The Perfect Match: How Mobile Technology Transformed Fashion eCommerce Into a Trillion-dollar Industry

The Perfect Match: How Mobile Technology Transformed Fashion eCommerce Into a Trillion-dollar Industry

Does anyone remember when Nokia released the 3310 in 2000?

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Surely you remember the good old days when we spent half an hour playing Snake, our parents yelling at us about being addicted to the phone.

Ah, simpler times.

Fast forward to 2020 and you can’t walk down the street without seeing a middle-age dad posing for a selfie or taking a ‘candid shot’ in front of a graffitied wall on his iPhone.

Hankering for something to eat? No need to worry when you can have dumplings, fried chicken, a full-blown Italian meal or all three delivered straight to your door within half an hour.

Through the likes of UberEats and Deliveroo installed on your phone, it’s never been easier to fail a diet.

Or you want to Netflix (perhaps, leave out the chill) while traveling but don’t have a television or laptop. Thanks to your phone, you don’t have to wait to stream the latest episode of The Witcher until you return home.

Maybe you forgot to buy your friend a birthday present, or yourself a new outfit for the ensuing party…

All good!

You can just find the perfect outfit on your phone during your lunch break (let’s be honest, while you’re at your desk, distracting yourself from doing your actual job).

Do you see where we’re going with this?

An Explosion in eCommerce Revenue

People are obsessed with their smartphones.

On average, we spend 10 hours a day connected to an internet-enabled device… yep, 10 whole hours.

And with them, we shop online.

Which is why revenue generated through eCommerce & fashion eCommerce in Australia and globally is HUGE.

How huge?

Revenue in the eCommerce market amounted to almost $3.46 Trillion USD in 2019.  

Nowadays, consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping options. It’s certainly more convenient to shop via your phone than it is to rush to a store after work.

The beauty of fashion eCommerce?

Shop whenever, wherever you are, without having to lift a finger… a little swipe or tap is sufficient. A few days later (or the next day via Express Post) and you’ll feel like a kid at Christmas when you receive your parcel.

Trust us, it happens regularly in the Impressive office. The Iconic this, ASOS that…

According to Statista, the annual growth rate of eCommerce will rise to 11%.

Specifically, clothing makes up 66% of all fashion eCommerce across the globe. That’s a hell of a lot of jumpers…

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(https://www.shopify.com/enterprise/ecommerce-fashion-industry)

In fact, the fashion eCommerce industry, from clothing and apparel to accessories and footwear, will explode to almost 6.56 trillion USD by 2022.

Looks like the big bucks are going to get a whole lot bigger.

Okay, so, we’ve made our point clear. The fashion eCommerce industry is worth more than the Royal Family.

We get it. You get it. Everyone gets it.

But why exactly?

Why has the advance in mobile technology made such a difference?

Sure, mobile technology makes purchases easier and demands less time, meaning we can shop more.

But, the amount of time people actually spend on their mobile phones has increased, dramatically.

Like we said, people spend more time on their phones—on average 10 hours a day. We’ve all had that dreaded moment when we’ve realized we’ve left our phones at home, and we’ve all cursed ourselves as we begrudgingly pay an extra $5 a day on holiday, just so we don’t have to only use our phones on WiFi.

The mobile phone addiction is oh too real in 2020, and the more time we spend on our phones, the more opportunities there are for us to be targeted by brands.

While scrolling through Facebook, you’ll see the sneakers you looked at the day before, displayed proudly on your phone screen.

Temptation, we’re afraid, is everywhere.

Terrible for our bank balances, great for our wardrobes, and even better for the fashion eCommerce industry.

Word of mouth has always been a powerful way of generating sales, and today, word of mouth doesn’t necessarily happen face-to-face. Instagram influencers exert huge power when it comes to reaching new audiences, driving followers to act and buy.

In terms of the consumer shopping patterns, social media changed the way people shop.

Take this Fashionnova ad for example:

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Isabelle Mathers is a model and Instagram influencer, paid directly by brands to promote products.

Have we seen this bodysuit on a fashion eCommerce website before? Probably.

Were we going to buy it before we saw how good it looked on one of the hottest, ‘it’ girls online? No.

Are we on our way to Fashionnova now? Certainly!

Instead of consumers purchasing trends endorsed by A-List celebs, 30% of consumers are more likely to buy based on non-celebrity influencer recommendation, with Facebook and Instagram leading the way as the top platforms for influencer marketing.

Additionally, 19% of consumer decisions are made after seeing a Facebook post – chances are, even if you’re scrolling through your newsfeed, you’re likely to find yourself on the way towards a purchase.

From Facebook’s augmented reality ads to retargeting ads that seem to find us every time we search online, the opportunities to advertise are endless.

Global Mobile Penetration Rises

Now, not only do people use their smartphones more than ever to shop, but more people are purchasing smartphones than ever before.

This means the global audience for fashion eCommerce brands is increasing at a rapid pace.

To cut a long story short, mobile penetration is rising.

In the USA alone, the number of mobile phone internet users is 262 million+ and is estimated to increase to 287 million by 2023.

The outcome?

Online shopping is on the rise, too.

Looking forward, global mobile-penetration rates will continue to rise. Mobile broadband subscription rates will climb to almost 8 billion worldwide by 2022, with the highest growth rate being in the Middle East and Africa.

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Experts expect mobile phone purchases to rise to 50% of all eCommerce sales by 2021, supported by the global growth of smartphone purchases.

The more people use mobile technology, the more it becomes part of their daily lives. We’ve seen it all before, with the reliance on smartphone assistants like Siri and Alexa, and this is just the beginning.

So, what’s next?

Needless to say, the partnership between mobile technology and fashion eCommerce is growing. We’d go as far as calling the partnership a friendship – a ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ kind of connection.

If you haven’t already checked out the AR adverts on Facebook from the likes of Michael Kors and Sephora, or even the Instagram filters and various makeup apps, they all allow customers to try on new looks in virtual fitting rooms, from wherever they are.

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This type of technology will become widespread, with tonnes of brands implementing it for better mobile engagement.

We’ll also see a rise in shoppable content, where fashion companies create advertisements specifically used to grant access to audiences to buy what they see, right when they see it.

Huge online retailers such as Pretty Little Thing currently create lots of creative and shoppable carousels for its Instagram stories. This is definitely a firm trend in eCommerce that’s here to stay.

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So, if the relationship between mobile technology and fashion eCommerce is only going to grow, could it be time for your business to capitalise?