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Google recently announced that page speed will be a ranking sign for mobile search in July 2018. The advantages of smart phones are discovered every day and this is leading to a huge increase in mobile website traffic. For effective connection to the millions online around the world an efficient mobile SEO strategy is needed. Mobile SEO is important because it enables your target audience to be reached at the right time and in the right place.

Page speed is extremely significant for user experience. Pages that take a long time to load are likely to have higher bounce rates. Slow-loading pages can also impact your conversion rates because users won’t wait for pages to load. If you provide users with high-quality content and they can discover what they are looking for swiftly via their mobile you are ticking a lot of boxes. Website content and features must be able to meet the user’s expectations across all devices and platforms.

Here are some things that you can do to improve your mobile user experience:

Adjust images and web pages to provide the correct content experience on every platform.

Make certain your pages load within one to two seconds.

Clean and re-organise your website, get rid of unnecessary code, JavaScript, plugins and old content. Check video content and social media live feeds as this can impact speed. Ensure all images are small. This will lighten the load on bandwidth when loading your website.

Applying all these factors will help improve your user experience, boost conversions and keep users on your website longer. Google will rank your page higher for the good mobile speed and UX and ideally this will drive more organic traffic to your website. The digital world changes rapidly, My Robot Monkey keeps their finger on the pulse for you and are ready to help you upgrade your system and keep up with the changing digital landscape.

The launch of the mobile indexing update means it is increasingly important that your website is optimised for mobile. Contact the My Robot Monkey team to find out about our mobile site audits, creation and improvement options. www.myrobotmonkey.com.au

Many businesses continue to run with existing marketing strategies that they have had in play for many years. However, retail marketing has changed dramatically in a short period of time. Gone are the days of allocating 90% of your budget to above the line media and the remaining splashed around in PR and Digital, now a more fluid and dynamic approach is needed.

I believe, when building your marketing strategy, you need to ask yourself the following:

  • How successful were your promotions/events over the last few years?
  • What did or didn’t work for your business and why?
  • Are your campaigns positioned to give you the greatest results? Look at the timing of your events and competitors events. Bring into the mix promotional opportunities like Christmas, Mother’s Day, Easter and public holidays.
  • Are you making the most of new product? Review your seasonal product mix; new products and categories are important strategies that require focus. You will want to highlight new releases – Use some of your tight marketing budget to draw attention to these areas.
  • Review your budget and return on investment – What have you been spending funds on? What delivered the best result? You may need to adjust and spend more or less in certain areas (Example: Reducing a 16-page brochure to 12 pages and passing those savings onto an online sales driving campaign).

Answering the above questions will certainly help you gain a positive viewpoint on how you should build your marketing strategy for the next financial year.

Here are a few tips, which may help the process:

  • Break down your annual marketing planner per week, and align your budget accordingly. Track your budget on a weekly basis; adjust accordingly if you’re not achieving business sales targets.
  • When compiling your strategy, determine your expenditure breakdown per event and promotion. What media will work best for each event or promotion? Make sure your content suits your media!
  • Allocate and breakdown the percentage of your total budget wisely; your mix should include allocation of monies towards a variety of campaigns with goals in mind. Goals may include: Driving sales, increasing your brand name in the market, building online sales, acquiring new customers, visual merchandising, loyalty programs and social media. For the best results filter these into the most suitable and relevant media type.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things. However, always report, analyse and adjust accordingly.

For further information please contact My Robot Monkey, Marketing and Digital Agency.

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1. Understand your customer.

Getting to know your customers is the most important stage of the marketing process. The more accurate your information and knowledge, the more effective you will be at promoting your brand, product or service. Use all the information at your disposal to understand customer’s behavior, demographics, and needs. This information should steer your major business decisions and allow you to create an effective marketing plan. 

2. Create your marketing plan.

Develop your strategy in the form of a written marketing plan, as this will ensure all members of your business understand the company direction. The plan is a comprehensive and well-researched document, which covers all essential aspects of taking your products/ services to the customer. When developing the plan, ask yourself the following questions.

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be?
  • What opportunities exist in the environment?
  • What media channels can I promote within and achieve a strong ROI (return on investment).
  • Make sure you constantly analyse your results and adjust your marketing strategy and plan accordingly.

3. Design your product and service around your customer.

Once you have a marketing plan in place, you need to make sure your product or service is tailored to your customer – from the packaging, the way it is promoted, to the way you display it. Businesses often fall into the trap of making the product they want to sell, rather than designing and presenting things in the way the customer wants.

For more information on Marketing, Website Design, Graphic Design, Social Media Marketing or PPC / Google AdWords contact us today!

With a quarter of global web searches carried out on mobile devices, having a mobile friendly website is no longer a choice – not doing so is business suicide. Studies show that within 3 years the number of people accessing the Internet via their mobiles will overtake those accessing it via PC.

The reality is, if your website isn’t optimised for mobile you’re losing sales and brand respect.

Levels of Mobile Friendliness:

  1. Completely incompatible: sites that are entirely Flash-based cannot be accessed from a mobile device.
  1. Pinch-&-zoom: these sites work on touch-based devices but users have to “pinch-&-zoom”. When the site comes up nothing can be seen without zooming in. This takes a lot more effort and customers easily lose track of where they are on the site.
  1. Mobile friendly: the page layouts are device appropriate, fonts can be read without zooming in and it’s easy to navigate around the site.

Check-up: Pick up your mobile, and go to your site. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is the content easy to read without zooming in?
  2. Is it easy to navigate around the site?
  3. Are you able to identify and activate the call to action?
  4. Would you want to spend time on the website (if it wasn’t yours)?
  5. Do you think it provides a good user experience?

If you mainly answered “no”, then contact us today to find out how we can help you get your site mobile-friendly.

We posted a blog earlier on “Online stores are changing the way we shop”. To follow on from that, we now explore how trends are changing within the online space. In our previous blog we explained how online shopping and online pre buy research are increasing significantly, leaving some traditional bricks and mortar retailers in the dust. Now we discover the biggest trends to be aware of for optimising your eCommerce business in 2015. Overwhelmingly customers are shopping on the go from mobile phones and are using social media to inform and facilitate these purchases.

  • 1/3 of online purchases are now made from a mobile device.
  • Social media has become a big player in the eCommerce sphere with an overwhelming growth in conversions from social media of 202% in 2014 alone!
  • 24/7 shopping: In traditional retail the store is closed for around 16 hours in every 24. But an online retailer is always open! Customers are responding to this, they shop at work, before they go to sleep at night and on those lazy Sunday afternoons.

So what does this mean for your eCommerce business?

It means that mobile friendly websites are no longer an option but a necessity, it also means that “mobile friendly” may not cut it, it is now time for “mobile optimised”.

If you haven’t already then 2015 is absolutely the year to embrace social media! Social media (SM) has become a serious player and SM marketing is equally, if not more important in some industries than more traditional forms of marketing. Social media platforms are becoming so much more than a place for people to gather and chat online, they are the places where decisions are made and social recommendations count for a lot.

Online stores are changing the way we shop; increasingly people are opting to research and buy the things they want and need online instead of in traditional storefronts. This is resulting in an array of changes, numerous new retailers are opting for online only, and some businesses are creating a mixture where online store and retail outlets work together incorporating practices such as returns and size changing. You can guarantee the number of retailers without an online presence is dropping drastically and some storefronts are disappearing altogether as peoples buying habits change.

The statistics are staggering:

  • More than 80% of people on the Internet have made an online purchase, 50% purchase online regularly.
  • Ecommerce sales have grown by more than 19% a year since 2011, and will be nearing $1.4 trillion by the end of 2015.
  • 81% of consumers go online to research before heading out to make a purchase; this is up 20% on last year.
  • 70% of people search online to find services and information i.e. builders, cleaners, informative websites.

The overwhelming trend is one of movement away from traditional shopping and towards online, on the go, socially informed shopping from a range of different devices.

For further information to assist in improving or creating your online platform, contact My Robot Monkey.

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Your customers’ first impression of your business will be determined through your brand; whether it be your business name, your colour palette, logo, website, advertising, social media or any element your customers may have seen or heard.

It is extremely valuable to align and communicate your business values and offering clearly, and to be consistent with all your customer touch points, as this may determine whether you gain or lose that customer from the outset.

In our world today consumers are overwhelmed with choice. Your potential customers are considering which company to engage with or make a purchase. By taking away all the road blocks, clearly communicating your message and being consistent through all forms of your customer touch points, you’re half way there in gaining that sale or engaging a new customer.

At My Robot Monkey we can help you understand how to clearly communicate your valuable message in a busy market!

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In the 21st century, if you don’t have a quality digital presence, you’re not in the game! The world has moved on, your website, logo and design work has to be of a high standard and is your number one priority from a marketing stand point. A great digital presence is extremely important as in most cases the customers first point of call is your website and what they see and experience there will make all the difference.

The great thing about eCommerce is you can analyse everything; customer behaviour, viewed pages, drop off rates and more, in order to understand what is and isn’t working for you. You can then adjust live on the run 24/7 to improve your out come.