Friday, July 29, 2011

Smartphones Are Local Search and Shopping Devices

There’s a reason why search companies, advertisers, payment processors and local merchants are so interested in smartphones. It’s because they’re turning out to be powerful and popular tools for people looking to search locally, act quickly and improve their shopping experience. That’s the conclusion of a new smartphone user study commissioned by Google .

The survey found 95 percent of smartphone users have looked for local information, with 88 percent of these users acting on information within one day, most often contacting or visiting a business.

This is consistent with other survey results, and it really brings home how intent-driven users are when they search on a phone. They are often looking for something specific, and they’re ready to move quickly. That’s a huge opportunity for merchants and brands to get in front of users who are on the cusp of making a purchase decision.

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