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Responsive Design Panel: Where, Why, and How

Responsive Design Panel: Where, Why, and How

Devices are everywhere these days. Doing good business on all of them is so complex you don’t know where to begin. Take a deep breath. I’ll show you how I’ve helped companies form a plan, budget their resources, and invest in a future-friendly, multi-device strategy with sensational ROI.

This is a panel discussion between Gravity Department, Gorilla Group, and Lyons Consulting Group.

More info: http://gravitydept.com/blog/magento-imagine-2013-responsive-design-panel/

Conference: Magento Imagine 2013
Speaker: Brendan Falkowski @ http://gravitydept.com
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Date: April 9, 2013

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  1. Responsive Design Panel Where, Why, and How Las Vegas, Nevada

    April 9, 2013 Magento Imagine Conference Strategic Marketing Track
  2. Erin Tozour Magento Tonya Browning Magento Moderators David Barr Lyons

    Consulting Group Brendan Falkowski Gravity Department Bob Meyer Gorilla Group Panelists
  3. Brendan Falkowski Founder Gravity Department Falkowski Good morning. I’m Brendan

    Falkowski.
  4. GravityDept.com I founded a small web strategy and design studio

    called Gravity Department.
  5. Design Consulting For My work is split 50/50 between client

    services for companies like Skinny Ties and Angry Birds.
  6. Acumen Theme • Used by 1200+ stores • 3 years

    of updates • Ready-to-launch frontend • Made for customization http://gravitydept.com/to/acumen-magento And product development like Acumen, a best-selling ready-to-launch Magento theme.
  7. And MageFrontend: a responsive design toolkit for Magento Enterprise.

  8. Magento Certification Advisory Board Member I’m also a member of

    Magento’s Advisory Board for certifying developers.
  9. A day in the life Everything I do these days

    is multi-device in nature.
  10. How much does responsive design cost? This is something almost

    everyone who contacts me wants to know. There are two answers.
  11. $5,000? $20,000? $100,000? One answer is a number, and I’m

    guilty of this. Some clients want quotes or “just a ballpark”.
  12. Design is not a commodity. Design is a process. But

    design is not service you buy off a commodities list. Good design — valuable design is a process. It’s an interest in gripping all the fragments, and synthesizing one outcome from many possibilities.
  13. “I don’t know...yet.” The other answer is — and this

    is what I say now — “I don’t know...yet”. You and I need to explore this. Together we’ll answer the cost question, but it takes time. Let’s not believe we can scope out responsive design in a kickoff call.
  14. Forming A Budget So what’s your budget? I will turn

    right around ask you this. For $10,000 we can’t work together for six months. Neither of us needs to be shooting in the dark. A good consultant can help you develop a needs assessment for responsive design by asking the right questions:
  15. 1. Evaluate Your Position 2. 3. Are you catching up,

    consolidating, or future- proofing?
  16. 1. Evaluate Your Position 2. Set Goals and Ideals 3.

    What’s your minimum acceptable outcome? What’s your dream scenario?
  17. 1. Evaluate Your Position 2. Set Goals and Ideals 3.

    Make the Business Case What happens if you succeed or fail? What if you do nothing? Can you afford that?
  18. Needs assessments help you budget realistically. If you can answer

    those questions, your budget situation will improve. Your company does not miraculously become richer, but it grounds you in reality. It sets a standard for your needs, and provides motivation to fulfill them.
  19. What is responsive design’s value? But clients hate being told

    “it depends” and asked for their budget, so I invite them to ask a different question: What is responsive design’s value? And this is a lot more interesting to them because it flips the proposition.
  20. Creating value beats avoiding cost. Value beats cost. We can

    talk about value immediately by comparing outcomes.
  21. Device Spectrum 3″ 5″ 7″ 10″ 13″ 15″ 24″ 30″

    Smartphone Tablet Laptop Desktop Let’s plot the spectrum of screens we worry about today.
  22. Resource Requirements Expensive Fixed Width Site Responsive Site And we’ll

    pick a frame of reference: the fixed-width site. We’ve been making them for years. A responsive site might require twice the resources.
  23. 3″ 5″ 7″ 10″ 13″ 15″ 24″ 30″ Smartphone Tablet

