3 Ways To Optimize Your Digital Marketing Strategy This Year

We’re halfway through the calendar year, which is about the time when companies like yours are taking stock of overall progress in 2018 – from company revenue to CSR reporting, expense reports to marketing acquisition and engagement. Optimization in all areas of your business is essential to having a strong final half of the calendar year. One particular area of your business to optimize quickly – and with clear focus – is your digital marketing strategy. Not only are your digital efforts easier to optimize in comparison to traditional marketing, digital and content marketing cost 62% less than traditional, and yields 3X as many leads.

Marketing for public companies and investor relations is constantly evolving, so we’re dedicated to educating ourselves and staying on top of the industry. As we’ve moved through the first half of this year with our clients, we have identified and outlined areas to best optimize their marketing strategies and digital integration efforts.

Bonus: Scroll to the end of this blog for your free downloadable report on Digital Marketing for IR – 7 Tips for 2018.

 

Here are 3 ways to optimize your digital marketing strategy this year.

 

Video and images make a significant impact on engagement

There’s no doubt that video has been an important part of digital marketing for years, though it has been much more prominent and often expected as of late. Similarly, the strategic use of imagery on websites, CSR reports, annual reports, etc. has also increased viewership. The average person watches 1.5 hours of video each and every day, and with video acting as a powerful connector between company and investor, your digital strategy should also include video.

Most innovative digital marketing and video strategies include VR (virtual reality) and 360º video, with companies like Teekay leading the way. Teekay has developed an impressive video strategy to tell their story through 360º videos, which allows viewers to be immersed in experiences such as being in an at-berth ship-to-ship transfer, taking a look inside a pilot’s cabin, being in a helicopter ride and other great adventures. It’s a great way for Teekay to take potential investors through their operation without needing to travel.

 

Integrate social media as part of  your digital strategy

Social media isn’t going anywhere, though the use of social media with public companies and IR has long been at odds with one another. With that said, there are plenty of investors and companies who have certainly embraced networks like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, while others are just dipping their toes in the water.

These social platforms can be a great way to find potential investors for your company. Connecting with the community by perusing hashtags like #USInvestor, #investorrelations, #IRinvestment on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, could bring plenty of accounts that could potentially engage with your business. Similarly, searching for specific companies and job titles on LinkedIn is a great tool to connect with like-minded individuals.

Our free downloadable guide has great tips on how to set up your social media accounts, when to post and more.

 

Test your website speed and performance

Your website is the number one driver of online engagement with your brand – it’s a 24/7 representation of your business. This means website speed and performance should be top of mind.

Click here to test your website performance. It’s a handy free tool from Google that will give you insights into your overall speed score, and feedback on what you can optimize to make your website load faster. As of July 9 2018, page speed on your mobile website is more important than ever when it comes to mobile search ranking. Google rolled out an update to mobile websites that makes pagespeed a ranking factor for mobile searches, so if your website is slow, you could see a decrease in organic traffic.

Integrating video content in your digital marketing strategy, utilizing the power of social media and optimizing website speed and performance are three great ways to get your digital marketing strategy ready for the remainder of 2018.

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Here’s How You Can Market To Accredited Investors

When setting the marketing strategy for your business, there are many positioning strategies and tactics your public company can take. From selecting the networks on which you target investors, to the copy points and CTAs that are on your website, how you reach your investors takes plenty of planning and strategic consideration. One of the most challenging targets can often be accredited investors.

Accredited investors are those who have a minimum net worth of $1,000,000. These individuals are clearly separated from the investing public, making up only 5% of the investing population. Attracting these individuals means positioning your company as one that is of specific interest to their portfolio.

If your public company is revising or revisiting your strategy to position yourselves as such, here’s how you can market to accredited investors.

1. Your website should be easy to navigate

Accredited investors know what they need and (typically) won’t be patient when searching for it. With your website being your 24/7 means of showcasing your company’s investor information – presentations, exploration highlights, stock information, financial reports and more – this information should be easy to navigate. By this, we mean that accredited investors should not need to click through layers of drop-down menus to read such information. Instead, limit this to one or two clicks to reach pertinent investor information.

