We’ve all heard the ancient proverb “Use the right tool for the right job”. In the present day, recent studies have revealed that this proverb is reflected in the manner in which consumers use various devices to search for and make online purchases. StatCounter, a web analytics company, compared the popularity of searches among desktops, mobile phones, and tablet searches. Desktops came in at 45.53%, mobile phones 50.71%, and tablets came in third at 3.76%. Looking at the issue in sheer numbers, it would appear that mobile devices win the popularity contest by a nose. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
While other studies reveal slightly different results, the consensus is that mobile devices enjoy a slight lead over desktops in general. However, there’s little doubt that mobile devices are driving more and more traffic. These numbers play a big role in where advertisers place their precious ad dollars. And this is where things get a little murky from a marketing perspective.