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10 Surprising Facts About Mobile Usage

by Vanessa on December 17, 2012

Consumers in the United States, and around the world in fact, are using their smartphones more and more. Mobile marketing, or “M-commerce” as it is now coming to be called, is growing in importance.

Did you know these facts about mobile usage?

1. Mobile use is growing at a rate 14 times that of traditional laptop access.

2. 10.3% of all global searches are made from mobile devices.

3. 28.5 % of searches in the U.S. are made from mobile devices.

4. 1 in 4 Americans use only a smartphone to connect to the internet (not a computer).

5. There are 5 times as many cell phones in the world as there are PCs.

6. Nielsen reported an 89% increase in mobile data usage between 2012 and 2011.

7. Research from Prosper Mobile Insights says that 81% of smartphone users have done product research via smartphone and 50% have made a purchase with one.

8. Traffic from smartphones and tablets jumped 155% on 2012′s Black Friday compared with average daily mobile traffic for a group of 26 retailers that are part of the Branding Brand Mobile Commerce Index.

9. 57% of smartphone owners who made a purchase, did so after receiving a marketing email message.

10. By 2014, mobile internet is expected to overtake desktop usage.

Maybe by now you’ve figured out what all this means…The Top Trend in Business for 2013 is Mobile Access.

What does this mean for you? Are you considering mobile marketing in your budget for the coming year? Have you investigated what percentage of traffic your site gets from mobile devices? (Learn how to check Google Analytics for your mobile traffic stats.)

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Better than Bloggin'

by Michael Stearns from HEROweb on December 5, 2012

In the romanticized version of the web business, blogging is holds great appeal: you set up a blog, start writing some posts, attract scores of visitors, and see your revenue climb as these visitors morph into devoted customers who continually buy your products.

And then there is reality. Blogging takes perseverance, killer writing skills, and a strong tie-in between your blog theme and your product line. In order to actually convert your dedicated readers into paying customers, you have some work to do.

We see many site owners start a blog with grand ambitions, only to have the ambitions quickly whither as they struggle to find a voice and a readership. A blog lying fallow, with one or two posts during the course of a year, can cause more harm than good.

If you have an Ecommerce site and are considering getting start with a blog, we have a better recommendation: get started with an articles section on your website.

A simple articles section might not be quite as cool as a blog. But we urge you to forgo the fancy bells and whistles, plugins, and social widgets – at least when you are getting started – and focus on writing a handful of great articles at a pace that feels right to you. Your users won’t feel let down if you have an articles section on your site with occasional high-value entries. But if you have a blog link on your site, you better be prepared to back it up with some action.

Once you develop your voice, assuming you do write enough posts to develop a clear voice, you can upgrade your article section to a full-featured blog, including comments, a calendar, and some of the other niceties that come with blogging platforms, like WordPress. But before you get ahead of yourself, write a few simple articles. One step at a time is the surest way to get to where you are going.

 

 

 

 

 

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Confessions of a (Mobile) Shop-a-holic

November 20, 2012

I might be a mobile shop-a-holic. Just this past week, I made holiday-related purchases from my iPhone while watching TV, while attending my daughter’s swim team practice session (oops), and while standing in line…at the mall. Why do I do it, you ask? Could it be the overwhelming feeling of satisfaction I get from multitasking, […]

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"My New Website Hurt My Business!" How to Avoid This Dilemma.

June 22, 2012

The title of this blog post might seem sacrilegious coming from a company that designs websites. Let me explain. We recently designed a new website for a company that had been in business for several years and had a pre-existing website. The website was inefficient for a number of reasons, and they came to us wanting […]

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Answers to Small Business Marketing Questions

May 18, 2012

Got questions? We’ve got answers! We know that our customers have questions . . . don’t worry, most busy business owners and webmasters do have questions, no matter how knowledgeable they are! We’d like to invite you to post your questions here in the comments section, or on HEROweb Marketing & Design’s Facebook page, and […]

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Image Tips: SEO-Friendly Images Make a Big Difference

May 3, 2012

The exact number of websites that Google indexes is not known, but it is known that Google receives several million search queries each day, and the number of pages it sifts through to respond to those searches is in the trillions. Trillions. Yeah. And Google indexes and displays images in much the same way as […]

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