If you’ve ever talked to a web developer, they will no doubt have harped on the importance of building a mobile-friendly website. You may have no idea why it matters, but they certainly believe it’s important. But why? What makes a mobile-friendly website so vital for the success of your business, product, or service?
Here’s the truth: more and more people are using their phones to shop. You can still go to your local store and buy goods, but your phone is useful for calling a cab (Uber), staying in touch with friends (social media), ordering dinners to go (Grubhub), finding good places to go and activities to do (TripAdvisor), even booking flights and hotels (AirBNB, Expedia, etc.). 55% of consumer shopping time in 2014 was spent on phones, while only 45% was spent on computer. That means more people are buying using their phones. If you have a product to sell, your customer are probably most likely searching for it on their phone.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t directly sell products; the average person spends more time surfing the internet on their phone than they do on their laptop. If you succeed at driving them to your website (where they can find out more about your product or service), you want them to stick around to find out more. If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, they’re all but guaranteed to click away and go to another website that IS mobile-friendly. Your customers—both current and potential future customers—expect you to make their life easier. A mobile-friendly website is one that is “easier” for them to use.
As mentioned above, most web-surfers are likely to leave your website if it’s not mobile-friendly. But here’s something you might not know: Google may also penalize your website for not having a mobile-friendly design. Google may display it when someone is searching from their PC, but not when searching from a phone. Given that 55% of web surfers are using their phone, you could end up losing a huge chunk of business because you don’t have a mobile-friendly site. You want Google to drive as many clients to your website as possible, which means building a site that is compatible with mobile devices.
Yes, it will likely cost more to create a customized theme that is responsive to mobile and desktop users. In the end, however, it will benefit you—both in terms of customer ease of use and search engine compatibility.
People don’t like being told to buy products, but they often want to buy products that their “idols” or “heroes” wear. When they see their favorite celebrity, athlete, TV personality, or talk show host wearing or using a product, they immediately want to give it a try.
Big brands have learned the value of “influencer marketing” and give away hundreds of thousands of dollars in free products to “the right people”. All the influencer has to do is mention the product or brand, and their dedicated followers will go out and buy it. It’s a subtle form of marketing, one that can lead to very high returns if done right.
The question is: is influencer marketing right for your business? Here are a few elements to consider when evaluating influencer marketing:
Is your product something that people would want to a) try out, and b) buy because they saw it on their favorite influencer’s social media profile? You wouldn’t use influencer marketing to promote a cutting edge sump pump, but you may find it useful for cosmetics, beauty products, clothes, shoes, accessories, vehicles, and other “showy” products.
You wouldn’t reach out to Kylie Jenner with the request to promote your testosterone supplement, and you certainly wouldn’t want Michael Jordan to talk about erectile dysfunction medications. It’s all about finding the right influencer, the one whose personal brand would enhance and be enhanced by your product. A relationship with the right influencer can be worth its weight in gold, but the wrong influencer or pairing can lead to a lot of money wasted.
In most cases, you will be reaching out to influencers and asking them to feature your product. However, if you have a product or company that is quickly growing, they may reach out to you. Both are viable options. It’s always nice to be contacted by an influencer, but you need to be prepared to invest in reaching out to them.
When working with any influencer, you always need to consider their reach and influence. Do they have thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of followers? Do they actually sell the products they showcase? Can they deliver sales or raise product awareness effectively? Always consider the influencer’s real reach and audience before signing any deals.
The truth is that influencer marketing, if done right, can be a very effective way to grow your business and extend your reach. Ask yourself the questions above to ensure you’re going about it correctly.
The term “influencer marketing” is defined as “a form of marketing in which focus is placed on influential people rather than the target market as a whole.”
Think of Michael Jordan’s partnership with Nike (Air Jordan’s), YouTube stars playing video games live on their channel, or Instagram celebrities doing tutorials of a new product. In addition to using the product, the “influencers” recommend their followers to buy or try a product.
Influencer marketing can yield seriously impressive results for the right companies, products, and services. There are three industries that can benefit greatly from influencer marketing:
The beauty (cosmetics, personal hygiene products, creams, lotions, and the list goes on) and fashion industries are ideal for influencer marketing. People tend to be highly influenced to wear certain brands or try certain products. If you can use an influencer to recommend your product to their followers, you have a significantly higher chance of reaching those followers than you would through any other marketing methods.
Instagram models, YouTube tutorial videos, and even discounts/sales shared from the influencers’ platforms can do more for your beauty or fashion products than the average marketing campaign.
Tech products tend to be in the higher price range, and can be a bit technical and challenging to use. Influencer-driven video tutorials and how-tos can be highly effective at convincing potential customers to take the plunge to try your tech product.
But this influencer content can also have the added benefit of providing real-life reviews. Most savvy tech shoppers will look for product reviews before buying. If they find an influencer video or how-to which includes genuine commentary on the quality of the product, they’ll be far more likely to buy. Plus, the backlinks from the high-traffic influencers’ pages can improve SEO.
The world of wellness marketing is one of the toughest to crack, which makes influencer marketing so effective. People who have a large fitness, health, and wellness-based platform have garnered followers because people believe in what they’re saying. If they endorse your product, their followers will be likely to give it a try.
Fitness and health influencers tend to have one of the most loyal followings, as they are “ambassadors” for fewer brands than the average beauty/fashion and tech influencer. They may be harder to convince, but if you can get them to work with you, they can yield better results than either of the other two industries.