Don’t Lose Out: Why Your Website Needs to be Mobile-Friendly

Smartphones are practically glued to our hands. We use them for everything from checking email to shopping online, which increasingly includes browsing websites. If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, you’re potentially losing out on a massive chunk of your target audience.

  • Customers are moving from desktops to mobile devices to do their online shopping. Mobile shopping accounted for the lion’s share — 77% — of all online shopping in 2023, a slight increase from the year prior, according to a study from Contentsquare of nearly 1,700 retail websites released last week. 

  • As customers move to mobile, their digital engagement falls. Consumption, which includes page views and time spent per session, fell 6% across all retail. Department and big box stores and health and beauty stores were hit the hardest, with consumption falling about 16% each.

Here’s why a mobile-friendly website is no longer optional; it’s essential:

  • Reach a Wider Audience: Statistics show that over half of all web traffic comes from mobile devices. If your website isn’t optimized for smartphones and tablets, you’re shutting out many potential customers.
  • Boost User Experience (UX): Imagine navigating a cluttered website on a tiny screen. Frustrating, right? A mobile-friendly website ensures a smooth experience for users on any device. Transparent menus, easy-to-read text, and adequately sized buttons contribute to a positive UX, keeping visitors engaged and returning for more.
  • Improve Conversions: A positive UX on mobile directly translates to better conversion rates. Whether selling products, collecting leads, or promoting a service, a mobile-friendly website makes it easier for visitors to take that next step. No more pinching and zooming to find a contact form or checkout button.
  • SEO Advantage: Search engines like Google prioritize mobile-friendly websites in search results. This means a website that displays well on mobile devices is more likely to rank higher in searches, making it easier for potential customers to find you online.
  • Project Professionalism: A website is often a customer’s first impression of your business. A clunky, mobile-unfriendly website can portray an image of being outdated or unconcerned with user experience. In today’s competitive landscape, a professional online presence is vital.

Making your website mobile-friendly doesn’t have to be complex or expensive. Responsive design allows your website to adjust to different screen sizes automatically and is a popular and effective solution.

By prioritizing a mobile-friendly website, you’re ensuring that your business is accessible to everyone, no matter what device they use. This investment will pay off in increased traffic, improved user experience, and, ultimately, more success for your business.

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Rich is a passionate marketer who is able to quickly understand what turns a prospect into a customer. He challenges the status quo and always asks "what can we do better"? He knows how to take analytics and turn them into opportunities and he is a great communicator.

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