Local Search via Non-PC Devices Quadrupled in 2012 [Study]

If last week's data on the rise of mobile research and conversion didn’t stir an action, more stats are surfacing from the Local Search Association and comScore that show mobile, local, and apps are the trifecta in web marketing.

According to the report, local search via non-PC devices more than quadrupled in 2012:

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In addition, 48 percent of U.S. mobile users accessed local content in December 2012 (up from 42 percent in December 2011).

Of the smartphone users studied, more than 60 percent (approximately 77 million) relied on apps for local content online. This number is up 22 percent since December 2011:

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As for mobile’s share of overall web traffic? Findings show traffic from non-PC devices more than doubled in 2012 to 15 percent:

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And it’s not just smartphone users that are shaking things up. The rapid adoption of tablets over smartphones is staggering.

While it took about 10 years for smartphone ownership to reach 40 million, tablet ownership crossed the threshold in just two years:

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So how is your business preparing for this captive mobile audience?

About the author

Jessica Lee is a marketer specializing in web content strategy and B2B/B2C writing. Since 2005, Jessica has been in the business of content and communications, with the past several years focused on the web marketing space.

Prior to launching her consulting business, bizbuzzcontent, Jessica was responsible for content strategy, development and marketing for Bruce Clay Inc. – a global SEO firm, where she served small businesses and Fortune 500 clients. Jessica's background also includes positions in traditional marketing, communications, broadcasting and publishing.

Jessica has a bachelor's in communications and public relations from San Diego State University. She also contributed to the book “Search Engine Optimization All-in-One For Dummies” 2nd edition.