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Data for today’s episode is provided by Mercator Advisory Group’s report – Mobile Payments: Making a Comeback
Mobile pay was in decline – its back in a big way!
- Mobile payment for goods and services had been declining: 2016: 53% consumers used 2017: 50% consumers used 2018: 48%
- In 2019, 60% of consumers used a mobile app or purchased on mobile browser – a 12% jump!
- The increase is present across all types of mobile pay: universal wallet: 9% retailer app: 10% service app: 8% browser: 7%
- The use of in-store mobile payment wallets reached its high point in 2016 – in 2019, it returned:
- In-Store Universal Walllets: 2016: 26% 2017: 20% 2018: 20% 2019: 25%
- Apple Pay is the most common wallet at 12% of smartphone owners
- Chase Pay is 2nd at 9% of smartphone owners
About this report
Mercator Advisory Group’s most recent consumer survey report, Mobile Payments: Making a Comeback, from the bi-annual North American PaymentsInsights series, reveals that the use of mobile wallets by U.S. consumers has rebounded to 2016 levels or higher after a two-year decline.
The use of any mobile payment has increased from 48% in 2018 to 60% in 2019. In comparison, in 2016 53% reported using a mobile wallet. Similar findings are seen when usage of universal mobile payment and digital services wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay is separated from usage of retailer-specific wallets like those of Starbucks and Walmart.
Online service providers with built-in payments like Uber and Airbnb have also seen impressive growth from 2018 (36% vs 28%).
Mobile is increasingly becoming a major part of consumer shopping in the U.S. Six in 10 report either browsing or shopping via mobile device in 2019. Mobile shopping is much more common among younger adults than others. For example, 57% of consumers 18 to 34 years or age have purchased a product or services through their smartphone compared to 19% of those 65 or older.
The use of conversational interfaces through a device like a smartphone or smart speaker is currently relatively low. Two in 10 (22%) use the conversational interface on their smartphone and about 1 in 10 (12%) are using a smart speaker. The use of these interfaces for payment transactions (bill pay, ordering food, and purchasing goods and services) still has room to grow.
Mobile Payments: Making a Comeback, the latest report from Mercator Advisory Group’s Primary Data Service, is based on a sample of 3,002 U.S. adults surveyed in the annual online Payments survey of Mercator’s North American PaymentsInsights series, conducted in June 2019.
The study highlights consumers’ use and interest in mobile devices, the use of mobile wallets, how people use mobile wallets to shop, and the use of conversational interfaces.
“There was a lot of hype around the release of mobile wallets a few years ago and, once people started using them, they may have encountered spotty acceptance of mobile payments and app difficulties and stopped using them. We are seeing a resurgence of usage in 2019 with increased acceptance at the point of sale, increased online use, and increased customer comfort,” stated the author of the report, Peter Reville, director of Primary Data Services at Mercator Advisory Group, which includes the North American PaymentsInsights series.
This report in slide form is 55 pages long.
Companies mentioned in the survey results shown include: Airbnb, Amazon, Apple, Booker, Chase, Fandango, Google, Lyft, OpenTable, Samsung, Uber, and Wells Fargo.