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Karys Passes Google’s Squared Online Course!

You know it, I know it, we know it. If you work in any form of online marketing (or even traditional marketing for that matter), you know that the ways of promoting a business and reaching the right people at the right time are always changing. With the rise in ubiquitous smartphones and the soaring popularity of social media, vlogging and online advertising, it can be like falling off the back of a constantly running treadmill. It’s hard to keep up!

Fortunately for all our clients, everyone here at Pivotal loves what we do. So much so that we happily read articles on the latest digital marketing industry trends; we watch helpful video tutorials to keep our fingers on the pulse; and, most importantly, we undertake regular training. Which is why we’re pleased to announce that in the past few months Karys, our WordPress and Website Developer, passed Google’s award-winning digital marketing leadership course, Squared Online with flying colours!

This prestigious 5-month course is recognised by a diverse range of world-class brands including Red Bull, Samsung, BBC and Barclays. It consisted of a fusion of weekly, one-hour, live online classes, hands-on practical learning, group work, online ‘real-world’ activities, and guest speakers.

Google Squared Online Modules & Activities

Squared Online didn’t comprise any exams. Instead, Karys was continuously assessed as she progressed through each of the 5 modules which were taught by leading industry experts at the top of their game in online business marketing. The 5 modules were:

1) Module 1

Karys learnt what the term ‘digital disruption’ means and how it has influenced the way brands and consumers interact.

2) Module 2

She then learned how current digital trends impact consumer behaviour, focusing on mobile and social media aspects of how consumers interact with brands.

3) Module 3

Next came the honing of her skills in multi-channel digital marketing, concentrating on video and exploring how paid and organic search can better position a brand to reach the right people in the multi-screen world we now live in.

4) Module 4

This module included Karys mastering data and insights in more depth and expanding her knowledge of Google Analytics, learning how to act upon this rich data to optimise online marketing campaigns for clients. She also discovered how to avoid mistakes and maintain an ethical approach to data privacy.

5) Module 5

The final module gave Karys the opportunity to stay ahead of the game. She learned all about the up-and-coming trends in the world of digital marketing and online advertising.

Practical activities included:

  • Working in groups to create a ‘disruptive’ idea for a fictional product, creating a ‘disruptive’ business pitch for the new digital product or service, and developing a digital marketing proposal for the launch of a new product to drive sales whilst building brand loyalty.
  • Completing two individual online assessments
  • Producing a Whitepaper in a group that predicts how a major digital trend will influence a particular industry.

 

Google AdWords Certified Too!

We’re also enjoying a double celebration here at Pivotal as our Social Media Coordinator and Copywriter, Jayna also became Google AdWord Certified a few months ago.

To become accredited, she had to undertake a general AdWords Fundamentals online exam; she then had to choose 1 other exam to take, out of a choice of 5. Jayna opted for the Mobile Advertising Exam to better equip herself to help clients, as mobile overtakes desktop in the way that consumers access brands online.

We’re hugely proud of Karys and Jayna! We reckon our current and future clients and their businesses will benefit significantly from the tips, tricks, knowledge and insights that they have gained from their Google training! 

If you’d like to benefit from our knowledge, get in touch today!

Mobile-Friendly Website for computers and smartphones.

Why You MUST Have a Mobile-Friendly Website

“Do I need a mobile-friendly website?”

Have you asked yourself this question recently? Smartphones and other mobile devices are fast becoming the preferred method of Internet access; if you haven’t already got a mobile website, you need to get one soon.

Why? Because your customers are increasingly going mobile.

Mobile Online Shopping Time Now Exceeds Laptop/PC Online Shopping Time

In 2013, there was a seismic shift in shopping trends. As of June 2013, the online shopping champions were – you guessed it – mobile devices. They officially passed desktop PCs and laptops, garnering 55% of consumer shopping time spent online, as compared to 45% for laptops and desktops combined. That number continues to climb. The latest statistics in 2016 show 97% of Millennials shop via mobile and 20% don’t use a desktop at all.

Mobile is Not Just a Must for eCommerce Sites

People are increasingly doing all sorts of online research using mobile devices.

A Google Survey found that:

  • 74% of visitors were more likely to return to mobile-friendly websites
  • 61% were likely to leave if a site wasn’t mobile friendly, and
  • 67% were more likely to buy at a mobile-friendly website

If your site isn’t mobile-friendly, you’re losing business.

Here are three reasons you must have a mobile-friendly website now:

1. It’s What Your Customers Want – and They Expect You to Provide It

mobile friendly ipad

Increasingly, your customers are on the go, and they’re accessing your website from their mobile devices.

What does that mean for you? If you don’t give customers what they want (easy visibility and navigation so they can browse and shop while mobile), they’ll go someplace else.

So how do you go about creating a mobile-friendly site? Don’t try to simply “tweak” your existing website to try to make it so. Traditional websites don’t display well on mobile phones.

Mobile phones have smaller displays and will often distort visuals on regular websites. Cut your mobile-friendly website down to just essential features, with content that includes links to secondary information pages. You should also enlarge interface elements for easy touchscreen navigation.

That doesn’t mean you should ignore those customers who still use desktops and laptops, though. They still account for a significant portion of your customer base and new prospects.

Change Your Standard Website to a Responsive Website

Instead, opt for a responsive website. A responsive website recognises the device being used (laptop, PC, tablet, smartphone, etc.) and will resize itself accordingly for optimal viewing. You’ll be able to accommodate mobile and PC/laptop users alike.

2. Google will Penalise You if You Don’t Have a Mobile-Friendly Website

mobile friendly

It’s true. From 21 April 2015, Google Search expanded its use of mobile friendliness as a ranking signal, and there’s a reason for that. Google recognises that you don’t need a computer to surf the Internet. Many sites, however, still use content, images, and navigation structures that just don’t work well on mobile devices.

Users can only see those websites properly using a desktop or laptop monitor or screen, and smartphone browsers end up with a very unsatisfying user experience.

Why does that matter to Google? Because if a particular website isn’t mobile friendly, Google will recognise that and be less likely to display it as a legitimate search result.

That makes sense, since Google wouldn’t be doing its job if half the results displayed were useless to mobile users. Google’s goal is to increase search traffic, including mobile search traffic, and you can use that to your benefit by jumping on board.

So when you’re asked, “Do I need a mobile-friendly website?” answer “yes.” It will help your organic search results. If you want to double check your website is mobile friendly enough, you can check using Google’s handy test, by clicking HERE.

3. You’ll Lose Business (If You Haven’t Already)

mobile friendly

You’ve probably already seen a decline in business if you still use only a standard website. If not, go mobile friendly before you do. Most aren’t yet completely ditching their desktops or laptops for their mobile devices, but an increasing number are.

Give your customers what they want with fast loading pages, easy navigation, and a streamlined site with great content and great products. Grab hold of that growing number of customers who use mobile devices to shop. Keep Google happy, too, and you won’t risk “disappearing” from search results.

Other Website Must-Haves

Is your website mobile-friendly? If not, what questions do you have about converting it to one that is?

Beyond just being mobile-friendly, do you know if your website is optimised to get YOU traffic and leads? If not, how can you improve it? Find out by contacting us at Pivotal Web here!