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Mobile commerce applications perform well on Thanksgiving and Black Friday


Mobile commerce report shows increase in mobile app use

By now, it is no secret that mobile cMobile Commerce Reportommerce had a strong showing during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping weekend. A multitude of retailers put intense focus on mobile consumers this year in the hopes of engaging these people in various mobile commerce platforms. Onavo, a mobile data compression firm, has released information concerning which of these platforms performed the best during the shopping weekend. The company tracked the performance of these platforms that were put to use by some of the largest retailers in the world.

Report shows Best Buy saw greatest increase in mobile commerce traffic this year

According to Onavo, Groupon remained the most used mobile commerce application during the holiday shopping weekend. Best Buy, however, saw the largest increase in overall commerce on Black Friday. Use of the company’s mobile commerce application shot up by almost 600% on a single day. The Best Buy application was followed closely by one from Wal-Mart. A mobile commerce application from Kohl’s saw an increase in use of over 300% on the same day.

Report accounts for iOS platform only

Notably, Onavo’s report accounts only for iPhone users, thus physical payments made with a mobile device are not represented. The Android platform is currently the only mainstream mobile operating system that supports NFC technology, which facilitates mobile payments for physical products. The report also does not account for the mobile commerce activity that came from consumers with Android devices. These consumers are estimated to have accounted for a major portion of overall mobile commerce activity during the holiday shopping weekend.

Consumers continue to become more comfortable with mobile commerce

Mobile commerce continues to grow in popularity amongst consumers. Retailers have been working to raise the awareness of mobile commerce for several months, hoping to engage a relatively new audience of tech-savvy consumers. These efforts seem to have paid off and may have established a foundation upon which retailers can build more engaging mobile commerce venture for the future.

E-commerce start-ups facing troubling investment climate


E-Commerce Mobile Commerce Investment StrugglesE-commerce business losing traction with investors

Black Friday has passed and that has left many retailers preparing for the remainder of the holiday season. While Christmas still looms, Black Friday was the most important day for the retail industry. Now that that day has passed, retailers can enjoy some mild relief before gearing up to engage consumers again in December. Mobile commerce helped make this year’s Black Friday a major success, and the growing popularity surrounding the concept has lead to many start-up e-commerce businesses being formed. Investors have seen the potential of these start-ups and some are suggesting that they are overvalued.

Mobile commerce continues to spark new businesses

Over the past 18 months, mobile commerce has sparked the founding of several e-commerce platforms that had promised to provide innovative service to consumers and niche markets. Many of these platforms received a proverbial tidal wave of investments that helped them reach their target audience. Unfortunately, most of these platforms failed to meet the expectations of investors, thus yielding modest returns at best. The lackluster performance of some platforms has not stopped the formation of new e-commerce businesses, however. Finding investments may soon become difficult for these start-ups.

Failed e-commerce ventures create unease among investors

Though the e-commerce sector shows promising growth, investors have seen a string of failed online retail ventures from groups like Facebook, Zynga, and Groupon. Smaller companies that promised major returns were unable to deliver, thus making many investors leery of e-commerce ventures and those that revolve around mobile commerce. Former eBay executive Dana Stalder, who is now a partner at Matrix Partners, an investment firm focused on software and communications companies, suggests that there is “inflated valuations” concerning e-commerce ventures.

Capital-intensive business may find lack of support

Stalder notes that most e-commerce businesses are complex and require significant capital to operate. Inventory and shipping costs make it difficult for new businesses to reach a large audience. Even with financial backing, these businesses can easily spend more than they make, thus making them less lucrative for investors. Many of these companies have created an uneasy investment climate for the online retail industry, which could make it exceedingly difficult for new e-commerce start-ups to find the backing that they need.