The holiday season is rapidly approaching and consumers are not only shopping earlier but are also relying heavily on mobile devices as an aid to their holiday shopping. According to Google’s review of cross-device usage  during the 2012 holiday shopping season, 63% of shoppers used multiple devices for holiday shopping purposes.62% of American adults own smartphones . Smartphones play an especially critical role in the shopping process – according to recent research from Google, 94% of smartphone users look up local information on their phones, and 84% have taken an action as a result, such as visiting a business or making a purchase. The average consumer expects multi-channel retailers to provide an efficient, frictionless mobile experience. Businesses that fail to offer optimized mobile experiences for their visitors may suffer losses, as 57% of smartphone users  report they would not recommend a website that had a poorly designed mobile site. To better understand the current state of mobile readiness among multichannel retailers, The Search Agency used its Mobile Experience Scorecard to evaluate the mobile sites of 100 of the largest multichannel retailers in the United States. This report scores each of the retailers on seven criteria that either impact their organic search rankings and/or their customers’ onsite experience. Each company is assigned a score out of five on seven different factors: page load time, site format, store locator, search box, social media presence, app presence, and click-to-call. These scores are then averaged according to The Search Agency’s weighting factors to arrive at a total score out of five for each of the retailers in our survey. Here are some of the most interesting findings from our report:
- Even though Google recommends  that mobile sites load in 1 second or less, only 16 of the 100 sites managed to do so. The average load speed was 3.62 seconds.
- Only 1 of the 100 sites used responsive web design, Google’s recommended configuration  for mobile. Of the remaining companies, 91 used dedicated mobile sites while the remaining 8 did not provide a separate mobile experience from the desktop version of their site.
- Of the 100 sites, 98% featured store locators, 94% featured a search box, 58% linked to social media, 35% linked to an app, and 45% featured a click-to-call button.
- The sites with the best mobile experience according to our criteria were REI, Toys “R” Us, and CVS.