In modern times the presence of your business is not only established with a physical store, but also with a website. The world is the new stage of any business, even if their aim is local. A website is the best way to let everyone out there know that your company exists, it brings awareness about your efforts, the identity of your business, and what you are trying to accomplish. When your website is paired with a good marketing strategy, you’ll bring forward more business to your door, and you’ll make past customers remind you as a service provider.
Here is what you should know to make sure you have a good website:
The Power of a Great Domain Name
When you first built your website, you obviously registered a domain. However, the choice of the domain name might not have had a lot of thought and effort into or maybe your business took another direction, and it is time to get a new one.
When looking for a new domain name for your company’s site, be prepared to face the fact that you probably won’t be able to register your first couple of choices. Choosing the domain is not as problematic as actually getting it since all the good takers are being locked up each day even with the possibility of doing a mix-play of words.
If that challenge comes across your way, it’s a matter of researching and shopping around a bit more, and you will eventually find a free domain that might not be the “perfect” one but will at least be to your liking.
But don’t make things overly complicated either, pick one that’s easy enough for a user to remember and type it into a web browser or an email address.
Just remember that after changing the domain name, it is crucial to redirect the old one to the new.
Make It Simple and User-friendly
If something screams “amateur” about any business website is an excess of coding or the overbearing use of flash and other web-based tools that make the page unapproachable and unfriendly to navigate on it. You need your potential customers to know about your business and to make it happen; you need to make all the information related to your operation simpler to manage as possible.
Make the interface of your main page user-friendly, offer the information in a condensed form and provide links that explain the process about your products or related to your business using a simplified language that anyone can understand. There are a lot of strategies based on the use of leading pages to invite your potential customer to partake in a welcome offering or to join a mailing list. Try to make these as less invasive as you can.
Your webpage should make every customer feel invited, and while there are one too many approaches to this, you need to build your strategy based on the type of business venture you have.
And don’t forget that nowadays the majority of the people uses their mobile devices to browse the internet, so it is essential that your website be mobile friendly with a fully responsive design to cater both the desktop and the mobile consumer.
Make your Website SEO Friendly
The term SEO still scares a lot of people these days since it’s one of the most complex business strategies in web-based markets, but also one of the most successful.
As the name suggests, the primary objective of all Search Engine Optimisation efforts is to increase the presence of a business in the online web searches.
The basics behind it are to use specific word combinations that will bring forward your business website as one of the top choices on search engines, to people that are looking for the type of products or services you are offering.
At this stage, you should probably have an established website with a few sections where a customer can read about the offerings of your business be it in the form of white papers, product descriptions or blog posts. By optimising these pages and making its content SEO friendly, it will let potential customers find your offerings quickly.
With the right SEO work, your website can expect to see some significant changes fast. It will be drawing in more visitors and converting a higher percentage of those visitors into customers while leaving a lasting positive impression of your business on them.
Clearly, this is a mark of an accomplished and successful site, so it’s something that you should really be aiming for.
Link it Up to Social Media
It’s a hard fact that every business needs to expand its reach by entering the fray for social media exposure.
There are a lot of platforms offering pretty good deals to place ads, videos, or anything you need to help develop awareness about your brand, or a specific product you are offering. You can even have a different approach to each one, thus making your efforts more diverse.
Instagram is a more visual platform so that you can use the best photos of your stocked products.
Facebook is suited for both images and short videos, so you can take that approach while offering a direct link to your main page.
Twitter is more text-based, so sharing a post leading to the blog and offering some insightful information about your products or services is one of many good ways to use it.
Keep it Alive and Updated
No business survives on a single image these days. Even established brands need to revamp established icons of advertising to bring in new customers and keep their image fresh in the eyes of existing ones.
With a website already set and your social media strategy in place, do your best to interact as much as you can with the customers that engage you on social media platforms.
Bring forward new products if your budget allows it. Keep yourself updated on new ways to offer your service if that’s what is required.