Mobile search volume more than doubles year-on-year

The latest data on UK retail search volumes


Recommended link: BRC-Google Q1 2012 monitor - Published April 16th 2012

Our commentary on the latest Online retail monitor

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google produce a regular Online Retail Monitor (ORM) that measures changes and trends in the growth of retail search terms over time. The latest version has some interesting data on the growth in mobile search which also has implications for all site owners. Since it’s direct from Google, using their data on searches for retail terms, it’s a reliable source, although it only gives relative changes not the absolute % of searches that are mobile.

The headline figure is a 132% year-on-year growth in mobile search for retail broken down as follows:

Search volume variation through time

The data is also useful for top-level benchmarking since it shows variations in search volume through each week and in the first quarter:

  • Volume of search for January sales clear
  • Peak retail search day is mobile for overall search
  • Significant peaks at weekend for mobile search showing need for dayparting to address this

A separate analysis from Google also shows the importance of mobile and in particular tablet usage in the evening, again suggesting the importance of dayparting in AdWords:

Share your thoughts

  • drew_harding commented on April 17, 2012

    Another great article from you guys… It’s great to see this type of data and it’s interesting to see stats backing up the fact that during the day (at work) people use their desktops to search online and then in the evening (leisure time) they use mobiles or tablets.

    Thanks for posting.

    Regards, Drew

    • Hi Drew,

      Thanks for your comment – yes – happy to share this data since it shows not only the increasing importance of mobile, but how the consumer behaviour is quite different too.
      It would be interesting to know how many companies and their agencies are taking advantage of the mobile-specific targeting capabilities of AdWords – not many I guess?