The Three C’s of Creating Content for Mobile Users

By brandonshutt

Editor’s Note: Josh R Jackson is a contributing editor at BestMarketingDegrees.org. To compliment the brand new mobile marketing classes in our updated catalog, he joins us to discuss three rules for developing effective mobile content.

Near the end of 2016, Zenith forecast that 75% of online content consumption will be mobile by the end of 2017.

Combine that with the fact that mobile is the fastest-growing channel for digital media consumption, and it’s easy to see that mobile marketing will be defined by content in the near and distant future.

While the rules for generating mobile content are similar to the rules for generating desktop content, they come with some caveats. Executing mobile marketing strategies according to these rules can make the difference between generating mobile content that users scroll right past and content that users stop and click.

If you want to generate mobile content that users stop and click, then it’s essential to know the three Cs of creating content that targets mobile users.

1. Curate for Mobile Traffic

Across many fields, content creation has always been about cultivating information that reaches the right audience. SEO experts will tell you that publishing information with optimum keyword density goes a long way toward curating the kind of content that will attract the most relevant traffic. What they might not tell you is that if your target audience is mobile users, you have some unique considerations to entertain.

First of these considerations is that since 2015, Google has been using a mobile-first ranking index to create search listings based on how individual pages register on mobile devices. This is because the search giant wants its listings to reflect the way the majority of its users find that content via smartphone and tablet.

Second of these considerations is that mobile sites are increasingly more likely have their content rank higher via Google Search and other search engines, especially if they support the following:

  1. Fewer ads and less text than desktop websites.
  2. More mobile-optimized content than desktop websites.
  3. Greater quality content (i.e., more focused keywords) than desktop websites.

The biggest takeaway here is that longtail keywords, or highly technical keywords and key phrases should be the first things to include when creating content tailored for mobile users.

This means that marketing managers need to make surgical decisions about the amount of text, length of content, and quality of engagement they’re asking for on mobile sites, so as to curate content that maximally targets and reaches mobile traffic.

2. Craft for Mobile Engagement

What if I told you that mobile engagement is different than desktop engagement?

Think about the last time you witnessed someone using their phone to perform a search. Their face probably hovered within inches of their device while they used their thumb to scroll rapidly through a short list of results for the answer they were seeking. Now think about the last time you witnessed someone using a desktop to perform a search: their face Go to the full article.

Source:: Online Marketing Institute

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