Side note: We love our work with White Gold Corp for this very reason – one or two clicks on their website to obtain presentations, highlights, reports and more.

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2. Address information that accredited investors want to read

Accredited investors want to know how their money will be spent, what the trajectory of the business is, profitability milestones and other such topics. Addressing information that they want to read is not only a great exercise from a business storytelling perspective (the exercise of reviewing collateral you currently have), it can also help differentiate yourself from others in your industry. Companies that are vague in sharing topics such as their business trajectory – will often struggle out against companies who are open and transparent.

3. Make it personal

Business is personal. Whether you’re purchasing a brand new suit, a coffee from your local shop, or deciding to invest in a public company, it’s important for businesses to make it personal and build relationships. Developing a personal relationship or positive rapport with an accredited investor  can impact whether such an individual will decide to believe and invest in your business. Take the time and invest in the effort it takes to create that rapport.

4. Understand where these investors are ‘living’.

When searching for a company like yours, what are accredited investors searching for? Or when perusing networking sites, where are they ‘living’?

Investors are using search engines like Google to find their next portfolio additions. Here’s a great resource on optimizing your IR website for search traffic. When determining what accredited investors are searching for, take Google Analytics into consideration – what are the top organic search terms driving traffic to your website? What are visitors engaging with when they arrive on your website? Where are they dropping off?

Similarly, LinkedIn is a network to certainly pay attention to, with 45% of LinkedIn users earning over $75,000 annually, and 133M+ living in the United States. As a professional business network, this is certainly one to consider as part of your social media strategy.

5. Referrals are the greatest form of flattery.

Digital strategy aside, the greatest form of flattery is a referral. A referred client has a 16% higher lifetime value than a non-referred customer. More often than not, referrals need to be requested. Referrals can come through networking opportunities or asking your contacts if they have an accredited investor in their portfolio who is interested in partnering with a company in your industry. Consider the alternative, too – give and you shall receive. One of the most powerful ways you can generate referrals is to give them yourself. Is there an investor you wish to endorse on LinkedIn? Introduce to another public company? Refer platforms to? Consider the appreciation of a referral from an alternative perspective.

Above all, marketing to accredited investors can take time, patience and the ability to develop an engrained personal relationship. Revising your 2018 strategy with this in mind could yield benefits in the long run.

6 must-know CSR trends for public companies in 2017

One of the biggest focuses for public companies in the New Year is improving their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in terms of tailored goals, visibility, reporting, and more. The Ethical Corporation recently released a report in which they gathered research from 948 CSR professionals from around the globe on their thoughts of the state of their profession as it moves into 2017. We analyzed their research, as well as our own findings from what was most crucial for our clients this year, and developed these 6 must-know CSR trends for public companies in 2017.

1. CSR is more mainstream, which means more competition

A few years back, it was enough for public companies to have a fairly comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility section on their website, with a simple PDF presentation and a few images of how they took into consideration the environment, communities, and their social impact. A vague understanding of social impact is no longer enough to stand out amongst the top public companies with the best CSR reputations. Taking action against climate change, contributing to social justice movements, and standing firm in founding principles are trends in themselves for big companies, and have become not just acceptable, but expected. With more companies understanding the value CSR can bring to both their public image and their stakeholders, it’s getting harder to make a message stand out in a sea of ‘do-gooding’. The Bmeaningful Blog writes, “Breaking through the clutter of messaging and advertising will be a challenge but we see tremendous opportunity for professionals who can authentically tell their companies’ cause story”.

