As businesses look toward the new year, many of them will be considering a website update. Here are some of the trends you can expect to see in 2020.
Can your customers find your business via Google? If so, that’s great. You’ve probably got some good SEO practices on board. But keep in mind that SEO is an ongoing process to keep your business at the top of Google search.
Before you hire an SEO, you want to be sure of what you are getting into. There are a lot of digital marketers who make amazing promises in their sales presentations but then fail to deliver or deliver by unethical means. You want to hire an SEO guide who will help prove that your increased website traffic came from reputable, useful leads and not tricky clickbait.
In the age of the internet, your website is critical to – if not the foundation of – your marketing plan. A marketing plan is a written plan outlining how your company is going to promote itself and what goals those activities are going to achieve. It can include S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely) goals but it should also include some notes about strategy, voice, and budget.
A project can be done when the scope and contract are fulfilled, but that doesn’t mean your website is “done.” You should always have a detailed scope of your website. Once you’ve completed the scope, there is a sanity check for your site before you can call it done. We have an extensive list of 152 items that we do on every website we build. In the end, however, it comes down to these 6 things.
Businesses have long relied on the recommendations of their customers to promote their products or services. The good things that others say about a business often carry more weight than advertising alone, and smart business owners know that word-of-mouth is a powerful force. In today’s tech-driven marketplace, Google is the biggest word-of-mouth marketing channel ever. When people go to Google and do a search, they trust the results they receive. But if your business doesn’t show up in a Google search, is it Google’s fault?
Spending a lot of time on your company website might seem unavoidable, particularly if you are not a web designer. Free website builders often require you to learn web design or navigate the complexities of a web server. Lieberman Technologies created the RightOnTarget website with small business owners in mind. The RightOnTarget process is designed to go from phone call to launch in just 3 weeks.
More often than not, website development begins with a web designer. Most people begin with a vision and some absolutes for their website. The resulting development focuses more on the look and performance of the site. Content becomes a secondary concern in many cases. However, I propose that website content is every bit as important as the visual design, and in fact, you should begin the design process there.
Asking yourself “Do I need to update my website?” is a little like owning an old used car. At what point is that old thing costing you more than it’s worth? Here is a list of things to consider to help you decide when to do a website redesign.
Between the huge user-base of Facebook and the brevity of Twitter, many people see LinkedIn as social media only for job seekers. If you are looking for customers, not a job, LinkedIn is a great tool for SEO and advertising your company. In about 15 minutes a week, you will be able to use LinkedIn to build your brand, help your people show their authority in their field, and drive traffic to your web site.
Most of these scams instruct you to “like & share” a post in order to enter into a pool of possible winners. Maybe you’ve done it yourself, thinking, “what could it hurt?” Facebook giveaway scams exist for one reason: to get something from you. If you’re overly fond of your personal information (and you should be), avoid these “like & share” schemes.
Build customer trust through your website content by running the slow and steady race. Focus on these areas of trust for your customers and you’ll have a formula for success.
If you have visited a mobile website on your smartphone, you already know a mobile-friendly website when you see one. In fact, mobile-friendly websites are better for businesses. Mobile website designs are easier to use, read, and share than non-mobile website templates. When the pictures load funky or if the text is too small to read, a website is not mobile-friendly and it hurts business.
Understand that “building value” is not the same as “giving away the store.” No successful business would give away all of their secrets for free. But maybe you pull back the curtain, just a little bit. Give your customers some useful, useable information.
As far as websites are concerned, the number one most trusted source for advice is an invisible robot, which is responsible for the results you get on a search page. It’s this indexed information that helps, in part, to determine your position on a search results page.