On February 12th, the PayrollHero dev team in Whistler travelled down to Vancouver to attend the Vancouver JS meetup. We reached town a bit early, so we spent some time coworking from Launch Academy. Later in the evening, we went to SFU Harbour Center where the event was being held. Around 150 people attended the event. Two top notch speakers presented in the meetup. Robert W. Hurst of Chloi presented a talk on LucidJS and Peter McLachlan of Mobify presented a talk on Mobile performance.
Few small business owners would question the value of having a company website. But for customers, the web isn’t just about what they see when they’re in front of their computer screen. The Internet is increasingly being accessed through an array of devices, such as smart phones and tablets—and that means your business’s website needs to be mobile friendly, too.
It’s not as if retail brands haven’t been warned: Australians are in love with the internet and online shopping. It’s an obsession that pervades every aspect of our lives, from banking and browsing to playing, learning and shopping.
So, the results from research by mobile e-commerce company Mobify should not be a surprise. Their analysis of 2012 activity of 200m shoppers on mobile commerce websites, aimed at determining “which nation most often shops on the go”, found that Australians lead the world: 47 per cent of all our traffic to commercial websites comes from mobile devices.
In ecommerce, tablets are now finally being recognised as an entirely distinct category than smartphones, so the overarching mobile category is no longer relevant.
As such, businesses can’t rely on having a single mobile strategy to cover both devices. Tablet shoppers can expect to be treated to an excellent user experience that fits with the capabilities of their device.
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