Having a site optimised for those who surf the Internet from their phone or tablet is important as a large proportion of visitors are likely to be viewing your site from these devices.
Here are our top ten things to keep in mind when you want to be visible whilst your customers are mobile!
Don’t leave them hanging
People who visit your website whilst on the go may be short on time. Perhaps they are visiting during their commute or even just while they have a spare 5 minutes. Whatever the reason, making sure that your site loads quickly, consequently means that they are more likely to remain on the page.
There is nothing more frustrating than a mobile site that you simply cannot manoeuvre around to find what you are looking for. It is one thing to have a website that can be viewed on a mobile or tablet, but it is another thing to make sure that it can be effectively used to make a purchase or learn more about your business.
Think about the thumbs
Following on from the above point, not only should your site be easy to navigate but it should be designed with thumbs in mind; after all, they are the ones that will be doing most of the clicking and scrolling.
Visibility is key
When it comes to searching on a mobile for a website customers will often use shorter phrases and keywords. With this in mind, your mobile site should be optimised to be visible in mobile searches which may be different to how your website is created for a computer based search.
Accessible to all
Being accessible means that everyone can use and understand your mobile site. The text should be simple and easy to read and any navigation points should be clear. That way, no matter who is visiting your site, they should be able to find exactly what they want.
In order to turn a visitor into a customer you should make it as easy as possible to make a purchase of your product or get in touch for more information on your service. On a mobile site this becomes all the more important; so don’t forget to check on your conversion.
Keep it local
Whilst a mobile website can mean that customers are able to view your site no matter where they are, it shouldn’t mean that you forget about those ones close to you. Make sure that you pay attention to the localities of people visiting your site and take advantage of this. If they are local then offer incentives for repeat customers or perhaps offer people locality based special offers when they visit through the mobile site.
Seamless and fluid
Loading quickly and with minimal hold up is important on a mobile site. A jerky, unresponsive and slow loading page will often result in a customer going elsewhere.
Always ensure that no matter where you need to redirect your customer to, that the redirection link works and they will find themselves exactly where they need to be. Also, redirecting customers to your standard website can also mean that they will easily find the information they are looking for.
Keep listening and learning
Just like any aspect of business, creating a mobile site is concerned with growing and learning with every day that passes. If you stop listening to how things are working then you will never become more successful as a business.
By Sarah Knowles, Digital Marketing Manager, SME Insurance Services Ltd