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US SMARTPHONE OWNERS WILL OUTGROW ITS DESKTOP INTERNET USERS BY MID-2017

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If comScore’s recent Mobile and App report is anything to go by, then mobile users may soon overtake desktop internet users in the US market by 2017. According to comScore’s theory, the overall tally of smartphone owners in the US market has grown to be around 79.1% of total mobile users, which is marginally below the 79.3% growth reported in December last year.

comScore’s recent stats show no significant movement in the mobile market share value on a monthly basis. The slow growth is giving rise to a search market scenario where over a period of time the figures remain largely stagnant.

Talking about mobile OS market share value, on one hand, the Android and iOS users are separated by a nine-point gap; while on the other hand, Microsoft’s Windows OS platform has reached its saturation level. The declining number of BlackBerry users isn’t helping Blackberry’s cause either. This is making the mobile OS race a two-sided affair, where Microsoft and Blackberry OS are on the decline and Android and iOS are calling the shots.

As far as the mobile app market share value is concerned, the two major players i.e. Facebook and Google Apps continue to dominate the top App rankings, solely on the basis of their reach and not as per the engagement levels or the duration of time spent. Surprisingly, the popularity of YouTube and the use of Google Play Store to install apps have managed to overwhelm the Google Search App, both in term of ranking and use. This is owing to the inherent differences in desktop and mobile user behaviour.

Coming back to the smartphone penetration levels, the estimated figure largely depends upon the number of mobile users. While there have been many media estimates about the exact number of mobile users, a recent CTIA report states that the US mobile phone penetration is close to 104%. This brings us to a conclusion that the number of mobile phones in the US (which is over 300 million handsets) would possibly outnumber the total US population.

According to comScore’s recent findings, as of March 2016 the tally of smartphone owners in US is around 198.5 million. If we divide this number by the 300 million users then the we get 66% smartphone penetration in the US. The number is a bit low if we happen to divide the smartphone owners figure by 250 million users. That brings the smartphone penetration level tally to 76%. Going by comScore’s previous calculation, if we include American users from age 13 years and above then we get a figure of 234 million, which when divided gives us a healthy 84% tally.

According to CIRP’s (Consumer Intelligence Research Partners) mid-February data, the total number of iPhones in the US mobile market is around 110 million handsets. If the total iPhone handsets share in the US market actually comes to 44% markup, then going by the CIRP data we get a rough estimate of 250 million US mobile users.

Irrespective of the correctness of the figures, the overall tally of US mobile users was expected to cross the 80% threshold by February end this year. And by March end, the percentage is predicted to escalate to about 85%. For a population of under 40, the penetration rates even improved to about 90%.

Talking about the number of US desktop and mobile users, comScore report states that there are 234 million sedentary internet users as compared to the ever increasing base of smartphone owners, which is likely to overtake the number of internet users by mid-2017.

If you still haven’t converted your website to adapt well on small screens and to the growing userbase, it’s time to act soon. Check out our mobile website design services to get started. Or email us at sales@ebrandz.com and our reps will be in touch within 24 business hours.

BUSINESSES WITH RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN GENERATE 24% MORE MOBILE EMAIL CLICKS THAN BUSINESSES WITHOUT ONE

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Mobile traffic now accounts to more than half of the total internal traffic to a site. This makes responsive web design an important factor for businesses to consider. According to Yesmail’s recent Email Marketing report, businesses using responsive web designs for all of their mobile email marketing communications end up attracting 24% more clicks than those who don’t. This report can act as a wake-up call for many businesses, since only 17% of businesses have become a part of the online responsive web design community.

For its last year’s fourth Quarter Benchmark report, Yesmail carried out an online research to study the impact of a site with responsive web design on smartphone users and desktop email open and click through rates. The report also takes into account the ever-so increasing number of mobile users significantly impacting the mobile revenue, both in terms of orders and Average Order Value (AOV) surge.

Mobile Opens and Clicks

The study shows that 58% of all email clicks for businesses using responsive web design for their email marketing communication, come from mobile email click through users. 46.7% of all email clicks come through mobile clicks for businesses that don’t use responsive web designs. This is how businesses that use responsive web designs are attracting 24% more clicks than businesses that don’t use them.

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Yesmail’s findings suggest that mobiles are accounting for more than half of all email opens and clicks, irrespective of whether a business is sporting a site with a responsive design or not.

CTO Rates

In addition to the 24% higher email clicks incentive, the study shows that business that transformed to a responsive web design pattern enjoyed an increase in their mobile email CTO (click-to-open) rate by 55% and desktop CTO rate by 23%.

On one hand, businesses running their email marketing campaigns with responsive web designs at the fore lead an average of 16.2% mobile CTO as compared to 10.4% mobile CTO generated by businesses having a site with non-responsive design.

And on the other hand, businesses that ran desktop email campaigns with responsive web design lead to an average 15.7% CTO as compared to 12.7% CTO generated by businesses with non-responsive email campaigns.

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From the above stats, it’s pretty clear that responsive web designs help businesses attract high email marketing ROI for campaigns run on both desktop and mobile platforms.

Proportion of Brands Using Responsive Web Design

The findings also suggest that businesses are a bit reluctant in embracing the responsive web design culture. They pointed out that only 17% businesses are using responsive web design for all of their email communications, with around 38% leveraging it mostly for their email communications.

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Around 26% businesses aren’t using the responsive design as part of their email marketing communications.

