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Feature   |   Posted: 03/02/2022
Posted by: Motorhead Digital

The importance of a mobile-ready website.

By Barry Alt

It can be tough to keep up with the changing times and promote your shop online. One thing that doesn’t change is the need for a mobile-ready website. Our recent research of over 450 aftermarket auto restoration, performance and restyling shops online had some surprising revelations: over 40% of shops don’t have a mobile-ready website – which is truly shocking.

Having a website is excellent, but so many people are accessing the web from the comfort of their phones these days. Based on data compiled by Statista, in 2021 83% of the U.S. population uses a mobile device to access and search for products and services on the internet, and it’s expected to be 87.66% by 2026. So having a mobile-friendly website is incredibly important – it can be the difference between signing on a new project or losing them to the competition.

If you’re a shop owner and your website doesn’t work well on mobile, then you could be losing out on new clients.

Why Mobile-ready?

There are many reasons why you should make sure your website is mobile-ready, not just to make it easier for your customers to access your site, but also to ensure that you always look professional.

A mobile-ready website tends to have more page views per visit, plus it has a lower bounce rate, which basically means people spend more time browsing on your site and learning more about your products and services.

Mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, are also often used for researching products and services before a consumer decides to commit. So before they even consider working with you, they’ll check your website to see what your company is all about.

We’ve spoken to a number of shop owners over the years and they tell us that they get most of their work via referrals. While that’s great, you can bet the majority of those referrals will almost always check out your site before committing to a product or service.

Your audience will want to see what each shop offers, as well as the products and services you offer so they can make an informed buying decision. Sometimes it’s just way more convenient to browse businesses on a mobile device than on a computer.

Prospects can browse while working on their project in the garage or while at a car show when inspiration hits. Having a mobile ready website means that when a client sees your work at a show, they can find you easily on their phone and learn about the company behind the badass ride they’re looking at.

Chart of Mobile Device usage in the US 2021 to 2026 for Mobile Website Design

More often than not, people will use their mobile phones to have a quick scan of your website to make their minds up and then switch to a desktop to contact you.

Pro Tip: If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, your users might not even be able to find you on Google. This is because Google ranks sites that are mobile ready higher than those that are not mobile-ready or poorly designed.

Are You Already Mobile-Ready?

The easiest way to figure out if your website is mobile-ready is to view your site on a smartphone or iPad device.

Does it look alright on your phone, or is it cut off? Do you have to zoom in to read the content? Is the text hard to read? Are the buttons or links challenging to click?

Photo of a phone with text 40% of websites aren't mobile ready

If so, there’s a good chance that your website isn’t mobile-ready, and you could be losing clients because of this.

If you don’t trust your judgment, you can always ask a friend to take a look at your website for you. Google also offers a free service where you cantest your website to see if it is mobile-friendly.

It’ll tell you if your:

  • Content is wider than the screen
  • Links are too close together
  • Text is too small to read
  • Videos play okay
  • Images are readable

We recommend figuring out if your website needs updating as soon as possible. The quicker you make your website mobile-friendly, the fewer potential clients you’ll lose.

Pro Tip:Having a mobile-ready website means having a website that loads quickly so make sure that your website loads within 3 seconds. 53% of mobile sites are abandoned by users if they take longer than 3 seconds for the site to load.

Maximum Effectiveness

If your website isn’t mobile-ready, then you’re going to end up losing customers; that’s just a fact. But having a mobile-ready website doesn’t just improve your chances of retaining customers. It also has a lot of other benefits too.

Here are five more benefits of having a mobile-ready website:

1. Customers Come Back for More

If people can easily access your website from the comfort of their phone without any stress or issues, then they’re going to revisit your website. They’ll regularly check on your site to see if you’ve added anything new or to check out your latest projects.

It’s easier for them to search for you on their mobile device from anywhere than turn on their laptop or desktop. So if you provide them with a space to see all your work from their phone or tablet, they’ll have no issues finding you again.

Pro Tip: 80% of smartphone users will buy from companies with easy-to-navigate mobile sites. So, by giving them a mobile-friendly website to view over a complicated one, they’ll stay on your site longer and they’re also more likely to work with you.

2. Reduced Bounce Rates

People will leave your website quickly if it looks terrible on their phone. They’ll leave if they can’t read your text, view your images, or navigate your site with ease.

If your website looks great on small mobile devices and your user doesn’t need to zoom in to read your text, then they’ll stay on your site longer, and even watch a video, read some of your blog posts, browse more of your products or check out your projects galleries.

Navigation also has to be easy on mobile; otherwise, they’ll simply decide not to call you.

Make your navigation as simple and stress-free as possible so your user can quickly fly through your website and find everything they need from the palm of their hand.

Keeping your prospective customers on your site longer is proven to increase conversion rates.

3. Improved SEO Rank

Google loves mobile responsive sites because users prefer mobile-ready websites. If you have a website that works perfectly on mobile, then you’re going to appear higher on the search results.

However, if you don’t have a mobile-ready website, then your site might get penalized by Google and moved lower down the search results or, worse…the second page!

The more traffic you get to your website because your site is easy to use on mobile, the more Google will love you and the higher on the search engine results page you’ll go, so make sure you have your site perfected for mobile…

Please head on over to the Motorhead Digital Blog for the rest of this article.

Barry is the founder of Motorhead Digital, providing signature Marketing Maximizer™ programs specifically developed for auto restoration, performance, and restyling shops. These programs are geared towards customer acquisition and conversion to keep those project bookings coming. With over 24+ years of experience in digital marketing and web development, Barry’s goal is to help clients market and grow their shops through strategic marketing practices. You can reach him at (585) 766-9785balt@motorheaddigital.com or online at MotorheadDigital.com

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