Retailers seek to drive mobile shoppers to their stores while those consumers have different ideas on how they want to use their smartphones once they get there.
U.S. consumers are using their phones for shopping at least sometimes in various locations, including at home (44%), in a store (32%) and at work (27%), based on a new study by RSR Research.
But what the phone is used for during the shopping process differs based on location.
While at home, most (60%) of shopping consumers use their phones to research product selection while most (57%) of those in stores use them to compare prices.
From the retailers’ perspective, fewer than half (47%) of them see mobile as influencing consumer purchases more than half the time but within three years most (75%) think it will.
The current primary goal of retailers is to drive sales to the store, based on the RSR study. The goal of retailer’s mobile strategies:
The majority of retailers (56%) say they know consumers are using mobile as part of their shopping experience so feel a need to be there. However, those merchants also see a host of challenges relating to their mobile strategy.
The top mobile strategy goal of merchants is to drive customers to stores while the top desire of mobile shoppers once there is to use their phones to compare prices.
Highlighting one of the mobile shopper-retailer gaps, fewer than a third of retailers see giving consumers that price matching ability as a strategic imperative.
Fine tuning the mobile shopping experience in stores still has a ways to go.