Newport Interactive Marketers Goes Mobile With Annette Tonti

MoFuse: Powering Mobile Websites 

Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly 

As a tourism Mecca, easily reached from Boston and New York metropolitan areas, Newport businesses need to be in the know about mobile. Nearly half of all local searchers on a mobile phone result in in-store visits, according a March 2011 study.

Newport attracts thousands of visitors. What do at least 40% those visitors have in common?

1. Disposable income
2. A smartphone … iPhone, Android, Blackberry
They’re looking for places to eat and things to do and buy. Where are they getting that information? There’s a repository of locations, phone numbers, hours — right in their pockets.

BUT only if your website can be found, this is particularly true for hours. (Yelp, Google Places, etc seem to be not as up-to-date.)

It’s imperative to be there when people want YOU.

Thus, the first Newport Interactive Marketers of 2012 gave attendees an in-depth look at
• What’s happening in mobile in 2012
• What to do about it with limited time and resources
• How to maximize ROI as a result

Rhode Island-based MoFuse powers mobile websites for a wide variety of customers such as the US State Department, Pandora, Ghiradelli chocolate and numerous local businesses. Similar to WordPress, MoFuse offers a platform for businesses large and small to ensure they’re websites work via mobile phones.

MoFuse CEO Annette Tonti was named one Mobile Marketer’s “Mobile Women to Watch for 2011,”and she received the Governor’s IT Achievement Award for Rhode Island.

Annette shared her insights with the 40+ Newport Interactive Marketers attendees who gathered at 41 North.

What does MoFuse do?
• Optimizes for thousands of mobile browsers and handsets
• Customers have the option to either use the platform or let MoFuse develop the mobile site
• Can be used to ensure that world languages and character sets will work
• Ensures your site will work on 5,200 mobile devices, iPhone and Android being the major ones.

Mobile Sites Vs. Apps
• Mobile sites are more cost- efficient
• Apps take a lot of upkeep & require different versions for each device type
• Mobile sites are easier to maintain
• Apps are device-specific & harder to find in iTunes or Android Marketplace for example

Lessons Learned
• Context is everything: When searching with your phone, you want it now.
• Mobile is primarily used to create content: Uploading photos, posting to Facebook
• Mobile sites can be SEO optimized: Ensure you’re found in search engines like Google
• Mobile Sites can be a low-cost way for businesses to launch websites or campaign- specific landing pages.

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