If your business provides products or services to consumers, then your website must be mobile friendly.
More and more, consumers are turning to their mobile phone to get things done when they are out and about, or when they have 10 minutes free while waiting for their next appointment.
If your website isn’t optimised for a mobile phone, meaning that the smart phone user has to zoom in and out and pan across and down – and that’s just to find your phone number! – then chances are they will move on or get frustrated with dealing with you.
Having a mobile friendly version of your website is all about being easy to do business with.
For some great examples of B2C mobile friendly websites, check out:
www.afl.com.au – I love the fact that I can scroll through the games in the current round, and view the ladder, very easily in my mobile phone viewport.
www.masterlocksmiths.com.au – yes, this is one of our clients, but definitely worth a mention! Find a locksmith at that crucial moment when you’ve locked yourself out of your home or car using the streamlined mobile version of their website. Of course, the phone number of your selected locksmith can be clicked to call, and while you’re waiting for the technician to re-establish your access, you can review the locksmith via the website as well.
www.anz.com.au – in fact, all the major banks have a mobile friendly version of their website. These are generally easier and quicker to use than their full website, which is probably because instead of trying to be all things to all people, with your mobile optimised website you can afford to pull out just the functions that make sense to do on a mobile, and provide a link back to the “full website” for everything else. For the Bank’s purposes, an App is even better, but that’s a topic of an earlier post.
A successful mobile friendly website will have the following characteristics as a minimum:
If your website is based on blog technology such as WordPress, it’s possible to have a (somewhat basic) mobile version easily created by just using a plug-in. There are other tools available to allow you to create a mobile version of your website yourself (and host it externally), but for the very best results, you may need your web developer to design and program a mobile friendly version of your website for you.