Marketers know that, in many households, moms control the purse strings, making daily judgements on what to buy for their families. It’s safe to assume that a significant portion of those purchases are made using mobile devices. But a recent study suggests an increase in mobile shopping far beyond what anyone could have predicted.
The research, conducted by BabyCenter.com, highlights a rapidly growing trend among mothers to use smartphones as a smarter, more convenient shopping portal. It shows a 33% increase in completed purchases over the last year - bigger than the average figures across all demographics. Interestingly, much of this mobile activity begins as so-called ‘showrooming’ - 70% of respondents report using a mobile device for shopping and price-checking while inside a brick and mortar location.
This is not all that surprising. Moms who make regular purchases of a wide variety of goods and services are in touch with up-to-the-minute market values, and know how to save money by comparing prices across competing brands. According to the survey, 56% of moms do this in-store, using their mobile devices. Mobile commerce for moms, then, is principally a money-saving endeavor, and any mobile marketing tactics used to target them should bear this in mind.
Of course, saving money with mobile goes beyond comparing costs. One of the most effective mobile marketing tactics - for all demographics - is the mobile coupon. Of the 1100 moms surveyed, 61% said they used mobile coupons. More than half reported using retailer apps, directly engaging with a specific brand from their devices.
Scanning, too, has experienced a surge in popularity among moms. Apps such as RedLaser and similar proprietary offerings from name brands allow users to scan for coupons, price comparison, or product information. Moms surveyed were 55% more likely than others to make a purchase after scanning an item.
The lessons for retailers? Offer a streamlined mobile experience that considers the needs of moms working to tight budgets and tighter schedules; provide scanning capabilities and in-store apps; give mobile coupons to loyal customers and to potential new customers as an enticements.
Moms (and, let’s not forget, stay-at-home dads responsible for running the household) are using mobile devices as part of their daily shopping habits, but that doesn’t mean they’re sitting ducks. They are some of the savviest shoppers out there, and will use the power of mobile to wring every last saving they can on behalf of their families. Connect with them in the right way and you’ll foster a sense of brand loyalty that will last after the youngest kid has been packed off to college.