    Laptop Desktop Responsive Site Fixed Width Site Within the realm of fixed-width sites, which is here, the responsive site has 50% efficiency. That’s expensive. But we’re discounting the intangibles responsive design also serves.
  24. Economical Mobile Site Fixed Width Site Responsive Site Resource Requirements

    How about this: (desktop site + mobile app) vs (responsive site).
  25. 3″ 5″ 7″ 10″ 13″ 15″ 24″ 30″ Smartphone Tablet

    Laptop Desktop Responsive Site Fixed Width Site Mobile Site Nearly the same resources now, but again see the intangibles. That’s looking rather economical.
  26. High Value Mobile Site iPhone App Android App iPad App

    Fixed Width Site Responsive Site Resource Requirements Here’s the crazy example: (desktop site + mobile site + 2 mobile apps + tablet app) vs (responsive design). If you’re not Facebook, you’re in a lot of trouble. The devices served have nearly evened out,
  27. 3″ 5″ 7″ 10″ 13″ 15″ 24″ 30″ Smartphone Tablet

    Laptop Desktop Responsive Site Fixed Width Site Mobile Site iPhone App Android App iPad App But your resources are extremely disproportionate. Responsive design moves into high-value territory. For a small company or startup, this illustrates why responsive design is a viable strategy, and why more established retailers are looking to downsize their footprint.
  28. Should capabilities vary by context? For eCommerce applications, I think

    you should strive for continuity. That’s why responsive design is so well suited to eCommerce.
  29. Content Parity: Access to the same information regardless of device.

    Two principles at work: Content Parity — Access to the same information regardless of device.
  30. Functional Parity: Access to the same features regardless of device.

    Functional Parity — Access to the same features regardless of device.
  31. Don’t limit access based on screen size. Neither should be

    limited for an arbitrary reason like screen size. If users can filter their search, write reviews, and track an order from their laptop you can bet they’ll do those things on their phone too. You can’t generalize behavior from device type. People use whatever is accessible. That means laptops on planes and phones on couches.
  32. Resource Allocation Getting off the ground is tough though. I

    can’t off-hand quote you figures, but I can tell you what factors will change your resource allocation dramatically.
  33. When should you invest in a multi-device frontend? If you

    have to ask, you’re already behind. I get the lion’s share of inquiries about responsive commerce.
  34. 10% – 40% range of mobile visitors So I started

    pooling data from retailers I talked with and everyone had 10% to 40% of visits coming from mobile.
  35. 20% – 25% average mobile visitors 20-25% is normal. B2B

    is a little lower. Fashion and entertainment are higher. But it’s not ignorable for anyone because it’s cannibalizing traditional devices.
  36. Which browsers / devices should you support? Let’s define support.

  37. Support: Dedicating resources to a platform. Support means you dedicate

    resources to a platform.
  38. Support is not: • Blocking unsupported platforms • Every platform

    is identical It doesn’t mean unsupported platforms are broken or blocked, and not everything has to look and work identically.
  39. IE8 and Opera Not supported, still functional Skinny Ties is

    usable in browsers we don’t support like IE8 or Opera. We built the site with progressive enhancement for that reason, but we don’t chase down bugs if they exist.
  40. Data ≠ Analysis Somebody usually points out that’s 10% of

    their users and faints dramatically. You can find that in Google Analytics, but having data is not the same as having done analysis. Compare these two segments:
  41. Good + Widespread Browsers • Revenue majority • Expanding segment

    • High growth potential 90% Good Browsers - Revenue majority - Expanding segment - High growth potential
  42. Good + Widespread Browsers • Revenue majority • Expanding segment

