» 3 Advantages of Having a Mobile Presence

3 Advantages of Having a Mobile PresenceSpend time walking around a public place and you’ll see the majority of people using mobile devices in one way or another. Whether texting, surfing the web or playing a game, people are on their smartphones and tablets at an ever-increasing rate. As a wedding and events professional, you may find it hard to understand how you can take advantage of this trend – but you can (and should).

While the core of your business is the same – you’re still selling the same product or service – mobile customers expect a different experience when searching for their perfect Pros. Your business’ information needs to be easily found, read and digested so those searching during a free moment can learn all they can quickly and efficiently!

Don’t just take our word for it – below are three advantages of having a mobile presence for your wedding business:

Conduct business anywhere, at any time

When potential customers can interact with your business on mobile, it makes it easier for them to keep your business in their consideration set. If a potential customer cannot find or access your business’ key information from her phone, she might cross your business off her list and keep moving forward with a competitor. WeddingWire’s mobile site allows potential customers to find your Storefront and inquire about your business on-the-go, meaning that you’re never out of touch. Our Mobile Website Creator also makes it easy for your business to optimize your website for mobile in a few easy steps, without having to consult a website developer.

Improve customer service quality and responsiveness

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» The WeddingWire Mobile Revolution [Infographic]

Since the beginning, WeddingWire has been a mobile-thinking company with the goal of infusing technology into the wedding industry. We’re committed to keeping up with emerging mobile trends that help connect our Wedding Pros with local engaged couples. As part of that commitment, we’ve created new tools like the Mobile Website Creator, optimized our website and released a family of mobile apps to make it even easier for your business to be exposed to more couples so you can book more weddings.

To get a full picture of where we’ve been and where we’re going, check out our infographic on the WeddingWire mobile revolution!

The WeddingWire Mobile Revolution

» March “Fourth” and Meet Your Mobile Goals

March “Fourth” and Meet Your Mobile GoalsIt’s the calm before the storm for many wedding and event professionals; engagement season is over, and the big rush for many couples to book their Wedding Pros has died down a bit. With about 33% of weddings happening in the spring, you’re about to get really busy really soon!

Take advantage of this lull in your schedule to get in the spirit of March fourth – the only day of the year which is also a command. Use today as motivation to get organized for the busy season by checking some items off your business’ list. What’s one important step? Mobile!

Mobile marketing should be part of your overall marketing strategy, but depending on your business, your goals may be different. Since your mobile strategy depends on your mobile goals, be sure to decide what you want before you begin.

March forth to meet these mobile goals for small businesses:

Meeting Customer Expectations

If you want to meet the barest of customer expectations you need to be able to be found and used on mobile. Today’s couples are always on their phones, and many people may do some wedding planning research when they have a few spare moments. They’ll be able to find you easily with WeddingWire’s new WedTeam app, but if they want more information they’ll continue on to your website. Make sure you have a mobile website so they can easily scroll through it on their smartphones, and make it easy for them to contact you with big buttons and concise copy. Our Mobile Website Creator will help your business get started and lets you have control over your mobile site’s design elements.

For more mobile website tips, check out this post!

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» Do You Have a Mobile Website?

It seems like every business blog is touting the importance of the mobile experience these days – and for good reason! The number of smart phones in use worldwide has exceeded 1 billion, and it’s only continuing to climb. In fact, although only 1% of small businesses have optimized their website for mobile viewing, 50% of all local searches are performed on mobile devices! With engaged couples using mobile devices and tablets more and more often, it has become very important to create a mobile website for your business.

Do You Have a Mobile Website?A mobile version of your business website allows potential clients to contact you easily while on the go, directly from their mobile devices and tablets. Your WeddingWire Storefront is already optimized for mobile viewing, so that’s one less thing to worry about!

If you don’t yet have a mobile version of your website, follow our tips that will take you from creating your mobile website to integrating mobile into your overall marketing strategy!

Create a mobile-friendly version of your website

The WeddingWire Mobile Website Creator allows Premium Pros to optimize your business website on mobile and tablet devices within seconds using information from your WeddingWire account! You’ll always have up-to-date information synched, and you can easily customize the look of your mobile site to match your business’ branding. Other solutions include Mobify or the Obox Mobile plugin if your website is a WordPress site. Creating a mobile website should not be expensive or take up too much of your time, so there’s no excuse not to go mobile!

Keep it short and simple

All mobile content should be two things: short and simple! Don’t overwhelm your mobile visitors with too much copy so that they have to scroll endlessly to read all you have to say. Images should be used, but make sure they’re sized appropriately and use them sparingly to break up content. Keep everything concise and to the point. If there’s too much content on your mobile site’s pages, it might cause them to load slowly! Keep the site simple by making links and buttons large enough to be easily pressed.

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» What the Tech?! Social, Mobile & Tech Trends

As technology constantly evolves, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest tech trends that could impact your business. It’s important to not be afraid of what’s to come as technology continues to grow at a rapid pace and change how business is conducted. When it comes to technology, never say never!

From the latest social media sites, to the future of mobile and the next big movements in technology, this infographic will help you see what’s next.

