Mobile commerce through the affiliate channel

An interesting look at the mobile sales seen through one the affiliate window network. The graph below shows that mobile commerce is clearly taking off, and that we all need to think about establishing mobile versions of our websites (especially ecommerce ones).


mobile commerce seen through affiliate window

One thing that strikes me here is how iPad usage is about the same as iPhone usage, despite being a relatively new product and having a much lower install base, this goes to show that people are using the iPad rather than using a laptop, netbook or similar device.

The article stresses the importance of trying to create mobile versions of our websites:

With such a vast amount of activity being generated through mobile devices advertisers need to sit up and take notice. Without a website fully optimised for mobile, customers looking to purchase on the move may find an inadequate user experience and opt to purchase elsewhere.

I wouldn’t necessarily say this was true of the iPad, the iPad has a resolution which most websites are designed for (1024 x 768) and so people visiting on an iPad will get a desktop experience, as the screen and machine can handle this (unless your site is heavily based on flash).



How HTML5 Is Aiding in Cross-Platform Development

At the House of Type we’ve developed a couple of HTML5 apps for mobile devices (mainly iPad), and it’s been very interesting and rewarding.

People will insist that iOS is a closed platform device, yet anyone can make a HTML5 application and it will be supported by the iPhone. I don’t see that as being a closed platform.

If you’re a startup and don’t have the resources to develop two versions of your app, consider developing a HTML5 app first.



Magento Announces Apple iPad and Android Support for Magento Mobile

Nice to see that Magento has added Android and iPad support to Magento Mobile offering.

I’ve been a big fan of the iPhone version of the software, it integrates easily with your store, and allows you to personalise your app.

Pricing isn’t too bad either, compared to the comparative cost of getting someone to design the system from scratch, although I wish they would start supporting more payment providers other than PayPal Mobile.