Survey: Consumers trust Amazon with their data by a wide margin; Apple and Google nearly tied for distant 3rd place

While consumers are concerned about the privacy and security of their data, yet want a more personalized experience from brands, a new survey of more than 1,000 consumers from SmarterHQ, a leading multichannel behavioral marketing platform, set out to determine which companies and industries are handling their users’ data responsibly, and which marketing tactics consumers feel are personalized versus creepy.

According to the report, Privacy & Personalization: Consumers share how to win them over without crossing the line, Amazon has earned the most trust from today’s consumers by a landslide — 48% of consumers trust Amazon to use their data responsibly, beating out banks, Apple, Google, other big brand stores, airlines and hotels. This sentiment is strongest among Millennials and Generation Z, who trust Amazon 2.1x more than their banks. Social media companies rank last on the list at 6%, with one major contributor to this low score being that half of survey respondents said they know someone who has had their social media account hacked.

“Digital marketers today face the challenge of confronting consumers who are increasingly skeptical of whether they can trust brands with their data and wonder if their personal information will be used wisely,” said Michael Osborne, President & CEO of SmarterHQ, in a statement. “The encouraging news is that 90% of consumers are willing to provide behavioral data for a better shopping experience as they demand a personalized touch from the brands they interact with. Therefore, the onus is on marketers to leverage the right technology to help them recognize, understand and engage with their audiences across all channels while keeping their customer data safe. This will give brands the best chance at gaining a loyal customer base. There’s a difference between personalized and creepy marketing tactics—and marketers need to make sure their campaigns fall into the right category.”

Source: SmarterHQ
Source: SmarterHQ

Respondent breakdown by generation:
• 15.2% – Generation Z
• 33.5% – Millennials
• 24.2% – Generation X
• 27.1% – Baby Boomers

Among some of the other striking consumer findings in the report:

• They’re skeptical: 86% are concerned about their data privacy, and 79% of consumers believe companies know too much about them.

They favor email over other channels: 51% of consumers say email is the best way for a brand to communicate, with social media second in line (25%).

• They think push notifications can be creepy: 74% of consumers say push is the most invasive channel because they view their phone as an everyday tool that’s part of their personal space.

• They’ll banish brands who provide poor personalization: 63% say they would stop purchasing products and services from companies that take “creepy” marketing too far.

• They value and trust brands the more often they shop and the younger they are: Those who shop more often find personalization marketing tactics 25% more helpful, and Millennials and Gen Z trust companies with their data 47% more than Baby Boomers and Gen X. Interestingly, owners of smart home devices (i.e. Amazon Alexa, Google Home) are 16% less protective of their data privacy and 12% more trusting of companies collecting and using their data.

Source: SmarterHQ

MacDailyNews Take: Jeff Bezos has to be smiling, if not laughing his ass off over this – at least as much as Tim Cook is fuming.

Note to Cook: If you’re tied with Google (of all companies!) in consumer confidence of handling private data responsibly, you’re not doing a very good, or even a passable, sales job; laughable, certainly. That, or what you’re trying to sell just isn’t very salable.

Apple CEO Tim Cook might be futilely trying to sell something that nobody’s buying. — MacDailyNews, February 1, 2019

We’re interested to see if Apple can really capitalize on their commitment to privacy or if it’ll take a major breach to wake up the majority of people or if even that would be enough to make privacy a real selling point. Given how many gullible and/or ignorant people are willing to hand over their personal data for free to the likes of Google and Facebook (while mailing their DNA to other companies, no less), we’re not seeing Apple’s devotion to privacy as very salable.MacDailyNews, March 19, 2018

Hopefully, someday, many, many more people will care about their own privacy instead of pissing it away in exchange for nothing. — MacDailyNews, October 4, 2018

Let’s look on the bright side and hope that this survey is flawed in some significant way.

Apple stands up for privacy, but does it even matter? – February 1, 2019


    1. It doesn’t sound like this was about Alexa specifically. More about Amazon’s shopping site. Amazon has a MUCH broader reach than Apple. A larger proportion of the surveyed audience have a user relation with Amazon than with Apple’s ecosystem. Still, Apple’s marketing team has some ‘splaining to do, because “privacy,” “trust” and “data security” have been Apple’s big point of differentiation for years, and the message is not penetrating. That big iCloud breach in celebrity accounts didn’t help.

  1. Makes sense really..
    Most people shop via Amazon – identity isn’t stolen, most goods can be easily returned to vendors.
    How many people actively shop with Apple or Google?

    For me:
    I trust Amazon with online shopping needs. I would never use Alexa or other Amazon hardware products.
    I trust Apple with personal data.
    I would never trust Google with any data.

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