A lack of functionality on mobile sites and apps compared to standard sites was the leading usability issue, highlighted by 36% of respondents. This was closely followed by slow loading speeds (34%) and sites that were not optimised for smaller screens (also 34%).
The Study also uncovered significant differences in responses between men and women. On average women were happier with the mobile experience, with 54% saying that over half the websites they visited were optimised for mobile devices, compared to 42% of men. Nearly four in ten (38%) of women highlighted poor optimisation for smaller screens as the number one mobile usability issue, compared to a lack of functionality which was identified by 37% of men.
Mobile devices are increasingly the first choice of consumers for internet access. By mid-2014 more people will access the web through mobile devices than PCs. The online experience is vital – recent research from Google found that if a mobile site takes longer than a second to load it interrupts the visitors flow but that the average response time is seven seconds.
Over half of us have smartphones, and tablet use is now mainstream, but it seems that many brands are lagging behind consumer expectations, said Paul Barnes, VP Operations, Eptica UK. The public demand the same experience on their mobile device as on their PC, but are being failed by substandard sites that are slow to load and dont fit smaller screens. Many of these are basic issues that companies need to sort out before they lose customers to their rivals.
The top five key factors that put people off interacting with companies were:
- Sites that lacked functionality compared to standard sites (36%)
- Sites that were slow to load (34%)
- Sites that were difficult to navigate as they were not optimised for smaller screens (34%)
- Lack of an app for consumers device (22%)
- Difficult to find information on a companys mobile site (18%)
The 2013 Eptica Mobile Customer Experience Study questioned 1,000 UK consumers online in August 2013.