Consumers are creating their own shopping journeys and the path to purchase isn’t always a straight line. Increasingly, that unpredictable path to purchase involves multiple touches on a smartphone. We confirmed this in our Second Annual Cracking the Consumer Code eBook.
We asked 1,000 online shoppers about the various ways they use their mobile phones as a shopping tool while physically in stores. Seventy-seven percent of shoppers say they are using their mobile devices in stores today. When they browse in store they are doing a wide range of tasks related to shopping, including comparing competitors’ prices, looking for more product information and looking for similar products.
If we were to categorize the bulk of these fairly self-explanatory tasks of the consumer journey, the first six would fall under the Research Stage, a critical step when a consumer gains confidence and assurance about buying an item through product content. And if you’ve heard us sing the product content song before, it’s with good reason, as our survey reported a whopping “87% of consumers think product content is important when considering a purchase.”