Is The Mobile Optimisation Message Really Getting Through?

It’s no secret that we are becoming a global community of smartphone worshipers. With year on year increases of adoption looking more and more like phone numbers, the mobile web is, without question, the new frontier for online business. And with any new frontier, there will be those who understand the terrain and find gold and those who don’t … and find rocks.

Web adoption itself, back in the 1990s and early 2000s, was, undoubtedly, a phenomenon. Developers dashed, money flowed, bubbles grew and investors got very rich, or very poor, very quickly. It was a time of mass conjecture about consumer demands & behaviour which spawned the greats such as Amazon, Ebay & Google and spurned the not-so-greats – you might have to, er, Google boo & webvan.com.

The current speed of adoption of the mobile web is 8 TIMES FASTER. Yes, 8 times.  And it’s not just idle traffic either. Online consumers are no longer the wide-eyed wanderers who would marvel at a moving image on their computer screen, they are now informed, impatient and agile and the mobile web is rapidly becoming their new playground.

In a recent survey of mobile web users carried out by the Compuware Corporation; 71% expected websites to load as quickly on their mobile phones as their desktops with 74% only willing to wait five seconds or less for a page to load. 46% would be unlikely to return to a website that they had trouble accessing via their phone and 34% said they’d likely visit a competitor’s mobile site instead.

So, what if you’re doing it right?

While the highly negative impact of an inadequate mobile presence is there to see, for businesses that are doing it right, it seems there is a similarly dramatic, positive pay off.

A recent study by web analytics solution, KISS Metrics, showed that a site optimised for mobiles is able to generate almost twice the average traffic per user than sites which haven’t. And it’s not just user engagement which is enhanced; the research suggested that, on average, visitors are 51% more likely to actually do business with an online retailer if it has a mobile site.

Given the compelling evidence on the benefits of mobile optimisation, it seems staggering then that, in a study carried out by Magus in partnership with Investis, still only 20% of the UK’s largest corporations currently provide support for mobile devices.

Slow on the uptake

The apparent lack of endeavour by business to go mobile seems to be predominantly due to;

  • The sheer speed of growth of the mobile web which has meant that even larger businesses with strong strategic focus and awareness of the opportunities are struggling to keep pace with a domain that is evolving so rapidly.
  • Businesses having to re-educate themselves and evaluate how to best transfer the functionality and consumer experience which has been developed for their desktop sites, to the different priorities and requirements of their mobile visitors.

The way forward

As is commonly the case, businesses with foresight who adopt early will see the greatest benefits in the gold rush.  With the current speed of changes taking place with the mobile web, even brand new enterprises, which enter the field fully understanding the mobile game, will likely enjoy huge rewards while recognisable heavyweights which don’t catch on quickly enough, might well see themselves disappearing out of view.

Go mobile now

Unlike the early days of web adoption where getting a company website up and running was potentially time consuming and costly, getting a mobile optimised site these days can be cheap and quick. With services such as goMobi from Daily Internet, a mobile site can be created from an existing website dynamically within minutes and then modified wherever required. While some businesses will want nothing less than a feature-laden bespoke solution, the DIY approach can ensure an almost immediate branded mobile presence.

Create content with mobile in mind

Web content is, even now, commonly created with a one-size-fits-all mentality. In order to properly engage mobile customers, consideration must be given to creating stand-alone content which is mobile specific, tailored to the requirements and priorities of people on the move.

Mobile marketing & strategies

Due to marketing to mobile users still being a relatively new technology, data remains scarce on its power and ROI but, with over 13% (and growing rapidly) of all UK web traffic now coming via mobiles, it deserves serious consideration in any marketing strategy.

And if none of the above has convinced you, take it from someone who’s had his share of online success, Google CEO and Chairman of the Board Eric Schmidt who recently heralded “mobile first in everything” as the new rule at Google.  Enough said.

By Abby Hardoon, CEO & Founder of Daily.co.uk

What Is Agile Computing?

Yet another term that is being used by the technology sector! Like so many other expressions generated by the ICT sector, this can leave people confused or in some instances mislead.

So what is it? What does it mean? What are the benefits?

Agile computing was a term first coined to describe a new methodology of approaching software development projects and as the name implies enables projects to be delivered in a timely and effective way by enabling the developers to be far more responsive and proactive with the needs of the organisations that they were working for.

The key issue is to be able to take advantage of any available resources required, for example where perhaps at certain times some resources are not fully utilised. Of course, there is a greater need in current economic conditions to maximise opportunities including those of resources and especially skills that might not always be readily available.

Agile computing is no longer restricted as a methodology for use by the development community or for organisations that require such methodologies, but for the computing environment in general. Companies can no longer afford to have resources sat idly by waiting for when they might be required. This is not simply about people as a resource but about networks, infrastructure and software.

The whole notion of ‘cloud computing’ is defined whereby the Internet is used as a system of delivering information, software and other services - www.conjungo.com

Being ‘agile’ means being able to use all resources as and when required and not having to use them and therefore pay for them when not being used. Cloud computing has been a major sea change within the tech sector and as a result has had a massive impact upon companies who have embraced it, whether a large enterprise or a small company.

Companies or indeed individuals no longer need to pay for services or software that they rarely use or don’t use all the time; it is a case of paying for what you use whether it might be software, hosting or other infrastructure. This ultimately means that such resources can be used and shared by others. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for the ‘bottom line’.

Quite simply it’s a far more effective way of using technology to drive your business.

By Ben Weiner, CEO, Conjungo