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”

Design the error 404 page to be entertaining

Room 404 at Scandic Hotell in Stockholm

In the book Web Strategy for Everyone there are given a number of tips on how to design the Error 404 page for it to be useful and beneficial. Something that one does not have place in a printed book is to showcase a bunch of examples of how these pages might look like.

These figures is something we encounter on a regular basis on the Web. 404, 410 and numbers like 500-something. They are so-called status codes from the Web’s protocol HTTP, you know that found in the beginning of the addresses on the Web. Continue reading “Design the error 404 page to be entertaining”

Hooray! Internet Explorer died today…

Internet Explorer as a pincushion, perfect for your voodoo needs

At last, Microsoft has finally caught up and stopped pretending that ancient versions of Internet Explorer is something worth keeping. Today they killed (FINALLY!1!) the support for all versions except the latest one, version 11.

I suspect that they would ideally spend all their focus in their new browser, Edge, but it might give too many angry corporate customers. Continue reading “Hooray! Internet Explorer died today…”

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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