4 Reasons to Get AMP’d Up About Google AMP with Google’s Ben Morss

4 Reasons to Get AMP’d Up About Google AMP with Google’s Ben Morss

What’s up with Google AMP? That’s what a room full of marketers were determined to find out on Thursday’s Pubcon Pro session with Google’s Developer Advocate, Ben Morss. In his session, Ben outlined the current state of Google AMP, why marketers should care, and how it can work along with PWAs (progressive web apps) to deliver a seamless, fast and immersive experience. Developers can control the design and CSS of their site, while mitigating the risk of accidentally slowing down their mobile sites after adding image files that are improperly sized, or Javascript that slows down load times. PWAs and AMP make a great team A PWA is a progressive web app – it provides an app-like experience on the web. And like an app, PWAs have a lot of power, and are a user friendly experience. If you do a PWA the right way, Ben says, you get the best of both worlds. PWAs can provide a full screen experience on mobile and on desktop, similar to an app interface for a more immersive experience. AMP and PWAs can be used together for the best of both worlds – speed and experience Using AMP helps users discover the content through AMP search results, and have a seamless page loading experience. This helps not only deliver content quickly, but provide an engaging experience throughout the browsing process.

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What’s up with Google AMP? That’s what a room full of marketers were determined to find out on Thursday’s Pubcon Pro session with Google’s Developer Advocate, Ben Morss. In his session, Ben outlined the current state of Google AMP, why marketers should care, and how it can work along with PWAs (progressive web apps) to deliver a seamless, fast and immersive experience.

Below are four top takeaways from Ben’s session:

1. Speed = Money
There are real world consequences for bad user experience on your website. Some of the stats Ben included to illustrate exactly how include:

  • 53% of users abandon a site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load according to a Doubleclick study of Google Analytics Data.
  • One additional second of load time can lead to a 3.5% decrease in conversion rate and a 2.1% decrease in cart size according to a Radware report.

The message is clear — people will leave your site if it’s slow, which leads to fewer conversions. And of course, Google uses loading time as a ranking factor. It’s in the best interest of your business to focus on page speed as a key objective, if not for your rankings than certainly for your customers and prospects.

2. You can use Google AMP to help speed things up
Google AMP can help you speed up your site by:

  • Discouraging or banning things that will slow down your site
  • Removing or banning distracting ads
  • Waiting to load elements until they’re needed

Ben also emphasized that AMP was created to help improve the look and feel of surfing the mobile web. Sure, you can create a dull, featureless website through…

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