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The Truth About Responsive Web Design: It’s Important

Posted By Kirby Burke On April 2, 2013 @ 9:55 am In Consumer Experience,Featured,SEO | 5 Comments

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Have you implemented Responsive Web Design (RWD) for your website? As consumers become increasingly mobile and switch back and forth between devices throughout the day, RWD is one of the most important factors that influence user experience. Google considers RWD an “industry best practice” for developing mobile sites [2] in the modern, device-driven web market.  All marketing professionals should understand it and, if possible, implement it on their sites. In addition to providing an engaging user-experience across several devices and displays, RWD provides several SEO benefits and consolidates the effort of developers. The following is a list of need-to-know information pertaining to how responsive design influences search marketing:

What is Responsive Web Design?

RWD is a form of web architecture that delivers a customized user experience across an array of devices. The key to this methodology is a flexible layout with elements that adapt to the size and features of different screens, devices and browsers.

Why Implement Responsive Web Design?

Providing accessibility and a high-quality user experience to a growing market of mobile users is critically important. In 2012, Google published a study [3] about smartphone users. The results demonstrated:

  • 75% of people prefer a mobile-friendly site
  • 61% will turn to another site if they don’t find what they’re looking for quickly
  • 67% of mobile users say that when they visit a mobile-friendly site, they’re more likely to buy a site’s product or service
  • 48% said that if a site didn’t work well on their smartphones, it made them feel like the company didn’t care about their business

These results demonstrate the necessity of providing users with a high-quality user experience across mobile devices and justify the implementation of RWD.

SEO Benefits of Responsive Web Design

Google recommends RWD [4] over dedicated, mobile sites because RWD “preserves a canonical URL, avoiding any complicated redirects, and simplifies the sharing of web address. “

  • Having a single, dynamic site is a preferred best practice for SEO
  • RWD ensures all backlinks will lead to a properly rendered site, which improves user experience and site engagement
  • Provides a consistently optimal user experience  that renders correctly for mobile and desktop users
  • RWD eliminates the need to maintain and monitor several versions of the site and consolidates all traffic and link value

For more information about how RWD benefits SEO initiatives and efforts, check out our white paper [5]. It contains more information about RWD and provides the fundamentals that can get you started on your RWD layout today!

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[1] Image: http://www.thesearchagents.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/RWD.png

[2] developing mobile sites: https://developers.google.com/webmasters/smartphone-sites/

[3] study: http://googlemobileads.blogspot.com/2012/09/mobile-friendly-sites-turn-visitors.html

[4] Google recommends RWD: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2012/04/responsive-design-harnessing-power-of.html

[5] white paper: http://info.thesearchagency.com/ImplementingResponsiveWebDesign.html

[6] Study: Very Few Multichannel Retailers Use Responsive Design: http://www.thesearchagents.com/2013/11/study-very-few-multichannel-retailers-use-responsive-design/

[7] The Search Agency’s Mobile Experience Scorecard: Fortune 100 Companies: http://www.thesearchagents.com/2013/10/the-search-agencys-mobile-experience-scorecard-fortune-100-companies/

[8] Web-Only Retailers Not as Mobile-Ready as They Should Be: http://www.thesearchagents.com/2014/03/web-only-retailers-not-as-mobile-ready-as-they-should-be/

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