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BizReport : Mobile Marketing : June 14, 2012

IMRG/Capgemini: Mobile transactions up, but so is bounce rate

The new IMRG/Capgemini Quarterly Benchmarking Index reveals an incredible rise in mobile transactions in the UK in the past two years, but that this has also been accompanied by a rise in website bounce rate.

by Helen Leggatt

The Index shows a 2,000% rise in mobile transactions in the UK over the course of the last two years. In Q1 2012, mobile accounted for 8.2% of overall online shopping transactions, up from 0.4% in the same quarter in 2010.

However, their data also showed that providing a mobile-optimized shopping experience is paramount. Increased choice and greater user expectations have pushed up bounce rates. More people than ever before are visiting a mobile website and leaving after viewing just one page. The bounce rate in Q1 2012 was 27%, up from 23% in Q1 2011.

According to Tina Spooner, Chief Information Officer at IMRG, for mobile shoppers first impressions count, as does the usability of a mobile website.

"These figures show that consumers are becoming ever more demanding when finding the online experience that suits them," said Spooner. "Retailers need to ensure that the site is as engaging as possible for their customer demographic, looking at usability, social elements and performance through key channels and browsers."

Tags: mobile marketing, mobile optimization, mobile shopping, mobile web, retail, smartphone, UK

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