Monday, 5 November 2012

Google: What Users Want Most From Mobile Sites Today

In this world of constant connectivity, consumers expect to find the information that they want,
when they want it - especially when they’re on the go. We know that this applies to their web
browsing experiences on mobile, so we took a deeper look at users’ expectations and reactions
towards their site experiences on mobile.

Most interestingly, 61% of people said that they’d quickly move onto another site if they didn’t find what they were looking for right away on a mobile site. The bottom line: Without a mobile-friendly site you’ll be driving users to your competition. In fact, 67% of users are more likely to buy from a mobile-friendly site, so if that site’s not yours, you’ll be missing out in a big way.

The problem (and opportunity) is big...
While nearly 75% of users prefer a mobile-friendly site, 96% of consumers say they’ve
encountered sites that were clearly not designed for mobile devices. This is both a big problem
and a big opportunity for companies seeking to engage with mobile users.

What Users Want Most From Mobile Sites Today
Mobile-friendly sites turn visitors into customers

Mobile-friendly sites turn users into customers
The fastest path to mobile customers is through a mobile-friendly site. If your site offers a great
mobile experience, users are more likely to make a purchase.

• When they visited a mobile-friendly site, 74% of people say they’re more likely to return to that
site in the future

• 67% of mobile users say that when they visit a mobile-friendly site, they’re more likely to buy a
site’s product or service

Not having a mobile-friendly site helps your competitors
A great mobile site experience is becoming increasingly important, and users will keep looking for
a mobile-friendly site until they find one that works for them. That means your competitors will
benefit if your site falls down on the job (and vice versa).

• 61% of users said that if they didn’t find what they were looking for right away on a mobile site,
they’d quickly move on to another site

• 79% of people who don’t like what they find on one site will go back and search for another

• 50% of people said that even if they like a business, they will use them less often if the website
isn't mobile-friendly

What Users Want Most From
Mobile Sites Today
Non-mobile friendly sites can hurt a company’s reputation

• It turns out that you can lose more than the sale with a bad mobile experience. A site that’s not
designed for mobile can leave users feeling downright frustrated, and these negative reactions
translate directly to the brands themselves.

• 48% of users say they feel frustrated and annoyed when they get to a site that’s not mobilefriendly

• 36% said they felt like they’ve wasted their time by visiting those sites

• 52% of users said that a bad mobile experience made them less likely to engage with a

• 48% said that if a site didn’t work well on their smartphones, it made them feel like the
company didn’t care about their business

While the research confirms what we already suspected -- that mobile users actively seek out and
prefer to engage with mobile-friendly sites -- it’s a sobering reminder of just how quickly and
deeply users attitudes about companies can be shaped by mobile site experiences. Having a
great mobile site is no longer just about making a few more sales. It’s become a critical
component of building strong brands, nurturing lasting customer relationships, and making
mobile work for you.
Visit to explore resources to help build a mobile-friendly website.

Source: What Users Want Most From Mobile Sites Today, a
study from Google (conducted by Sterling Research and
SmithGeiger, independent market research firms). The
report surveyed 1,088 US adult smartphone Internet users
in July 2012.
What Users Want Most From Mobile Sites Today

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