Are You Mobile Marketing? Here Are 4 Tips To Help.

If you missed the memo, marketing has gone mobile. ComScore reports that more than 1.8 billion people worldwide use mobile devices and this includes your customers. Customers (and potential clients) are using smartphones and tablets to find information about your company (and your competitors). 48% of Internet searches begin on mobile devices. Basically if you haven’t thought about your mobile marketing strategy, you’re already missing out. You need to be in the mobile marketplace if you want to be seen as a relevant leader in your respective industry.

Entrepreneur has a few statistics you should probably consider:

  • 99% use mobile devices to search for valuable content and information
  • 63% of all Internet access is from mobile devices
  • 62% of users access email from mobile devices
  • 15% make purchases from mobile devices

Here are my 4 tips to help you improve your mobile marketing.

1. Have a Mobile Friendly and Responsive Website

This is a must-have. You need a website that is mobile friendly/responsive and loads fast for mobile viewing. Include relevant informations and ensure your mobile website is easily accessible and navigable with clear links and user-friendly icons.

2. Mobile Relevant Articles and Content

Your website needs to have a mix of dynamic (topical content in the form of blogs) and static (About Us, Services, Products, etc.) content. Potential clients search for more than just what your company does. There needs to be a value exchange when developing useful, mobile-friendly content.

3. Be Social

When visitors find great content on their mobile devices they want to share it quickly and easily with others on their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc.). Be sure to include social media icons on all of your web-based marketing.

4. App- Centric

Consumers spend more than half their mobile time using mobile applications. I am not saying that all companies need a mobile app, but you need to consider how your website, content and marketing is presented within other mobile apps – for example Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You should also have a presence on the popular social media networks, with branded pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, etc.  Ensure that the profiles on these sites are complete, up-to-date and provide relevant information.

You Need an Online Strategy

If you or your company havent considered creating an online marketing strategy you should. Not only because your competitors are online, but consumers and potential clients are as well.

A recent report from economist Todd Hirsch has pointed out that:

“according to the most recent survey by Statistics Canada, Albertans had one of the highest Internet usage rates in 2012 and outpaced the nation. About 85.3% of those aged 16 and older used the Internet for personal use, up from 83% in 2010. That compares with 83% of Canadians who accessed the Internet for personal use, up from 80% in 2010.”

If this doesn’t convince you to create an online marketing strategy I don’t know what will. Companies will also need to take mobile into account and create a mobile marketing strategy as well since consumers are increasingly accessing the internet from mobile devices.

 

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It’s Time to Launch your Mobile & Tablet-Friendly Website!

ImageWhether you’ve gone mobile or are just gearing up for the mobile leap, we’ve got 10 quick tips to you take the much needed plunge. Google notes that by 2013, more people will use their mobile phones than PCs to get online and since 2010, mobile searches have grown by 4 times! Customers expect your mobile website to be just as useful as your desktop site and bad mobile sites can cost you customers by pushing them to your competitors. Adobe has also mentioned that customers prefer to make purchases on mobile websites rather than apps!

These are also helpful hints to customize email for mobile use!

Hubspot reports that:

  • Nearly 10% consumers use a mobile phone or tablet to read emails
  • 39% of respondents said they open emails from trusted brands on their mobile phones
  • 49% respondents said that they have signed up for emails from 1 to 10 brands
  • Main reasons customers signed up for emails are offers/sales (61%) and discounts (59%) followed by being a regular customer (42%) and linking the brand (40%).

Keep It Quick

  • Make sure it loads fast
  • Compress your images (or eliminate some)
  • Prioritise your information
  • Keep content simple & to the point

Make the Layout Responsive

  • Aid discussion online
  • Add product details
  • Keep forms short
  • Make sure phone numbers are click to call & emails redirect to send an email

Be Thumb Friendly

  • Simplify Navigation
  • Use a clear website hierarchy and minimize scrolling
  • Keep links to 7 or less per page

Go Local

  • Include maps (Google), addresses & locations

Make it Seamless

  • Keep key site features & product/service information consistent with your desktop website

Use Mobile Re-Directs

  • Make sure your website redirects to your mobile website when searched on a mobile device (don’t worry your developer will do this)
  • Use large centered buttons

 Design for Visibility

  • Remember mobile screens are usually dim and users may be in low light
  • Use a contrast between foreground & text
  • The ideal font size is 12
  • Use negative space appropriately
  • Reduce zooming

Make it Accessible

  • Make sure your mobile site can be used on all devices
  • Find alternative to flash!
  • Implement vertical and horizontal use

Live & Learn

  • Ask your desktop users what they are looking for and what they would like to see on the mobile set
  • Always test before launch
  • Definitely use web analytics

Final Checks & Reminders