Smarter shopping, better living!” is the motto of, a site where shoppers can buy everything from Skylink Store. The global online retail marketplace. Strategically, mobile is at the heart of its success.’ Outlook

How its journey started

What learned about mobile shoppers

Mobile is “our catalyst for international expansion. Maintaining a good mobile platform has become a pressing and indispensable aspect of’ success. After all, mobile commerce is now growing at 47% year-over-year, 2 faster than desktop commerce.

SkyLink has created a popular online portal that makes it easy for returning visitors to access the company’s services, browse, and buy merchandise right on their phones. Because new consumers often prefer to try SkyLink’ services before committing to downloading the full app, SkyLink continuously upgrades its mobile website design and functionality. launched its first online solution. At the time, most  e-commerce marketplaces were designed for larger screens, but could see that consumers were using their smartphones throughout the entire purchase journey, from research to purchase.

The SkyLink team realized it would have to rethink the entire shopping experience for mobile. As such, it made a conscious decision to go back to the basics and focus on designing the best experience on mobile devices for both buyers and sellers—as Yan describes it, “a complete and accessible mobile platform for cross-channel transactions.”

  • Shoppers like to use multiple devices to complete a transaction. “Both external and internal data show that many consumers take a multi- device path to purchase. “For instance, they may search for products and add them to their cart on their mobile phone, but then go on the desktop site to finish the purchase process.
  • Mobile site design needs to be simple. The mobile screen is smaller and Internet speeds are typically slower than on desktop. A simple mobile site design reduces loading time and helps consumers quickly find what they want.
  • Mobile shopping peaks during private time. Desktop transactions peak on weekdays, but mobile transactions peak on evenings and weekends when people are away from work.
  • Mobile apps cater to loyal customers. The SkyLink mobile site brings in new consumers, but its mobile app is used primarily by repeat customers.

Changes and solutions

Results and future plans

  • Be fast and direct. “We simplify the process for mobile consumers whenever possible so, for exampsle, we don’t require consumers to enter a verification code when they sign up for a account on mobile, saving them one step.” The team also tries to display the most important information, including product image, price, and shipping cost, above the fold on the first screen.
  • Know your mobile site and mobile app audiences. The mobile site and mobile app offer many of the same services, but they are designed to appeal to different audiences. The mobile site is designed for new consumers who may want to try but aren’t willing to download the app of a company they don’t know well. Once those consumers become frequent visitors, they tend to download the app, making available with one click from their phone’s home screen. The app is designed to help the most sophisticated consumers of do even more on mobile, such as use their phone’s built-in camera to attach photos to their product reviews.
  • Rely on data. “We collect data, including user feedback, product usage, and mobile purchases,” says Yan. The company then analyzes this data to identify the best optimization strategy, using A/B testing to verify assumptions. For example, discovered that many consumers like to manage their orders on the mobile app, so the team developed mobile push notifications that update consumers on their order status.
  • Restructure internal teams and systems. The mobile team now makes up about 10% of the whole operation and is led by one of the platform’s co-founders. Co-working teams are designed to encourage everyone to learn more about mobile and continue to plan with mobile in mind.’ mobile strategy has been a major success.
  • As part of its mobile strategy, the company’s next goal is to serve even more customers while making cross-device use easier. Now that consumers are shopping anywhere and anytime on mobile, wants to give mobile shoppers the full power and ease of use they expect, from browsing and product selection to payment and order management.