Study: U.K. Mobile Search Survey Reveals U.K. Consumers In Less Of A Hurry To Make Purchases Than U.S. Mobile Users

Nexus phone and tabletsMobile-location based advertising network xAd joined forces with mobile call measurement provider Telmetrics to release their first U.K. Mobile Path-to-Purchase study, focusing on U.K. mobile search behavior. Conducted by Nielsen, the online study, surveyed 1,500 U.K. smartphone and tablet users to measure consumer search activity on mobile devices.

While price comparisons and reviews were the leading mobile research activities in the U.K., users performing restaurant and automotive searches on smartphones were most often looking for location or local contact information.

UK mobile search top activities

According to the study, 40 percent of U.K. mobile searchers reported an intent to make a purchase within a day of their search. Of the mobile searchers looking to make a purchase within 24-hours, 22 percent were looking to make a purchase within an hour of their search. People with an intent to make a purchase within a day were more likely to use their smartphones, with 14 percent more of the searches performed on a smartphone versus a tablet. UK mobile search intent to purchase time

When compared to an August 2012 U.S. Mobile Path-to-Purchase study, U.K. mobile searchers have less overall immediacy with their intent to purchase than U.S. mobile searchers across the three primary vertical categories: restaurants, automotive and travel.

For restaurant searches, 87 percent of U.S. mobile searchers had an intent to purchase within the day, compared to only 58 percent of U.K. mobile searchers. And while 49 percent of U.S. mobile searchers performing automotive searches had an intent to purchase the same day, only 29 percent of U.K. mobile searchers had an intent to make a purchase the same day. Travel was the only category with less than a 10 percent gap between U.S. and U.K. data, with 33 percent of U.S. mobile searchers intending to purchase the same day compared to 31 percent in the U.K.

A key finding of the study was the importance of location for U.K. mobile search, with nearly 50 percent of both smartphone and tablet users expecting search locations to be within walking or driving distance.

UK mobile search location proximity

Smartphone users have a greater interest in location with 58 percent of smartphone searches performed outside of the home.

Not only does location play a key role in U.K. mobile search, it is also a driving force for mobile ad clicks, with nearly one-third of users preferring ads that are geographically relevant. Location relevance trumps both brand awareness and promotional offers in terms of what generates the most U.K. mobile ad clicks.

UK mobile search reasons ad clickedMore than 65 percent of survey respondents reported that they did not know exactly what they were searching for when performing a mobile search, opening the door to untapped opportunities for mobile advertisers in the U.K.

“Successful mobile advertising campaigns must be tailored to distinct device and category nuances as a ‘one size fits all’ approach won’t produce the desired results,” said Monica Ho, vice president of marketing for xAd, Inc.

Overall, 80 percent of smartphone and tablet searchers in the U.K. visit search engines in the research process. When specifying which device they are most likely to use at home, 81 percent of respondents claimed to use their tablet compared to 42 percent who reported searching on their smartphone at home.

The 1,500 U.K. smartphone and tablet users surveyed were required to have engaged in a restaurant, travel or automotive related mobile search activity in the previous 30 days.  Restaurant, travel and automotive were the selected categories as they are the leading three vertical markets projected to demonstrate mobile growth during the next five years.

Related Topics: Channel: SEM | Search & Society: General | Search Ads: Mobile Search | Search Engines: Mobile Search Engines | Search Marketing: Mobile | Stats: General | Stats: Search Behavior | Top News


About The Author: is Third Door Media's General Assignment Correspondent, and reports on the latest news and updates for Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning syndicated columnist for a number of daily newspapers from New York to Texas. With more than ten years of marketing management experience, she has contributed to a variety of traditional and online publications, including,, and Sales and Marketing Management Magazine. Read more of Amy's articles.

Connect with the author via: Email | Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn


Get all the top search stories emailed daily!  


Other ways to share:

Read before commenting! We welcome constructive comments and allow any that meet our common sense criteria. This means being respectful and polite to others. It means providing helpful information that contributes to a story or discussion. It means leaving links only that substantially add further to a discussion. Comments using foul language, being disrespectful to others or otherwise violating what we believe are common sense standards of discussion will be deleted. Comments may also be removed if they are posted from anonymous accounts. You can read more about our comments policy here.
  • roxen

    This is worth the time reading thanks for this Amy

  • Gareth Marshall

    Anyone else get very confused with the infographic “Mobile Searchers Looking To Make A Decision Within A Day?” I understand that the two percentages are seperate, but read it three times convinced the maths was wrong!

  • Gareth Marshall

    I’m 90 % certain it was just me being a complete idiot but thought I’d post on the off chance someone else I wasn’t alone!!

  • Ava Kirsten Colby

    Thanks for sharing. Smartphones and tablets are much easier to carry. Each individual has his/her own preferences regarding the features of these gadgets.

Get Our News, Everywhere!

Daily Email:

Follow Search Engine Land on Twitter @sengineland Like Search Engine Land on Facebook Follow Search Engine Land on Google+ Get the Search Engine Land Feed Connect with Search Engine Land on LinkedIn Check out our Tumblr! See us on Pinterest


Click to watch SMX conference video

Join us at one of our SMX or MarTech events:

United States


Australia & China

Learn more about: SMX | MarTech

Free Daily Search News Recap!

SearchCap is a once-per-day newsletter update - sign up below and get the news delivered to you!



Search Engine Land Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors

Get Your Copy
Read The Full SEO Guide