A good mobile experience can make or break a sale and sway customers to return, David Ritter writes. He details what it takes to make a mobile website stand out, including load speed, calls to action, "context-friendly" keyboards and pay platforms.
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Digital marketing is evolving and that brings new opportunities, Alp Mimaroglu writes. He focuses on optimization of voice search and using branded skills for smart devices, plus using chatbots and artificial intelligence to save money and convert site visitors into leads.
Integrated multichannel campaigns can boost revenue by between 15% and 35%, per Swrve, which shows that marketers must focus on creating seamless messaging across the buying journey, Emily Alford writes. A worldwide magazine publisher achieved a 49% increase in subscriber conversions with a multichannel strategy that personalized messaging based on interests and digital behavior, Swrve reports.
This year's key social media trends include the need to establish trust, demonstrate that your brand is listening via personal interactions and polls, and respond quickly at all hours, writes Zazzle Media's Ashleigh Cain. She adds that brands should consider microinfluencers, stories and live video as ways to reach audiences.
Twitter is launching Twitter Developer Labs to work with developers in creating the next generation of its application programming interface. The program will initially focus on conversational data and social listening and is open to applicants.
Finding the balance of functionality and performance with WordPress plug-ins can be a challenge, Eric Karkovack writes. He advisers site designers to avoid focusing on a number and look at optimizing plug-ins and their interactions on a site-by-site basis, and offers several factors to consider in doing so.
Web designers must be advocates for users and understand the customer journey to meet their needs, Adobe's Liang-Cheng Lin writes. Creativity, adaptability, collaboration and negotiation are also in-demand skills for today's designers, he writes.
The Web Marketing Association's 23rd annual WebAward Competition for Website Development is accepting entries and is looking for qualified judges to help adjudicate this year's award program. To nominate yourself or someone within your organization, please complete the Judge's Nomination Form. Internet professionals selected as judges will be contacted during the first week of June and judging will begin shortly after that.