Survey: Most app users don't want to be tracked or receive push notifications while shopping

Chicago -- Survey results by location-based shopping platform Retale, which aggregates weekly circulars from more than 60 top-line retailers for mobile and digital devices, found that 71% of mobile app users don't like the idea of being tracked into a store via their smartphones.

More than half (56%) say they are not interested in receiving push notifications while shopping.

"For retailers looking to maximize traffic and sales, understanding consumer motives and desires is the best way to improve the shopping experience," said Retale president Patrice Dermody. "And that could mean helping consumers better understand the benefits of these technologies in order to break down the barriers to widespread adoption."

The survey asked more than 3,000 iOS and Android users about their mobile shopping experiences, usage and overall awareness. And despite the growing list of mobile technologies ranging from Apple iBeacon, that sends in-store push notifications to nearby smartphone users, to mobile payment and such shopping coupon options as Google Wallet, consumer adoption has been slowed by lack of awareness and understanding, according to survey results.

As many as three-in-four survey respondents were unaware that iBeacon exists, while only 11% of Android users claim to use Google Wallet, and just 23% of iOS users have tried Passbook for coupon shopping offers.

"Just like with any new technology, it often takes time for consumers to adapt and change their buying behaviors," Dermody said.

Other Retale study key findings include:

• iOS users are more receptive to in-store push notifications;

• Only 29% of mobile app users are not concerned with being monitored;

• 56% of mobile shoppers don't know near-field communications is a contactless payment system used for mobile payments, and the 38% who are familiar with the technology choose not to use it. Only 5% to 6% say they regularly use NFC to pay retailers;

• iOS users are nearly split in favor for and against push notifications; and

• The majority of Android users say they don't want notifications sent to their mobile while shopping.

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