In 2016, the inevitable happened, and mobile overtook desktop as the primary device used to access websites. This didn’t come as a huge surprise because, as far back as 2015, Google reported that more searches were conducted on mobile than on any other device category.
Mobile is disrupting the way people engage with brands. Everything that can be done on a desktop computer is now available on a mobile device. From opening an email to visiting your website to reading your content, it’s all accessible through a small mobile screen.
Consider these stats:
- Mobile now accounts for nearly 70% of digital media time [Source: comScore]
- Up to 60% of searches come from mobile devices (Source: Hitwise)
- U.S. consumers spend 87 hours/month browsing on smartphones (Source: Smart Insights)
- 53% of American consumers use their smartphones to access search engines at least once a day (Source: Google and Mobile Marketing Association Survey)
And check this out:
Surveys from Salesforce, V12data and Adestra:
- 68% of companies have integrated mobile marketing into their overall strategy
- 79% of marketers believe mobile is essential for their business
- 77% of marketers say mobile generates return on investment
- 71% of marketers believe mobile marketing is core to their business
- The two most popular ways companies are optimizing for mobile are (1) using a simple template that works for all devices (52%) and (2) creating a mobile responsive email template (39%)
I think we need to pay attention!
…And if we don’t optimize for mobile?
- Google says 61% of users are unlikely to return to a mobile site they had trouble accessing and 40% visit a competitor’s site instead. (MicKinsey & Company)
- 57% of consumers say they won’t recommend businesses with poor mobile site design. (Source: socPub)
Here’s what to take into account to optimize for mobile:
- Your company website or blog MUST BE “RESPONSIVE”: If you use WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace, Weebly or Shopify, make sure the Template or Theme “responds” to device screen size: Desktop, Tablet, or Mobile.
- Yet, while responsive design has been around for a while now and is fairly well-established, the majority of sites tend to fall down on usability. That is, the majority of sites are still built for desktop and then dialed back for mobile. That form-fill that was mildly annoying on desktop is an absolute pig on mobile. Even if it is responsive.
TEST ON MOBILE. THEN DESKTOP
- Avoid Flash or Java: Apple products do not support Flash and have declared that they have no intention to do so in the future. Many phones do not support Java, and even if they do, using Java can be a huge drag on load time.
- Optimize Your Images for Mobile Devices: Do not use HUGE files size images which will cause your page to load slower or visitors will leave for another site! You can use WP Smush to detect and compress large images files on your site.
- Google Analytics: Make sure Google Analytics code is installed on your website so you can see mobile activity. You will be amazed.
Writing for Mobile Devices
- Phone screens are small so write in a way that’s easily readable
- Use bullet points
- Write short, punchy headlines
- Keep paragraphs brief
- Use text size that is legible
- Short email Subject line
- Use mobile responsive email design template
- Headline Analyzer is a great tool to preview subject lines
Test Your Mobile Site with Google
If your pages aren’t optimized for smartphones, they won’t rank in mobile search at all. With over half of Google queries coming from mobile devices, that’s not something you can put up with in 2017. The focus on mobile will likely continue with Google’s commitment to switch to mobile-first indexing.
There are three great tools that Google offers to test your website:
- Test Your Mobile Speed: Most sites lose half their visitors if loading is slow.
- Analyze you website performance with PageSpeed Insights so you can identify ways to make your site faster and more mobile-friendly.
- Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly: Test how easily a visitor can use your page on a mobile device.
Mobile Marketing with SMS (Short Message Service)
SMS or Short Message Service is undoubtedly an excellent strategy for businesses wanting to connect with more customers.
If boosting sales and improving communication with customers are on your list this year, but you don’t have a hefty budget and hours of spare time; SMS is a small, yet powerful, marketing tool not to be overlooked:
- 90% of SMS messages are opened within 3 minutes (compared to 90 minutes for email)
- The open rate of SMS is 98% compared to 22% for emails
- Text messages are 8x more effective at engaging customers
- Almost 50% of consumers in the US make direct purchases after receiving an SMS branded text
- Marketing directly to mobile devices is more personal than targeting an audience through other channels.
- When reaching someone on a mobile device via SMS you are reaching that person in his/her pocket or purse
- Be personal, respectful, and clear
- Keep the text under 160 characters
- Don’t use slang or abbreviations
- Offer the recipient something of value
- Make it clear who is sending the message
- Craft a clear call-to-action
Start collecting mobile numbers from your clients to build your SMS list!
You can check out this full list of 3rd Party vendors to work with – here are the top ones:
Is your business ready for mobile? If you’re not there, you’re nowhere!
Don’t wait. Go mobile today!
by Yasmin Bendror
About the Author
Yasmin Bendror is President & Founder of yMarketingMatters, a social media and digital marketing boutique agency helping business owners expand their online presence, grow their business, get more leads and use the power of social media effectively. For more information go to www.ymarketingmatters.com.