2. CSR content will become even more personalized

Focus on CSR goals that make sense for your company and will garner the most trust from your primary stakeholders. As we talk about in our report entitled, What is CSR and Why Your Website Will Tell Your Story, “A trap that many companies fall into is thinking that CSR is only about giving back to the environment…CSR can also focus on efforts with local communities and interactions with your own consumers and what matters to them”. Building investor trust means tailoring content to their main concerns, while also ensuring you’re staying true to your company’s story and goals. If you’ve published multiple CSR success stories to a company newsletter, one focusing on community impact and one focusing on social change, you can serve different content to different investors based on what they most care about. As we discuss in our article about Digital Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2017, investors are looking for more personalized content. This includes what CSR stories you should be promoting.

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3. Showcase CSR efforts through video and animation     

Perhaps the biggest trend we see each year in the digital marketing world is that the online attention span of consumers is shrinking astronomically. We are so used to getting the information we want online right away, in bite-sized pieces. The same concept applies with investors. Your investors won’t have the time to read a 15 page PDF report on how your latest CSR measure impacted a community and benefited your company. Break down the CSR successes of the past year with videos, data visualizations, or animations on your website. Even more important: make your reporting shareable. Short videos illustrating your impact as a company are the perfect way to get some brand differentiation and easily circulate your message. TELUS’ 2015 Sustainability Report is a great example of how a company can mix text, bold images, and data visualization to highlight impact.

4. Align your CSR goals with those at the top

Ethical Corporation’s report states that “Only 25% of CSR executives [surveyed] stated their CFO is absolutely convinced of the value of the CSR report”. This is a problem. If your company’s CEO, CFO, and more aren’t aware of the CSR goals for the coming year, or don’t see value in spending more time, energy, and money on CSR initiatives or CSR reporting, your company will come across as disjointed and not united in your social message. Ensure that environmental impact, social justice, and community service goals aren’t simply dreamt and executed within one department. The whole company, from the top to the bottom, should understand the importance of what you’re doing and how it relates to your vision and end goals.

5. Make CSR presentations available on every platform

We spoke above about translating your CSR initiatives to video and animation, but it’s equally important to make sure what you’re putting out there can be accessed by anyone who wants to see what your company is up to. 2017 will see even more people disregard their desktops for a mobile phone, so make sure every downloadable CSR presentation, testimonial video, customer story, and website link are available by a smartphone or tablet browser.

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6. Don’t just report, relate back

Don’t focus all your CSR energy on reporting. Ethical Corporation’s report says, “60% of respondents agreed that too much time is being spent on the reporting process”. Investors want to see how CSR initiatives affected the numbers, but that doesn’t mean you can pull a ‘number dump’ and be done with it. Make sure you’re not just reporting the numbers or you’ll create a disconnect between your company and the lives you actually impacted. So this year, think about other ways to illustrate the impact you’ve made. Include more employee testimonials, customer success stories, environmental impact studies, or ‘Message from the CEO’ videos. Mixing up how you deliver CSR good news makes sure investors, as well as your target audiences, don’t get number fatigue.

 

Conclusion: Don’t choose a CSR focus based on what’s trending

Ironically, even though this article is all about CSR trends, make sure you’re not shifting your CSR strategy each year based on what’s trending. Although many big companies have jumped at the chance to show their support for social change in the past few years, that doesn’t mean you have to organize something similar for your company if a big social justice push doesn’t match your short or long term goals. As long as everyone is working towards your company vision, you should be okay.

For a comprehensive look at ways to improve your CSR on your website, as well as some great examples of public companies with great CSR reporting, download our guide below!

 

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IR Resolutions for 2017

When it comes to resolutions for the New Year, we all have various personal and professional goals that we are seeking to accomplish. Whether it’s a personal goal that will work to make you a stronger leader in your workplace or community, or a professional goal, like creating and launching an optimized online IR strategy for your company, this is time of the year when we are ready to get started on our New Year Resolutions. And if IR Resolutions are what you’re making, this blog is for you.

We’re excited about what is to come in IR for 2017. So excited, in fact, that we’ve compiled the IR resolutions that you need to know about now for this New Year. With a compilation of trends and insights we’re ready to see unfold, you’ll want to bookmark this blog and review in the upcoming quarters.

