Holiday Mobile Orders Shot Up 50 Percent In 2013; Social Commerce Remains Negligible, Organic Still Dominates

EcommerceMore than one in four US e-commerce orders this holiday season came from mobile devices. Custora released its complete E-Commerce Pulse data for the 2013 holiday season, an update of its post-Cyber Monday report that showed record sales in the US. This final analysis looks at e-commerce performance between November 1st through December 31st, highlighting Black Friday, Cyber Monday and online’s last-minute rush period between December 12 through 18.

Overall, holiday online orders are estimated to be up 12 percent over 2012, compared to just three to four percent growth estimated for total US retail sales, on a traffic increase of 15 percent year-over-year. Cyber Monday saw order growth peak at 19 percent year-over-year. Black Friday e-commerce orders were up 15 percent, and last-minute rush orders rose 12 percent compared to 2012.

Mobile Orders Grew 50 Percent

Overall, mobile e-commerce grew 50 percent year-over-year to account for 29 percent of holiday e-commerce orders. Mobile devices continued to take even greater sales share from desktop after Cyber Monday. Tablet share of e-commerce orders over the holiday period grew from 8 percent in 2012 to 11 percent in 2013. Smartphone orders rose by 17 percent from 12 percent in  2012 to 18 percent in 2013. Desktop saw its share shrink from 80 percent in 2012 to just 71 percent this year.

Holiday E-Commerce Orders By Device

Custora Holiday E-Commerce Orders By Device 2013

During this period, iOS devices made up 83 percent of mobile e-commerce sales, with devices on the Android platform accounting for 16 percent. Android devices had hit 20 percent of mobile e-commerce sales on Cyber Monday, and overall that platform’s holiday sales share grew from 13 percent in 2012 to 16 percent in 2013. The iOS platform’s share of holiday e-commerce sales fell from 86 percent to 83 percent year-over-year.

Organic Still Dominates Channel Sales, Email Rises While Social Remains Inconsequential

Looking at sales by channel, organic generated 26 percent of holiday e-commerce orders, up from 25 percent in 2012. In a sign that email continues to hold its own as a conversion driver, paid Search (CPC) became the third largest contributing channel (not counting direct), supplanted by email which saw its share of sales grow from 13 percent in 2012 to 16 percent this season. Paid search share rose from 14 percent to 15 percent year-over-year.

Social commerce is still not a contributing factor for e-commerce during the holidays. Social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, generated just under two percent of direct e-commerce sales during the holiday season, which was similar to performance in 2012. That puts social slightly ahead of display advertising, which held steady at one percent of attributable online orders over the holidays.

Custora Orders By Online Channel Holiday E-Commerce 2013


Sluggish Conversion Rates In The Last-Minute Rush Period Stymie Early Season Growth

The e-commerce conversion rate ticked up just slightly from 2.4 percent in 2012 to 2.5 percent in 2013. Conversion rates on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday had solid growth, rising from 2.7 percent to 3.1 percent and 3.3 percent to 3.8 percent, respectively year-over-year. Yet conversion rates fell behind 2012′s performance during the last-minute rush period.

Ecommerce Conversion Rates

Custora Ecommerce Conversion Rate 2013 Holiday

The data are from over 70 million anonymized online shoppers and over $10 billion in e-commerce revenue from over 100 US-based online retailers. The complete report can be found here.

Related Topics: Channel: Retail | E-Commerce | Holiday Retailer | Statistics | Statistics: Mobile Marketing | Statistics: Online Advertising | Statistics: Online Behavior | Top News


About The Author: writes about paid online marketing topics including paid search, paid social, display and retargeting. Beyond Search Engine Land, Ginny provides search marketing and demand generation advice for ecommerce companies. She can be found on Twitter as @ginnymarvin.

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