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Black Friday a major success for mobile commerce


Black Friday proves to be a pivotal day for mobile and e-commerce

Black Friday has passed and Mobile Commerce Black Fridaywas a resounding success for  the retail industry, especially where e-commerce is concerned. comScore. a leading business analytics firm, had predicted that Black Friday would be a major success for retailers that embraced mobile consumers, largely due to the growing popularity of mobile commerce. The firm has released a new report concerning the online sales that occurred on Black Friday. The report documents the performance of e-commerce and shows the economic promise that mobile commerce represents.

Report shows online sales surpass $1 billion

According to the report, e-commerce sales on Black Friday surpassed $1 billion in the U.S. The feat is largely being attributed to the willingness of consumers to participate in mobile commerce. While physical stores saw a great deal of traffic, online platforms did as well. Many consumers took to e-commerce as a way to avoid crowds, while others did so to get the best deals they could find. comScore notes that the performance of this year’s Black Friday is an overall increase of 26% from last year’s Black Friday.

Millions of consumers rely on online platforms for shopping

More than 57 million consumers visited e-commerce sites and made use of mobile commerce platforms. The majority of these consumers flocked to Amazon, where they were able to find an assortment of deals on products they wanted. Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, and Apple also saw a great deal of digital traffic on Black Friday. comScore notes that the fastest growing category of sales this holiday season has been digital content and subscription, as well as toys and consumers packaged goods. The comScore report shows that apparel and accessories were sold the most online during Black Friday, with computer hardware following closely behind.

Black Friday may add more momentum to mobile commerce

Black Friday was expected to be a time when mobile commerce would prove how viable it could be over traditional forms of commerce. The comScore report suggests that this has been accomplished, as both e-commerce and mobile commerce platforms were able to perform well for consumers. The success of Black Friday may encourage retailers to invest more heavily in mobile commerce in the future.

Mobile shopping to see major growth during holiday season


Mobile ShoppingThanksgiving may be the holiday for mobile shopping

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching. Both days are very important for physical retailers and online businesses as sales made on these days can more than make up for an entire year of lackluster performance. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been major holidays for the retail industry and e-commerce respectively, but the growing prevalence of mobile commerce and technology may establish a similar day that could be a major boon for mobile shopping.

More consumers showing interest in mobile shopping

Thanksgiving is a well known holiday in the U.S. As such, the holiday typically means that traditional brick and mortar stores are closed for business. Online retailers, however, remain open throughout the holiday, providing consumers with services that they might not be able to find from physical stores. According to data from IBM/Coremetrics, 15% of U.S. consumers used their mobile devices to visit retail sites on Thanksgiving in 2011, up from the 6.5% that did so in 2010.

Digitas survey shows growing support for mobile commerce and e-commerce

This trend is expected to continue this year, with the possibility of mobile traffic increasing by as much as double for some retailers. Companies like eBay already have plans to begin offering deals on Thanksgiving day, rather than wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. According to a recent survey from Digitas, a provider of integrated technology and marketing solutions, shows that many retailers are preparing to serve mobile consumers on Thanksgiving, following the same route as eBay in offering mobile applications that will assist with online shopping.

Survey shows shopping from computer is easier than from mobile device

The Digitas survey does shed some light on the problems facing mobile shopping, however. The survey notes that approximately 76% of the 2,059 respondents surveyed say that shopping from a computer is much easier than from a mobile device. Many consumers attribute the difficulty associated with mobile shopping to the small screens of most mobile devices. Nonetheless, consumers are still likely to heavily participate in mobile shopping during the holiday season.