“Hey Google!” How the Google Assistant Gave Us a Laugh and Perhaps Got Us the Sale.
In 2018 one of the emerging trends in the new home industry are Smart Homes. A friend of mine, in the process of building a new multi-million dollar home, invited me over to see how construction was progressing. With a little under a month until his possession date I marvelled at the usual features: granite countertops, high end appliances, an ensuite bathroom with the finish and furnishings of a high-end spa, and iPad minis mounted on the wall of nearly every room. From the iPads, everything from lighting, window coverings, heating, and music could be controlled with the swipe of a finger. I had no idea that the highlight of the tour would be when my friend invited me into his server room. Yes, a server room. With all of the smart technology that comes in the modern home you need a control centre to manage all of that tech. It was way more than I expected. Climate-controlled, snaking wires and glowing lights all perfectly organized on an eight foot rack. It really was a sight to behold.
Of course for the average person these types of features aren’t always accessible. Thus, one of the fastest growing sectors in the home market are aftermarket smart products. Items like the Ring Video Doorbell, Nest’s smart thermostat, Sonos’ home speakers, and Phillip’s Hue lights all offer smart features that can easily be integrated into your home with no wiring or server room needed. This past Christmas season I was amazed by the flood of virtual assistants on the market. Amazon’s Echo and Alexa, Apple’s Homepod, and Google’s Home Assistant all offer the ability to activate the smart features of your home with the command of your voice. As David and I recently learned they can be a lot of fun too.
On a recent Saturday morning of showings we were certainly dragging our feet. It was 9AM, the weather was cold and we faced the prospect of 15 showings of condos around Calgary’s downtown and beltline. The first two condos we looked at were lackluster and we settled in for what we thought was going to be a slog of four hours. The next condo we walked into was lovely. The owner had excellent taste in design. It was cozy, comfortable and inviting. We could see that the spirit of our client was immediately buoyed. Looking over to the reading nook in the corner, the distinctive design of the Google Home Mini speaker caught my eye. I had never used one myself, although a friend had played some music on his when I was over at his place. Since the condo was so cozy I figured that I would further set the mood by getting some music playing, not thinking it would work. I called out: “Hey Google, play some music!” Sure enough the voice of the Assistant responded: “Okay, playing music on Spotify.” We all had a good laugh as some music played in the background as we toured the suite.
A short time later, as we were wrapping up the showing and turning off the lights, I again called out: “Hey Google, turn off the music.” The music stopped. Needless to say we were amused. As we were walking towards the door I said quietly: “Hey Google, play some death metal,” thinking that the speaker would be out of range. All of the sudden our eardrums were hit by the piercing sound of death metal. The three of us broke out in hysterical laughter with tears filling our eyes. It was priceless.
During the course of the morning the Google Assistant was our running joke. Every condo we walked into, one of us would call out “hey Google, play death metal,” and we would crack-up laughing. The benchmark for the condos that we had looked at that morning was the “Google suite.” Sure enough the next day, our client called us up wanting to write an offer. It probably wasn’t the Google Assistant that got us the sale, but it was a memorable experience, so much so that the Google Home Assistant is often a gift we give to our purchasers when they move in to their new homes. It also turns out that we have warmed to death metal.
David Also David is the Calgary Real Estate team of David Frid REALTOR and David Powell REALTOR of Sutton Group Canwest. We are committed to providing you with what you deserve: the best! www.davidalsodavid.com Call (403) 479-3743