Survey: 37% of retailers now have a mobile site

The third annual Mobile Audit, released Thursday by e-commerce and digital marketing company Acquity Group, found that mobile adoption is on the rise. In fact, the percentage of retailers with a mobile site reached 37% in 2011, up from 12% in 2010 and only 4% in 2009 -- a 210% increase over the past year alone.

The survey also found that one in four retailers have at least one mobile app, with nearly a quarter developing for the iPhone, followed by Android (10%). The number of retailers offering mobile apps grew 278% over the past year, rising from 7% in 2010 to slightly more than 26% in 2011

Leaders in the mobile space, according to survey findings, are -- in alphabetical order -- Amazon, Armani Exchange, Barnes & Noble,, Cabela’s, Gilt Groupe, The Home Depot, Newegg, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

“These 10 retailers are executing mobile tactics that are positioning them ahead of the mobile commerce curve,” said Tom Nawara, VP digital strategy and design at Acquity Group. “All of these companies have made a focused commitment to mobile, and it’s paying off. Not only have they implemented mobile-optimized sites to support a wide range of devices, but they have taken initiatives a step further with exceptional transactional functionality and well-designed apps that meet customer needs.”

The survey also found that the percentage of companies with a site optimized specifically for the iPhone decreased, from 11% in 2010 to 9% in 2011. Nawara explained that as mobile browsers become more similar and full-featured across different devices, this non-specialization is an expected trend. 

Although tremendous progress is being made across the board, the rate of mobile adoption, and the specific mobile tactics used, can vary considerably by industry. For example, Acquity Group’s analysis shows that for the implementation of iPhone apps, industry groups such as health and beauty, food and drug, and sass merchants skewed much higher (an average of 66% adoption) than groups such as flowers and gifts, and hardware and home improvement (an average of 36% adoption).

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