Observing the trend of increasing mobile usage doesn’t take statistical analysis—it can be observed day to day, in public. Smart Insights lets us know that in 2013 global mobile internet use met and surpassed desktop computer use, and that as of January 2015, 80 percent of internet users own a smartphone, with 47 percent of internet users owning a tablet.
If you’re paying attention to Houston Marketing Matters and other digital marketing sources out there – you know that April 21st marks the commencement of Google’s emergent policy of penalizing businesses without responsive design websites.
There are quantitative consequences for the decisions you make regarding your businesses website and hopefully that decision is to create a site with mobile responsiveness in mind. Here are a few important points for Houston business owners to keep in mind while searching for the best fit for your company.
Responsive Websites Give Your Visitors a Positive Experience
If your visitors are able to get the information they want and need about your business while they are on the go, they will create a positive imagine around your brand within their busy lives. If a user lands on your mobile website and is frustrated or doesn’t see what they are looking for, there’s a 61% chance they will leave immediately and go to another website.
Responsive Design is Easy
Many marketing professionals do not realize that responsive websites are not mobile sites. Mobile sites require separate domains and can be operating system, software, or model-specific. Responsive design websites adapt to any size screen, so users can comfortably access the site from smartphones, tablets, desktop computers, or laptop computers without the use of different domains. Responsive sites also adapt to future devices because it is based on screen size, not device type.
Mobile Usage is Exploding
Over 20% of Google searches are performed on a mobile device. This means that an investment in a web platform will become necessary, but business owners who make strategic choice, favoring sustainable responsive sites will reap greater long-term benefits.
The growth of mobile usage makes web pages highly visible aspects of a business’s public image. Speak with someone about an adaptable responsive design that will efficiently deliver important information and a positive experience for a reasonable investment. Keeping this information in mind will, not only, help you to find the best strategic fit for your company but keep your brand current and, in the end, driving more traffic to your new website.