BI Weekly 5: The growing role of mobile
Christopher Gerber (CGerber@BoatingIndustry.com)
October 2, 2012
Filed under Weekly 5
Editor’s Note: The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.
1. The growing role of mobile
New research from the Pew Research Center shows the growing importance of making sure you are thinking about if your website is mobile optimized.
According to the Pew research, 22 percent of Americans now have a tablet – double the number of a year ago. Forty-four percent have smartphones, up from 35 percent in 2011. Overall, half of U.S. adults have either a tablet or smartphone.
2. …and what consumers expect from a mobile site
So if you’re building a mobile site, what should it include? Google recently conducted research on what users want from a mobile site. See the “20 things users want most from your mobile site” for some of the best tips.
3. How to manage when you hate being a manager
You probably didn’t start your business because you wanted to spend time managing people, but as you grow your dealership, it becomes a necessary evil. Whether you’re on owner or just a manager, it’s not always easy to make the transition. Here’s some helpful advice.
4. Tax hit coming for 88 percent of households
Nearly 9 out of every 10 households would pay more in taxes if Congress doesn’t take any action to extend existing tax cuts or avoid the 2013 “fiscal cliff.” The average tax increase would be $3,446, according to a study released Monday by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
5. IBEX launches in Louisville
The annual International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference starts today in Louisville. Keep an eye out for updates and post-show coverage on BoatingIndustry.com and on Twitter from @BoatingIndustry and BI Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Sweet at @SweetEdit.