landscape.

Willingness to Recommend

One telling measure of customer satisfaction and brand loyalty is the willingness to recommend a product to others. A resounding 89% of powersports consumers expressed their readiness to endorse the smart connectivity devices they own. This high endorsement rate underscores not only the overall satisfaction with these devices but also the trust consumers place in these products. It also signals the potential for organic growth through positive word-of-mouth, an invaluable asset in an increasingly competitive market. These findings set the stage for a thorough interpretation of what these results imply for industry stakeholders, our final discussion point.

What this means for stakeholders

Retailers and Dealers

In today's digital era, the growing preference for online purchases has transformed the retail landscape, making it imperative for retailers and dealers to establish a robust and user-friendly digital presence. This shift in consumer behavior underscores the significance of fostering strategic partnerships with favored brands and offering a diverse range of popular smart devices. By doing so, retailers and dealers can position themselves as go-to destinations, attracting and retaining consumers in an increasingly competitive market.

OEMs and Manufacturers

The high levels of brand recognition and preference among consumers serve as a clear testament to the importance of strong branding and the delivery of high-quality products for OEMs and manufacturers. To thrive in this dynamic environment, it is crucial for these stakeholders to delve deeper into the needs and preferences of their target audience. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of consumer expectations, OEMs and manufacturers can drive innovation, ensuring their products align with the ever-evolving demands of the market. Furthermore, the substantial ownership and usage rates of smart devices in powersports vehicles indicate a fertile ground for further development and expansion, presenting promising opportunities for growth.

All Stakeholders

A comprehensive understanding of the perceived necessity and high satisfaction rates associated with smart connectivity devices is vital for all stakeholders within the powersports industry. Armed with this knowledge, stakeholders can effectively advocate the benefits of these devices and enhance their overall appeal. Furthermore, the significant willingness of consumers to recommend these devices presents a valuable opportunity for leveraging positive customer experiences as a driving force behind future growth initiatives.

Ultimately, these insights shed light on the increasing relevance of smart connectivity devices within the powersports industry. They serve as a guiding roadmap, enabling stakeholders to align their strategies with consumer trends and preferences effectively. By embracing the transformative power of these devices, stakeholders can position themselves for success in an ever-evolving and competitive market.

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Tristin Burdick

Research Analyst, EPG Specialty Information

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