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  • 1. Getting Mobile: New Platforms to Promote Your Institution ©Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. 2011 Australian International Education Conference October 11-14, 2011 Adelaide, Australia Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 2. Part I: Overview for 2011… and onward Strategy imperative… Remember the land-line telephone? Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 3. Key Strategy Challenge:
    • Why should I put scarce resources into mobile marketing?
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  • 4. Helping or hurting your brand reputation…
    • Website experience shapes brand perception…
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  • 5. Growing expectation…
    • A “mobile friendly” web presence
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  • 6. 25% smartphones world wide… http://bit.ly/grclDr Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 7. Smartphone by country… 2011 http://bit.ly/oVj16y
    • Highest penetration per population density
      • Singapore... 62 percent
      • Australia… 37 percent
      • Japan, U.K., U.S. are all lower
    • 80% of Australian businesses do not have mobile websites
      • Many believe having a mobile app = having a mobile strategy
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  • 8. Use of mobile for social media… http://bit.ly/grclDr Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 9. Asia Pacific is “most exciting”… http://bit.ly/iUracN Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 10. Major reason people go to any website…
    • Complete a task
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  • 11. Gerry McGovern:
    • “ You don’t have a mobile strategy, you have a top task strategy.”
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  • 12. Content strategy question:
    • How will 30+ home page links become 8 to 10 mobile links?
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  • 13. Top tasks for recruitment might be…
    • Find academic course list
    • Check enrollment profile
    • Get cost information
    • Inquire about enrollment
    • Apply online
    • Check application status
    • Get to campus
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  • 14. Mobile App or Mobile Website?
    • Mobile App
      • Different apps for different devices
      • How will people find your app?
      • Not easy to update
      • Higher performance possible/Easier use
    • Mobile Website
      • Access from any mobile device
      • Can find using “search”
      • Easy to update
      • Will perform as well as you build it
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  • 15. If you’re thinking about an app… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 16. Prediction for 2015… http://bit.ly/mPtumX
    • Financial Times already has left App Store and created a HTML 5 mobile site.
    • App Store will follow AOL and “By 2015 we’ll all feel silly talking about apps.”
    • Counterpoint: “I think it’s a bit of a stretch to assume that it is going to go away that quickly.”
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  • 17. Part II: Basic Usability Issues
    • Slow, steady improvement but not yet equal to large screen mobile experience
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  • 18. Main mobile challenges… Jakob Nielsen at http://bit.ly/iqAv8
    • 4 major problems
      • Small screens
      • Awkward input
      • Slow downloads
      • Poor design for mobile
    • Impact on task completion in 2010
      • 80% success on regular websites from a PC
      • 59% success from a mobile phone
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  • 19. Meet challenges and success grows…
    • Task success was higher at sites designed for mobile access…
      • 64% task completion at “sites for mobile”
      • 53% task completion at regular websites
    • Larger screen = more success
      • Regular cell phones… 38% success
      • Regular smartphones… 55% success
      • Touch screen phones… 75% success ◄
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  • 20. Mobile usability update… 26 Sept 2011 Jakob Nielsen Alertbox… http://bit.ly/aq2goa
    • “ Our new research shows that mobile sites and apps have been improving their usability , even though it's still far below that of regular websites accessed from a desktop computer .”
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  • 21. Mobile usability update… 26 Sept 2011 Jakob Nielsen Alertbox… http://bit.ly/aq2goa
    • “ The current success rate for mobile Web use (62%) is about what we measured for desktop Web use in 1999 . The current desktop success rate is 84% ; unless mobile usability starts improving more rapidly, we'll have to wait until 2026 to reach that level.”
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  • 22. Mobile usability update… 26 Sept 2011 Jakob Nielsen Alertbox… http://bit.ly/aq2goa
    • “ This leads to the first, and maybe most important, guideline for improving the mobile user experience: design a separate mobile site . Don't expect users to access the same site from both desktop and mobile browsers.”
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  • 23. Mobile usability update… 26 Sept 2011 Jakob Nielsen Alertbox… http://bit.ly/aq2goa
    • “ A second key guideline… clear, explicit links from the full site to the mobile site and from the mobile site to the full site.”
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  • 24. Mobile usability update… 26 Sept 2011 Jakob Nielsen Alertbox… http://bit.ly/aq2goa
    • “ As long as users don't need to navigate, they might actually be okay when they're dumped into a site that works poorly on their phone...
    • “ But if users want to know more than what that one page offers, they'll suffer if they're stuck on the full site. That's when the link to the mobile site will come in handy.”
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  • 25. How fast does your site load? http://bit.ly/bFHRP1 ... for Top 30 sites
    • Where do you fit among these examples?
