Best mobile shopping apps 2012

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Mobile commerce, with mobile shopping in particular, continues to skyrocket, but major brands continue to dominate the scene, according to a new report from Nielsen.

Nielsen found that almost half of U.S. smartphone owners (47 percent) used shopping apps in June 2012. Approximately 45 million smartphone owners accessed shopping apps 17 times on average during the same time frame.
Out of those apps used, eBay and Amazon topped the list of shopping apps, attracting 13 million and 12 million unique users, respectively. The really staggering difference between the top two apps was the average amount of time that users spent on each one in June.Mobile shoppers spent an average of one hour and four minutes on eBay Mobile each month compared to Amazon Mobile at just 18 minutes or so.Technically, eBay also made another appearance on the top 10 list as subsidiary RedLaser rang in at number 8.Daily deal sites — at least the big ones like Groupon and LivingSocial — are still proving to be relevant even as the craze dies down. Each of these brands saw more than 10 million Americans using their apps during the month of June.

But startups made up the bottom end of the top 10 list, signaling that there is room and opportunity for smaller and lesser-known retail brands to make a jump into this market now while it’s hot. For example, Nielsen researchers cited that the presence of apps like Shopkick and Out of Milk reflect “the unique opportunities for apps to engage shoppers in retail locations.”

But also on that note, the frequent use of mobile shopping apps also reveals another key point that often times consumers are using mobile shopping apps for actual in-store shopping instead.

Don Kellogg, director of telecom insights at Nielsen, argued in the report that “retailers are finding that consumers are willing to use smartphone apps to enhance their shopping experience, and this data shows usage of shopping apps is growing.”

For reference, Nielsen surveyed more than 5,000 U.S. consumers with smartphones running on either iOS or Android. The full report, along with more detailed rankings and stats for all the top shopping appsWhile smartphones surpassed more than half of mobile phones in use in 2012, another milestone was recently achieved as half of U.S. smartphone owners (50.3%) used mobile commerce apps in June 2012, according to new research from Nielsen. Overall, 48 million smartphone owners used apps in Nielsen’s shopping/commerce category, accessing shopping apps 17 times on average during June.

Major brands already well-known for online buying are behind the most-used smartphone shopping apps. In June, eBay Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. attracted 13 million and 12 million unique monthly visitors, respectively, Nielsen reports. Bricks-and-mortar retailers like Target Corp. received significant mobile traffic from shoppers looking to find the best deals in their local retail stores, the research firm adds.“Retailers are finding that consumers are willing to use smartphone apps to enhance their shopping experience, and this data shows usage of shopping apps is growing,” says Don Kellogg, director of telecom insights at Nielsen. “As more Americans use their smartphones while shopping and making purchases directly through apps, retailers should consider personalizing their targeted offerings around the needs of individual consumers.”

Daily dealers like Groupon and LivingSocial saw more than 10 million unique U.S. visitors using their apps during June 2012, Nielsen says. Apps like Shopkick (mobile check-ins), Out of Milk (shopping lists) and RedLaser (bar code scanning and shopping) rounded out the list of top 10 shopping apps in June, reflecting the opportunities for apps to engage shoppers in retail locations, Nielsen says.

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