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Canadian Online Retail (eCommerce) Statistics & Tips ©

ComScore 2013 Canada Digital Future in Focus statistics indicate a growing number of Canadian online shoppers in 2012 over 2011. Most notable though, is the huge movement towards multi-platform usage and marketing. 62% of Canada’s mobile phone users have a Smartphone, and 43% of them also own another mobile device (tablet, laptop, etc.).

Most business owners are aware that online shopping is increasing in Canada, so it will come as no surprise that internet spending increased by 10% over 2011 figures. The number of online transactions in Canada increased by 17% compared to 2011.

eCommerce Websites Most Visited by Canadians

Canadian visits to eCommerce websites increased by 9% in 2012 over 2011.

Most Popular Online Shopping Websites Amongst Canadians (with their progress since 2011):

  1. Amazon +8%
  2. Apple -1%
  3. Kijiji +9%
  4. Best Buy -1%
  5. Wal-Mart +15%

Automotive website visits increased by 6% in 2012. Automotive Manufacturer advertisers posted a 15% increase in 2012 compared to 2011, with General Motors Corporation leading the car race.

Hybridized Shopping Combines Offline with Online

The ComScore report says, “Consumers have already adopted multiple platforms and devices – 2013 is the year businesses need to follow if they desire a unified, platform-agnostic view of consumer behavior.”

We’ve heard offline Canadian retailers complain about Smartphone users who come in to see a product and then search online for the lowest price (showrooming). That certainly happens, but there are also opportunities presented by Smartphone and other mobile device users that offline retailers can take advantage of.

What Canadian Smartphone users are doing in stores:

Get ahead of the game with QR codes leading to your webpage that include product information, coupons, manufacturer rebates, warranty information, testimonials, ratings, etc. The webpage should be designed for quick reading, using bullet points and a clear layout. Resist the temptation to clutter it up with sales copy. You can also make it easy for shoppers to share the information by including social media and e-mail sharing icons, to ensure your company is shared along with the product information. Work it in your favour by offering a special coupon for sharing the product information page on your website, signing up for your newsletter, or purchasing immediately in the store.

Measuring Success

ComScore experts suggest that marketers focus on adaptable analytics, multi-platform measurement, and campaign validation.

“Integration between delivery of content and the ability to deliver campaigns in a multi-platform fashion remains a challenge” the report cautions, “but the companies who facilitate this form of platform agnostic strategy will enhance value to marketers, simplify campaign management for agencies and foster greater pricing equilibrium between their content channels.”

We’ve Got a Long Way to Go and a Short Time to Get There

What is astounding is that so few Canadian businesses even have a website (only 46%, according to RBC), let alone eCommerce functionality, multi-platform compatibility, or a platform marketing strategy. Clearly, Canadian businesses have a lot of work to do in 2013 if they want to profit from the eCommerce era. We’ll be assisting you in this journey throughout the year.

Will your business be cornering the online market in 2013?  Please share your plans and concerns in the comments below.

ComScore – 2013 Canada Digital Future in Focus


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