Group Buying Ahead of the Mobile Curve

By Matt Swan

While we have seen a number of advertisers within the retail arena benefit from developing their mobile presence, one sector that has really lent itself to mobile commerce is group buying.

With consumers regularly turning to mobile devices to access their emails, the group buying sector has seen significant traction through mobile publishers. With 41% of emails being opened on a mobile device, it has been widely predicted that by the end of this year, more commercial emails will be read on mobile devices than desktop.

Additionally, there has been an increase in mobile display activity across the sector with advertising within some of the most popular apps proving to be a successful route to market for sending out the latest deals.

With this change in how consumers are interacting with their mobile devices to get the latest deals in the most convenient manner, group buying has been at the forefront of mobile growth. As a sector it over indexes against what we have seen across the network on average. We are typically seeing around 14% of sales generated through mobile devices, with the majority of these (7.5%) through tablets.

The group buying sector turns this split on its head, with an incredible 25.5% of all transactions being generated by mobile handsets.


As well as studying the type of device that consumers are turning to in order to transact, it is also possible to look at the actual handsets that are driving this growth. With the ability to target specific offerings by device, it is possible for advertisers to offer bespoke deals to consumers based on the handset they are using and the offers that are typically purchased through these devices. The iPhone leads the way with 56.5% of handset sales through this device.


As previously mentioned, the huge spike in mobile activity for the sector is down to the publisher promotional types that have demonstrated the ability to drive a significant volume of sales.

With email more readily picked up on mobile handsets, publishers sending out newsletters have seen a high proportion of transactions generated through mobile devices. Voucher code sites have seen almost 20% of all transactions generated through handsets while publishers embarking on display activity (within apps and across highly trafficked portals) have seen in excess of 40% of all transactions take place on a mobile handset.

With the shift in consumer trends and purchasing habits it is evident that some sectors are increasingly suited to mobile advertising. The group buying sector is certainly one of these and can expect to see further growth through mobile commerce in the coming months.

About the author

Matt Swan is Client Strategist at Affiliate Window. He works with advertisers to offer strategic advice to optimise campaigns. He also contributes to new business pitches and is an active member of the IAB AMC. Matt is a regular guest blogger on E-Consultancy and the A4U amongst other titles.

About the company

Part of the zanox Group, Affiliate Window is a global performance marketing network with offices in the UK & US. We develop proprietary technology to assist the performance of both advertisers and publishers. Our platform features social-style dashboards and the industry’s only comprehensive partner directory, allowing users to search and connect with each other in a seamless manner.

Affiliate Window is dedicated to the growth and development of the performance market place, helping to ensure that performance marketing becomes a key part of the marketing activities of our advertisers. We recognise the importance of generating incremental value for our advertisers, while ensuring our publishers have the best possible tools and services to succeed.  

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