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Business lost due to ineffective website design

06 October, 2014 Reading: 2:54 mins

Our Head of Digital, John Dibb, highlights why a mobile-friendly website is essential to business growth.

Business lost due to ineffective website design

Global mobile data traffic grew 81% in 2013 with mobile (tablet and smartphone) share of traffic increasing from 22.8% to 37% in 2013. By 2018, mobile-connected tablets are predicted to generate nearly double the traffic generated by the entire global mobile network in 2013. With the rise of mobile and tablet many website owners are being confronted with the reality of ineffective site designs for smaller screens and are losing out on business as a result. Our Head of Digital, John Dibb, highlights why a mobile-friendly website is essential to business growth.

John said: “Despite the compelling evidence it may come as a shock to discover that a staggering 45% of businesses do not have a mobile site or app and only 30% consider it a top priority for development.

"Companies need to understand that mobile and access to the internet via a mobile device is now the ‘norm’. Consumers are constantly connected, moving between devices, often multi-screening.”

As new devices come on the market, and specifications become more diverse it becomes increasingly important for businesses to optimise their website to deliver a seamless experience between devices. Businesses can no longer bury their heads in the sand, a mobile-friendly site is essential for business growth and lasting customer relationships. According to Google’s Think Insights if a user lands on your mobile website and is frustrated or doesn’t see what they are looking for, there’s a 61% chance they will leave immediately and go to another website.

John continued: “It is not realistic to think a shrunken version of your website will match a consumer’s needs. Website design and development should begin with mobile and tablet and escalate up to a desktop screen. Design should be responsive and cater for all screen sizes helping to create a seamless brand experience.

“There are two options when creating a mobile-friendly website, mobile or responsive design. Responsive design requires one website which is cleverly coded to adapt to any screen size and device. Alternatively, a second mobile only website can be developed which provides a separate presence to a desktop site but is not designed per screen size. We would always advise responsive design over mobile as whatever new devices come on the market, the site will work effectively because it is designed for screen size not device.”

Here are three websites that John believes really challenge effective website design:

“The Celebrity Couch website is image-led, but the images scale and move seamlessly and the whole site translates to mobile very well. Importantly, they also have rich and engaging content. The result is the same great experience across all platforms.

“E-commerce is incredibly important to any retailer, particularly across mobile platforms. eBags have been very successful at this, creating a website that is highly efficient and simple to use, especially on mobile. The site is clean, fresh and easy to navigate.

“Finally, a company’s website must cater to its audience. We worked with TTP to produce a mobile first site, which is highly intuitive on this platform. The website scales up perfectly to other platforms and like TTP, pushes the boundaries of what is technically possible.”

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