The tipping point was sometime last year. Now more than half of the people reading this blog post are doing so on a mobile device. Let’s assume for a minute this blog post is talking about your business and has a link to your website.
Would clicking on it lead the reader to a positive experience or one that’s clunky and confusing?
If the answer isn’t positive, that’s more than enough reason to upgrade your website.
Still not sold? Here are 11 more reasons your website should be mobile-friendly.
- Mobile Sites Get a Search Boost
Websites that are mobile-friendly are assigned higher rankings in Google search. That’s right. Google now says if your site looks like crap on a phone, you don’t get good rankings for searches made on mobile devices. And Google knows a thing or two about the Internet, so if they place a high value on being mobile-friendly, it’s a good bet you should follow suit.
- Mobile Sites Perform Better
Because mobile usage requires a website to be clean, simple, succinct and intuitive, the optimization produces the most useful version of your website for visitors. There’s neither clutter nor added bells or whistles to distract people. The only information there is that which is necessary for a mobile user to get in, get what they need and get out. All the staff bios, history of the company and all the other less relevant pages are still there, but they aren’t a distraction that keeps users off the path you want them on. It’s optimized to work, not just look pretty.
- That Version Is the Expected Version
Because mobile sites are built to perform, not just look pretty, the functionality is exactly what users expect. When they go to the type of site that every company built for desktop use — the ones with all the extra clutter — they get frustrated, can’t find what they’re looking for and are less likely to engage. An optimized site offers a more positive experience for the user.
- Smartphone Penetration Is No Longer a Question
The February 2015 comScore U.S. Smartphone Market Share Report shows 75 percent of all U.S. mobile subscribers now use smartphones. It is expected the penetration will be as high as 85 percent by December 2015. “Not everyone has a smartphone” is no longer a valid excuse.
- People Search and Convert On Mobile
Mobile devices now account for over 60 percent of all Web searches. And 70 percent of those searches lead to conversions within one hour. So not having a mobile-optimized site means you’re turning away the majority of your audience, and worse yet, you’re turning away a group that is ready and willing to buy.
- Mobile Engagement Drives In-Store Visits
We are an on the go society with smartphones in our pockets all the time. Mobile engagements, including advertisements, drive visits to local businesses that result in purchases. In fact, consumers are 45 percent more likely to click on a mobile ad if it has relevance to their location.
- Mobile-Friendly Websites Double Conversion Rates
Do you need another argument? To be sure, the metric in question has been proven several times. We’ve also run the numbers. And no matter how many times you do the exercise, doubling conversion rates is always a good thing.
- If You Build It, They Will Call
You would probably believe 94 percent of users have looked up information about a business on their phone. But would you believe 87 percent of them take action? According to Google, having a clickable phone number that allows searchers to call you makes you more accessible.
- Holiday Sales on Mobile Grow Each Year
The holiday shopping season has shown us that mobile wins. In fact, Amazon reported that almost 60 percent of its holiday sales last year came from mobile devices.
- Social Media Engagement Is Mobile
Every business is hot on the social media bandwagon. But without mobile, your social media conversions simply won’t happen. Why? Because 65 percent of social networking activities happen on a mobile device.
- An Investment in Responsive Design Pays for Itself
Since responsive design accounts for various — and even dynamic — screen sizes, your site won’t need to be re-built to accommodate new devices. You’ll save money down the road by investing in a website that fits whatever space it’s given rather than having one that shows up one way, regardless of what screen is used.
Bottom line, if your website isn’t yet built to accommodate mobile devices, you should consult a Web development expert as soon as possible. And yes, we have a recommendation. 😉