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Study: Consumers get smart about e-commerce in Q3


Consumers are making more e-commerce transactions, and smartphones are helping to drive growth.

According to the new Q3 2015 Performance Index report from e-commerce technology platform MarketLive, e-commerce sales continue to improve across all retailer categories (apparel, beauty, home furnishings, catalog, brick-and-mortar, and brand-direct), and across all major performance metrics. These include revenues (+13.5%), traffic (+19.8%), and average order value (+3.9% to $158).

Among the stand-out results, once again smartphones are making a bigger impact on retailing in every way as more consumers purchased via their smartphones in third quarter 2015 than they did in the year-ago period. This includes visits (+35%), orders (+69.5%) and revenue (+97.9%).

Also, the third quarter saw traffic shifting away from search engines (-6.3% organic / -5.8% paid) and social sources (-16.5%), and toward traffic sourced from direct marketing (+17.6%), indicating that retailers are doing a better job with their customer retention efforts.

Other statistics uncovered in the Index include:

• Housewares & furnishings retailers led the index with a conversion rate improvement of 20% and year-over-year revenue growth of 28%.

• Apparel and Catalog retailers experienced the highest add-to-cart rates (11.5% and 10.6%, respectively).

• Cart abandonment rates improved 7% among smartphone shoppers, but checkout abandonment among smartphones remains at nearly 62% (compared to a 49% average for desktop).

• Compared to desktop and tablet, shoppers on smartphones now account for 30% of all traffic and 14% of all revenue (which is 98% higher than the third quarter of last year).

• Facebook accounts for 68% of all social revenue and 53% of all new social visits.

• Growth in revenue from social slowed to 73%.

• Overall social traffic via smartphones increased 234%.

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