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Flash Forward: The Future Is HTML5

After significant security failures, thirst for user resources and industry-wide pressure, 2016 will be the first year marketers will not have Flash to fall back on as a crutch. Thankfully, new technology is readily available to take its place. Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

As an interactive element, Flash has been intertwined with the user experience since its inception. With Web design now more important than ever, marketers must turn to other tools to maximize how visitors interact with their Web elements. 

RESPONSIVE DESIGN UX 

Steve Jobs built the case against Flash five years ago. In that time, the globe was gifted 12 different iPhone iterations with no sign of slowing down or using Flash at all. In fact, mobile supremacy has prompted industry-wide marketer response in the form of responsive design. 

According to comScore, total digital media usage has grown 49 percent with mobile apps contributing to 77 percent of time spent. Mobile browsers are also seeing a strong growth at 53 percent. Mobile devices overall account for 62 percent of all time spent with digital media. 

More companies are paying attention to these shifts in technology and user behavior and crafting strategies to stay visible. This has to be the year to ensure their Web elements are accessible to mobile audiences. The best approach is using standardized coding languages understood by all devices – namely, HTML5.

HTML5 AIDS DISCOVERY MARKETING

HTML5 ensures that all the important multimedia elements used in Flash are here to stay – without any cumbersome digital bloating. You can still embed interactive video, audio and other elements to grab a user’s attention and direct them to new content, but there’s another bonus that might not be immediately apparent — marketers now have more streamlined access to an important aspect to discovery in SEO. 

Flash websites were notoriously difficult to rank in Google due to their lack of searchable content. Websites built in HTML5 make it easier for search engines like Google to crawl its onsite copy with more transparent SEO. They allow elements like links, headers, image alt-tags, anchor text, meta titles and meta description tags to be optimized better without disrupting an engaging on-site experience for users.

LOAD TIMES UX AND RESPONSIVE DESIGN

It’s no secret that Flash increased the size of Web pages. In 2016, users don’t want to download any files in order to access a site just because it has Flash. 

Readers are time-conscious, especially when they discover your page with a clear intent to read, watch or buy. What’s more, people go to your website for information, not animation. Any extra time it takes to load your website is time they spend looking for alternatives rather than engaging with your content. 

Removing Flash serves as one more website optimization to keep readers engaged with your content faster and longer. Improved load times also lead to higher SEO rankings and user experience will get a much-needed boost. Keeping users on your page holds no value without well-written content that solves user needs and drives conversions.

Forward-thinking brands have already graduated to HTML5, but Flash still persists in 15.6 percent of the world’s top 1000 websites. The technology is here – 2016 needs to be the year to optimize your website content before you lose your visitor engagement to the competition.  Get more info at Virtual Focused Marketing on HTML 5.

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About Rusty McMillen

Nationally recognized SMB Sales & Reputation Marketing Expert, creator of B.A.R.S. CEO of virtualfocusedmarketing.com onstraints which includes services from Website Design and Developement, SEO, SEM, SMM, Press Releases, Webinars and Reputation Marketing, to just mention a few of the included services. We also believe that success depends on an Experienced and Proven Leadership Team that truly understands and embraces the nuances of your Small Business environment, brand, products, customers, goals, and, most importantly, your vision of success. Small and Medium sized business owners typically spend 95% of their time "IN" their business, rather than "ON" their business. We solve this. Our B.A.R.S.program allows the business owner to be able to monitor everything pertaining to their online presence through proprietary systems and years of experience and expertise in multiple disciplines, allowing owners to see a global view of their marketing and online presence in order to make intelligent, well informed and decisive business decisions that dramatically effect their ROI and bottom line.