Here are the IR Resolutions for 2017 you need to know now.

 

Review and determine if your website needs a refresh.

39% of people will stop engaging with a website if images won’t load or take too long to load, so it’s time to ask yourself – does your website need a refresh? Furthermore, given 15 minutes to consume content, two-thirds of people would rather read something well designed than something plain, and a bore to view.

Given the fact that visitors to your website are unlikely to spend 15 minutes on any given page, you have a limited amount of time to make an impression on your IR visitors.

In 2017, it’s time to review and determine if your website needs a refresh.

 

Video is King.

We’ve spoken about this at length, but 2017 is the year when it truly comes into play

59 percent of executives admit that they would rather watch video than read text, which means that your IR decision makers are looking for video content in the New Year. It should be an integral part of your website’s infrastructure, and can no longer be considered an addition to your IR strategy.

Integrate video content on your home page, your company’s about us page, your contact page and more. Ensure it is engaging content – and short! Aim for a video length of 0:30 to one minute in length.

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Do you need to update your CSR strategy?

Although we have seen a great number of companies who have an understanding of how CSR can impact their IR strategy, showcasing your efforts will soon be the norm. CSR has been more of a trend seen in the European and Asia-Pacific regions, but 2017 will be the year that it becomes increasingly relevant in North America.

With this in mind, it’s time to review your CSR strategy and online presence in this New Year. Ask yourself – does the CSR section of my website accurately reflect our internal efforts?

 

Use social media to tell your story.

Although you very likely have presence online, and perhaps even use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram every single day, this is the time to review how you are telling your company’s story through social media. 62 percent of adults in the United States get their news on social networks, which is up from 49 percent in 2012. It’s clear that this trend will only continue in 2017.

As you are making company announcements or CSR initiates in this New Year, consider how social media can compliment your strategy.

 

From a website refresh to video, CSR to social media, your IR resolutions for 2017 range in topic, but will all play a significant impact on your business within this New Year. Take time this month to review your strategies currently in place, and consider the benefits of making optimizations now.

Digital Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2017

With the New Year right around the corner, many IR companies are putting the finishing touches on their digital strategies for 2017. Budgets have been approved and wish lists received, meaning that now is the time when the tactics are being throughly reviewed and targets set for the upcoming year. You’ve likely spent time researching the latest digital marketing trends (mobile, mobile, mobile), and have been dissecting predictions yourself for the last few months; however, as we inch closer to the New Year, digital predictions are becoming that much more clear, with key trends emerging in the online space.

We’ve spent time surveying the industry and have determined our top five trends heading into 2017. So, grab a cup of coffee, open your 2017 Digital Marketing Strategy, and consider affirming (or making tweaks!) now, before we get into the Holiday Swing.

 

Below are our Digital Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2017…

 

1.  Your target investor wants personalized content.

In recent years, companies have been developing more content for their websites; blogs, infographics, eBooks and more have filled the pages of content strategies globally.

Now, your target persona wants content – but they want personalized content. With 40% of businesses taking a strategic approach to content, the time is now for your IR company to shine.

By personalized, we mean using content like the aforementioned blogs, infographics, eBooks and more that is suited and targeted to your potential investor. For example, you could create a white paper or case study for a particular segment of your target, like mining. You would then serve this content through an email newsletter or targeted advertising to mining contacts exclusively. Not only does it provide valuable and worthwhile content to your potential investor, it makes him or her feel like your company is taking their wants and needs into consideration.

 

2. Design for multi-platform users.

 

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It’s clear that more and more digital consumers are using multi-platforms to view content online; that is, they have indicated use of mobile, desktop, tablets and more on a frequent basis. Users are coming to your website from a variety of sources, and likely using other devices at various times to return to your website.

This means that instead of thinking mobile-exclusively, consider the benefits of building for multi-platform. Run an audit of your website – is it responsive on desktop, mobile and tablets? What about iPhone VS Android? Is there room for improvement?

