In the recent years, the smartphones have effectively evolved from emerging trend to dominant device. There is no doubt that technology has changed the way consumers shop but creating an online business can be a daunting task especially if you run a small business and intend to build online stores. Rather than resisting the fast evolution of internet enabled smartphone and tablet market, the most successful companies are aiming to treat on-the-go, tech savvy consumers as “mobile opportunities.” If you run a businesses and want to thrive in this rapidly evolving eCommerce world you should take some tips from these top five mobile eCommerce apps.
It’s interesting to notice the effect that the mobile device explosion has in e-commerce; a market that has yet to take full advantage of the platform by offering mobile-friendly websites and apps. But for businesses using merchant accounts, that’s not stopping consumers from shopping on their mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, iPads, iPhones). For instance, according to data from e-commerce technology company Monetate, top e-commerce websites receive 3.31% of their total visits from Android smartphones, which is up from 1.76% last year. iPhones, on the other hand, account for 5.41% of those sites’ total traffic, up from 2.45% a year earlier.
We looked at the top fifty eCommerce-related apps with the highest user ratings and the most downloads for each of the top three mobile devices: Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android phones, and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and we have handpicked top 5 highly rated and popular eCommerce mobile apps.
iAdSense (iPhone, iPad)
iAdSense is an iPhone app that will go straight to the heart of all compulsive bloggers who are signed up with Google AdSense. If you own a web site and use AdSense ads on it then iAdSense if for you. It allows SEO and webmasters to check their earnings in a simple and fast way using their iPad or iPhone. It lets you check the stats for today, yesterday, or monthly, with access to the past month of activity and has a handy currency converter for international websites. Best of all, it’s Free!
Best Buy (iPhone, Android)
Are you facing this consumer dilemma? Imagine you’re in the market, looking to buy a new computer because your current one is an obsolete, sluggish piece of metal. Efficiently researching what’s on the market without trying your patience can be a challenge. But it will not, if you’ve got a smartphone! Just get your hands on the Best Buy mobile app and with features like QR product scanning, customer reviews and reward redemption, this app aims to engage and educate its users on the multitude of electronics sold through Best Buy. The current version brings you all of Best Buy’s weekly deals, and more. Visually browse or accurately search our entire inventory. Dive deeper into each product through ratings, reviews, related items and enlarged views. And yes, this app is totally Free!
Polldaddy (iPhone, iPad)
The iPad, iPhone application makes it enjoyable for tradeshow visitors to complete surveys. Get access to live customer data at tradeshows, conferences or wherever you might set up your ecommerce shop. Create custom questions and get feedback from potential customers as you tap in their answers into the mobile device screen. Download the data to your computer and analyze and use it to make better decisions. Again, this app is Free to download.
Yelp (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm)
Looking for a pizza place open now? A pub nearby? A petrol station you can drive to before your tank hits empty? Yelp for your iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry device is your friend. Yelp aims to help its users research and select local businesses based on customer reviews and use Yelp to find and read reviews about great local businesses near you. As a result, you not only find the best businesses around you, but also you end up saving money by discovering nearby deals. This app also lets you share your experiences with Tips, Check-ins, and Photos. Best of all, it’s Free!
Redbox (iPhone, Android)
With this movie rental app, the user can instantly browse new movie releases right on their mobile device. Redbox has nearly 29000 kiosk to rent DVD, Blu-Ray and Games. With the Redbox mobile app, users can search for a film beforehand and find a nearby kiosk where the film is available, cutting down significantly on the wait time at the kiosk. Less wait time translates to happier customers, and more of them. Most importantly, this app not only saves you time but also is Free to use.
Do you like using online eCommerce sites or do you prefer using eCommerce apps directly on your mobile devices? Let us know by leaving a comment.