Written by Ian Simpson
We are a nation on the move. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the growth of mobile commerce. In business and social situations smartphones and tablets are increasingly indispensable. We need to be in touch for business information, but hey, in the quiet times - let’s shop.
You can’t afford to ignore the importance of mobile optimisation if you are to survive and flourish in today’s markets. The web drives sales both directly and indirectly, and there is a greater use of social media channels for both personal and business marketing. In order to target your customers effectively you have to consider the types of devices that your digital media is viewed on. And this includes websites, email, digital publications and social media.
Mobile optimised sites are essential for business development
With over 70 percent of the Australian population owning (and using) smartphones and with tablet use growing at a phenomenal rate in the last 12 months, businesses must wake up to the crucial need for mobile-optimised websites and email.
For the vast majority of the population, and not just the young, a smartphone is seen as an indispensable component in their lives. It gives them freedom and yet ties them to the things that are important in their lives - friends, socialising, entertainment, shopping. This seamless lifestyle-integration has never manifested itself in any other piece of technology; life is a smartphone, a smartphone is our life. And this is the crucial point - make it difficult to access your business by smartphone and you are creating one hellava a barrier.
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Google Hummingbird puts emphasis on portability
It is commercial suicide not to have a mobile optimised website with the introduction of Google’s new Hummingbird algorithm putting an even greater emphasis on portability. Yet a staggering 39 percent of transactional websites are not mobile optimised. This means, that when you access these sites on a smartphone or tablet, your experience is compromised and you cannot enjoy the full benefits of that site. In other words, you have to work harder to spend money. You’ve already worked hard to get it, so why should you work hard to spend it. So lets toddle off to another site that does make it easy. Get the picture?
A barrier to spending online using a smartphone or tablet has been inputting customer details – its not easy to type in all your details using a limited keypad. This can be easily resolved by using a payment solution such as PayPal. Once registered, your customers only have to remember a password to complete the transaction.
We will never rid ourselves of ‘retail theatre’, the physical experience of soaking up a shop’s ambience, but it is apparent that more and more money will be spent using mobile devices. And you have to make that experience as enriching and stimulating as possible.
Smartphones are becoming the shoppers device of choice
Smartphone users check their phones over 100 times a day, and Google are already seeing searches on mobile devices outstrip those on desktops. Mobile commerce is expected to top £6bn in 2013 with 84 percent of smartphone owners being regular online shoppers. And they have a smartphone or tablet handy, it doesn’t take too much to work out what they will do: spend money.
It is also apparent that catalogues and direct mail are still huge drivers to online and mobile sales. A recent report cites that 60 percent of catalogue recipients will go online to look at that catalogue’s website. And three out of four smartphone owners are reported to have researched or browsed catalogues online. QR codes (barcodes scannable by a mobile device’s camera) are included in many direct mail pieces and give instant, on-the-go access, to websites. Clearly if a mobile device is at hand, which it invariably is, then it will be used in an almost impulsive way to access websites.
It’s also a misconception that mobile marketing has to include apps. Apps are great at delivering targeted, interactive information, but they can be expensive and time consuming to develop. A website, fully optimized for mobiles, can give an equally rich mobile experience for a fraction of the cost.
So, why mobilise your website?
And one last point >>>
It’s a no brainer - get mobile or get left behind. Capture your customers, on the train, on the bus, in the park, on the sofa – it doesn’t matter, they make the choice.
About the author
Catalogues4Business specialise in producing highly effective, marketing-driven catalogues.C4B’s catalogue design offers brands the maximum effect to sell their products. For more information either phone 0845 2300 258 or visit http://www.catalogues4business.co.uk