 

3. Remember, your target users on are other sites, too.

 

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While the main objective is to drive potential investors to your website, remember that your target investors are on other sites, too.

Primarily, consider the benefits of having active profiles on social accounts, like LinkedIn and Twitter, for example, or perhaps Facebook Groups to peruse for your benefit. Facebook is the leading social network as of Q2 2016, with 1,590,000 million active users and an 18% market share of social media networks.

 

4. Mobile marketing SEO will break you apart from competition in 2017.

When it comes to digital trends in 2017, SEO might very well take the cake for generating the greatest impact.

Google has announced a plethora of updates to search engine optimization in 2017, but the one you primarily need to focus on is around Accelerated Mobile Pages. Accelerated Mobile Pages (or AMP) is a project from Google and Twitter that is designed to make really fast mobile pages. At its core, it’s basically a stripped-down form of HTML.

Anything you can do to help speed the load of your web and mobile pages will significantly help in keeping users on your site. The AMP project from Google and Twitter is performing so well, we predict that this will start to have a real impact on SEO moving into 2017. Make sure AMP pages are on your digital task list for the New Year.

 

5. Nurture your current IR leads.

Nurturing your leads, either through email newsletters or 1:1 contact, is a necessity in 2017.

Much like personalizing your content, it’s more important than ever to keep in contact and deliver the content your potential investor needs. 2017 is the year of reliance on big data and CRM software, so be sure you have the budget and systems in place to start (or continue) your email nurturing strategy. By keeping in contact with leads who have not yet converted to an investor, your company can stay top of mind in 2017.

 

There are big changes in store for the year ahead, and it’s clear that digital marketing will play a significant part in the success of businesses globally. Through these digital marketing trends and predictions, review your current strategic plan and consider the areas you can expand on or update.

Above all, we wish you and your team a joyous Holiday Season and a successful New Year! 

Questions about these digital marketing trends and predictions for 2017? Contact us here.

Connecting with your On-The-Go Investors: Beyond the Website

What other aspects of your IR communications can benefit from a mobile-first focus?

Last week, we focused on specific website examples from Canadian public companies who have made mobile a top priority when it came to their website and investor relations section. While mobile optimization is definitely the first step, the job isn’t done once your website looks great on a phone or tablet. A mobile-friendly website is only one step in the process of getting your company ready for a mobile focused future. There are many other ways of communicating with your on-the-go investors that can benefit from revisiting your IR strategy with a mobile lens.

Section Four of Blender Media and CIRI BC’s collaborative eBook, Connecting with Your On-The-Go-Investors takes a look at every part of a conclusive investor relations strategy, beyond the website, and discusses how public companies can benefit from mobile-friendly presentations, reports, email signups, and more. Navigate to the interactive eBook now to take an in-depth look at our findings, or read the highlights below!

 

My website is mobile-friendly, aren’t I done?

Nope. As we mentioned above, having a mobile optimized website is the first step, but definitely not the last in order to have a complete mobile strategy for your public company. Get inside mind of your on-the-go investors and ask yourself: What issues might my investors run into when looking at my company info from their phones? Below are a few of our ideas for potential problems:

“I want to make note of the company’s next conference call/annual report/ tradeshow on my phone’s calendar, but it’s too complicated.”

Build an ‘Add to Calendar’ or ‘Remind Me’ function into your company’s latest updates so on-the-go investors can easily select their type of calendar and have the event saved straight to their mobile device. This process is easy to implement for you, and will save your investors time.

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“I want to sign up for email alerts, but it’s too hard to fill out the form from my tablet.”

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to fill out an electronic form on a phone and having the keyboard open and collapse at random times, or the form fields stop registering, or the ‘submit’ button is too difficult to tap. Don’t put your on-the-go investors through that headache and ensure that every form on your website requesting information works flawlessly.

 

“I’ve opened their annual report on my phone, but the PDF is too small to read and I have to keep zooming in with my fingers.”

