Smartphones have changed the way consumers shop online.
Google has recently online surveyed 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 to discover how consumers use their smartphones to search and buy online.
The research reveals that smartphones have become popular shopping tools.
People now use smartphones to research products and services, as well as to make purchases. The study reflects that 77% of users use their smartphones for research, and 46% use their devices to make purchases.
With this level of connectivity and flexibility, smartphone users can search for products and services anywhere, and at any time they want to. 55% of users use their smartphone to search at home, 35% search on the move, 31% search whilst they are in shops, 28% do so at work, 21% multi-task whilst visiting a restaurant, 15% search in coffee shops and 7% do it on public transport.
And smartphone usage does not stop after the initial search; they have now become an increasingly popular point of purchase.
According to Google, 46% of users make purchases through their smartphone, and 57% of the users questioned had purchased in the past month.
Purchases made via smartphones are not a one-off or accidental occurrence. People that use smartphones to shop do so regularly. The survey reveals that 60% of users make purchases on their smartphones at least once a month.
This research confirms our strong belief that having a mobile-optimised website is necessary for any successful business.
It’s a crucial step if you want to make your products and services more accessible to both existing and potential customers.
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