Google Now Awards Mobile Friendly Websites
On April 21st 2015 Google changed their search algorithm for mobile devices. They now label smart phone searches as being mobile friendly or not. As the mobile phone has now surpassed all other search devices the opportunity is clear – everyone has to go mobile friendly.
What Google is saying:
If you want to reach people on mobile, you’ve got to start with the basics—a mobile site. Though it seems obvious, this study found that 96% of consumers have encountered sites that weren’t designed with mobile in mind. It also found that when it happens, it can be bad for business—48% reported feeling frustrated and annoyed.
The problem (and opportunity) is big… While nearly 75% of users prefer a mobile-friendly site, 96% of consumers say they’ve encountered sites that were clearly not designed for mobile devices. This is both a big problem and a big opportunity for companies seeking to engage with mobile users.
Mobile-friendly sites turn users into customers The fastest path to mobile customers is through a mobile-friendly site. If your site offers a great mobile experience, users are more likely to make a purchase. When they visited a mobile-friendly site, 74% of people say they’re more likely to return to that site in the future 67% of mobile users say that when they visit a mobile-friendly site, they’re more likely to buy a site’s product or service Not having a mobile-friendly site helps your competitors
A great mobile site experience is becoming increasingly important, and users will keep looking for a mobile-friendly site until they find one that works for them. That means your competitors will benefit if your site falls down on the job (and vice versa). 61% of users said that if they didn’t find what they were looking for right away on a mobile site, they’d quickly move on to another site 79% of people who don’t like what they find on one site will go back and search for another site 50% of people said that even if they like a business, they will use them less often if the website isn’t mobile-friendly Non-mobile friendly sites can hurt a company’s reputation It turns out that you can lose more than the sale with a bad mobile experience.
A site that’s not designed for mobile can leave users feeling downright frustrated, and these negative reactions translate directly to the brands themselves. 48% of users say they feel frustrated and annoyed when they get to a site that’s not mobile-friendly 36% said they felt like they’ve wasted their time by visiting those sites 52% of users said that a bad mobile experience made them less likely to engage with a company 48% said that if a site didn’t work well on their smartphones, it made them feel like the company didn’t care about their business
Takeaways While the research confirms what we already suspected — that mobile users actively seek out and prefer to engage with mobile-friendly sites — it’s a sobering reminder of just how quickly and deeply users attitudes about companies can be shaped by mobile site experiences. Having a great mobile site is no longer just about making a few more sales. It’s become a critical component of building strong brands, nurturing lasting customer relationships, and making mobile work for you.
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