Over the last few years mobile has changed the way we think about every day tasks online. Its changed the way we approach email, web browsing, search and certainly, the way we shop. A new breed of retail is emerging: customers are driving anytime-anyhow-anywhere shopping through the power of mobile. A recent study by ABI Research noted that mobile commerce accounted for $3.4 billion in revenue in the U.S. in 2010. They predict that figure will balloon to $119 billion globally by 2015.
eBay is proud to be on the forefront of this exciting movement. We've enabled customers to shop for whatever they want, whenever they want it, from wherever they are. In fact, we're seeing more than 2 million items being purchased each week on eBay through a mobile device. Wow!
With that in mind, we’re really excited to move forward into the next phase of ePN Mobile: Mobile Apps!
To help you build a really cool app, the eBay Developer Program created our eBay Mobile iOS SDK with special affiliate tracking - which is currently in closed beta for testing. We want to give you plenty of time to prepare as this next iteration will not only serve as a new monetization opportunity for you, but will also harness the power of affiliate marketing to make money from your Mobile App.
If you have an iOS Mobile App (or an idea for an App) and would like to be notified when we open the beta, please send an email with your name, company name, phone number, App concept, and if you’re a registered ePN publisher, provide the email address you used to register for ePN. Once we open the ePN Mobile App beta to the public, we’ll send you an email. You’ll be required to submit your Mobile App (or Mobile App concept) to see if it meets our eligibility requirements. Keep in mind that integration of the eBay Mobile iOS SDK is needed in order to be compensated through the eBay Partner Network.
NOTE: During this initial beta we will only be supporting iOS, but fear not, Android is on our radar!
The eBay Partner Network team is excited to launch the next phase in our rollout. Nobody is more committed to leading the charge in mobile than we are here at ePN. We hope that you’re as enthusiastic about the future of mobile as we are!
We understand that new initiatives like this are packed with questions and we want to answer them as best we can. Please feel free to leave your comment below or ask us questions on the discussion board Mobile App thread and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.