A new report by digital location marketers" /> 57% of US smartphone owners have done "near me" searches when shopping, food is #1 category

57% of US smartphone owners have done "near me" searches when shopping, food is #1 category
29 August 2018 (Edited )
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A new report by digital location marketers Uberall based on a July 2018 survey of 1000+ US smartphone users found:

  • 69% use their smartphones for shopping.
  • 82% of those - so 57% of total - have done a "near me" search.
  • Millennials are the heaviest users of "near me" searches.
  • 93% of those who have done "near me" searches said they are "very likely" (60%) or "likely" (33%) to click on one of the top 3 search returns.

Things most frequently shopped for via "near me: searches were:

  1. Food 84%
  2. Entertainment 56%
  3. Banking 50%
  4. Apparel 41%
  5. Personal care 38%

Most popular search terms used in "near me" searches were:

  1. Specific retailer 48%
  2. Generic product 29%
  3. Brand of product 23%


So, actionable items for tourism-related businesses that want to make sales to visitors doing in-destination smartphone searches:

If you run a restaurant, convenience store, entertainment venue or personal-care service:

  • Be visible in local search.
  • Do sufficient SEO to get ranked in top-3 positions on your most profitable offerings.
  • Make sure all your digital marketing and advertising is mobile-friendly.
  • Do whatever it takes to keep Google happy - use call extensions in your ads, have a complete Google My Business profile, make sure your location on Google Maps is correct and add photos, get good reviews.
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External Article: https://uberall.com/en/blog/2018/new-uberall-survey-finds-that-82-of-mobile-shoppers-do-near-me-searches-by-josha-benner-cro-and-co-founder-of-uberall-inc

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