g-Shift Survey: Who’s Ready for Google’s Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update?

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Google’s new mobile-friendly algorithm update, which is expected to prioritize mobile-friendly websites in search results, goes into effect on April 21 and digital marketers have mixed views on whether this change will impact their business. To gauge marketer sentiment and gather opinions on this significant change, gShift conducted a survey of more than 275 digital marketers across a variety of industries including retail, travel and automotive. Highlights from the survey results, announced today by gShift, revealed the following:

The Impact? 52% of respondents believe their business will be affected by the upcoming Google mobile ranking algorithm update. However, 20% responded that the change will not impact their business and 28% said they’re unsure.

Getting Ready? More than 65% of survey respondents answered affirmatively to the question, “Is your company factoring in mobile strategies for SEO and content marketing in order to accommodate mobile search since learning about this change from Google?” However, 20% reported that they’re going to wait and see.

Whose Already Ready? When it comes to website traffic, the majority of respondents reported that between 11-50% of their traffic comes from mobile devices. Specifically, more than 35% reported mobile makes up between 11-50% of their website traffic. In response to the question, “Do you think your website is currently mobile friendly?” more than 68% of survey respondents answered yes. But nearly half of the respondents stated that they currently do not use any tools to track their keyword rankings on desktop versus mobile.

“As mobile searches continue to eclipse the desktop, digital marketers are keenly aware of the importance of having a well defined mobile strategy. Yet they also know that it must align with the needs of their target audience and complement their other channels, such as social and content marketing,” said Krista LaRiviere, CEO and co-founder of gShift. “Since there are many roads that lead customers to your door, savvy digital marketers are carefully and regularly assessing their results across all of their channels so they can effectively map and execute successful, cross-channel and cross-device campaigns.”
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