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If You Are Not Mobile, You’re Just Standing Still: Why Mobile SEO Matters

It was a double jaw-dropping statistic from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) Annual Leadership Meeting. Schmidt said that YouTube has reached 200 million playbacks of video content, on mobile devices…(first jaw drop), every day (second jaw drop).

With the explosive growth of iPad and the continued adoption of smartphones, it is clear to Weise Communications that mobile is rapidly becoming the primary device used to access the internet. For marketers, it will be crucial to influence organizations to incorporate SEO practices in mobile sites.

Technological advancements in location-based search and integrated social search results will impact how people use mobile search and how browsers deliver results. In order to increase traffic to mobile pages, it is essential for companies to leverage mobile SEO practices in order to increase traffic and provide a better user experience.

I recently attended a mobile marketing roundtable co-hosted by Alex Valderrama and Greg Olson of Growl, a Denver-area mobile marketing agency. They presented three mobile SEO tips that are necessary to consider:

1)     Create a mobile specific landing page that detects the device the person searching is using and make sure you integrate mobile into traditional website strategy. People using the mobile gateway will not replace the traditional desktop search; instead, it helps reach new customers and sets you apart from the competition.

2)     There is no rule that you must have a robust mobile site, instead, start small. First, launch the mobile site as a web app rather than native app. Then, measure results and grow the mobile site. Most importantly, have a share button on every mobile thing that you do.

3)     Whether or not you are targeting mobile users, people are looking at your site on a mobile device. The quickest solution is to create a landing page with basic information that a mobile users wants: hours of operation, location and directions, etc.

At the same IAB meeting, Mr. Schmidt also shared that 78 percent of smartphone owners use their phones while they shop. “This is the future and everyone will adapt,” Schmidt said. “Because people are fundamentally better off with a better, smarter and more empowered customer.”

I’ve even downloaded the Red Laser app. I use this app shopping all the time, I scan the barcode of an item and this app provides results of nearby places also selling the same item and the price they charge. Red Laser has already saved me money.

Let us know if you’ve joined the mobile revolution, are you using your smartphone or iPad to access the internet more than your desktop? Has your company adopted a mobile SEO strategy? Share your thoughts here, on our Facebook page at Weise Communications, or message us on Twitter at @Weise_Ideas.


3 Responses to “If You Are Not Mobile, You’re Just Standing Still: Why Mobile SEO Matters”


  1. March 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    A very persuasive presentation on the importance of a marketing and seo plan that focuses on mobile devices. Well done!

  2. 2 Mark Plumb
    March 5, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Thanks Matt. I appreciate you reading the SideNote. Hope we can provide more valuable content for you.

  3. September 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I have had a lot of hassle researching info on jersey city, happy I found this…really informative
    Added a share on Facebook, hope thats okay


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