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.
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.
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