Recent research from Google confirms what a growing number of business owners already know: Consumers don’t just want to find what they’re looking for on a mobile site, they expect it. With 61 percent of people surveyed saying they’d immediately move on to other sites if they didn’t find what they were looking for on a site accessed via their mobile devices, it’s clear that businesses of every size need to offer mobile-friendly sites.
Mobile-friendly is sales-friendly.
The survey of more than a thousand smartphone users showed that 67 percent of users are more likely to buy a product or use a service on a site that’s mobile-friendly, and nearly three-quarters say they’re likely to go back to a mobile-friendly site in the future. When they have a poor mobile experience, however, more than half of respondents said they’d be less likely to engage with a business.
Users in search of a product or service will continue to seek a mobile-friendly site until they find one that offers what they’re looking for, according to the survey findings. If your business doesn’t have such a site, you may be losing potential customers to competitors that do. In addition, the survey revealed that you can miss out on more than a sale with a poor mobile experience, because users’ negative reactions carry over to their perceptions of your business as a whole:
- 48 percent of respondents said they feel annoyed when they arrive on a site that’s not mobile-friendly
- 52 percent said they would be less likely to interact with a business after a poor mobile experience
- 48 percent said a poor experience left them feeling like the company didn’t care about their business
Mobile site features that matter to users.
The Google survey highlights three important aspects of a good experience on a mobile site:
- Speed: The site should load quickly, in five seconds or less
- Simplicity: It should be easy to use, with larger buttons and limited scrolling to find information
- Business information: Consumers want to find the most important information fast, which includes directions, clickable phone numbers, hours of operation, information about your product or service and how they can make a purchase.
Going mobile with your business.
Most business owners don’t have the budget to have a custom mobile application or separate mobile website developed, but there’s good news: You don’t need to make a substantial investment to gain the advantages of a mobile-friendly site. You can meet the needs of users for basic information about your business with a site that’s mobile-optimized.
For Yellow Pages United subscribers, it’s easy to have a mobile-friendly site with a BizYellow business web page. It’s available at no extra charge, and it’s already optimized for mobile users. In addition to being simple to set up, a BizYellow web page offers all of the information that mobile device users surveyed said is most important, such as clickable phone numbers, hours of operation, a map and more.
With studies clearly identifying mobile users’ expectations and what the effects of their mobile site experiences can be on a company’s bottom line, business owners who have been undecided about mobile shouldn’t be. Offering mobile-friendly sites is no longer an “extra” — it’s essential to creating and maintaining customer relationships.
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