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Why you need to assume many people will read email on their phones now

The other day I got an email from Sky’s NOW TV team to ask me to give my feedback on their service.

After signing up a few weeks ago for the streaming video service I haven’t done anything with the account. I took a brief look and found the service rather uninspiring. I reckon it will evolve in time.

I was pretty keen to provide some feedback and at least click a few buttons on a Surveymonkey style questionnaire.

I never got to it though. The email passed me through to a desktop questionnaire site that couldn’t — from the look of it — handle mobile browsers at all well.

Useless.

There’s no excuse nowadays. Folk are reading email on their mobile devices. You need to assume they will click through with their mobile browser. I clicked through when I had a spare few minutes on the train. But I certainly can’t be bothered to schedule a time to complete the survey when I am next in front of a desktop computer!

I did a tweet about this and got a confirmation back from the NOW TV social media team — it’s desktop only!

Top marks on a swift response on Twitter.

Give the team responsible for deploying the questionnaire a big kick please.

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By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

2 replies on “Why you need to assume many people will read email on their phones now”

It a pate hate of mine… Although “mobile” emails opens are at about 36% which is lower than I thought it should be… Next on the pet hate list is non mobile friendly wifi login pages!

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