Ah, the old PDF pinch and zoom. Although downloadable PDFs are still widely used by public companies for annual reports, is that the way it always has to be? What about an interactive annual report as a separate website that functions well on any mobile device? Creating a digital annual report with animated highlights, easily selectable chapters, great design, and more will stand out to your investors much more than the same old PDF. Want to see an example? Navigate to our latest eBook that we call the “PDF slayer.” Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors gives you a digital reading experience like no other.

 

Read about what other IR materials can be enhanced with a mobile focus (such as news releases, annual reports, and IR presentations), as well as testimonials from the industry’s top IR experts in our full report. Check it out here!

 

Connecting with your On-The-Go investors: Great Mobile Examples

Take a lesson from your peers, and get mobile optimized.

We’ve been writing a lot lately about why it’s so important to have a mobile-friendly website in order to better communicate with your on-the-go investors. You’ve learned the basics of what mobile-friendly means for public companies. We explained how giant companies like Google are changing the way their mobile searches work with ‘Mobilegeddon’.

This week, we’re looking at specific website examples from Canadian public companies who have made mobile optimization a top priority. In Section Three of our interactive eBook, Connecting with Your On-The-Go Investors, we pull together examples of great mobile websites from companies of all sizes and all industries.

 

Here’s what you can expect from Section Three: Examples of mobile-friendly websites.

Analyze the mobile readiness of your peers! Below, in this week’s blog, we break down one great example of a mobile-friendly website from our friends at Teck Resources. Section Three of the eBook, however, offers many more examples from great companies as well as an explanation of why mobile optimization should be on your investor relations strategy agenda. You can also read testimonials from IR executives at Teck Resources and others about why mobile was an asset for their investor strategy. The eBook’s collaboration with CIRI BC ensures that each example takes into consideration the needs of Canadian public companies. Navigate to the eBook now for the full experience, or continue reading for one example.

 

Why we love Teck Resources’s mobile website

Many assume that only companies in the technology sector can benefit from having a cutting-edge website. However, Teck is a great example of a natural resources company with a website built for this day and age. Here are some specific reasons why we love them on mobile:

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The Design Isn’t Compromised

Teck’s mobile design is just as stunning as their desktop website. Sliding banners with high quality photos capture the attention of on-the-go investors and the mobile design keeps consistent with the same typography and colours as the desktop experience.

 

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Company News and Performance Features

Teck’s mobile homepage includes pullouts from the latest company news and investor performance figures with an option to navigate to the full page to learn more. Pulling out performance statistics on the homepage makes it easy for on-the-go investors to quickly get the bite-sized information.

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Wealth of Information

Teck’s mobile website provides on-the-go investors with all the information they need, from the latest news release to the importance of CSR and sustainability measures. Oftentimes, a public company’s desktop website offers the full breadth of information, while the mobile website lacks a majority of website sections. Teck’s mobile website, however, uses an intuitive navigation and clean design to display all the information needed in an organized way.

 

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Focus on Sustainability

Teck’s mobile website features a section called ‘Our Approach to Sustainability’ with visual icons to help mobile users grasp their environmental plan. At the bottom of the mobile homepage, on-the-go investors can easily find the 2015 Sustainability Report, as well as the latest annual report.

 

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Teck is only one example of the many Canadian companies who are helping their on-the-go investors find the information they need with their mobile websites. To see all the examples and learn more strategies, make sure to navigate to Section Three of the eBook: Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors.

Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors – The “Mobilegeddon” Update

On April 21 2015, businesses everywhere were watching Google search rankings intently.

It was on this day that Google released an algorithmic update that revolved around mobile-friendly websites. This essentially meant that websites optimized for mobile received a boost in their mobile search results, whereas those that were not mobile-friendly dropped in their overall search rankings.

Hence, the term ‘Mobilegeddon’.

