There’s been a growing emphasis on the mobile market since the late 90s and many business people have been ignoring the trend as a fad rather than a change in marketing. Those people are changing their minds, and Dr. Peter J. Meyers was one of the skeptics who has now decided that there’s a reason Why Mobile Matters – Now. His article on Moz looks at the factors that seem to have influenced Google and examines some findings in Mary Meeker’s annual state of the internet report.
Do Your Customers Use Mobile?
According to the findings, more are using mobile devices to access the internet now than ever before. There really doesn’t seem to be a trend away from mobile, the movement is clearly more than a fad. But it has serious implications for marketing to that increasing segment of your business audience who look for information on a smaller screen.
According to Dr. Meyers, “Google is designing a SERP that’s not only “mobile first”, but can be broken into fragments (like answer boxes and Google Now “cards”) that can be mixed-and-matched across any device or screen-size. Search volume across non-desktop devices will increase, and mobile in all its forms may become the first stop for the majority of consumer searches.” This means a change in the way we design web pages and optimize search results or those potential customers will not even see what we have to offer.
Mobile Matters Because People Are Using It
The challenge of marketing is always catching the attention and engaging the customer with the goal of a tangible result. Mobile marketing and the change it makes in the underlying structure of our internet offerings are just the latest in the ongoing challenge we face. As long as technology keeps changing, marketing tools will change, but the people we are targeting are still people. The customer is still the gauge by which all our efforts should be measured.
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