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21 years spent within apps on Cyber Weekend, stats show

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Shoppers has spent the equivalent of 21 years and 7 months spent within apps on their platform on Black Friday alone, a 40% increase from 2017, according to stats from Poq, which powers the apps for retailers such as PrettyLittleThing, Missguided, Holland & Barrett, Made.comand others.

Apps across the UK and US were analysed over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Across both territories, the data showed that mobile apps’ share of both mobile web revenue and desktop revenue had grown by over 3x in comparison to Black Friday 2016.

The UK saw apps take a larger share of ecommerce as a whole, whereas the US saw apps take a larger share of overall mobile revenue than the UK. Cyber Weekend 2018 saw app-generated revenue account for 34% of mobile revenue and 20% of ecommerce revenue.

“We’ve been seeing this growing trend over a number of years,” says Oyvind Henriksen, CEO at Poq, who went on to say: “These recent results from Cyber Weekend are no different, they not only show growing consumer confidence in shopping apps, but illustrate the ease and convenience they provide to the shopper. We’re happy that retailers on our platform have had such a successful Cyber Weekend.”

Retailers who have apps with Poq, saw £2,091.71 revenue per minute going through the Poq platform on Black Friday, which is a 61% increase in revenue per minute from 2017.

The research, published today, also provides insight into consumer spending habits on apps. The app analysis identified that over Cyber Weekend 89% of shoppers returned to an app they had previously visited. The number of returning users is 20% higher compared to an average day in Q3 2018.

It can be assumed that this trend is attributed to the way in which retailers engage and build loyalty with customers via their apps – the use of push notifications has been cited as a driver of this to entice users back to apps with the promise of offers and deals.

Either way, many had predicted that mobile and mobile app usage over Cyber Weekend would increase. With Salesforce anticipating that mobile will account for 68% of sales throughout November and leading analyst house Forrester suggesting that 53% of online transactions in Europe will be via mobile.

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