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UK mobile commerce up on Boxing Day, says IBM

The day after Christmas, has shown to be very important to shopping in the United Kingdom, yet again.

Boxing Day, the day that follows Christmas, has long been a very important shopping day for finding great discounts and sales, and IBM has revealed that this tradition continued, but this year it was breaking records in UK mobile commerce.

The IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark showed that sales skyrocketed compared to 2012.

Among the findings from IBM in its Digital Analytics Benchmark was that a great deal of the Boxing Day shopping on retail websites came from UK mobile commerce locations. This suggests that smartphones and tablets are rapidly becoming one of the preferred methods of browsing and comparison shopping for British consumers. In fact, smartphones were found to be the most popular device for browsing for products and sales.

Though online shopping is still dominated by PCs, UK mobile commerce is rapidly growing.

UK Mobile Commerce Sales Go UpWhile smartphones were preferred for browsing, among mobile devices, it was tablets that played the most important role for sales, themselves. That said, consumers still preferred to look around on those gadgets but make their actual purchases either on their laptops and desktops, or in person within the shops, themselves.

IBM’s data showed that on December 26, there was an increase in online sales by 40.4 percent when compared to the same date in 2012. Of all online traffic, smartphones and tablets represented 58 percent, that day, which was a massive 42 percent increase over the year before. The sales that were actually completed over those devices experienced a growth rate of 63 percent year over year. Among the total of online sales on that day, they represented over 45 percent in the United Kingdom.

The average order value that was placed on smartphones was £78.06, whereas the average order value for purchases made over tablets was slightly higher at £83.55. This indicates that people may be more comfortable spending slightly more when using devices with larger screens. When it came to actual online traffic overall smartphones represented just slightly more than tablets at 29.9 percent as opposed to 28 percent, respectively.

UK consumers flock to tablets for mobile commerce

Tablets are gaining popularity

Market research firm Conlumino has released a new report concerning emerging trends among consumers in the United Kingdom. The report shows that consumers are flocking to eBay to purchase small tablet devices. Many of these consumers are seeking out more convenient devices that they can use to shop online and participate in mobile commerce. The UK mobile sector has been growing more accommodating of online shopping in recent years and tablets are quickly becoming a favorite device for mobile shoppers.

Tablets may provide a better shopping experience

Tablets have won acclaim due to their stronger processing power and larger screens. These devices have become popular among various types of mobile consumers, but they have managed to find a strong following in the mobile commerce and gaming sectors. The large screens of tablets make it easier for users to navigate websites. This simple feature provides consumers with a more enjoyable shopping experience, thereby making it easier for them to spend money online.

Report shows consumers prefer small tablet devices

UK Tablets and Mobile CommerceAccording to the report from Conlumino, approximately 60% of all tablets purchased in the UK in the last three months have been smaller than conventional tablet devices. The iPad Mini Retina and Google Nexus 7 have become the most popular of these small tablets. The majority of those purchasing small tablets claim they did so because they wanted a device that they could carry around more easily. These consumers are likely to use their tablets for mobile commerce and 60% said that they would be using their small devices specifically for holiday shopping.

Holiday season proved promising for mobile commerce

Mobile commerce has already had a strong start to the holiday shopping season. From Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday in the U.S., retailers saw a major increase in mobile activity. Similar shopping holidays in other countries were met with promising results in the mobile sector as well. Notably, mobile payments are still more common on smartphones than they are on other devices, but tablets are quickly becoming the favored mobile shopping platform among consumers.