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The study shows that there’s a 10% rise in businesses using email marketing communications, which also indicates that the number of consumers receiving marketing emails has grown. Besides that, it suggests that the gap between mobile and desktop CTO rates is decreasing as well.

Desktop vs. Mobile CTO Rates

The study pointed out that in last couple of years desktop CTO rates have dropped by 29%, whereas the mobile CTO rates have surged by 26%.

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Desktop vs. Mobile Email Clicks

This shows that mobile email clicks and desktop email click rates have evened out, with mobile accounting for almost 49.2% clicks while desktop saw a 50.8% click rate.

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Mobile Commerce

When it comes to mobile commerce facts, Yesmail’s findings suggest that mobile revenue generated over 25% of all email-driven revenue and accounted for 30% of all email-driven orders in last year’s fourth quarter, with mobile email revenue witnessing a 13% yearly surge and mobile orders increasing by about 9%.

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On the other hand, mobile AOV orders are witnessing a growth of 15% on yearly basis, which is still lesser than desktop AOVs, as mobile AOV contributed $104 while desktop AOV contributed $132 in last year’s fourth quarter.

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From this study, it is quite evident that businesses need to have a responsive design in order to capitalize on mobile traffic. If you are in need of mobile website design, we can assist. Just check out our mobile website design services. You can also write to us at sales@ebrandz.com or call 1-888-545-0616 (Toll-Free).

Graph image credits: http://www.yesmail.com/resources/whitepaper/q4-2015-email-marketing-compass 

HOW TO GO ABOUT DESIGNING A MOBILE FRIENDLY WEBSITE

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It has been reported “n” number of times in press that it’s high time for site-owners to be actually designing their website with a mobile friendly experience. While there are a lot of businesses, who have already upgraded their web presence for high-quality smartphone experience; there are a few novices, who are currently mulling the option. And if you too are looking for some cool ideas on the subject then this may help you out in your search for delivering a high quality, mobile friendly website experience.

Congratulations if you have already done that! But upgrading your site for a mobile friendly experience does not mean that you have scaled Mount Everest. But this is just the beginning of many such colossal peaks to be scaled in your search for online excellence.

It’s a fact that we are actually short of people, who work tirelessly through wee hours on their desktops. People are getting smarter and actually prefer working on their high tech, pocket-friendly devices, while on the go.

One of the reasons for PC searches outnumbering mobile searches is the fact that the stuffy URLs do not fit the virtual requirement of pocket-sized gizmos. But with time this may change.

In fact, both high ranking search engines i.e. Google and Bing have introduced mobile-friendly markers to help identify users with the site’s rendering ability on a pocket-sized computer.

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All of this started happening earlier this year in April, when Google rolled its mobile friendly search algorithm update. And post that, Google has started omitting some sites which have superior search ranking due to poor quality of mobile search experience.

Why does this matter?

If your site is currently attracting a lot of search engine traffic then there are chances that your site will be accessed by users on the go. For example while travelling, shopping online, chatting or sending e-mailers to the client from your place of convenience or working on print or commercial campaigns, you need to have a site that delivers top notch smartphone experience.

The DNA of a successful mobile web strategy

The three steps mentioned below will help you sort out your priorities

1. Who should own and manage the project?

Ideally the project should be headed by a Chairperson or some senior company official with futuristic vision. The project leader should work independently and have the authority to make decisions on his own.

2. What are the objectives? Are they realistic? Are they measurable?

People having stakes in the company’s bearings must agree on one single objective of the company and then figure out how mobile gadgets can work on those lines. Never compromise or move away from those planned set of goals. You can even place them in your official premises.

3. Who is the audience? Who, what, when, where, why and how?

You need to do some SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats to your brand) analysis on the basis of your company’s set of objectives or goals. Then figure out your target audience on the basis of their habits, age, financial status, the kind of gadgets they use, their search and site behavior, preferences, etc.

Answering the above questions will provide you with marketing insights and a vision to move forward in the right direction. This will also help you in locating your potential customers or target audience.

And if you need any help with mobile friendly website design, we can assist. Just email us at sales@ebrandz.com or call 1-888-545-0616 (Toll-Free) for assistance.

GOOGLE MOBILE RANKINGS NOW LIVE ON OUR DASHBOARD

We are pleased to announce that our SERP Tracking App within our AgencyPlatform Dashboard will now also be able to track Google Mobile Rankings.

In addition to the search positions, the dashboard also shows if the ranked URL is mobile friendly or not. Since Google prefers mobile friendly websites in mobile search, this feature allows the site owner to make modifications to their site so that Google recognizes it as mobile-friendly. Apart from this, the dashboard also captures a screenshot of the website ranking in Google mobile SERP as a trust factor. The new Ranking Dashboard will look as follows.

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Another excellent feature we’ve added is “Tracking of Non-Client Website URLs”. So, for example, if you have created a Yelp listing for a business and it ranks instead of the website, we can track that. NO OTHER RANKING SOFTWARE HAS THIS FEATURE.

Below are the sources we track:

Mobile Rankings Sources

We have been providing help in making Google Mobile friendly websites for more than two years now. And, 100 percent of the websites developed by eBrandz are recognized by Google as “Mobile Friendly”.

Listed below are some of the Google Mobile friendly website features.

  • Fully responsive website recognized by Google as Mobile friendly
  • Click to Call, Click to Email and Click to Text features
  • Advanced Mobile Lead tracking and Analytics

If you need any help in developing Mobile-friendly websites, please get in touch with us.