‘Mobilegeddon’ has emerged in various forms since April 21 2015. In May of 2016, ‘Mobilegeddon’ 2.0 was released; this update further increased the rankings of companies with mobile-friendly, optimized websites. Those who invested the necessary time and effort into making their sites mobile-friendly benefited from this update, whereas the businesses that did not follow the mobile-optimized trend were further dropped from the pack.

That’s exactly why we paid closed attention to ‘Mobilegeddon’ in Section 2 of Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors. Since these updates are so important to public companies, we deemed it as an integral part of our collaborative resource with CIRI.

Here’s what you can expect from Section Two: The ‘Mobilegeddon’ Update.

Although you now know what ‘Mobilegeddon’ is, Section Two will take you through why it was released.

As Google collected web traffic and search data, they realized that more and more traffic was coming from mobile devices, primarily smart phones. To fuel a positive user experience on their network, Google announced the ‘Mobilegeddon’ change. This announcement was made in February of 2015, giving companies just three months to prepare.

Google’s primary focus was to “work towards delivering high quality search results that are optimized” for mobile devices. As traffic to their network was increasing on mobile, the goal of this change was to create seamless user experiences online.

What happened after The ‘Mobilegeddon’ Update?

So, this begs the question – what happened after April 21 2015? What did Google look like on April 22nd?

Content marketing company, BrightEdge, has tracked over 20,000 URLs since the update. They found that there was a 21% decrease in non mobile-friendly URLs on the first 3 pages of search results.

Similarly, a search by s360 showed that mobile friendly websites have received 32% more organic mobile traffic than non-mobile friendly websites.

Could you imagine receiving 32% more traffic to your website, simply because you made the decision to optimize your website for mobile?

What does it mean for my public company?

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68% of investors look at investor related content throughout the day on their mobile device, which means that nearly three quarters of traffic to your website could be coming from mobile. If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, not only will it be slammed by ‘Mobilegeddon’, your user experience will start to decline from the very moment that a potential investor visits your website.

‘Mobilegeddon’ had a significant impact on the websites of public companies, many of which are still feeling such impact on their search rankings. In an effort to help public companies with their website’s user experience, we made sure to include Section Two: The ‘Mobilegeddon’ Update in Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors.

With Section Two: The ‘Mobilegeddon’ Update reviewing what you need to know about Google’s change in April of 2015, we’ll follow-up next week with an overview of Section Three: Examples of Mobile-Friendly Websites.

 

Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors: The Basics

Are you reading this blog on your smart phone right now?

With the number of global mobile phone users expected to pass the five billion mark by 2019, there’s a good chance you’re browsing through our site on your iPhone, Android, Windows or Pixel phone.

And, when it comes to using your mobile device for work, 83% of institutional investors rely on their smart phone when it comes to decision making.

That’s exactly why we released “Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors”, in collaboration with CIRI. It’s your resource on mobile optimization – what it means, how it impacts SEO for your business, and how it is being embraced by users across Canada. It is meant to serve a go-to reference as you review your company’s IR digital and outreach strategy for 2017.

So, what’s in “Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors”?

The resource is divided into five sections, with each serving a unique purpose in the process of understanding the impact of mobile on your business. Over the next five weeks, we’ll highlight each of these sections, diving deeper into what you can expect from the resource that is available now.

With that said, here’s what you can expect from Section One: The Basics.

What does “The Basics” of being mobile friendly actually mean?

In very simple terms, being ‘mobile-friendly’ means that a website renders well on your smart phone, regardless of the device.

For example, you know the pain of checking a website on mobile that isn’t optimized for your smartphone. Whether you’re filling out a contact form, or simply information-gathering, the experience can be less-than-stellar.

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But if that was the extent of it, we’d stop right there.

In “The Basics”, we outline everything Google assesses when it comes to the mobile-readiness of your website. This includes:

  • Website structure
  • Page loading speeds
  • Content relevance
  • Meta-descriptions and title tags
  • And more…

How can I tell if my website is mobile friendly, and what should I do for my business?

