THE AMAZING MOBILE ADVANTAGE FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
March 31, 2016
Thinking about optimizing on Mobile for your business? Should be a no brainer! I originally wrote this post on www.stephdokin.com and it can be viewed here:
Wanted to include some of the article here as well! Enjoy this post written by me (Riley Kearl) and get optimizing your site for mobile!!!
Why do anything about the most recent mobile update? Google updates their Algorithm way too often…or at least it seems that way. Last year saw 15 updates and in 2012 there was a whopping 37 of them, so far this year there have been 3. So I know you are happy the way things are, why should you care? Why go through all the effort when Google will change things again anyway? Technology is moving quickly, you need to be proactive. You need to keep up with algorithm changes in general. So what about mobile? Is it just another crazy Google initiative? I would argue the recent Mobile Algorithm Update is the most important one yet. Smartphone use and Mobile in general is not a fad, it’s here to stay. Google’s next Algorithm change could very well be mobile focused yet again (my guess is that it will be).
If you fall behind in mobile it will be hard to catch up. Tech moves fast and it will only get faster. Therefore, you should have a plan in place and take the steps towards improving usability on smartphones.
So the big question: How many are actually using mobile to search the world wide web? The customers you serve don’t use smartphones right?
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
A very large number of people are on mobile for many reasons. Product research, finding retail store locations, looking for nearby coffee shops…and the list is expanding fast. Are you taking advantage of your customers search habits? Don’t fool yourself, they are searching for you on their smartphones. The question is are you showing up or is it a competitor?
But this post is about mobile, no more desktop stats. Time to focus!
Mobile by the Numbers
The number of mobile searches vs. desktop are increasing fast. In all likelihood your customers are searching you on mobile. Whether young or old, male or female most everyone uses Google. Lets get into some hard stats, let’s prove that mobile is here to stay. Your optimization efforts will be well worth it!
Mobile usage is growing 8X faster than the web did in the 1990s. This is a fundamental shift in the way we consume the internet. It’s big, and if you don’t stay on top of it…well you kinda have to.
Check out a previous slideshare post that still blows my mind: http://www.stephdokin.com/internet-trends-2015-the-bible-from-the-mouth-of-mary/
Things are growing fast, our world is moving quickly. To put things in perspective click here and scroll down to “Society & Media” OR check out how many smartphones were sold today. Mind blowing stuff! We are going to see over 2 billion smartphone users worldwide by 2016. So how many search queries is that going to be? Again, very much lots…
Here at The Stephdokin Digital Brand Agency we know that mobile is important. People use their smartphones in interesting ways, lets understand this a little better:
- 90% of people move between devices when accomplishing a goal.
- 71% of mobile users expect a mobile site to load faster than on a desktop.
- By 2020 90% of the world’s population over the age of 6 will have a mobile phone.
And according to http://www.mobilestatistics.com more iPhones are sold each day than babies are born, that doesn’t even include other models. Soooo…Much Mobile!
Now how do we know the number of mobile users visiting your site? Assuming you have Google Analytics installed this will be super easy, login and click on Mobile Overview. Here you can see the percentage of mobile users you have historically received. In our experience 30% is quite high (we deal mainly with B2B clients).
Even if you are on the lower end, maybe around 10% this does not give you an excuse to avoid mobile optimizations. You will likely gain more mobile visits down the road. Not taking action now will leave you behind the eight ball.
What about the varying mobile devices? What is your site being viewed on? Again in analytics click on Mobile and then Devices, you will get a breakdown like the one shown below:
So we know what percentage of traffic is mobile, we know the devices they are using…what’s next?
The main points you will want to identify at this stage are:
- Mobile Bounce Rate – Is it higher than your overall bounce percentage? If so, why? Keep an eye on this number as you make changes.
- Mobile speed – Are people exiting your site before it even gets a chance to load? You may want to request a free custom reportor use tools such as Pagespeeds (although this tool is being phased out soon).
- Webmaster Tools – Are your viewports configured? Do people have to pinch to zoom? Is the text readable and navigation easy to use on most smartphones? This will give you some fantastic clues on where to begin optimizing.
- Other google tools – As we outlined in our Mobilegeddon Post Google also provides many other tools to help us out.
Quick Point on Tablets
Is there a difference between Tablet and Smartphone users? The data says yes, tablet users behave much differently than smartphone users. Google Analytics tracks these in a separate category (the above graphic shows tablet users at 8.39% of overall sessions). But there is more…
Tablet users are also more likely to purchase certain products and their browsing habits are also drastically different than smartphone users. In fact Tablet users actually spend 50% more than desktop users. So you don’t necessarily want to lump tablet users in with the overall “smartphone” category.
What Else Should you be Thinking About?
Now we have an understanding of mobile, what it means for us, and how we can analyze/improve. We identified that tablet users are much different, what else should we be thinking about?
- The first thing that comes to mind is Ecommerce. More and more sales are happening on smartphones. We will touch on this below.
- Second we will talk about Email. It’s going to be around for a long time, but have you thought about your open rates? What about open rates on mobile phones? Is your monthly newsletter optimized for your raving fans who consume on mobile?
- Lastly we will touch on apps. Mobile app development as well as mobile advertising. Should you pursue these avenues?
1. Mobile Ecommerce on the Go
Mobile sales are huge! If you are in the ecommerce space than optimizing for mobile is very important. I would argue that we all need to think like an commerce store, we may not be selling physical products but we still need to think about sales (wether a service, course or an ebook). So in the end the name of the game is leads. They convert to sales and that means you must convert on mobile as well. The flow looks like this:
Website Traffic –> Leads Generated –> Sales
You will want to track your lead conversion rates (ex: forms filled out from traffic) as well as your close rate (leads converted to a paying customer). Ask us about our detailed Dashboarding view that gives you this info and much more (the insights you gain from this data will amaze you).
In 2014 Amazon saw 60% of holiday shoppers coming from mobile platforms (web store and the amazon app). If this selling machine sees traffic like that on mobile you may want to shoot for a chunk of it yourself. I’m not saying go out and sell on Amazon but take advantage of the volume of mobile traffic coming from all directions.
If you are thinking of selling online Shopify themes have been mobile friendly since 2012 and Woocommerce engines work well on mobile (if built properly). So I will leave you with this: Over 50% of online shoppers who own a smartphone use it to buy online and mobile accounts for 50% of all Ecommerce Traffic. Wow.
2. So what about Mobile Email?
If you’re an email marketer this is something you need to think about, 45% of email opens occured on mobile…http://www.emailmonday.com/mobile-email-usage-statistics
This number was quite surprising to me at first, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense. Reading emails on the go or in line at the grocery store seems common (I mean I do it all the time). So do companies focus on their emails on mobile?
Hope this post gets you started on mobile as Google will penalize you!
Also a current update there is a new feature out called AMP or Accelerated Mobile Pages which you can take advantage of through Google Webmaster Tools (now called the Google Search Console).
Update: Not to mention another development! Google will now start ranking mobile sites even higher in May 2016!! Article from venture beat: