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RESPONSIVE FRUSTRATION

by Adam Zack — January 20, 2015

In addition to being an admitted retailaholic, I am also an oenophile. No, that is not something depraved or salacious (or maybe it is?). An oenophile is a wine enthusiast. I really love the whole process of searching, choosing, pairing, savoring and consuming. But this week’s column is not about wine. We’ll save that for a time when my writing senses can be piqued with a glass of wine as I write, and early morning is not such a time. Well, at least not this morning. 

But I digress. I get a lot of wine related emails touting new finds and hot deals. Those emails ultimately have a link to the wine seller’s website to find out more details. Like most of you, I am on the go a lot and view many emails on my iphone, which ultimately leads to Responsive Frustration. I tap on the link for the website so I can take advantage of that hot wine special, and the website comes up all tiny on my phone. I try to zoom and navigate to try to purchase the wine, but ultimately lose my patience before I can even find the “add to cart” and “checkout” and just abandon the whole thing. It happens about 80% of the time. 

So why don’t more retailers create their websites with Responsive Design so that they can be properly viewed on a smart phone or a tablet? What makes more sense than having your customers be able to actually (and conveniently) view specials and recipes from your website while they are IN your store? 

Try this as an experiment: From your phone or tablet, go to Staterbros.com and try and navigate around, sliding and flicking and whatever you call it when you move your thumb and index finger apart to zoom. Pretty frustrating, right? Now try a website with responsive design. Go to Jensensfoods.com and check out a responsively designed website. Pretty easy to simply scroll up and down, tap on weekly specials, look for a recipe, check out upcoming events (Hmmm, wine tasting this this Saturday in Palm Springs, I know where I will be going.) 

Mobile access is becoming more and more prevalent. Do you want to frustrate your customers or let them see how cool and ahead of the other stores you are with your responsively designed website? It’s an investment you won’t regret.

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