Why Vivint / Best Buy Failed

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Aug 31, 2018

DIY has bested Vivint.

In 2017, Best Buy and Vivint partnered with Vivint employees on the floor of 400+ Best Buy stores, helping customers with smart home questions and selling them smart home packages.

However, a little more than a year later, the partnership was over.

In this note, based on experience from a former Vivint employee working at Best Buy, we examine:

  • Why this partnership looked good theoretically
  • What the reality was
  • How DIY competition bested Vivint
  • What the future possibly holds

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What *** ****** *****

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Comments (11)

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