DUBLIN (CALIFORNIA), US: According to a joint national survey conducted by Sybase 365, the mobile services arm of SAP AG and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), the leading global trade association for the mobile industry, mobile devices are playing a more crucial role than ever before in influencing consumers' shopping decisions at the point of sale and across every stage of the purchase funnel.
This survey of 1,000 adults in the US found that mobile's influence over consumer shopping behaviours is far greater than it was a year ago. As confirmed in the study, a vast majority (87%) of respondents reported that they will use their mobile device to change the way they shop this holiday season. Additionally, 50% of consumers plan to make a purchase with their mobile device this holiday season through either mobile web, apps, using their mobile at the POS or also using SMS/text or voice on their device. Consumers also plan to use their mobile devices for comparing prices, researching deals and coupons, locating product reviews, avoiding long shopping lines, and tracking loyalty points. In a similar survey conducted by Sybase 365 and the MMA a year ago, 62% of respondents said they would use their mobile device to help them make purchasing decisions over the holiday season, thus indicating that consumers today are more eager to use their mobile device as a tool of transaction.
While mobile commerce platforms continue to gain traction in terms of consumer use and adoption, the study pinpoints areas to evolve the overall shopping experience. Some 61% of consumers would be more willing to use their mobile devices to influence their purchasing decisions at the point of sale if improvements were made to the current consumer experience. Some of the improvements that consumers would like to see include more accurate results that are relevant to their shopping habits and exact location (48%), more secure connections to ensure their transactions are safe (46%) and faster connection speeds in order to obtain immediate results when they are about to make a purchase (38%).
Collective effort needed to educate consumers
"The results from this survey clearly indicate that we are starting to see meaningful adoption of mobile commerce solutions," said John Sims, president of Sybase 365, a division of SAP. "While progress is being made, the industry needs to make a collective effort to better educate and inform consumers about pressing issues surrounding mobile payments, such as available technology, security, and usage benefits. This will ensure that consumers are comfortable enough to embrace this extremely pervasive industry as part of their everyday lives."
Mobile devices are also helping consumers make smarter, more informed purchasing decisions all year round. Some 42% of survey respondents reported that information they found using their mobile devices influenced their decision the last time they made a purchase, and 30% reported that the last time they were at the point of sale, they used their mobile device to compare prices or read product reviews and ended up making a purchase from a different physical or online store. Alternatively, they purchased a different brand altogether; and 8% of individuals reported that their mobile device validated a purchase they were already going to make.
An unprecedented opportunity for marketers
"Consumer adoption of mobile will continue to climb as new technology is introduced and evolves. With mobile payment and commerce options expanding, marketers have an unprecedented opportunity to leverage mobile along the path to purchase and turn awareness into preference and preference into transactions," said Michael Becker, managing director, MMA North America. "The survey results indicate that consumers are ready and willing to use their mobile device not only to search brands but purchase as well. It is up to the industry to advance the mobile commerce experience and take advantage of this opportunity to engage more meaningfully with consumers. After all, nothing gets marketers closer to consumers than mobile."
Merchants are also helping to drive awareness of mobile payments. Most significantly, they are leveraging mobile to target customers with loyalty deals and coupons. Nearly half of consumers surveyed (44%) received a deal on their mobile device recently from Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Groupon, Target or Starbucks.
"The mobile commerce industry still has ground to cover in order to achieve a critical mass. Merchants and marketing executives must learn how to harness the innovative technology in powerful new ways so that we can see the full potential of this new world," Sims added.
*Sybase 365, MMA and Opinion Research Corporation, an Infogroup company, make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the data presented, nor assume any liability for any loss or damage resulting from its use. The sample size of 1,000 carries a margin of error of +/- 3% at a 95% confidence level. This margin of error would be greater for any subsets of the sample.
About Sybase 365
Sybase 365, the mobile services arm of SAP, is the global leader in enabling mobile information services for mobile operators, financial institutions and enterprises. We provide our customers with the widest offering in SMS, MMS, GRX, IPX interoperability, end-to-end mobile commerce solutions and innovative mobile consumer engagement services. Sybase 365 processes more than 1.8 billion messages per day, reaching 900 operators and 5.5 billion subscribers around the world.
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Mobile Marketing Association The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) is the premier global non-profit trade association established to lead the growth of mobile marketing and its associated technologies. The MMA is an action-oriented organization designed to clear obstacles to market development, establish mobile media guidelines and best practices for sustainable growth, and evangelize the use of the mobile channel. The more than 750 member companies, representing over forty countries around the globe, include all members of the mobile media ecosystem. The Mobile Marketing Association’s global headquarters are located in the United States and it has regional chapters including North America (NA), Europe (EUR), Latin America (LATAM), Middle East & Africa (MEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) branches. Go to: http://www.mmaglobal.com
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