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Web Wise: Does Your Website Measure Up to Mobile?
With your customers increasingly “on the go,” it can appear to be an endless task to stay one step ahead of them. Mobile websites are cropping up more and more within the automotive repair industry, and if you haven’t already considered it, now’s the time to evaluate how friendly your website is when working with smartphones and tablets.
First, take a look at your website using a mobile device. If you don’t have one, more than likely you know someone who does; ask to take your site for a spin. Do all your images show up properly? Can you read the text without zooming in or out? Can you easily navigate the site using your fingers?
If you didn’t answer yes to all those questions, it’s time to consider adding a mobile presence. Let’s take a look at some “dos and don’ts” that can help you design a knockout mobile website.
1. Mobile users are “on the go.” Mobile visitors need only the most important information about your business; pare down as much as possible from your full website. Don’t fill your mobile site with staff bios and contact forms that require a large amount of typing. Do include a link to your full website; usually a text link in the footer will suffice.
2. Mobile users are “all thumbs.” Links, including buttons and other graphics, should be large enough and spaced appropriately so accidental wrong clicks are minimized. Don’t include your full website’s navigation. Do ensure the site is viewable easily on a number of devices without requiring visitors to pinch and zoom to see it clearly.
A 2011 IDG Global Solutions survey shows that mobile phone owners use fewer than seven apps regularly; only 17 percent say they use more than 10 apps.Source: eMarketer
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