Consumers use both apps and mobile websites to shop, but more find using the mobile browser to be convenient.
In the continuing debate of apps vs. mobile websites for shopping, a new study finds consumers split, with only a negligible difference between the two.
The PwC Global Total Retail Survey is based on 15,000 online interviews across 15 territories, ranging from Brazil and France to the Middle East and U.S.
The study found that almost the same number of daily shoppers prefers using a mobile browser (17%) compared to those who prefer using an app (16%).
Those who shop only a few times a year are evenly split, with 21% preferring either method.
However, mobile browsers are viewed by more shoppers as being convenient than apps, according to the study.
For those who prefer an app over a mobile browser, more than a third (37%) note convenience as the top reason:
However, of those who prefer mobile browsers over apps, almost half (48%) cite convenience.
While in a store, the top activity mobile consumers want is to be able to check other store and online stock. Many of them also would like mobile technology to be utilized by store employees. Here’s what consumers said would make their shopping experience better:
The study also identified the top regions for mobile phone shopping, where the most consumers are using a mobile phone to purchase products. The global average in purchasing by phone was 43%.
If any retailer had doubts about the influence of mobile on shopping behavior, the study found that 89% of mobile phone shoppers compared prices on their device and 91% researched products.
Whether using an app or a mobile website, the mobile shopper is in the driver’s seat.