Mobile Content Marketing: 4 Essential Survival Tips

Mobile Content Marketing: 4 Essential Survival Tips

Think Mobile Content First

Customer expectations have undeniably changed in today’s mobile era. Offering readers content that is easy to read and fun to explore is crucial when it comes to meeting customers’ needs. Mobile phones and tablets are rapidly becoming the platform of preference for content discovery and consumption.

According to a Pew Research study, more than 50% of American adults own either a tablet or a smartphone.  And according to IDC, smart device sales will grow 174% between 2012 and 2017.

Additionally, the Online Publishers Association reports smartphone owners aren’t just playing Angry Birds: They’re some of the most avid consumers of digital content — like news, magazines and email. To this last point, SEO expert Michael Truby thinks that mobile marketing is still all about email.

What does this mean for you?

Simply put, your customers — or prospective customers — are probably accessing your content, particularly your magazines and newsletters, on mobile devices as well. It’s time to make sure your customers have a great experience on them too.

The good news is The Telegraph (who offer an adapted tablet experience), have found readers are eight times more deeply engaged with their mobile content than they are on a desktop. Additionally, Pew Research found that about twice as many  people (about 21%) read in-depth articles on their tablet than they do other devices.

The question is: How can you increase the reach of your content with mobile customers?

Here are some tips for your magazines and newsletters:

Tip 1: Adapt the Reading Experience for Mobile and Tablets

Make sure your content is easy to navigate and read. Mobile devices are different than desktops, so it’s important that your content is designed with those differences in mind: Larger font sizes, easy-to-navigate layouts and simplicity are all important factors to consider if you want to make your content more readable.

It’s impossible to overstate how important this is. You might think that making sure everything looks beautiful on a smartphone or a tablet isn’t the most important thing you could be spending time on, but The Economist has claimed tablets have created a “rebirth of reading.” If your content isn’t readable on a tablet or a phone, it’s worth asking where you expect people to read it.

The New York Times’ updated mobile version.

Tip 2: Remove the barriers

If you have been involved with User Interface design, you’ve definitely come to appreciate the effort required to get your audience involved. Professionals in the arena are obsessively trying to remove the unnecessary design elements that keep your customers from reaching their intended goals.

You simply want to make it easy to do business with you, and that starts with access to your content.

This is why “native” apps are likely not the best platform to use for newsletters, or any form of marketing or corporate communications content. Native apps require downloads, installation, and updates. Nobody has researched the drop-off during this process, but it’s likely considerable.

Another reason why native apps are less suitable for content marketing is the convoluted discovery process. By definition, apps limited to specific “stores.” As those marketplaces become increasingly crowded, it gets harder and harder to get noticed by even the savviest of consumers.

Beyond that, most content apps offer what’s basically a glorified print experience. They’re difficult to use, and because they’re so bloated, their large downloads often fill up users’ hard drives and consume most of their mobile data.

iPad warning

Getting noticed is not going to get easier.

A good content strategy includes an adapted content for a strong mobile presence. Content marketing — and thus content production — is headed for a 46% increase so it is going to get more and more crowded. With all the effort, investment and energy going into content gathering and creation, it would be a waste not to “make the cut” and be ignored because of a lack of investment in a proper publishing platform.

Tip 3: Create a Habit

You might want to consider consistently publishing content at the same time. Make updates “predictable,” and notify your audience when new content is available.

As Andrew M. Davis explains in his book Brandscaping, the concept of “appointment consumption” is the notion that your audience expects the content they’ve grown to love on a predictable schedule. It was pioneered by television, but marketeers and publishers can leverage this concept to build successful platforms of their own.

For example, social media guru Chris Brogan publishes his website on a predictable schedule, every Sunday. The result of this is  the creation of anticipation with his readers: “…something I look forward to every Sunday morning.”

Tip 4: Adapt the Reading Experience to Your Email Updates

You made everything accessible, but don’t forget that your email update has to adapt to smaller screens too. Your phone is the most personal device you own. It’s always with you. In fact, 40-50% of all emails are read on mobile devices, so the importance of this market can’t be overstated.

The key to mobile email marketing is readability. Some email layouts are unresponsive. On a phone or a small tablet, that can mean that fonts are unreadably small, or images are unwieldy and large.

It’s important that your content is readable, so make sure it’s aesthetically pleasing and conforms to the dimensions of every possible screen size with a clean layout. Here’s an example of a non-responsive email on a phone vs a responsive one:

Non-Responsive    VS               Responsive

Not adapted to mobile – regrettably most of the messages get lost
Adapted – less text but readable

How Readz Can Help

Building a brand with unique content is hard enough, but publishing can be even harder and time-consuming. This is where Readz comes into play.

The Readz solution delivers your newsletters with optimal layouts across all devices. Our templates are built and designed for mobile solutions, by mobile people. Our solutions drives an increase in reading and sale conversions. We not only enrich your website and blogs, but your business as a whole.

We help you deliver branded content that drives revenue up and generates leads with our newsletter solutions. Our templates allow all your readers to discover, read, browse and enjoy your content. Because our templates adapt to any screen, your reads can navigate your newsletters on tablets and smartphones by tapping and pinching — like they’d expect to on their mobile devices.

Readz is a self-service platform designed to complement your existing infrastructure. At Readz, our team offers you all the services you need for building beautiful newsletters.

Our newsletter templates can be made available to your customers via links (and all the RSS benefits that come with that) or via emails. Our emails and links seamlessly and automatically adapt to whatever device they’re viewed on. This hassle-free approach allows for all your content to be presented in a device-optimized adaptive format. It makes reading about your company, your products and your philosophies as easy as possible.

Here is an example of how we use mags/newsletters at Readz:

-    We gather reader opt-ins through sign-ups on our website, events, etc. Most marketing organizations have this or similar processes in place. We keep a list of email addresses of our prospects and customers.

-    A newsletter is published on the Readz system. It’s immediately available for readers on mobile, tablet and desktop upon publication.

-    Readers are notified of the new content through social media channels, but especially through email: short snippets show some of the content available, and are intended to drive readers to the newsletter. Again, Readz newsletters are adaptive. Regardless of the device an email or newsletter is read on, it’s always beautiful.

Our mags/newsletters are available on desktop, and mobile/tablet.

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