Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 3/16/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.
Your website is your most valuable marketing asset.
It’s your #1 marketing tool (aside from yourself, of course).
It’s always selling!
When people ask you for your business website, are you hesitant to give them the URL?
Are you worried that it’s not responsive, lacks consistency, isn’t engaging or doesn’t provide a unified message across the entire website? Or perhaps worse, looks like it’s straight outta the 2000s?
Well, today’s your lucky day!
We’re talking about how to make sure your website is your business' best marketing tool by following six key design marketing principles.
Your visitors want unity.
Your website and mobile versions must align and provide the user with a smooth transition on both platforms.
That just means they should have the same experience if they access your website on a desktop or mobile device, for example.
If your website and mobile versions look different, it’s time for a change – to a responsive website.
To make your website a killer sales tool, your business should focus on a responsive site because it will:
If you don’t know what SEO really means, don’t worry. That’s what marketing experts are for!
SEO means search engine optimization – or making your website “readable” by search engines.
If you’re designing your website or having a professional redesign it, make sure it has basic on-page SEO to ensure that you can rank in searches.
SEO experts are expensive, and some debate whether it’s worth the investment. You don’t have to pay a lot to get SEO expertise, however. We’ve learned that the right content will capture your audience if it is relevant and interesting to them.
Here are a few tips you can try to help you get SEO friendly:
A user is browsing your website, sees an amazing article or page that is relevant to her, and wants to share it.
But uh-oh – your website doesn’t have a share button!
You’ve just missed out on an opportunity to convert a lead, engage your audience and – not to mention – left the visitor with a poor user experience.
So make sure your website has social sharing options.
Consumers are social creatures and they want to spread the word about your services, promotions, events, fundraisers, webinars and everything to the moon and back on the internet.
If you don’t currently have share buttons on your website, here are some great resources to get you started:
Great content is vital to visitor engagement. But it’s not the only factor.
The challenge is keeping users on your website once they land there.
It’s your one chance to impress, instill trust, make them feel welcome, and sell them on your services.
You need a consistent, appealing design that supports your content to accomplish these goals.
Here are a couple do’s and don’ts to remember when designing your website: Do:
Do you have a blog? Do you consistently update your content?
A blog can be a primary traffic driver to your website if you’re populating it with relevant, informative, useful content for your users.
But the catch?
You have to be consistent.
Businesses who use blogs receive 67% more leads than those who don't. But you can’t throw a few articles up this month and hope to convert leads forever.
Now, you may not have time to write every week. You’re busy. But don’t think that means you can’t generate fresh content.
Get some help.
There are two effective ways to alleviate the burden of populating your site with fresh content:
Companies who prioritize blogging are 13 times more likely to see ROI.
It’s a credible, impactful way to demonstrate to visitors your knowledge in the industry and a great way to build trust with your audience.
By publishing relevant content, you’ll create a website that’s an effective marketing tool and:
What do I mean by smart exactly? I mean website content that changes based on the interests or past behavior of visitors.
Your visitors want a personalized experience that speaks to them.
How does this work?
When a first-time visitor arrives at your website, content is defaulted and is considered not-targeted.
When that visitor returns, however, has filled out a form or is a customer of yours, the content becomes personalized based on his interests, industry or automation behavior.
This type of engagement is key to increasing leads and conversions.
Some ideal ways to increase your user experience via smart content include:
Below is an example of what smart content may look like to you.
You website is your primary marketing tool!
Every day, it accomplishes very important tasks.
It’s your first impression. Your perfect team player. Your best salesperson. In fact, it handles more tasks than any salesperson could in one day.
The two most important elements that make up your website are the content and design.
Without either, there is no website. No marketing tool.
If your company’s sales are lacking and you’re wondering what’s wrong – it may be time to look at your website’s design.
How is your website performing? Are you killing it or are you getting buried? What are your primary challenges?