50% of emails are read on mobile devices and 35% of all web traffic comes from mobile devices. These numbers are only going to grow, but is your publishing business optimized for this change? What does it mean to be mobile-optimized? Do you just need an app to be mobile-ready? We recently checked in with Eric Shanfelt, Senior VP of eMedia for the Christian publishing division of HarperCollins and a Niche Digital Conference speaker this fall, and we asked him to tell us why a mobile strategy is so important for niche publishers, how mobile impacts readership and revenue for their magazines, and what they can do NOW to be mobile-friendly:
NICHE: What are three things publishers can do right now to become more mobile-optimized?
Eric Shanfelt: The easiest thing niche publishers can do is to make sure their key employees—including their CEO and higher level decision makers—use a mobile device regularly. They especially should use their mobile devices to view their own website and emails…..this will really open their eyes! [Read more…]