As the digital revolution continues, it appears that so does our love and need for gadgets. So much in fact, that we don’t only want the latest devices but we also want to use them all at the same time. Whilst in the past we may have been content just watching the TV, increasingly people are finding themselves also sitting there with a smartphone in their hand chatting to their friends online or gazing at sites on their tablet – and, more often than not, all three at once.
This is what a recent Multi-Screen Marketer report from Econsultancy (@Econsultancy) found, with over half of the respondents answering that they were either somewhat or very likely to be using another device when watching TV. Interestingly, this rises with every screen added to the mix, with 65% of those with four devices saying that multi-device use is the norm while watching TV.
Increasingly consumers are finding themselves multi-tasking with multi-screens whether it’s in front of the TV, on a PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone or any other device – and brands need to recognise that the way consumers engage with products has changed.
The multi-screen trend has been around for years now and is gaining pace with the recent launch of Xbox SmartGlass among other devices. With more and more new products being created, the number of devices people own is picking up and is only expected to increase as more models come in to the market.
The culture is changing and as the demand for instant information, communication and gamification continues to rise, brands need to make sure they are listening to stay ahead of the curve. In the future, multiple screens will be the norm.