Website Traffic From Smartphones Up 100 Percent in One Year

If you still haven’t optimized your ecommerce site for mobile, get a load of this slice from a new infographic from Monetate.

The numbers represent only a small portion of web traffic, true, but look at the growth. Smartphone traffic related to ecommerce has doubled in only a few months. And according to “The Battle for Smartphone Supremacy” traffic from mobile has increased 103% over last year.

Android still has the biggest market share with the most accessible products at a lower price point, but iPhone users are the ones using their phones to shop more often. Monetate estimates the average order value for iPhone users to be $97.49 which is right in line with the numbers from Apple desktop shoppers.

Facebook Tops Search Results with Paid Ads

Facebook’s search engine has driven me mad on numerous occasions. The fact that it only allows me to search for an exact name and not related sites seems counter intuitive. For example, if I search for actor Matt Bomer, I get a list of two dozen fan pages all pretending to be him when what I should get is a page for his series White Collar.

So, it’s interesting, that Facebook is now inserting sponsored ads into the results based on the intent, not the word.

Today, when I searched the word Single, I got a list of apps and pages with the word “single” (including a page called Single Dad Laughing) but I also got an ad for Match.com.

 

Almost Half of Marketing Execs Surveyed Have No Interest in Pinterest

Pinterest may be the hot new trend in social media but 44% of the marketing and advertising execs The Creative Group surveyed said they had no interest in using the site for business.

A tiny 7% said they were currently using the site and slightly more (10%) said they were going to start using the site soon.

Want to hear something really frightening? 18% said they weren’t aware or had never heard of Pinterest. Let me repeat, marketing execs who have never heard of Pinterest. I wonder who their clients are. . .

I understand people who don’t think it’s a good fit for their brand. Pinterest is definitely a better fit for cupcake makers than mechanics, but it’s still a huge part of the social media landscape.

Groupon Visits the Bargain Basement

At the height of the daily deal explosion, you could get a fabulous dinner for two at a trendy restaurant for half price. It was exciting. It was a way to live large on a small budget. It was new.

Fast forward to now and look what Groupon has become:

Shaun T’s Rockin Workout and bamboo trays? It’s the stuff of late-night infomercials and it’s sad. I live in Orange County, the eating out capital of the world and out of sixteen available offers, only one was for a restaurant and it was sold out. The rest were for spas and tourist attractions and “goods.”

Video and Entertainment Top the Smartphone Paid Content Chart

107 million people own smartphones and it’s estimated that over 50% of the population will own one by Q2 of 2013. That’s not just a lot of phones, that’s a lot of content in the form of apps, videos, music, and ebooks.

According to the new report,  “A Portrait of Today’s Smartphone User,” from The Online Publishers Association, over half of all smartphone owners are using their phones to access content on a daily basis. The majority said they use it to check the weather, 31% use it to watch video, news, sports, and entertainment content follow after that.

Unfortunately for content creators, only 24% of users paid for the content on their phone. Here’s a look at what people are willing to pay for:

As Pinterest Grows, So Goes the Third Party Market

Last week, Pinterest released slick new apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. This may not sound like big marketing news, but trust me, it is.

Of all the social media networks, Pinterest is the one that most benefits from couch browsing. The never-ending rows of colorful graphics are almost hypnotic and though you swear you’ll only flip through a couple, you can easily find yourself wasting a half hour with nothing to show for it. Then again, you could come away inspired.

Email Clickthrough Rates Slip as Mobile Opens Rise

Most mornings, I begin my day by reading my email on my iPad. I give it a general perusal, delete the trash before it hits my Outlook inbox and formulate a plan for the day based on what I find there. It’s a relaxed way to ease into the day and for some reason 50 emails don’t look as daunting on the iPad as they do flooding into my computer.

For many others, mobile is a way of dealing with email on the go. Whether traveling for business or killing time between errands, mobile has made emailing an even bigger part of our daily lives. So much so that this past April, mobile eclipsed both web and computer as the top means of accessing email.