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December 10, 2014updated 21 Oct 2016 5:26pm

Buying everything from handbags to gladrags on your phone

Mobile commerce is taking off

By Sam

Mobile now accounts for more than 30 percent of eCommerce transactions globally and over 27 percent of eCommerce transactions in the U.S.

Jonathan Wolf, Chief Product Officer at Criteo, said: "There are huge opportunities for eCommerce businesses to capture increasing sales via mobile devices, particularly in the retail and travel industries. We expect mobile to rapidly move towards 50% of all transactions, as mobile usage continues to skyrocket and retailers better optimise mobile sites for conversion."

Data from more than 3,000 eCommerce, retail and travel advertisers globally found:

Mobile is now about purchasing, not just researching: Mobile conversion rates are high, across all devices and retail categories.
Think Smartphones: smartphones now generate more transactions than tablets. 53 percent of mobile retail transactions and 66 percent of mobile travel transactions come from smartphones.
Yes, you will buy a designer handbag from your phone: a third of fashion transactions now come from mobile, with average order values close to desktop levels.
Top quartile US retailers generate almost 40% of their ecommerce transactions from mobile, against 27% for US overall. The bottom quartile see only 5-10% of transactions from mobile. This represents a 4X difference in share of mobile transactions, demonstrating that retailers overlooking mobile are losing sales.
It’s not just Apple. Android phones generate over a third of smartphone transactions. Android devices now account for 39% and 44% of smartphone transactions in the US for retail and travel purchases respectively. Furthermore, Android smartphone share of ecommerce transactions is higher than the iPhone’s in many countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil and South Korea.
– Mobile order values are reaching desktop order values in the U.S. especially in the fashion, luxury, sporting goods and health & beauty categories.

"Consumers are more comfortable than ever making purchases from mobile devices, which makes it increasingly vital for advertisers to effectively reach them across devices," said Wolf. "If you’re an eCommerce player and you’re not focusing on allowing mobile audiences to purchase from you, then you may not be in business in a couple of years."



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