Mobile Optimization

Every day, more and more people are using their smartphones and tablets to surf the web and make purchases. Currently smartphone make up a quarter of all web traffic. Take a look at your Google Analytics, how many of your visitors are coming from a mobile site? More importantly, how many visitors are you losing because your website isn’t optimized for for mobile?

That's a lot of people. And if your website isn’t optimized for mobile, you could be missing out. Fifty percent of people said that even if they liked a business, they will use them less often isn’t mobile-friendly.

Problems with Regular Websites on Mobile Devices

People like mobile websites. If they’re using a smartphone or a tablet to view your site, they expect your content to work accordingly.

Websites that aren’t optimized for mobile are a hassle. And people won’t put the effort into trying to figure how your site works.

It’s possible that your current site may have content that isn’t compatible with most mobile devices, like Flash. Broken links and content like this reduce your ranking in search engines and annoy users.

Forty-eight percent of consumers reported feeling frustrated and annoyed when they encountered a site that wasn’t optimized for mobile.

What Users are Looking For in a Mobile Website

This shift to mobile Internet usage means businesses have to rethink their websites. They now have to consider how customers are visiting the site, which means a completely new set of user requirements.

  • Click to call
  • Mobile map with directions
  • Contact forms
  • Easy Navigation
  • "Thumb" ready
  • Collapsible content and image sliders
  • Links to social media profiles
  • Link to the full desktop site

What Optimizing for Mobile Can Do For You

Increased traffic- Google likes mobile websites. By having a mobile site, you’re putting yourself in a position for people to find you whenever they’re using their smartphones or tablets. People don’t wait until they’re by a computer to do a search, they’re searching on their phones while they’re commuting, watching TV, even lying in bed. Search engines recognize mobile websites and rank them higher in search results done on a mobile device.

Reduce bounce rates- When users come to your website, they decide on average within .2 seconds if they’re going to stay. If your website is hard to navigate, confusing, and doesn’t look right on their screen (which most desktop sites don’t), they’re going to leave without even looking at your content. Having an optimized site that is easy for your viewers to navigate, will keep them around longer, which might eventually result in a new customer for your business.

Increase conversions- A website that’s mobile-friendly makes it easy for your customer to do what you want. Want them to fill out a form to sign up for your email newsletter? It probably would help if the form fit in the screen and the “submit” button was easy to press with a thumb. It’s hard enough to get a conversion, and not having a mobile-friendly website is just making your job harder.

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