29 April, 2011: Melbourne, Australia: It’s official. Australians prefer shopping at Scoopon to sex! Latest Apple App Store rankings reveal that Australia’s number one group buying site has topped the free lifestyle iPhone application category, beating “280+ best sex positions” (ranked #2). The app is also currently ranked in the top 5 free applications downloaded, beating Facebook, eBay, and realestate.com.au.The Scoopon iPhone application delivers exclusive daily deals direct to your phone everyday at 12 noon. From restaurant deals, to day spas, travel, accommodation and entertainment, once you see a deal you like, you simply select “buy” and the Scoopon coupon gets delivered direct to your phone.
Jon Beros, general manager of Scoopon says the company has seen phenomenal growth in their iPhone application with downloads growing by up to 486 per cent per week.
“Our customers hate to miss out on a deal, and they never have to with our iPhone app,” said Beros.
“During holiday periods especially, sales using our iPhone app go through the roof as more people are mobile. During the Easter holiday period for example, sales using the iPhone application represented 20 percent of total sales volumes.”
Beros says that based on the success of the Scoopon iPhone application, the company is looking to launch an Android version in the coming months.
“Every month 500,000 smart phones are sold in Australia. Approximately five million people are using mobile broadband applications, and as an online retailer we need to remain open to new opportunities and look for ways we can enhance the shopping experience for our customers.’
An iPhone application for Scoopon’s daily deals sister site, CatchoftheDay, is currently in development.
“ M-commerce represents a huge opportunity for retailers and the integration of mobile technologies to deliver a more personalized shopping experience. We have a number of new initiatives on the cards and look forward to sharing these with our members in coming months,” said Beros.
Consultancy firm Paul Budde Communication reports that m-commerce usage has grown from one percent in 2010 to 10 percent of total e-commerce in March 2011. Budde predicts that by the end of 2011 this could increase to a point where m-commerce constitutes a quarter of financial transactions taking place in this Australia.
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Fast facts about Scoopon
# Australia’s number 1 group buying site
# Supports more than 1,500 vendors
# Sent on average one new customer to a local business every 13 seconds
# On track to register its 1 millionth Scoopon sold in coming weeks
#In the past year, Australia's favourite Scoopon deals were
• Movie tickets (more than 20,000 sold in 24 hours)
• Rendezvous hotel packages (more than 7,000 sold in 24 hours)
• Melbourne attraction passes (more than 5,000 sold in 24 hours)
• Swim with the dolphins packages (more than 2,500 sold in 24 hours)
Top 6 Free Lifestyle Apps
(as at 29 April, 1030am)
2. 280+ Best Sex Positions
3. App Icon background
4. eBay mobile
Top 25 free applications (across categories) – Top 5
(as at 29 April, 1030am)
1. Stickman Cliff Diving
2. High Noon
(Facebook ranks 19)
CatchoftheDay / Scoopon
CatchoftheDay is Australia's number one online retailer*, offering one highly discounted deal a day to customers. Founded by brothers Gabby and Hezi Leibovich in 2006, the business quickly expanded to include sites wine.catchoftheday and Scoopon to target the wine and services sectors respectively.
CatchoftheDay and its related sites boast a membership base of around 900,000 active and engaged shoppers. Each day the e-commerce group receives over 150,000 visitors to its sites, with one item being purchased from CatchoftheDay’s website every 15 second and one Scoopon being purchased every 13 seconds. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, CatchoftheDay employs over 100 staff.
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* Experian Hitwise 2010