Are Mobile Websites Dead?

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I've thought of selling mobile websites as going mobile seems to be the rage these days. Having said that, none of the companies I've contacted by email even respond to me. What is the best way to sell a mobile website? What have you had success with?
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    I think with the number of responsive themes and advances in web design, there is less of a market for a specialty mobile site.

    Most sites should use a responsive design to look good on all devices- desktop/laptop/phone/tablet/etc.

    I think it would be more difficult to sell a "mobile website" as opposed to a website design that is "mobile friendly" but looks great on all devices.

    I think your best bet it to really hone in one specific type of business and find how you can add value specifically to them. There are a number of businesses that a mobile site would be a primary site or high traffic site. For example:

    Restaurants - Mobile design is very important for restaurants because many people are already out and about when they decide to look up someplace to eat on their mobile device.

    Locksmiths - If someone is locked out of their house, their only way to search for help may be their phone.

    I think it is better to find a market/target customer and hone in on them. Design products and services that match your target market rather than create a service you think people want and then go looking for people you could sell it to.
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  • Profile picture of the author DamianGil
    I agree with the previous replier. Now after a while since HTML5 has been out there and responsive design been one of the top design paradigms used today, selling mobile websites is trickier. I've done that and I had to email and call a ton of business just to sell a few and I was used personalized demos on each cold email to build interest.

    I actually don't remember what platform I used but it's fairly well known. My advise is go for a more general solution than for something like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author stackman
    Very few large web sites have a separate mobile-only version. They simply use a responsive design. If something unique is required for mobile, it often is created as a mobile app, not a mobile web site.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelSpencer
    I wouldn't say that it is dead but company's main source of revenue from a website is advertising and fitting that on a small space is more difficult to reproduce and hence less profitability. Saying that however I think the market is still there as a mobile app is much more costly at the moment than the mobile website version. Good luck with your future endeavors.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Dead as a doornail, move on and try something else before it is too late. Strategies are dying left and right.

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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by everyonewins View Post

    I've thought of selling mobile websites as going mobile seems to be the rage these days. Having said that, none of the companies I've contacted by email even respond to me. What is the best way to sell a mobile website? What have you had success with?
    I'm confused by this. All it takes to make a website "mobile ready," if you're using a platform like Wordpress, is a plugin.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author queenbuzzy
    I have to echo the above sentiments.

    There are a ton of responsive themes (especially on WP) that are easy to set up and look excellent on mobile. I had a friend a few years ago who specialized in mobile websites, but he has now turned to local marketing because the sites themselves aren't a draw. His clients are brick and mortar businesses, and he works with them to get high in Google's local results. One thing to note: apparently Google gives more weight to sites with good mobile design, so maybe that would be your in? Focuses more on the local market and not so much the actual site itself.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Having said that, none of the companies I've contacted by email even respond to me.
    Were you expected different results?
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hanney
    I would avoid this space now given responsive design is now standard with almost all new website builds be it custom or themes. Also Google frowns upon the mobile sites, they would rather see a responsive website with the same information and the desktop version.
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  • Profile picture of the author @tjr
    Clarity of message may be an issue if your thread title to thread content relationship is any indication.
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  • Profile picture of the author SalesGod
    emails are for whimps. be a man, pick up the phone and call and don't hangup the phone until you close
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by SalesGod View Post

      emails are for whimps. be a man, pick up the phone and call and don't hangup the phone until you close
      You have no Idea about selling over the phone . I have been in this gig for 20 years and there are some people who can not sell over the phone,
      It is not because they are as you put it "Wimps" just either through their ability to do it and feel OK about it hence they would prefer to email or snail mail there prospects.

      But you do take the cake and after having your bum kicked in another thread you should take stock and if you are going to give advice think before opening mouth.
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  • Profile picture of the author eckgladiator
    no mobile websites are not dead. for good operating systems mobiles are developing for desktop view, but still mobile view has many importance for mobile.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mehwish84
    No it is not surely, earlier there seems to be two different websites one is normal version and other is mobile version so that when user open website on mobile it automatically redirects it to other subdomain that has mobile version website.
    Now it has certainly change with bootstrap and also most of WordPress themes are being responsive and by responsive it meant it should be adjustable to all screen resolutions. Best way is to market it on social platforms and search engines.
    Also google has lately announce to get good ratings on google website should be responsive, by that what expert says it means that google will show different results for mobile users and sites that are responsive will be at top.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Manu
    The first question that comes in mind from a potential buyer is " would I profit from this transaction ? " .
    In your case, when the first responsive templates started to show was a " Maybe" . Now, the answer is " I really really really doubt so " .

    Is not that your website is not useful anymore, but it's out of it's league. I mean we talk about technology, things evolve, you have to keep up with the progress. And while converting something big into something small is piece of cake these days ( desktop website - mobile website ) , the other-way around it's not worth the trouble. Maybe even impossible if you have tiny pictures and thumbnails that can't be re-sized to bigger ones without looking like a digital nightmare.
    And not to mention what kind of smartphones and tables are these days ! Sure, they are mobile devices per se, but they focus on high quality display. Nowadays it's all about visuals.

