5 Tips For Optimization Of Your Mobile Website

51 Did you know that by the end of 2014 there will be more mobile web surfers than stationary ones? That means more prospects are accessing your business website more through their smart phones, tablets or other mobile devices than with a laptop or PC. If you thought you had time to make the switch closer to 2014, you may want to reconsider in light of new research. A recent study revealed that around 40% of prospects move on to a competitor if they have a poor mobile experience. How prepared is your business for this change? Well, if you are just starting out, the following checklist will help…

1. Make sure your mobile site is different from your regular website – While you must stick to your branding standards, your mobile website should be simpler than your web version. The reason being is that complicated designs that load well and look good on computers are often distorted when accessed through a mobile device. Plus, mobile surfers don’t really have the time to sift through a lot of content. Bottom line: your website’s mobile friendly version should be short, simple and sweet…offering your viewers the most important and basic sections of your website.

2. Option to access the actual website – That said, do provide your viewers with the option to access your regular website through their mobile device, as some viewers will prefer to stick with what is familiar.

3. Sitemap – Whether it’s your actual website or the mobile version, make sure you have a sitemap in place. A sitemap just makes it easier for your viewers to navigate through the site.

4. Get rid of flash – Most mobile devices don’t support flash. Keep this in mind when optimizing your website for the mobile surfer. Simple images that load fast are your best bet.

5. Testing – Make sure you test your mobile website thoroughly on different operating systems, browsers and devices. What looks good on one device might be totally distorted on another.

You could also develop a mobile application instead of a website, but most SMBs find that option too expensive and complicated. So, for now, put the 5 tips mentioned above into use and get your mobile-friendly website into action…

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Cognoscape to Host North Dallas Chamber of Commerce AM Exchange

Cognoscape LLC to Host North Dallas Chamber of Commerce AM Exchange – check out our new office!

Cognoscape the IT Services Company from Addison Texas will be one of the host for the upcoming North Dallas Chamber of Commerce AM Exchange. This early morning networking opportunity is hosted quarterly by different chamber members at their place of business. This event is an excellent venue for chamber members to showcase their office location and products and services.

  Date Wednesday, October 23
  Time 7:30 a.m.
  Location 16479 Dallas Parkway, 1st Floor in Addison

Co-hosted by Armor Wealth Management, Cognoscape and Hudson Peters Commercial Real Estate

Cost No charge for members who pre-register, $5/members at the door, $15/non-members.

Register online or by phone at 214.368.6485. Please RSVP by October 21.

Sponsor

BBVA Compass
 

Chamber contact:
Carol Short
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

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Join us at the ALA Business partner Expo today at the Belo Mansion from 4:00 – 7:00P – Win a Nexus 7!

Please drop by our booth for a chance to win a Nexus 7 at the ALA Business Partner Expo.   This is an annual event put on by the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators.   See you there!   Cognoscape is an IT services company located in Addison TX.   They specialize in working with the legal community and offer various legal specific services. 

Our Legal Technology Solutions include:

  • Practice Management Solutions
  • Data storage and virtualization solutions for e-discovery, archiving and document management.
  • Managed, archived email
  • Software as a Service (SaaS) for lawyers lets you pay only for software applications you use. Our SaaS solutions cover all of your purchase, installation, setup, ongoing support and upgrade costs on a subscription basis – without a large capital investment
  • Proactive 24×7 Network Monitoring and alerts for critical issues
  • Branch or virtual office connectivity support
  • Remote access to your office files and data while traveling or in court
 

 http://www.dallasala.org/news_and_events/in_the_news

Dallas Business Journal blogs on technology tips from Michael St. Martin with Cognoscape

I greatly enjoyed speaking at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce NDCC this morning.   In the audience was Bill Hethcock writer from the Dallas Business Journal who wrote this blog post today about the event, check it out.

… here are some tips, courtesy of Michael St. Martin, chief operating officer of Addison-based Cognoscape, an IT support, Internet marketing and technology 

Technology tips can boost your biz

How Dropbox Saved My Bacon!

by Chad King

The meeting was set. I was ready. The proposal was done… and still on the printer in my office. Uh-oh.

But alas, all was not lost! Fortunately, I saved it in a dropbox folder that also syncs to my phone. I pulled up the latest version of my proposal, e-mailed it to my contact at the client site, she printed it for me, and my mini crisis was averted. Life on the go is good!

I preach mobile effectiveness to our clients all the time. Thank goodness I practice what I preach…

Oh, and in case you’re wondering (I would be), yes, we won the deal! I now have a great new client and a great new example of how being smart with technology makes business (and life) easier.