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Mobile Website Design Lagging With Small Business

70% Of Small Business Has No Mobile Website Design

You’ve heard about being fashionably late to the party… well, small business is now fashionably late to the mobile website design party. That’s now, but in the not so distant future small business may be so late the party will be over. After the numbers came in for 2011, the estimates for the time frame when mobile website internet access would beat desktop access became 2013. Do the math. That’s one year from now. It’s time to move forward today.

GigaOM.com, a great source for staying in touch with the trends in business and technology, reports on the positive affects of mobile phone use growth with real life businesses. Even more amazing is the increase in accessing the social network sites like Pandora, Facebook, and Twitter from mobile phones.

Read more right here and we believe these numbers will simply floor you.

 

It’s Becoming A Mobile-First World

By Ryan Kim

In the last day, I’ve gotten two notes from start-ups that began on the web but have seen their businesses transformed by mobile, as users increasingly shift their consumption to mobile apps and browsers. This might seem obvious in a world in which services like Twitter and Pandora now get most of their traffic from mobile. But it bears highlighting because the trend is happening across all sorts of apps and websites and that has implications for developers, publishers and businesses, who must now consider what a mobile-first world looks like.

The latest examples came to me from online design store Fab.com, which just launched in June and then pushed out its first mobile apps for iOS and Android in October. In just three months, it said that 30 percent of its traffic is now on mobile. MyYearbook, a social networking site that was bought by Quepasa last year, said, thanks to a big holiday push, it now has 54 percent of its traffic coming in on mobile.

Now, these are just two examples, but it shows that though they both got their start on the web, they’re increasingly running mobile services. Twitter’s mobile traffic is up to 55 percent while Pandora is up to 60 percent according to Mary Meeker, of Kleiner Perkins. That’s happening quickly with Facebook as well, which has 350 million of its 800 million users actively accessing the social network through mobile channels.

mobile website design, social sites, small business, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora

Social Site Mobile Access Graph | Years 2008 - 2010

Meeker highlighted this at the Web 2.0 summit in October, showing how mobile search, payments and shopping has taken off in the last two years. Online shopping destinations like eBay are seeing more and more sales via mobile devices. IBM said that 18.3 percent of all online sessions on retailers’ sites on Christmas were initiated from a mobile device, compared to 8.4 percent in 2010.

Meanwhile, Google is increasingly capitalizing on the growth of mobile searches by encouraging businesses to think mobile first. It has said that 44 percent of last minute holiday shopping searches was expected to be by mobile and 79 percent of smartphone users currently utilize their phones to help with price comparison, product searches and locating a retailer.

The fact is, thanks to smartphones and tablets, the way people are going to services and destinations is changing. People are accessing stuff all the time on the go and that requires developers and publishers to think mobile first.

Go now to GigaOM to take in the enormity of current mobile website design trends and  how they affect small business everywhere.

We are advising all of our clients to go mobile now.  As a matter of fact, we feel so strongly about it, in order to make our point, we ask our clients to sign a form indicating we have informed them of this trend and they have opted not to participate in the movement.

Do you own a small business?  Are you one of the 70%?  If so, and you are considering getting a mobile website design, we would love to give you a proposal.  Additionally, if you are the Do-It-Yourself type, we’d be happy to refer you to the same company which provides us with the code we use to build sites ourselves.

If you have friends or family who own a small business and who do not have a mobile website design, please SHARE this site with them.  We work for small businesses any where in the continental US.  Computers, the Internet, Skype, and the good old fashioned phone make working anywhere in the country no different than being just up the street.

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WP Mobile Pro – Mobile Website Design

DIY Small Business & Save

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Websites for Mobile Software by Jason Fladlien

 

Websites for Mobile, Mobile Website Design software, DIY, WP Mobile Pro

What a dilemma facing small business today.  The world is going or has already gone Mobile, small business owners know it and realize they can’t afford to be left behind.  They also realize they can’t always afford it.  However, if money is an issue, but you are willing to  spend a few minutes to watch the tutorial videos from WP Mobile Pro, you can make your own mobile site.  Yes, you really can.  And, you’ll be using the same software we use.

Even if you can’t give your new site all the bells and whistles, you can still put an accordion style menu (one with lateral bars to click) and get it started for the time being.  See the example pictured here for the pizza restaurant.  The WP Mobile Pro Themes are attractive by themselves, so you will be just fine.  Some people will say, “oh, I’m not putting anything up until I know it will look just the way I want it to look.

