Social shopping set to spur half of UK and US consumers into Black Friday purchases

No primary category set

More proof that social media sites are becoming the new marketplaces comes from a study of 3500 internet users in the UK and US by GlobalWebIndex, which reveals that 49% of UK and 53% of US consumers are now converting through social platforms.

The most popular platform is Facebook, through which 39% of UK respondents stated they have made a purchase – and this is going to have a big impact on Black Friday.

Today, 42% of global internet users predominantly conduct research about brands, products and services through social networks, putting them just 10-percentage points behind search engines, saus the report.

The same research highlights that when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday campaigns, social shopping tendencies are amplified by as much as 66% in the UK, with only a quarter of respondents able to say they wouldn’t purchase through social media after seeing a sales offer during the discount weekend.

A greater product experience

One of the most popular platforms for purchasing after seeing a Black Friday or Cyber Monday advert is Instagram. A quarter of UK respondents identify a better preview of the product as a core reason for their choice of platform to buy through. This rises to 31% in the US.

A richer experience is also delivered through users’ ability to see the latest trends and influencer posts through a social network (20%) and the fact they can see what friends have engaged with or purchased (20%). These reasons rated higher than any discrepancy in the price of products between social and other platforms.

Crucially social media platforms have reached a point of maturity with consumers. 27% of UK and US consumers agreed they could trust the platform to handle the payment process in much the same way as a brand or retailer and this proved a vital factor in their decision.

Rise of mobile payments

According to GlobalWebIndex data, on a global level mobile payments are steadily increasing each quarter and have grown by 14.7% since 2015. These figures are likely to continue growing as mobiles increasingly become the most important device for internet users worldwide.

With the subsequent rise of social and mobile payments, the high street could be in for a tough winter sales period. The study finds just 13% of UK and US internet users are planning to buy products in-store and 12% opting for click and collect.

“It’s not all doom and gloom for the high street, brands and retailers with physical outlets should be orientating the shopper journey in-store around experiences, rather than pure sales. This will encourage that all-important loyalty online in the run-up to Christmas.”
– Chase Buckle, Senior trends analyst at GlobalWebIndex

Marathon marketing

Advertisers could be forgiven for investing a large swathe of the marketing budget to leap ahead of the competition ahead of Black Friday – sure enough, a quarter of UK shoppers expect to have spent over £250 by the close of Cyber Monday.

Despite this, just 17% of consumers feel they will be able to do ‘most’ of their christmas shopping during the Black Friday weekend. Why? Despite the fact 7 in 10 wish more brands and retailers offered deals, technology is still the dominant category over fashion, home and cosmetics products.

Chase Buckle concludes, “Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue to serve a purpose for consumers at an international level. However, marketers need to remember that this winter period is a marathon and not a sprint. It’s clear social media channels need to be taken into consideration, but


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