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Smartphones and Tablets Essential for Holiday Shopping

November 12, 2012
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More than one-half (55.3%) of mobile device owners plan to use a smartphone or tablet for holiday shopping this year, to research products, make purchases, find brick-and-mortar stores, or assist with other shopping tasks, according to a new survey from Prosper Mobile Insights.

Among those 55.3% of "mobile holiday shoppers":

  • 61.9% say they plan to use their device primarily as a "mobile mall," purchasing products and comparing prices.
  • 49.6% say they are most likely to use their device during the planning and research stages of holiday shopping.
  • 42.6% say they are most likely to use their device while shopping in stores or online.

Below, additional findings from the study by Prosper Mobile Insights, based on a poll of 333 smartphone and tablet users in October 2012.

Most mobile holiday shoppers plan to use their devices to compare prices between brick-and-mortar stores (66.0%) or online retailers (59.7%), while nearly one-half (48.1%) plan to tap into product reviews and rating to compare products:


As the holiday shopping season approaches, mobile holiday shoppers will likely focus on a few key product categories, and they cite the following as those they're most likely to research via mobile device:

  • Electronics: 69.1%
  • Clothing or clothing accessories: 50.4%
  • Books/CDs/DVDs, Blu-Ray/video games: 45.7%
  • Toys: 44.9%

Moreover, two in five mobile holiday shoppers (41.2%) say they're likely to buy electronics goods via mobile; 39.0% plan to buy books, CDs, or DVDs; 36.7% plan to buy apparel; and 35.7% plan to buy toys via mobile.


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  • by Kristin T. Mon Nov 12, 2012 via web

    That's funny that a mobile-focused company found this stat. SteelHouse did a very similar survey and found the exact opposite: 51% of consumers will NOT use their mobile or tablet devices this holiday season to shop. Meanwhile, eMarketer found that only 6% of holiday sales will be mobile-based. And coincidentally enough, the 333 individuals Prosper Mobile Insights polled used the company's devices to answer the survey questions. Did respondents get a free phone too? Must be nice when the stats seem to "magically" work out in your favor.

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