For the past five years there has been one topic drilled into the minds of digital marketers everywhere as they plan for the new year – mobile. But how important is it to ensure you’re approaching your mobile marketing with the same level of details as other marketing efforts? How drastic is the change in user behaviour?
‘This year will be the year of mobile’, ‘this will be a breakthrough year for mobile’, ‘mobile searches will overtake desktop this year’ – the (unofficial) slogans of Google AdWords for the past five years.
Google’s insistence that the next year will be the year in which we see desktop searches plummet and mobile lead the way forward is usually met with eye rolling from digital marketers who firmly believe that desktop is leading the way.
So, in order to establish just how much mobile is playing in people’s buying habits we turned to Twitter’s new polls feature to get some answers.
As we can see, a whopping 91 per cent of users have made a purchase on their mobile phone, a process that’s become much more natural in recent years. Mobile purchasing doesn’t necessarily happen on the move either, 68 per cent of mobile usage occurs at home, or 75 out of the 111 minutes that an average user spends on their phone each day.
Mobile optimisation is huge. If the user struggles to use your site on a smaller screen or finds that the process is taking too long then they will move on to a site that offers them a better experience.
Being able to access data at our fingertips wherever we are is the biggest benefit of mobile devices. As we can see here, 83 per cent of users will take advantage of this by searching for products on competitor sites while in store to make sure they are getting the best possible deal.
Interestingly this was the only question asked where there is no clear winner. Whilst a lot of research is taking place on mobile devices, exactly half of those polled said they were likely to also make the purchase on their mobiles. As we know, 95 per cent of users are more likely to purchase when the site is optimised, so this could be a reflection of how many sites offer a good mobile experience. But it also highlights the importance of making sure you are analysing your campaigns effectively by reviewing assisted conversions.
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After joining Vertical Leap in May 2019, Carl has managed SEO for small business clients, helping them achieve rapid business growth. He has also contributed to a wide range of Enterprise level SEO campaigns. In his spare time he enjoys chess, acting with a local drama group, and watching Doctor Who with his young son.
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