A mostly mobile world has become inevitable.
Mobile search and activity will surpass desktop usage in the very near future, and 66% of users simply won’t return to a website if it gives them trouble on their mobile device. For these reasons, it has become critical for businesses to implement appropriate mobile strategies.
But simple implementation has already become the norm! Now, in order to truly maximize the opportunities present, prepare for future changes, and earn a competitive advantage, small businesses would be well advised to be thinking “mobile first.” That is, not just reluctant publication of an app or mobile site, but enthusiastic embracing of mobile technology into core operations.
Mobile subscriptions will reach almost ten billion by 2019, according to projections in Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report. The majority of these subscriptions will be tied to smartphones (as opposed to tablets, for example), thanks to a projected tripling in smartphone subscriptions and tenfold increase in smartphone traffic.
Those are some pretty bold numbers, right? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that they didn’t come out of thin air. While smartphones are currently around 25-30% of the mobile market, in the last quarter, 55% of all devices sold were smartphones. Thus, the hard data is already there when it comes to the smartphone takeover.
You might think the success of your restaurant is decided in the kitchen, but the Internet’s role in a restaurant’s success has grown steadily since it was first launched. Now, the vast majority of customers find restaurants after an Internet search. And where are most Internet searches being conducted nowadays? The answer surprises many . . .
That’s right. 100 billion. With a “B.”
According to new projections from Gartner, app downloads this year will total roughly 102 billion, representing an almost 60% year-over-year gain from 2012. App store revenue will rise, too, moving from $18 billion to $26 billion, in total.
How will all of this activity break down?
“I’ve found 529 Mobile Solutions to be a great mobile marketing partner. Our mobile app has made communication so easy for customers before, during, and after the sale. Our service staff is now right at their finger tips and we have seen a huge increase in sales, service and parts already. The installation and set-up was extremely easy. I highly recommend 529 Mobile to anyone looking for a mobile marketing partner.”
GARY DALTON // SERVICE DIRECTOR AT TOYOTA OF BEDFORD