Mobile Shopping is here to stay. That is the one lesson the Christmas season 2011 definitely has taught us. It is hard to believe that online shopping is so new. People have taken to the mobile shopping idea like lemmings to sea. One can argue that it is consumers are even more ready to grab onto the mobile revolution than retailers are!
Here are some interesting statistics from a recent comScore report:
“The report suggests that mobile shopping is now going mainstream, stating 38 percent of smartphones owners have made at least one purchase using their handset.
Of all the types of shopping, buying digital content is the most popular among those who shop using their phone, as 47 percent of mobile shoppers buy music, eBooks, movies, shows, etc. 37 percent buy clothes or accessories — a statistic that caught me by surprise since you’d think people would actually want to see/try on clothes in person. Going down the line of popularity, other activities include buying entertainment tickets, daily deals, gift certificates, electronics, restaurant food, hotel rooms, physical books, car rentals, airplane tickets, flowers (right after a breakup via text message, I assume), sports or fitness gear, and auto services. In total, two-thirds of all smartphone owners made purchases using their phone in September.
Just as important as the number of smartphone owners who participate in mobile shopping is the number of stores willing to embrace it. On that topic, comScore Senior VP for mobile Mark Donovan comments:
“Considering there are currently 90 million smartphone owners in the U.S., retailers without a well-developed mobile strategy are not only missing a tremendous opportunity with these customers but also risk becoming obsolete in the minds of these digital omnivores.”
Luckily, quite a few stores are on board with the plan. Originally creating mobile-optimized versions of their websites, stores are now creating native smartphone apps, where the magic truly happens. eBay, for instance, recently indicated that 3 purchases were made using its mobile app every second in Q3 2011.”
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