Published on January 26th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Is Your Small Business Mobile Ready?
By Mariama Bramble, Contributor
More and more people are browsing, shopping, and doing business on their phones and tablets. Currently, 11.3% of the digital population uses mobile only, compared to 10.6% desktop only use*. This may not seem significant now but these numbers will continue to grow as mobile capabilities advance and mobile devices become more and more integral to day-to-day life. Seriously, if you are not mobile ready you are missing an opportunity to connect with mobile users who may be future customers and partners.
So how do you get started? You see, mobile is really about your audience. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Optimize Your Website
There are simple steps that you can take to optimize your website. Not all devices have flash capability. Not using it or working with a flash alternative will make your site more compatible with all mobile devices. Extremely high-resolution photos and colored backgrounds can also hinder viewing. Optimize your photos for the web, so that they don’t take forever to load. Chances are your audience is not going to wait for that. In the same vain colored backgrounds can hinder, not help the image download process, so keep it simple.
Now as far as responsive vs. adaptive, that really depends on what your users are coming to your mobile site for. (More about personas below). If you are going with adaptive you’ll need user personas to understand where and what content to put on your mobile site.
Keep Online Listings Up-to-Date
When I’m not in front of my computer the first thing that I do when I’m looking for a restaurant, shop, or business referral is check out online reviews.
Make sure you update all your business directory listings to include a simple description of your services, your hours of operation, your phone number, your address and a link to your website. Additionally if there are any other industry specific databases, make sure that your information is uploaded there as well.
Mobile users have different goals and content priorities than desktop users and many times they prefer different content formats than desktop users. Putting together personas will help inform your mobile strategy. As previously mentioned if you are using an adaptive template, user personas are essential for ensuring you have the right content. Your mobile site analytics should also inform your content decisions as well.
Take a look at your contacts and identify trends about how they find and consume your content. Did they request a quote through your website? Were they referred through a friend? Or did they find you online? Your website analytics will also help you sort out these questions.
When creating forms for your website, use form fields that will help you capture important persona information. Take into consideration your sales team’s feedback on the leads they’re interacting with most. What generalizations can they make about the different types of customers you serve best?
Once you have all this information, identify patterns and use the personas to tailor your content.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform, March 2015 (Traffic data captured by the platform)