Mobile performance and usability of Fortune 500 companies

Web Strategy for Everyone in print

How cocky can I, as a Scandinavian, be of our accomplishments and our impression on the global mobile industry? I’m of course thinking about Nokia and Ericsson! Both previously makers of mobile handsets, and nowadays making magic on the backend of cellular network technology, worldwide.

Do we still have that digital head start that we fought so hard for in the 1990s? Obviously, this blog post won’t give a definitive answer to that question. But this is my contribution to the subject of an eventual Scandinavian lead in the mobile industry and perspective on mobile tech, usability and the need for speed. How do Sweden as a nation compare to the US regarding the, once again, popular concept of “digitization”. Well, this post is a attempt to start comparing, and to give you as a reader some data to begin benchmarking your website against the really big companies of Fortune 500, and the biggest ones of Sweden.

My book, Web Strategy for Everyone, deals with the issues of both speed and user needs when on mobile. Also a lot on design principles such as mobile first, responsive web design, adaptive, single page applications (SPA) and progressive web apps. Buy the book Web Strategy for Everyone directly from the publisher Intranätverk. Continue reading “Mobile performance and usability of Fortune 500 companies”

Guide to Web Analytics – an introduction

This material on web analytics was left over when I wrote on the book Web Strategy for Everyone, a book now available from the publisher Intranätverk ›

This is an intro for you who do not yet know if web analytics is for you.

Does your website have any visitors? Do you care about what the users do and whether they manage to achieve something beneficial during their visit? If you do not work at all with web analytics or measurability, one can wonder what the point is to publish anything at all. To work actively with web analytics is your chance to know if your website-related work and investments are meaningful – take that chance! Continue reading “Guide to Web Analytics – an introduction”

Designing with performance in mind – especially your intranet

Designing for performance on the Web and intranets - books by Ilya Grigorik and Lara Callender Hogan

If you haven’t noticed already, both Lara Callender Hogan and Ilya Grigorik have released their books on web performance for free. Free as in read-on-the-web, not as in ebook or print, of course. Both Lara and Ilya originally released their books with the publisher O’Reilly Media, also known as “you know, the animal book’s” according to some of my friends. Continue reading “Designing with performance in mind – especially your intranet”

The web strategist’s bookshelf

Bookshelf in a library (faungg-on-flickr-cc-by-nd)

In addition to the fact that I’m writing a book about web analytics and will publish the book Web Strategy for Everyone this year, I also bought some promising books to read.

An unusual number of interesting books has been published recently. These book I’ll be reading shortly:

  1. Designing for performance by Lara Hogan
  2. Measuring the User Experience by Tom Tullis and Bill Albert
  3. Going Responsive av Karen McGrane
  4. Responsive Design: Patterns & Principles by Ethan Marcotte
  5. Lean websites by Barbara Bermes
  6. Design for Care by Peter Jones
  7. Service design by Andy Polaine
  8. Managing chaos by Lisa Welchman
  9. Content Everywhere by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  10. Search Analytics for Your Site by Louis Rosenfeld
  11. Why: A Guide to Finding and Using Causes by Samantha Kleinberg
  12. Relevant Search by Doug Turnbull and John Berryman

Do you have any interesting books you look forward to reading this year?

The European cookie law explained

Cookies (fotokredd: rhino neal på Flickr, licens cc-nc-nd)

At work, I have been given the assignment to write my professional opinion about the handling of cookies on my employer’s websites, and come up with a recommendation. That is probably not the most glamorous assignment during my career, the reason being there are very few who like the consequences of following the cookie law. Namely, chapter 6, § 18 of the Swedish Electronic Communications Act (2003: 389, LEK) as it is part of. What you hear most often is that people complain that they probably cannot keep Google Analytics, a third party functionality that 81% of the municipalities used when I researched it last spring. Given that the law in its current form is over four years old, it is probably time to stop hesitating.

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