    • High growth potential • Revenue minority • Shrinking segment • Low growth potential Bad + Underused Browsers 90% 10% Bad Browsers - Revenue minority - Shrinking segment - Low growth potential
  43. ROI from 90% Loss of 10% > I’m betting that

    if you dig into your data, you can make the case that investments made today will have higher ROI from the 90% than the loss of the 10%.
  44. Mobile is your biggest opportunity. Profit comes from where your

    users are and where they’re going — not where they’re exiting. Mobile territory is your biggest opportunity for growth. Don’t miss it to keep an old fraction “supported”.
  45. Process Changes Responsive design requires a big shift in the

    way projects are completed and accepted.
  46. Responsive Design Fundamentals Responsive Commerce 12 months 6 months Overcoming

    the Skills Gap Internal teams or studios that haven’t done responsive work are at least a year behind in experience. Lacking specialization in responsive commerce adds another six months. The fundamental interactions for eCommerce are still being rethought and validated across devices.
  47. Estimate: 3 months Timeline for Skinny Ties Actual: 8 months

    Long timelines are a barrier, but uncertainty is killer. Trust me I know. I scoped Skinny Ties as a 3 month project, and it took 8 months because approaching this work with high standards requires inventing practices as you go.
  48. http://www.netmagazine.com/features/top-25-responsive-sites-2012 When it launched there were just a handful of

    sites in the same league. When Net Magazine picked the top 25 responsive sites of 2012, Skinny Ties was on it for good reason among some massive companies.
  49. Choose a design / frontend partner wisely. Few eCommerce studios

    are equipped for this type of work. The frontend skillset is not Magento-specific, so broader experience with responsive design and mobile design is a plus.
  50. Case Study: Skinny Ties So let's talk about Skinny Ties.

  51. http://skinnyties.com They're a small, family-run company operating in a very

    narrow and competitive niche. I helped re-imagine their business and technology strategies, and responsive design was at the core.
  52. http://gravitydept.com/blog/skinny-ties-and-responsive-ecommerce/ I published some overwhelmingly positive data in October when

    Skinny Ties launched. Since the project the kicked responsive commerce into the spotlight, we felt responsible for proving it wasn’t a fluke.
  53. October 7 Year Over Year Results March 25 5 ½

    months This is new data comparing the last two holiday seasons — with and without responsive design. It covers 5.5 months from October to March. That’s a long time, and a lot of interactions being measured.
  54. Quantity 78.0% Average Order Value 20.8% Transactions 57.8% Transactions increased

    by nearly 58%, and units sold by even more. That means average order value is up 20.8%.
  55. 90.6% Revenue Across all devices, Skinny Ties is collecting 90%

    more revenue than last year.
  56. Revenue Phone + Tablet 211.8% Revenue Laptop + Desktop 77.6%

    Here’s the growth split between traditional computers and mobile devices. Mobile may be a smaller chunk of revenue today, but that’s changing fast.
  57. Revenue iPad 224% Revenue iPhone 473% Revenue Android 187% Here’s

    the revenue performance of Android phones, iPads, and iPhones. Nothing sells skinny ties like an iPhone.
  58. 5.3x Value of iPhone vs Android shoppers They’re 5.3 times

    more valuable than Android users.
  59. For the SEO Folks And for the SEO folks, just

    to prove how much Google loves responsive design:
  60. Revenue from Organic Search 73.4% Visits from Organic Search 79.8%

    With almost 80% more targeted organic traffic they’re capitalizing on it hand over fist.
  61. Sustained growth or a flash? So did responsive design create

    sustainable growth?
  62. Quantity 78.0% Average Order Value 20.8% Transactions 57.8% Revenue –

    iPad 224% Revenue – iPhone 473% Revenue – Android 187% YOY Impact of Responsive Design for Skinny Ties Rounding up that data Skinny Ties has a very impressive new bottom line. Apps can't create this much impact in one swoop. I don’t know any other tactics that can either.
  63. Conclusions It’s obvious to me and my clients that responsive

    design creates sustained growth.
  64. Responsive design is not a novelty or trend. It’s not

    a novelty or a trend.
  65. It’s good design and smart business. It’s good design and

    smart business.
  66. Tomorrow, 11:15am Technical Track For more about responsive design, I’m

    also speaking tomorrow at 11:15am. The session is called “Mobile First, Responsive Design” and it’s part two of the talk I gave last year. If you’re a business person, I promise it won’t be too technical. I hope to see you there.
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