      • Sears……. 3.59 seconds
      • Dell……. 5.23 seconds
      • Walgreen’s…… 6.29 seconds
      • Wal-Mart…… 6.32 seconds
      • Amazon.com…… 6.79 seconds
      • Barnes & Noble… 7.01 seconds
      • CVS….. 7.59 seconds
      • Lowe’s….. 7.66 seconds
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  • 26. Part III: Designing for mobile… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 27. Basic design rule for mobile…
    • Keep things simple…
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  • 28. First impression… this? Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 29. First impression… or this? Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 30. The Golden Rule remains…
    • 5 to 8 seconds to connect when a page opens
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  • 31. The holy grail… one website
    • One website for every access point
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  • 32. Dilemma at the start…
    • What do we do with content on “traditional” websites?
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  • 33. We have to solve the dilemma…
    • “ Short is too long. Ultra-short rules the day” in mobile content.
      • Jakob Nielsen
      • Alertbox: August 1, 2011 http:// bit.ly/pftKhp
    • How much of your content is “dead” & “useless” junk that impedes navigation & search results?
      • Gerry McGovern
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  • 34. Long necks and long tails…
    • “ Much of the long tail is a dead zone… full of dead and useless content.”
      • Gerry McGovern
    • Long tail content gets found in search and included in links
    • “ Mobile” can’t afford this
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  • 35. Can you answer this?
    • How will you reduce links on your home page to 8 to 10 for a mobile site?
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  • 36. How will you change this page… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 37. To this home page? Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 38. Navigation by icons or… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 39. Navigation by words… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 40. Or give people a choice? Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 41. After the home page… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 42. 3 approaches to a mobile site… http://bit.ly/nMPJSk
    • Tweak your present website
      • Automatic basic adjustments through a CMS
    • Adaptive layout
      • Changes your images and layout on your “traditional” site to fit a mobile screen
      • Works best if designed from the start to adapt
    • Dedicated mobile website…
      • Most expensive solution
      • Best experience for visitors
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  • 43. Beware the iPhone tech trap…
    • iPhone can display your traditional web pages
    • But in a size that nobody can read without finger flicking
    • Goal: no finger flicking
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  • 44. Keep graphics small & relevant…
    • No room (or need) on mobile pages for graphics not directly related to the content
    • Make sure key content areas are immediately visible
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  • 45. Long links = easier navigation…
    • 3 to 5 word links are easier to touch
    • Avoid one word links
      • And especially a series of one word links one after another
    • On lists, leave enough space between words
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  • 46. The NY Times goal for mobile…
    • “ The Internet should work like it does on PC screens.”
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  • 47. Can we meet this challenge?
    • “ As you go to site XYZ it will automatically create a single-column, mobile-friendly view that has navigation scaled to produce videos or slideshows so users won’t have to pinch or scan or scroll or download an app for everything.”
      • Robert Z. Samuels, director of mobile product development, New York Times
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  • 48. The NY Times on mobile… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 49. Accessibility issues…
    • Mobile web best practices from W3C
    • Mobile web guidelines at
      • http://www.w3.org/TR/mobile-bp/
    • SlideShare review at http://slidesha.re/aec8DY
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  • 50. Part IV: Mobile Marketing in Higher Education Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 51. 1. Direct marketing focus…
    • One goal: get an inquiry
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  • 52. The first image… while it loads Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 53. If you are a student like this… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 54. Very simple enrollment inquiry… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 55. Immediate email response… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 56. Email links to admissions page… http://www.kettering.edu/futurestudents/ Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 57. 2. Task oriented home page…
    • Focus on internal & external users is a special challenge…
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  • 58. A task-oriented home page… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 59. No “finger flicking” here… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 60. Easy to scan academic majors… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 61. Clean, simple program page… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 62. 3. Successful search outcomes Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 63. Easy to enter search word… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 64. Well presented content… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 65. Another success example… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 66. A caveat on program presentation… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 67. 3. Text messaging option
    • Find high interest inquiries early in the recruitment cycle……
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  • 68. High interest students: 2010…
    • % of inquiries opting for text updates…
      • 3.9% (1,416 of 35,606)
    • % of applicants opting for text updates…
      • 30.6% (1,140 of 3,720)
    • % of deposits opting for text updates…
      • 46.5% (269 of 578)
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  • 69. High interest students: 2011…
    • % of inquiries opting for text updates…
      • 4.8% (1,923 of 40,246)
    • % of applicants opting for text updates…
      • 13.5% (593 of 4,387)
    • % of deposits opting for text updates…
      • 55.6% (385 of 692)
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  • 70. Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC Percent who deposited Overall inquiries Inquiries who opted-in for text updates Yield: Inquiry to Deposit, 2010
  • 71. Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC Percent who deposited Overall inquiries Inquiries who opted-in for text updates Yield: Inquiry to Deposit, 2011
  • 72. Ongoing contact to increase conversion… Text messaging each month as the recruitment cycle unfolds… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 73. Build internal opt-in database… http://www.stmarytx.edu/admission/?go=mobileupdates Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 74. Not yet applied for admission…
    • “ Be early, catch the worm. Submit ur admission application by Jan 15 for priority consideration. Get info at www.stmarytx.edu/admission.”
