Shortly after I bought my iPhone, I discovered shopping apps and after that, I never left home without it. My original favorite was Shopkick. Walk into a store, tap the bubble, get coupons and accumulate gift certificate points. Why not? I was going to shop at that store anyway, so Shopkick was a bonus. Then a weird thing happened, I let Shopkick tell me where to shop for holiday gifts. I went into stores I wouldn’t have visited otherwise and at that moment, I became the perfect user.
According to new numbers from Nielsen, 47% of American smartphone owners used a shopping app in June 2012 and they accessed these apps an average of 17 times during the month. What’s really interesting is the mix. Take a look at the top 10 shopping apps from June and I’ll meet you on the other side.
eBay is cleaning up. Not only did they snag the most users but look at the average time spent, more than an hour. The only app beating them for time was my old friend Shopkick with a whopping three hours! That’s because you open the app and have to keep it open while you’re roaming a store if you want the points to add up. Very clever.
Under eBay is Amazon, not fond of their mobile site, but I can understand why people use it. Then Groupon and LivingSocial pop in on either side of Shopkick. I didn’t even know these two had mobile apps so I’m surprised to see them so high on the list.
After that, we hit the first brick and mortar stores to make the list, Target and Walgreens. Both have shopping apps that help you find the best deals in store and online. Both allow you to refill prescriptions right from the app and Target even has voice recognition for basic items.
Coming in 8th is RedLaser. This is a bar code scanner that lets you know if you’re getting a good deal on in-store items before you buy.
OutofMilk Shopping List is an Android list maker designed to make grocery shopping easier.
Finally, is SavingStar. This is a reverse coupon site. Buy selected items and SavingStar puts the “coupon” price into your account, so instead of saving, you’re accumulating. Once you hit $ 5, you can cash out via bank, Paypal or gift certificate.
Overall, the top ten shopping apps represent a range of tools that are all designed to make shopping more efficient and less costly. And who doesn’t love saving time and money?
In part two of our series highlighting the importance of CROLP (Conversion Rate Optimization/Landing Pages), we’ll be diving into a case study of just how drastically a new landing page can improve performance and conversion rate. If Kayla’s post yesterday didn’t give you the tools to get your client or web development team on board, a look behind the scenes of one account should do the trick.
WHOA! Eighty percent bot clicks on Facebook Ads? Yikes!
Limited Run’s allegations of Facebook ad traffic being 80 percent bots has made major news publications, from the New York Times to CNBC. Responses from the industry have ranged from: “Holy Cow! GM pulls out, now this? I’m outta here, too!” to, “Big whoop. Show me the data.”
The mobile payments industry may have entered adolescence this week. Square’s deal with Starbucks shows “m-payments” are no longer just the cute little kids on the block who everyone pats on the head and tells “good job” while the adults do the real work.
Alcatel-Lucent is releasing a methodology for APIs that it is making available through Creative Commons. It is part of a new consulting practice the telecommunications company has established to help its service partners and enterprise customers develop, deploy and maintain APIs.
Alcatel-Lucent has made APIs a focal aspect of its business by offering them to carriers and other service providers. Through this work, it has provided the company with enough experience to know what issues companies face when they embark on an API strategy. They are packaging that experience into the methodology and its consulting service. Look to the Alcatel-Lucent blog for updates about the methodology.
August 13, 2012
Author: Richard Baxter
To say I’ve been feeling a little busy lately would be a serious understatement. Our agency is growing up fast, not just growing, growing up. I’m *so* proud of our latest leap forward, a move in to an office that will support another 150% growth over the next 18 months. I won’t bore you with the details of our new network, awesome new internet connection, always filled drinks fridge, free food, or any of that – I’ll just wait until you decide you want to come and work with my team, and we’ll talk to you about our company then…
Some consolidation up in the clouds: Colt Technology Services has bought ThinkGrid, an enterprise cloud startup that has created a platform for channel partners and small and medium businesses for them in turn to become cloud service providers.
Bob Evans has a colorful past. He works at Oracle these days as what I would call a king’s blogger except that he isn’t doing very well even with the apparent influence of the king himself.
Bob used to write for SAP where he penned his own gems about Oracle. The watchmen at Oracle thought Bob did such a good job that they decided to hire him. Now Bob turns on his blog flame against Oracle’s critics.