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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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“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.
Let’s face it, the average mobile user is becoming more and more technologically savvy than ever. With lines for new iDevices stretching down blocks and around corners, many of today’s consumers are becoming first adopters of the latest and greatest tech. And even those willing to wait a couple of months until the price of their favorite gadget drops are curious and aware of the technology and innovation that surrounds them.
The day has finally come. The relationship between the two of you has seen its up and downs, but you both are ready for the next step. The pit in your stomach is only outweighed by your intense need for one another. You toss all doubts and the butterflies aside, slowly bend down and rest your knee to the floor and fumble around in your pocket for that expensive little detail. There’s nothing more left than to pull out your mobile phone, take a breath and lay it all on the line—“will you buy my product?”
Granted this may be just a slight stretch from reality, but mobile user engagement should be treated with just as much due diligence as popping The Question. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned mobile pro, these 5 questions should guide you through the many pitfalls of the constantly evolving mobile landscape and help you design the user experience that delivers pure bliss. Read the rest of this entry »