Smartphones have really changed the way we surf the internet, how we do business and socialise with each other. However, many businesses are not yet prepared for these changes in browsing habits. If customers do not have instant access to your products and services via their mobile phone, then business because of poor web design.
The big changes that have come with smartphones such as the iPhone mean that:
? Less people are accessing the internet via traditional ‘desktop’ computers.
? People can access products and shop from anywhere with internet connections.
? Businesses can target people anywhere they are.
? Content needs to change to suit mobile phones.
? Businesses need options for mobile phone users.
? Businesses need to understand from where their website visitors are coming.
Less People Using Traditional Computers
With less people using traditional computers, you really are missing out if you do not have your website able to load up as a mobile version. Not only are more people using mobile phones to surf the internet, but they are also using more tablet computers to access their favourite websites. Even internet giants like Facebook have been affected because they do not show advertising on their mobile versions (such as apps) and are losing revenue because of it.
Can Access Customers Anywhere
The really good news for businesses is that they can now access customers anywhere, any time! This has been a godsend for a lot of businesses that are trying to tap into the online, mobile phone market. The friendlier your website is to mobile phone users the more business you can expect from smart phone users.
Concise Content & Multimedia
It is not enough now to just have your maintenance software reminding you to update your website. It is important to have specific content that works well with smart phone users. This means content that is fast to load and a quick read. Many smart phone users only look at shorter content or shop for very specific products and services.
There are specific services that can really benefit from a great mobile phone presence:
? Emergency services such as locksmiths and roadside assistance.
? Restaurants and other forms of hospitality.
? Local clubs and organisations.
There is a real possibility to improve the amount of business you get from the internet if you are a locally based enterprise. With things such as Google Maps showing local businesses on their maps, you should make sure you are taking advantage of the customer base that use mobiles to search for products and services.
Having Options for Your Website
Is your website even able to load up as a mobile version? Many websites do not recognise a mobile phone user and will simply load the default, standard website which is usually a lot larger, and not optimised to use on a mobile phone. So how can you have your website work better with mobile phones?
? Install website plug-ins that can load a mobile phone version of your website.
? Give users the option of loading mobile phone versions of your site when it loads.
? Hire professionals to develop a specialised mobile phone version of your website.