Don’t be one of those people.  The search engines are already rewarding websites having sister mobile sites an advantage in the search results.  In addition, part of most search engine algorithms is the length of time the site has been on the web.  Waiting to put something up for your mobile site is a real mistake you can avoid.

We are very pleased with the results we have gotten from our own mobile website, as well as for our clients’ sites using WP Mobile Pro.  However, we don’t want you to just take our word for it, so we are happy to share some excerpts from Allen Bogdanoff’s website devoted to the various software products developed by Jason Fladlien.

WP Mobile Pro

by Allen Bogdanoff

in Mobile Products

 

WP Mobile Pro Review: Your Mobile Marketing Solution

WP Mobile Pro is the latest product from the Rapid Crush Software Club to hit the market. If you haven’t heard of the Rapid Crush software club before, you might be familiar with the S3Flowshield wordpress video plugin, which was also developed by the Jason and Wilson.

WP Mobile Pro is a web-based application that Jason and Wilson created that can quickly create mobile sites. With just a few clicks, you can create a mobile version of your website, or a client’s website. A mobile optimized site makes for an easier and faster mobile browsing experience.

Each one of these mobile WordPress themes are customizable and the “Theme” options panel within WP Mobile Pro is very easy to understand – you don’t even have to know any html code to be able to use and tweak your mobile site.

Right about now, you might be thinking: “Okay it’s easy to use. But do I need WP Mobile Pro? Do I need to optimize my website for mobile browsers?”

A few months ago (June 2011), data gathered by Gatner Inc. (that’s an IT research company based in New York) showed that in 2010 and in North America alone, there was $305 million in revenue from mobile marketing. And by the end of 2011, it is predicted to climb up to $701.7 million.

Another research conducted in April 2011 by Google/Ipsos showed that 49% of people who see a mobile ad end up buying the product.

Regular Site VS. Mobile Site

Every marketer knows the importance of having a good-looking site. I’m sure you spent a good amount of time and money developing your website. So is it worth your time to create a mobile version of it? Well, to answer that question, here are some things that you may not know about browsing regular sites on mobile devices:

  • Tables/graphs do not look good on a mobile device.
  • Mobile devices have different orientations (portrait and landscape) and your site may not look right in either or both.
  • Mobile sites are “lightweight” and very accessible.
  • Videos do not auto play or play at all on a lot of mobile devices.
  • Hover effects or drop down menus may not work on mobile devices.
  • Multi-column websites do not look good in mobile phones.

Going Mobile-Friendly

As someone who makes a living online, Jason says that every marketer should always have two money sites: a regular site and a mobile site. But the fact is, majority of websites today are not mobile-friendly. And that’s a shame because a lot of people today are relying on their mobile devices (iPads, mobile phones, etc.) to access the web.

Is WP Mobile Pro The Only Answer?

Websites for Mobile, Olive Garden

One of the "Big Boys" - Olive Garden

There are free scripts that can squish your site into a more mobile friendly version but the “finished product” isn’t really as pleasing to the eyes. If you want to give your customers the mobile experience that they want, you should set up a different mobile site for your website. In addition, you can always add a “Go to Full Site” option to your mobile page.

WP Mobile Pro is based on the look and functions of the best mobile sites that are out today. Jason said that he researched the best mobile sites out there, and he patterned his WP Mobile Pro themes on those. You can check out the mobile sites of Olive Garden, BestBuy and Target to see where Jason and Wilson got their ideas for the WP Mobile Pro themes.

What You Can Do With WP Mobile Pro

Aside from being able to expand your reach and your ability to cover the Mobile World, you can use WP Mobile Pro in a number of other ways too. Specifically, Jason and Wilson listed six marketing strategies or ways for you to make money using for WP Mobile Pro:

      1. Mobile squeeze page (you can give “Mobile-only” gifts)
      2. Simplified sales letter
      3. Create “presale pages”
      4. Easy lead generation
      5. Exclusive offers and coupons
                 6. Mobile site generation for local businesses

To read more about what Allen Bogdanoff wrote on WP Mobile Pro visit his website.

At Mobile Local Website.com, we use several of the software products for websites produced by Jason Fladlien and his partner Wilson Mattos. The support is excellent, the products are terrific, and training they provide makes using their products easy for anyone. Click here to visit Jason’s information page for WP Mobile Pro and discover the pricing for a small business owner only needing one theme for their operation.

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