Criteo, an advertising platform for the open Internet, starts the new year with the release of its third Global Commerce Review of the year with data gathered during the third quarter of 2018.
The report analysed browsing and purchasing data from over 5,000 retailers in more than 80 countries and found that the UK ranked fourth globally when it comes to the proportion of mobile transactions.
Mobile devices accounted for 54% of online transactions in Q3 2018, placing the UK behind only Sweden, Norway and Japan, with the Northern Europe region coming in as the clear mobile leader. Smartphones experienced notable growth through a 10% year-on-year increase in transactions, while tablets fell by 26%.
This is in turn leading to the increased importance of shopping apps. On average, European retailers who actively promote their shopping apps see 60% of transactions take place on mobile, while also experiencing improved conversion rates when compared to other channels. App conversions (17%) are noticeably higher than both mobile web (5%) and desktop (12%), positioning them as the ideal method for retailers to drive sales and stand out from competitors.
“With sustained growth in mobile transactions in most countries and in-app purchases in all, retailers are well positioned to drive awareness, consideration and conversion through digital audiences,” said Jaysen Gillespie, Vice President and Head of Analytics and Data Science, Criteo. “But this doesn’t mean brick-and-mortar is dead. Our Q3 Global Commerce Review found that the omnishopper is one of the most valuable audiences, demonstrating the desire from consumers to have both an in-person experience and the convenience of purchasing online.”
The top three key takeaways from Criteo’s Q3 Global Commerce Review include:
- Transactions completed on mobile web, especially on smartphones, continued growing in most countries and regions.
- The share of app transactions for advertisers who promote their shopping app has continued to steadily increase over time.
- Omnichannel customers have the highest lifetime value, on average generating 27% of all sales, despite representing only seven% of all customers.
The Q3 Global Commerce Review serves as a powerful benchmarking tool for marketers as they navigate shopper behaviours across desktop, mobile web and apps.
Mobile Continues to Rise
- Mobile transactions account for 40% (North America) to 52% (Asia Pacific) of all transactions globally.
- In the United States, share of sales via smartphone increased 14% in Q3 2018 compared to Q3 2017.
- Brazil experienced a strong spike in smartphone usage with a 41% increase in mobile shopping in Q3 2018 compared to Q3 2017.
- Northern Europe, including Sweden (60%) and Norway (57%), and Japan (54%) have emerged as leaders in mobile transactions.
Active Promotion of Shopping Apps is Critical to Success
- Globally, mobile dominates among retailers that promote their shopping apps. For retailers who actively promote their shopping apps, mobile transactions represented 63% of all transactions.
- APAC continues to report the highest share of app transactions among retailers who promote their shopping apps (46%), followed by Europe (28%) and the Americas (25%).
- On a year over year basis, in-app share of transactions is increasing across all quartiles for app-promoting retailers.
- Retailers that have or are considering a shopping app have good reason to invest in promotion—in North America, the conversion rate on shopping apps is more than three times higher than on mobile web and just short of two times higher than on desktops.
Online-Only Retailers Continue to Outpace Traditional Retailers (When Both Promote Shopping Apps)
- For online-only retailers who promote their app, a full 31% of transactions come from the in-app purchase channel.
- Brick-and-mortar retailers that promote a shopping app see fewer in-app transactions (21%) compared to pure online players, highlighting the opportunity for these retailers to further integrate app technology into shoppers’ experience before, during and after they visit a physical store.
Omnichannel Retailers Win with Data
- Omnichannel retailers that can combine their offline and online data can apply over four times as much sales data to optimise their marketing efforts.
- Omnichannel customers generate 27% of all sales, despite representing only 7% of all customers.