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Trends Influencing the Mobile Commerce Field

Mobile commerce is still in a stage of infancy, but it is growing up fast. This growth is being fed by the growing number of people that are allowing mobile devices to play a major role in their daily lives. These devices offer more convenience and help people bypass some of the things that they consider to be annoying, such as long lines at grocery stores or getting lost during long road trips. As in any sector, trends are emerging within the mobile commerce world that are guiding its continued development.

Optimized Omni-Channel Experiences

People have come to have high expectations when it comes to how they interact with businesses and mobile technology is to blame. Smartphones and tablets have allowed people to experience the world in a new way and this experience is happening at break-neck speeds. People want seamless interaction with the businesses they support, and this means that a company’s ability to optimize this experience across all channels is becoming vital to its continued existence.

Having a website is no longer enough to stay in touch with consumers. These websites have to be optimized for mobile devices, too. A lackluster presence in social media is also a sure way to drive people away, especially those in the mobile crowd. Younger demographics want to receive messages directly to their mobile devices, but these messages cannot be so plentiful that they become an annoyance.

Finding a balance in mobile engagement is key, and that balance must exist through every channel that a business relies on. A growing number of businesses are beginning to take this seriously. They are working on optimizing the experiences they provide to mobile consumers, thereby making themselves more prominent in the mobile world.

In-Store Mobile Devices

Technology has long been a part of the retail sector, but companies are beginning to see the need for the mobile variety. Companies like Apple and Nordstrom have adopted mobile point-of-sale systems  that are designed to allow people to pay for products using nothing more than their smartphones. These systems are becoming more plentiful throughout the retail industry. As they do, people are becoming more eager to participate in mobile commerce.

Mobile App Conversion

mobile commerce - trendsSmall businesses are particularly interested in the mobile commerce space. Though the mobile world is somewhat crowded by their larger counterparts, small businesses are able to engage a wider demographic by establishing a significant mobile presence. These businesses are offering mobile apps  that allow people to find them more easily and, in some cases, purchase products online.

A year ago, many of these apps did not support in-app links, making them somewhat static and unintuitive. Small businesses have been looking for ways to monetize these apps and have found that allowing the apps themselves to support links, advertisements, and other engagement features has helped consumers spend more money through these apps. This trend is gaining steam throughout several business sectors.

The trends that have emerged in the mobile space are having a major impact on people’s participation in mobile commerce. These trends appear to involve the optimization of the mobile experience. A poor mobile experience leads people away from mobile commerce, while a good experience encourages them to return to mobile commerce again and again. Optimization is ensuring that the mobile space thrives.

What’s the Point of Wearable Technology?

Wearable technology is gaining a lot of momentum, but does it have any real value? There are a wide range of wearable devices that are set to be released in the coming years, some more innovative than others. Some of these devices promise to change the way people see the world, while others are designed simply to make it easier for people to keep track of their personal information. Some believe wearable devices are nothing more than novelty entertainment tools and others argue that these devices are likely to have a major impact on society, quite literally affecting the way people interact with one another in the future. The real question, however, is this: What do wearable devices do that smartphones can’t?

The question is somewhat complicated. Conventional mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are loaded with a wide range of features that are interactive in nature and designed to make people’s life somewhat more simplistic or enjoyable. The majority of these devices can be customized to suit a person’s particular needs through the use of mobile applications. Augmented reality apps can change the way people see the world, and fitness applications can help people keep track of their physical activity. Other apps can be used to manage finances or find deals at local stores or they can be used for navigational purposes. The problem with smartphones and tablets, however, is that they can only be held and not worn.

Wearable Technology - What is the pointWearable devices can do everything that conventional devices can do, but they do so in a different way. Augmented reality glasses, for example, allow AR applications to be somewhat more intuitive. The benefit of these devices, however, if that they can be operated hands-free, in most cases. Many wearable devices that are being released in the coming months feature voice recognition controls, but the responsiveness of these controls is dubious, especially in crowded areas where many people are talking at once.

Currently, wearable devices exist as a sort of novelty. These devices do not yet do anything more than what can be accomplished with conventional devices. In the future, wearable devices may be more robust, but whether or not they will be able to compete with smartphones and tablets is difficult to say for sure.