Blog Post:This year, the Adobe® Digital Index 2013 Online Shopping Forecast hinged a bet that online sales this Thanksgiving would be almost on par with Black Friday—suggesting that in the next five years Black Friday may actually fall behind. Much of this movement in the U.S. is due to the obvious rise of smartphones and tablets in daily lives—meaning more Americans are sitting on the couch after the big meal with their devices getting a head start on Black Friday sales. In the UK and Europe, e-commerce is on the rise and Christmas shoppers everywhere are browsing off the rack and onto their devices. Are you still skeptical of kicking off a mobile strategy? If the numbers below don’t speak for themselves, consider benefits such as standing out from—or at least keeping up with—your competition,  utilising mobile to showcase last-minute deals, staying top-of-mind for holiday shoppers on the go, and increasing brand experience via a cool mobile app to name a few. And with easy new tools such as Adobe Edge Reflow and PhoneGap—building a responsive Web design, engaging app or better experience across any screen is simpler than ever.   Online Holiday Sales - Mobile   Nearly One-Quarter of UK Holiday Sales Expected to be Mobile; Austria Leads Europe in Smartphone Growth More specifically, in the UK alone, Adobe forecasts tablet and smartphone use this month to be up 44% and 65%, respectively, compared to last December, with a whopping 20% of online holiday sales expected to come from mobile. Neighbors in the Nordics will look to shop via smartphone 51% more this Christmas and 48% more via tablet, while in Austria we’re expecting an impressive 126% and 133% growth in tablet and smartphone shopping. In Germany and the Netherlands, tablet growth is projected at 56% and 60% respectively, while growth of smartphones is expected to hit 87% and 92%, respectively, this December. Finally in France, smartphone usage may be up 98% this Christmas while tablet shopping should rise by 82%. In most countries, tablet growth isn’t quite yet as prominent as the raging use of smartphones to close on holiday sales, but we expect this trend too will change as mobile devices continue to impact our lives. So don’t pick out that new smartphone just yet for Christmas—your old one is still good for something.   About Mark Phibbs Mark Phibbs Mark Phibbs (@MarkPhibbs ) is Vice President of Adobe Systems for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Marketing.   Author: Date Created:3 December 2013 Date Published: Headline:Mobile Holiday Shopping Skyrocketing Across Europe Social Counts: Keywords: Publisher:Adobe Image:http://blogs.adobe.com/digitaleurope/files/2013/12/Adobe_Blog-Header-images_1640x920_37.jpg

This year, the Adobe® Dig­i­tal Index 2013 Online Shop­ping Fore­cast hinged a bet that online sales this Thanks­giv­ing would be almost on par with Black Fri­day—sug­gest­ing that in the next five years Black Fri­day may actu­ally fall behind.

Much of this move­ment in the U.S. is due to the obvi­ous rise of smart­phones and tablets in daily lives—meaning more Amer­i­cans are sit­ting on the couch after the big meal with their devices get­ting a head start on Black Fri­day sales.

In the UK and Europe, e-commerce is on the rise and Christ­mas shop­pers every­where are brows­ing off the rack and onto their devices. Are you still skep­ti­cal of kick­ing off a mobile strat­egy? If the num­bers below don’t speak for them­selves, con­sider ben­e­fits such as stand­ing out from—or at least keep­ing up with—your com­pe­ti­tion,  util­is­ing mobile to show­case last-minute deals, stay­ing top-of-mind for hol­i­day shop­pers on the go, and increas­ing brand expe­ri­ence via a cool mobile app to name a few. And with easy new tools such as Adobe Edge Reflow and Phone­Gap—build­ing a respon­sive Web design, engag­ing app or bet­ter expe­ri­ence across any screen is sim­pler than ever.

 

Online Holiday Sales - Mobile

 

Nearly One-Quarter of UK Hol­i­day Sales Expected to be Mobile; Aus­tria Leads Europe in Smart­phone Growth

More specif­i­cally, in the UK alone, Adobe fore­casts tablet and smart­phone use this month to be up 44% and 65%, respec­tively, com­pared to last Decem­ber, with a whop­ping 20% of online hol­i­day sales expected to come from mobile.

Neigh­bors in the Nordics will look to shop via smart­phone 51% more this Christ­mas and 48% more via tablet, while in Aus­tria we’re expect­ing an impres­sive 126% and 133% growth in tablet and smart­phone shop­ping. In Ger­many and the Nether­lands, tablet growth is pro­jected at 56% and 60% respec­tively, while growth of smart­phones is expected to hit 87% and 92%, respec­tively, this Decem­ber. Finally in France, smart­phone usage may be up 98% this Christ­mas while tablet shop­ping should rise by 82%.

In most coun­tries, tablet growth isn’t quite yet as promi­nent as the rag­ing use of smart­phones to close on hol­i­day sales, but we expect this trend too will change as mobile devices con­tinue to impact our lives.

So don’t pick out that new smart­phone just yet for Christmas—your old one is still good for something.

 

About Mark Phibbs

Mark Phibbs

Mark Phibbs (@MarkPhibbs ) is Vice Pres­i­dent of Adobe Sys­tems for Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa (EMEA) Marketing.