There are so many ways to test the mobile-readiness of your website; in Section One: The Basics, we’ll take you through the benefits of responsive design, and why we believe it’s the strongest option for your business.

Responsive design is an approach to web design that is aimed at developing sites to provide an optimal viewing experience, both on desktop and on mobile. It makes for easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling. It’s also the strongest option for your business when it comes to SEO and placement on sites like Google, which is integral to IR and decision making versus competitors. So, if your website isn’t ready for smart phone users, it’s important that you take responsive design into consideration as you plan for your IR strategy in 2017.

Throughout this collaborative resource, “Connecting With Your On-The-Go Investors”, we’ll take you through the importance of building a website that caters to your business persona, and leave you with tips you can implement now to build a stronger brand presence online.

With Section One: The Basics setting the stage for what is to come, we’ll follow-up next week with an overview of Section Two: The ‘Mobilegeddon’ Update.

 

7 Ways To Test The Mobile-Readiness Of Your Website

We’ve talked about how important it is to have a mobile friendly website, but how do you know if your website is truly mobile-ready?

It’s a loaded question, and one we’re here to answer. Although your website might appear to look fine on mobile, it might not be truly optimized. And since 48% of consumers start mobile research with a search engine (with this stat growing month over month), it’s important that your company focuses on mobile fast.

That’s why we’re here to show you how you can find out if your website is ready for mobile.

So let’s get started. Here’s are 7 ways you can test the mobile-readiness of your website

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1. Open your website in a browser.

Yes, this test requires a desktop computer.

For this test, open your company’s website in a browser. This method is often referred to as a “three second test”, and here’s why:

With your mouse, grab the right side of your browser window and drag it all the way to the left until you can’t shrink it any further.

Is content cut off? Or can you scroll and view content without an issue? Do you have to maximize the page to view content again?

If content fits within your screen and you can scroll properly, this is a great sign.

 

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2. Test your website’s mobile load speed.

Click on this link and enter your company’s URL in the text box.

We love this offering from Google; they’ve developed a website that tests your URL to see if it’s mobile friendly, or if it’s not quite responsive.

 

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3. Open your website in your mobile browser and begin to test forms.

Since a contact form is the most important part of your website (after all, how are prospective clients supposed to contact you without it?) it’s important to ensure that forms are responsive on mobile.

Open your “Contact” page and view the form through your smartphone. Is it responding properly? Can you fill information easily?

 

4. Check your site speed.

Another great tool from Google is the Site Speed Test.

To get started, click here and, just like the mobile-readiness test, enter your company’s website URL.

This tool is truly great. In addition to speed scores, it will give you detailed information on what you should fix and the things you’ve done correctly. It will also give you a speed test for mobile and desktop.

 

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5. Review your content placement.

Even if your website is optimized for mobile structurally, it’s important that your content reflects your mobile focus.

By this, we mean that your content hierarchy should reflect how you want your web visitors to interact with your website. This can be referred to as the beginning of a “Buyer’s Journey”.

Ask yourself:

  • Are the most important Call-to-Actions the first thing investors see on mobile?
  • Is all text easy to read?
  • Are all Call-to-Action buttons easy to click? Do you understand exactly where the button will lead you?

When reviewing your website, make sure that your content is placed in a way that makes sense for visitors.

 

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6. Send this to your developer or agency…

mobiReady has a great (and extensive) test around everything JavaScript, CSS, HTML and more.

It’s easy to use, and we recommend working with your development team or agency to go through this process.

 

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7. Get our Mobile Optimization Guide.

If these first tips helped you, consider downloading our Mobile Optimization Guide here. This guide is extensive, and is a great resource for your team to use as you are going through the process of reviewing your website.

Since 83% of investors rely on mobile when it comes to work, it’s more important than ever to test the mobile-readiness of your website. Ask yourself – would you want a potential client experience frustration while interacting on your website? Can you afford to have a potential client leave your website because of a slow load time? We are assuming that the answer is resoundingly “no”.