What the Tech?! Social, Mobile & Tech Trends | WeddingWireEDU Blog

» 7 Surprising App Stats

It’s no secret that mobile technology is quickly becoming an all-in-one platform to which we’re all connected. In fact, within 4 months mobile use will actually surpass desktops, and within 9 months there will be more mobile devices than people on earth! We’re in the middle of a mobile revolution – is your business ready? Check out these seven mobile app stats that may surprise you!

Also, be sure to stop by our Pinterest page and check out our board, Apps to Make Your Life Easy, for our suggestions apps to help you manage your business and stay organized!

7 Surprising App Stats | WeddingWireEDU Blog

» Google Hummingbird: What You Need to Know

Google Hummingbird: What You Need to KnowGoogle’s latest revamp of its search algorithm, Hummingbird, has been released. The new algorithm, which affects 90% of worldwide search results, makes search more relevant and useful, and easier to use on a mobile device.

With our increasing reliance on mobile devices, the way users search has changed. Those using Google on-the-go are often searching complex, long-tail search queries through voice search (think Apple’s Siri) instead of typing the full search. Voice-based queries are more complex because they use natural-language rather than keyword strings, and with this update Google is adjusting accordingly to better serve users.

With Hummingbird, Google will be doing more than finding relevant web pages – it will begin compiling information from several sources and displaying these results within Google. This helps searchers find answers faster, with fewer steps between query and answer. This change is significant because it implies that Google is now attempting to understand what you’re searching for and return the most relevant results for your specific query.

This new update is yet another indicator of the coming shift from desktop to mobile. With Microsoft predicting that mobile web will be bigger than desktop web by 2014, the time to go mobile is now!

We’ve talked about your options for going mobile in the past, but now it’s more important than ever that your business adapt to the evolving ways your audience finds you.

Here are some simple ways you can jump of the mobile bandwagon today:

  • Use our Mobile Website Creator to easily optimize your website for mobile devices (available to all premium members). You can even customize the look of your mobile site to match your branding! Read our Quick Start Guide for a step-by-step tutorial.
  • Keep the content on your website concise and actionable so visitors accessing it from a mobile device can easily scroll and take action.
  • Similarly, keep any website forms short and simple with easy-to-fill fields.
  • Feel free to use eye-catching images and/or video, but test out how they appear on smartphones and tablets to make sure they scale properly.

Follow these tips and Google Hummingbird will be able to find you and put you in front of the people who need you!

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» Tablet Takeover: The Latest Stats

So far, 2013 has been the year of the tablet! PC sales are down, and we are quickly entering a “one screen world” where work, phone, music, entertainment and more are all centered around a tablet.

Once a novelty item, tablets have become mainstream devices – and often the computing device of choice for businesses, families, consumers and more on-the-go.

Check out some latest must-know tablet stats:

What do you think? Is your business ready for the “tablet takeover?”

Check out all 15 stats here from CMO.com!

» It’s Time to Embrace Our Mobile Future!

It's Time to Embrace Our Mobile Future!Have you mobilized your business? The worldwide phenomenon of mobile technology is creating a booming market, and it is reported that consumers will spend a whopping $860 billion dollars this year on mobile devices! More importantly for our businesses, a shocking 80 percent of consumers will leave a mobile site after just one bad experience. Don’t miss out on these potential clients interested in your services just because your business has not gone mobile.

Still not convinced the power of mobile?

Here are some stats to get you up to speed on our mobile future:

  • By 2014 mobile is predicted to overtake desktop Internet usage
  • According to a new report, more than half of American adults now own a smartphone (and 91 percent of adults own a cellphone of some kind)
  • The higher your earnings, and the younger you are, the more likely you are to own a smartphone
  • One half of all local searches are performed on mobile devices
  • Google reports that 40 percent of mobile consumers turned to a competitor’s site after a bad mobile Web experience, and 57 percent wouldn’t recommend a business with a bad mobile site
  • The majority of customers will abandon a mobile site if it takes more than 3 seconds to load
  • 53 percent of American consumers use their smartphones to access search engines at least once a day
  • 43 percent of email is opened on a mobile device, this means think “simplicity first” when designing your email campaign and make your message clear

All of these stats make it very clear that clients are no longer only searching for their perfect Pros on desktops or laptops. This means that you need to create a strong online presence for your business – today!

Luckily, WeddingWire makes it easy to create a mobile site for your business in just a few minutes for premium Pros as part of membership! Get started by logging into your account, navigate to the “Marketing” tab, and select “Mobile Website Creator.”  Then, easily optimize your website for mobile and tablet devices. Simply copy and paste your custom code to your business website to get mobile and tablet friendly versions of your site!

Make your business mobile-friendly this year with this mobile goals checklist:

  • Create a mobile presence for your website!
  • Track your mobile Google Analytics to see how your business is doing with mobile visitors.
  • Mobilize your business emails to make your messages optimized for smartphones and tablets, with simple, relevant content and large buttons and a clean design.
  • When you visit your mobile site, make sure your business is easy to contact with a quick form or direct button to email or call for more information to maximize leads.
  • Keep your directory updates accurate on sites commonly accessed on the go, including: Google Maps, Google+ Local, Yelp and more. Provide a simple description of your services, your hours of operation, your phone number, your address and a link to your website.

Don’t be afraid to embrace our mobile future! By following these Pro tips, you will connect with more new clients searching on the go and positively impact your business this year.