    I don't want to bring down your morale, but I want to give you a honest perspective as a potential buyer. If I would be interested into buying websites, a antique mobile only one would the the last choice .

    We all respect a windows '98 and what it started, but we don't want to use it anymore. Otherwise, why would things evolve anyway ?

    My advice is to stop losing time trying to sell it, but rather try to monetize is at as much as you can. If that doesn't work out, take the huge amount of work and make it full size. If the content it's worth it of course !
    JMO
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  • Profile picture of the author chaotic squid
    Not sure if I'd say mobile websites are "dead" I really kinda hate that word since it's almost always misleading. However, I would say that the mobile website market is on it's way out, and wouldn't recommend getting into that market.

    In fact, web design trends have been going more responsive for years now (everyone knew it was coming), so I always just knew that websites would naturally become more responsive anyways without the need of a separate site. It's one reason why I never really got into that market.

    IMO if a business can really benefit from a mobile website, they're probably almost better off getting an app instead. Think bars, restaurants, music venues, gyms, etc...Everyone else is fine with a responsive site that's optimized for mobile.
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  • Profile picture of the author PBScott
    The separation between desktop and mobile are blurred, my mobile devices are as good as my desktops now, in fact I use the option on my phones to show the desktop site when I come to this forum.

    I would expect special treatment for mobile devices to end fairly soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author tonylebrotti
    actually they never were popular) who needs mobile website if we have responsive design?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Zager
    Wow, there's a lot of mis-information in this thread!

    Mobile sites are *not* dead. I build them daily. There's a huge difference between mobile websites and mobile apps, and Google clearly states standalone mobile sites get as much credibility as responsive if you follow their guidelines. Anyone who says differently has obviously never been to Google's webmaster blog.

    I talk about these issues in this thread:
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...-websites.html
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  • Profile picture of the author onehalf
    Mobile website is not dead. I think you just need to work on the promotion of your service.
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  • Profile picture of the author advantagetec
    Current standard is that responsive websites are more live then ever before.
    Unified user experience on all devices. Soon cross platform for mobile app will take their place.
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    • Profile picture of the author SahaayNisha
      Who told you mobile websites are dead. Google is giving more importance to websites which are mobile friendly and responsive.
      According to experts, the mobile search could be the most important factors in future. Here are a few statistics
      1. Average 75 % users use the internet through their smartphones.
      2. Out of that 50 % searches for anything through mobile only.
      3. Mobile commerce is increased by 250-300 % than E-Commerce.
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  • Profile picture of the author campbelljof
    Originally Posted by everyonewins View Post

    I've thought of selling mobile websites as going mobile seems to be the rage these days. Having said that, none of the companies I've contacted by email even respond to me. What is the best way to sell a mobile website? What have you had success with?
    Hi,

    I don't think so, mobile website are always in trend and they always remain
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  • Profile picture of the author kazimuhith
    Why would mobile website be dead? With mobile users increasing day by day, there is no way it is dead. Having said that. Mobile optimization had become easier. Only a plugin is enough for WordPress sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rozapk21
    I agree with the previous replier. Now after a while since HTML5 has been out there and responsive design been one of the top design paradigms used today, selling mobile websites is trickier. I've done that and I had to email and call a ton of business just to sell a few and I was used personalized demos on each cold email to build interest.
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  • Profile picture of the author truebluesf
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    Mobile websites are not dead, there are hundreds of thousands buying banner ads on mobile web and a lot of responsive sites make a ton of money from their mobil web sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author djswan
      I'd say quite the contrary.

      With the new emerging such as web push notifications, mobile web has just about bridged the gap between apps and websites.

      Heck. Maybe the question should be: Are Mobile Apps (going to be) Dead?
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrian John
    Here's how you can sell them easily.
    http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...ml#post8395688
    Adapt the concept for your situation. It can be used out of cold calling area


    Some other useful info links. They may seem old but still apply
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-marketing/803009-u-s-smartphone-ownership-reaches-critical-mass.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...objection.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...take-care.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...ming-them.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...ts-say-no.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...-tomorrow.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...objection.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...e-website.html




    Also, here are some discussions regarding the difference between responsive, adaptive and custom mobile. They are all good. Now, depending on the client needs you decide what to do.
    However, the mobile site should always bring clients , not just being mobile in the eyes of google. They want your business mobile but in the end, all they are looking for is to sell you on Advertising,ads, not getting you to have a Hi Converting mobile website. They just want you to spend money with them.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-marketing/738432-difference-between-mobile-site-responsive-design.html#post7960653
    http://www.warriorforum.com/mobile-m...-websites.html



    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author irweazel
    How can you say that mobile sites are dead.
    Now a days mobile sites are becoming popular than others because people use mobiles for internet much more than PCs or Laptops. There are many sites available for buying and selling mobile sites.
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