Sport technology consumers: Segmenting users of sports wearable devices based on technology readiness

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Abstract

Purpose: The development of wearable technology has significantly changed the way people participate in physical activities. The purpose of this paper is to segment users of sports wearable devices based on technology readiness (TR). Design/methodology/approach: Participants comprised a convenience sample of 356 participants using sports wearable devices in South Korea. Cluster analysis was performed to identify clusters of sports wearable users based on their TR (i.e. motivating and inhibiting beliefs regarding technologies). Analysis of variance and post hoc Tukey’s test were used to determine whether there were significant differences among the clusters. Findings: Clustering identified three groups of users of sports wearable devices: Explorers (high motivation, low inhibition), Laggards (low motivation, high inhibition) and Pioneers (high motivation, high inhibition). Each group demonstrated significant differences in TR (i.e. optimism, innovativeness, discomfort and insecurity). It also found that Laggards are more likely to be female and older users (i.e. over 40 years old). Originality/value: This study explores characteristics of possible market segments and provides a better understanding of user profiles of sports wearable devices. These findings provide insightful implications for marketers of sports wearable devices, who can tailor marketing strategies to each segment. Designers of sports wearable devices can benefit from the user profiles and develop more appropriate products for users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-145
Number of pages12
JournalSport, Business and Management: An International Journal
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2019

Keywords

  • Cluster analysis
  • Market segmentation
  • Sports wearable technology
  • Technology readiness

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