I was recently interviewed by Stacey Soble from Salon Today, for their July/August 2013 issue, which focused on ‘going mobile’ – admittedly one of my fave topics! If you missed the article, here is a quick recap of my contributions on how mobile sites are essential for businesses in today’s fast paced digital world.
For those who crunch numbers before joining in on the ‘trends,’ here are a few facts to solidify my position.
-According to Mobile Marketing Association, as of 2011, of the 7 billion people on the planet, 4.8 billion owned a mobile phone. Only 4.1 owned a toothbrush. WOW!
-By the end of 2013, there will be more mobile devices on Earth than people, (Cisco, 2013).
-By 2014, mobile Internet usage is predicted to takeover desktop Internet usage (Microsoft Tag, 2012).
-Also more than 50 percent of smartphone users search for local, service-based businesses every week (Google).
Pretty powerful stats, right? So now what? Here’s my answer to that question, directly from the Salon Today article:
Playing in the Space
There’s no doubt that mobility is the wave of the future. “It’s the fastest-growing online space—millions are using smartphones to browse the web and connect with brands, including salons, on the go,” says Kelly Ehlers, founder of the social media consulting firm Evoke Brand Strategies and the online social media training program stylesync.me. “Let’s face it, most of us roll over in the morning, shutoff the alarm, grab the phone and start looking for news and information.”
And if a potential client happens to be seeking a new salon and you don’t have a mobile website that’s been optimized for mobile browsing, you might as well not exist. What’s a mobile website? Think of it as a mobile version of your current desktop site. When customers Google you on their phone, they’ll access the “mobile” version of your site.
“But for salons who built their sites in Flash, which was all the rage years ago, their sites aren’t even viewable on mobile,” says Ehlers. “So it’s important to partner with a company that has developed a mobile website platform. It’s as easy as combing your existing site and reformatting it for mobile, which can be cost effective and done in a few days without a web designer.”
When designing a mobile site, think about providing all the information a user would be searching for, such as directions, hours and your phone number. “For example, we just worked with the Toni & Guy Academies site and designed it so each location has direct e-mail contact so potential students can search their local academy and e-mail admissions to set a tour date,” says Ehlers.