Troy-Bilt introduces “Ask Troy-Bilt,” the first Amazon Alexa skill from the outdoor power equipment market that serves as a helpful partner in the yard for consumers. The free voice recognition skill assists in identifying optimal times to mow the lawn, based on schedules and weather forecasts.
According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, 31 percent of homeowners do not know how to grow and maintain a healthy lawn, let alone know when they should be mowing it. However, users of the new skill can now easily “Ask Troy-Bilt” to determine when it is best to mow their lawn, connecting to the user’s Google calendar and pulling in local weather data and personal mowing preferences to identify ideal cutting times.
“We understand it can be difficult for consumers to know exactly when and how often they should mow their lawns,” said Troy-Bilt director of brand marketing Megan Peth. “The ‘Ask Troy-Bilt’ skill makes it easier than ever before for consumers to stay on task and keep their lawns pristine throughout the season, without the added stress of finding time to mow. The skill is an extension of Troy-Bilt’s larger Ask Troy marketing initiative, positioned to provide helpful advice and assistance around common questions in the yard.”
To customize the “Ask Troy-Bilt” skill and ensure optimal conditions for mowing, users are prompted to sync the skill with their Google calendar and input other information, including ZIP Code to monitor weather in the user’s area, phone number to receive text message updates, weekly time dedicated to mowing the lawn, and ideal time of day to mow.
Once the skill understands preferences, it helps users prioritize grass-cutting by automatically adding mowing to their calendar as “Time to mow with Troy-Bilt.” The skill also sends users a text message once the mow is scheduled, if it’s been deleted from the calendar, or if the weather changes and the mow needs to be rescheduled.
The “Ask Troy-Bilt” skill can be installed within Amazon Alexa (available on desktop or mobile). An Echo device is not required to use the skill.
Troy-Bilt introduced the first American-made rototiller and has since expanded its expertise and durable product line to create a complete selection of the industry’s lawn and garden tools. The company’s product line includes tractors, mowers, tillers, cultivators, trimmers, snow throwers and other outdoor power tools.