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Holiday mobile commerce habits forecasted by Deloitte

This year’s predictions about the way consumers will be shopping over smartphones are out.

Even though smartphone payments have yet to be used by mainstream consumers, this year, mobile commerce is definitely going to be a central part of the holiday shopping experience, if the results of a Deloitte study are accurate.

Consumers will be using m-commerce for virtually every part of their holiday shopping experiences.

Although the main ideas associated with mobile commerce are typically the actual purchase of products and services, it involves a great deal more than that, and it is in those broader reaches of the concept that consumers are most interested. Regardless of where the final sale actually takes place, the smartphone is often a contributor to the rest of the journey. For instance, Deloitte’s survey showed that a considerable 78 percent of consumers plan to use their smartphones at some point during the shopping process, this holiday season. Moreover, 72 percent plan to use their tablets as a part of their shopping process.

Mobile commerce habits expected to be taken on by holiday shoppers include everything from scanning barcodes to buying.

Mobile Commerce - Holiday ShoppingThis thirtieth annual Deloitte holiday survey involved the participation of 4,000 American consumers. Though the study was commissioned by Deloitte, the final report did not actually mention which firm was hired to conduct the research. Moreover, it did not identify the methods used for selecting the respondents.

That said, the results with regards to the way the participants intended to use their smartphones for m-commerce purposes this holiday season included the following:

• Find store locations – 60 percent
• Price comparisons – 55 percent
• Browsing and “window shopping” online – 50 percent
• Product review reading – 46 percent
• Finding and using coupons and discounts – 45 percent
• Product description reading – 45 percent
• Product inventory checking at sites and stores – 43 percent
• Purchasing a product online – 41 percent
• Consulting social networks – 39 percent
• SMS for exclusive deals from retailers – 33 percent
• Scanning product barcodes for more info – 27 percent

It’s clear from this mobile commerce study that consumers are involving the use of their smartphones and tablets at every stage of the shopping process from product discovery to finding the best place to buy it, locating better prices, informing themselves and actually making the purchase.

Mobile commerce is more appealing to 37 percent of American device users

American consumers feel that smartphone based shopping has a greater draw than the in-store experience.

According to the results of recent research that was conducted by Dynatrace – an app performance management firm formerly known as Compuware APM – 37 percent of American smartphone and tablet users see mobile commerce as a more appealing experience than actually going to a store’s physical location in order to make a purchase.

The research also found that many Americans will be choosing m-commerce for their holiday shopping.

In fact, among tablet owners, 42 percent said that they will be doing more of their holiday shopping this year over mobile commerce channels than they did last year at the same time. This makes it look as though this year – which was one that saw a considerable number of milestones in the mobile technology category – has the potential to break some records when it comes to sales over smartphone and tablet optimized websites and retail apps.

Among the respondents 37 percent said that they would do more shopping over mobile commerce than in store.

Mobile Commerce appealsThey indicated that they will be using m-commerce over smartphones and tablets more often throughout the holiday shopping season than they would be going into physical store locations in order to buy what they want.

The research involved the participation of 1,353 people in the United States who own smartphones and/or tablets. It was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Dynatrace in October. It found that even among the consumers who will be going to physical store locations, 25 percent will be making purchases over their mobile devices while standing inside the shops.

According to the Dynatrace director of omnichannel strategy, Erwan Paccard, mobile commerce has “transformed holiday commerce—in fact, retailers are at a tipping point, as they must perform for mobile users or perish at the hands of competitors.” He added that consumers are bringing their smartphones, and even tablets, into stores with them on an increasing basis and are “becoming virtual shopping assistants. And when users encounter poor-performing mobile sites and apps, they buy from competitors and broadcast their frustrations.” He pointed out that retailers that fail to cater to those consumers over the holiday season “do so at their own peril.”