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Mobile devices an intricate part of retail shopping for most

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Mobile devices an intricate part of retail shopping for most
Everybody likes getting a good deal and nobody likes going home after a purchase only to find out that a store down the street had the same item for a few bucks cheaper. This common view of the retail shopping experience has made mobile devices a intricate part of the retail shopping experience for most customers.

Verve Wireless, a U.S. mobile adverting company, released the results of a study it had conducted across the 1,300 mobile publishers that use its advertising platform. The result show that customers and their smartphones are more unified that ever.

A few key points from the results are:

  • Over 60% of respondents use their smartphone for shopping one or more times each month
  • Consumers use their smartphone to look up information on price (48%), followed by product information (24%), reviews (14%) and where to buy (14%)
  • 81% of smartphone users have purchased a product or service online or in store after seeking information on their mobile device
  • The top 3 product categories shopped for on smartphones are electronics (51%), entertainment (50%), books (45%), closely followed by clothing (38%) and automotive (21%)
  • The top three retailers users accessed on their mobile device (tablet and smartphone) are Amazon (63%), eBay (37%), and Target (35%)

This study shows that now, more than, ever it is essential that retailers harness the power of mobile technologies when putting together an advertising plan. Greg Hallinan, Chief Marketing Officer of Verve Wireless, said, “There is a growing demographic of consumers who rely on their mobile device to help them make decisions in the aisles of brick-and-mortar stores as well as while shopping online.  The advertiser who meets them there will win the sale."

Mobile devices an intricate part of retail shopping for most

source: Verve Wireless via PR Newswire

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posted on 08 Dec 2011, 10:48

1. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Love the amazon app. Every piece of electronic I own, with the exeption of my laptop and xbox, was bought at amazon with the former bought at Microsoft Store.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 15:48

2. jdrevolution (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

I am confused by the top three product categories. It equals 146%. Is there a larger percentage they're pulling it out from? Or is it "on average, someone will search this category 'this%' of the time?"

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