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  • 75. Join our online community…
    • “ Cre8 a profile on the St Marys online community at www.BeARattler.com by Feb 1 to be entered to get ur $200 enrollment deposit waived!”
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  • 76. Register for Orientation…
    • “ Bob, R u ready 4 Orientation? Sign-up is now open. Go to https://gateway.stmarytx.edu. We R lookin 4ward to seeing u on campus!”
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  • 77. 4. QR Codes
    • Using in print advertising, view books, printed recruitment pieces, college fair exhibits
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  • 78. Get started here… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 79. QR codes in Australia… http://bit.ly/bztkDm
    • “ Stupid Question” in 2010…
      • “ Does anyone in Australia actually use QR codes?”
    • Answer in 2010…
      • “ Australians do use QR codes, but they aren’t a mainstream marketing tool yet. Time will tell whether they’re a fad or a genuinely useful addition to interactive media.”
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  • 80. QR code use in the U.S.… http://bit.ly/lpcggL
    • In February, 2011…
      • Get coupons…………… 53%
      • Access more information… 52%
      • Sign up for more info……. 26%
      • Access video….. 24%
      • Access social media site… 23%
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  • 81. Good advice in 2011… http://bit.ly/q2QWrW
    • Test the code with different readers
    • Be careful w/ text or it might break the code
    • Link to mobile pages
    • Don’t use where people can’t connect
    • Offer value at the destination
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  • 82. If you use QR codes…
    • Essential to create a mobile friendly landing page for quick scan…
    • 2 Sky magazine May 2011 examples
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  • 83. Not-so-good landing page… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 84. Mobile friendly landing page… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 85. Experiment at “QR Stuff”… http://www.qrstuff.com/ Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 86. 5. Online Mobile Application
    • University of the Pacific received 10% of undergraduate applications in 2010 from mobile phones
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  • 87. Online application can work… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 88. Including international students… Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 89. Part IV: Future Mobile Marketing Challenges
    • Legal
    • Technical
    • Management
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  • 90. Continuing provider challenges…
    • Multiple providers build “walled gardens”…
      • Apple
      • Google
      • Blackberry
      • Nokia
    • Multiple standards for ads, apps, displays
      • More cost to implement mobile program
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  • 91. Legal challenges in U.S.…
    • Must have consent for SMS messages
      • Even if someone has already signed for email
    • Visible “small print” cost disclosures
      • Verizon agreed to 12 pt. font settlement
    • Likely: easy to find, understand “stop sending” option
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  • 92. Technical challenges…
    • Usability…
      • Visitor experience will determine success
      • NY Times is right… “easy as access from a PC” is the goal
      • We are not there yet
      • But we are moving in that direction
      • Nielsen smartphone research is encouraging
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  • 93. Management challenges…
    • Content…
      • Content is added to websites, seldom removed
      • Most web content is irrelevant to most people
      • Silly to make all “traditional” website content “mobile friendly”… no resources for that
      • But what content to leave behind?
      • Will that question hinder mobile websites?
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  • 94. Video challenges…
    • An important element, but…
      • Data plane expense might limit use past “early adopters”
      • Video done for regular websites may not play well on smartphones
      • Video users will demand rapid play
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  • 95. Part IV: Sources of Information to Follow Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 96. Mobile Marketing Association… http://mmaglobal.com/policies Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 97. mobiThinking for international… http://mobithinking.com/ Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 98. Mobile Marketer… http://www.mobilemarketer.com/ Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 99. 210 Design Guidelines… http://www.nngroup.com/reports/mobile/ Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 100. Bob Johnson’s marketing blog… http://www.bobjohnsonblog.com/mobile-marketing/ Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 101. Mobile in Higher Ed blog… http://www.dmolsen.com/mobile-in-higher-ed/ Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 102. MIT Open Source code for mobile… http://sourceforge.net/projects/mitmobileweb/ Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 103. U.S. government guide to top tasks… http://1.usa.gov/4kgbK8 Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC
  • 104. Thank You! Bob Johnson, Ph.D. President Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC Marshall, MI 49068 248.766.6425 [email_address] Customer Carewords Website Research www.bobjohnsonconsulting.com Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC