Wednesday 1 March 2017

Mobile Page Speed - Importance & New Industry Benchmarks

Why should you care about Mobile Page Speed?

If you are wondering how to impress the Google crawlers, first think of the user experience on your site. One of the most important factors for a better user experience is your page speed. With more than half of the searches now on mobile devices, it is imperative to work on your mobile page speeds.

An old yet very informative post on Kissmetrics stated the following:
  • 40% users abandon a site that takes more than three seconds to load
  • A one second delay in page response time can reduce your conversions by 7%
  • If a site makes $100,000 every day, one second delay in your page load time can potentially cost $2.5 million loss in sales every year
There are several useful articles on 'think with Google' that helps us understanding the importance of Mobile Page Speed and how to create a better mobile user experience.

While users expect sites to deliver fast and frictionless mobile experiences, the reality is that most of the mobile sites don't live up to the expectations. We put most of our efforts to manage key engagement metrics (bounce rate, average time spent on the site, etc), we often ignore the mobile experience. Not to forget, searches on mobile devices have toppled desktop searches. If not now, then never! It's high time we start concentrating equally on improving the mobile site experience.

One of the earlier researches from Google in 2016 stated the following facts. Although the research could be limited to US audiences, these facts are good enough for us to believe that mobile is future:-
  • 30% of all the online shopping purchases happen on mobile devices
  • 40% users leave a page that takes more than three seconds to load
  • 79% shoppers who are dissatisfied with a site's performance say they are less likely to purchase from the same site again
According to a recent post from Google:
  • 53% users leave a page that takes more than three seconds to load - implies the dissatisfaction level has increased from 40% to 53%
  • Even though mobile searches have toppled the desktop searches, mobile conversion rates are lower than desktop - reasons could be, users still prefer to purchase on desktop and it can also be due to the slow loading mobile pages. Speed equals revenue!
  • 70% of the pages analysed by Google, the visual content above the fold took almost seven seconds to load. And it took around 10 seconds to load the full visual on the page - implies most of the mobile pages are full of unwanted elements that take ages to load.
What are the new Industry Benchmarks for Mobile Page Speed?

industry benchmarks for mobile page speed

Google's research had many other important findings:
  • 70% of the mobile pages were over 1MB in size
  • 36% were over 2MB
  • 12% were over 4MB
One should note that 1.49MB takes around seven seconds to load using a fast 3G connection. So it's pretty clear how important it is for you to have fast loading mobile pages!

Here is a link that can guide you on how to improve your mobile page speed:

With Google's mobile-first index in the reckoning, it's a must that you start optimising your sites for a better mobile user experience. A stitch in time saves nine!

- Tejas Thakkar

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