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UK brand owners slow to adopt mcommerce

UK brand owners slow to adopt mcommerce
Wednesday February 1 2012

80% of UK companies ignoring the mobile revolution

A survey by EPiServer reveals the extent to which UK companies are failing to meet consumer expectations for mobile website browsing. Research found that only 20% of companies have a mobile-optimized website in place and almost half (49%) of UK consumers are experiencing frustration with mobile sites.

In all, 59% of participants had a smartphone, and 18% possessed a tablet. More specifically, 73% of mobile owners had gone online in the last year via this device and 67% had used an app.

Among the mobile internet audience, 33% had bought something from a website, and 26% had utilised an application for this purpose.

Elsewhere, 51% of the mobile web population had been spending "more time" using this channel and 25% anticipated recording a further increase on the same measure going forward.

However, many shoppers had encountered obstacles when using the mobile web, such as the 49% who found sites slow and the 35% who said it was not easy to log in, matching the number who reported that important functionality was often missing.

An additional 32% thought it was difficult to navigate these platforms, 19% experienced problems when trying to access content, and 15% had clicked away from a site because it was hard to use.

Overall, 64% of the panel agreed they would give a mobile site an average of three chances to work before switching to another platform, although 46% would visit the same site from a desktop if they couldn't do so on a wireless device.

Turning to the corporate poll, only 20% of the firms represented had built a mobile-optimised site, 18% boasted a mobile app, and 10% planned to introduce one in the coming 12 months.

More positively, 76% of interviewees had a mobile strategy in place and 26% expected to launch a mobile-optimised website in the next year.

The core barriers limiting the development of truly coherent strategies currently included a lack of the requisite technology on 24% and a shortage of resources or staff on 23%.

Maria Wasing, VP of Marketing Europe & Sales Operations at EPiServer, commented, “It is unfortunate to see that consumer expectations are not always being met. Our research clearly highlights the increasing importance of an effective mobile strategy in order to attract new customers and to effectively serve existing ones.
“The number of consumers carrying an internet-enabled device with them at all times is rocketing and, by thinking about the best approach for your brand now, businesses can make the most of the growing mobile opportunity.”