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When it comes to building out your mobile web strategy, we know that sometimes it seems like there are as many development options as there are smartphones—with new ones cropping up all the time. But as with anything, some options fair better in the real world than others.
One option that has been around for some time now, and picked up a bit of momentum with Google’s GoMo initiative, is the idea of building a proxy mobile site, or screen-scraping. Largely marketed as the quickest DIY option to mobile-optimization, screen-scraping is used to shrink an existing desktop site down to mobile proportions by mirroring the HTML data and outputting it into a mobile template.
You might be thinking, “Wow! Quick…easy…DIY…and I just get to use my current site? Sounds perfect!” But don’t believe the hype, proxy mobile sites are not at all what they’re cracked up to be. And many companies who take this route often realize later on that building a separate mobile site is the way to go. Here’s why:
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Earlier this year, I reviewed where the mobile industry stood in terms of fragmentation and reviewed how big of a problem it really was. Well, now that we’re a few months down the road, unfortunately not much has changed. And if anything, the problem is only being fueled with the unveiling of brand new Blackberry device and OS.
In February’s post, I came to an unfavorable conclusion in regards to a fragmentation magic bullet—i.e. that there isn’t one. But today, I wanted to take a different approach to finding a “solution” by looking at the problem from a different angle….
Could fragmentation be actually a good thing? Read the rest of this entry »
“It’s nice to be a back in the office” is not a phrase I say often. However, the last few weeks have been chock-full of events stretching from Austin to SF to Chicago. Now that I’m back, I’m finally getting the opportunity to sit down in our new “digs” and collect my thoughts from my recent travels, or should I say, travails.
This post is the final entry in our series of Top 5 Objectives for Investing in Mobile Web. We previously covered increasing engagement, customer satisfaction, appearing innovative and building loyalty.
Let’s face it, when all is said and done, making money is an integral part of business. And with the U.S. mobile market booming into the hundreds of millions of devices and billions in commerce and advertising dollars, what better way to generate some additional revenue than through these little smart devices at our fingertips 95% of the day?
It makes sense that over one-fourth of marketing decision makers selected revenue generation as an important part of their mobile strategy. But however important revenue generation is to your mobile strategy, I encourage you to go back and make sure you understand the first four objectives in this series. Customer engagement, satisfaction, innovation and loyalty are all catalysts toward increased revenue. Without a satisfied and loyal customer procured through proper engagement and innovative techniques, you can almost certainly kiss any hopes for increased mobile revenue goodbye.
In this post we’re going to take a look at how your mobile site can get you a slice of the mobile revenue pie. Read the rest of this entry »