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Thursday, 30 June 2016 18:13

10 Signs Your Site Needs A Redesign

Let’s have a little chat about your business’s website.

Did you hire a web design agency to build your business’s website when the company first launched, but no one has updated the website since?

If you visit your website on a cell phone or tablet, does it look the exact same as it does on a computer’s browser, making it difficult to view the text and navigate the site?

Does your site have very high bounce rates or very short session durations?

Published in Design

The landing page is an important part of any digital campaign. In this case, it’s not just the journey, but the destination. And when your prospects are being filtered to a complicated or confusing destination, you can’t expect the best results. So jump on the bandwagon and find your way to landing page bliss (and media dollars well spent!).

Published in Marketing & Strategy

Before deciding on investing in a new website,  don’t forget to do your research.  Your goal is to build an attractive, informative, fresh, and easy-to-remember site.

Keep in mind that your site is one of the most important marketing tools you have.  It’s the tool that helps you inform your clients, connect with them, and sell your products.

Published in Marketing & Strategy

Have you ever joined a social media site, watched an online video or downloaded a free document from a website, just because you read that it’s free and beneficial to you?

Those are examples of a call to action (also known as a CTA). And they’re ALL over the Internet.

Why? Because they work. They are a necessary tactic to gain leads.

A CTA uses text and a link to persuade an audience to do an immediate action that is in the best interest of the company, while also benefitting the audience.

Published in Marketing & Strategy
Monday, 31 August 2015 20:17

The Shocking Truth About Website Design

As the old saying goes, you should never judge a book by its cover. 

While this is an appropriate adage to live your personal life by, the reality is most businesses are in fact judged by their cover, and judged quite harshly at that. 

And by a business’s cover, of course, I mean their website. 

  • Forty-eight percent (48%) of customers—essentially 1 out of every 2 people—use a company website as the #1 factor in determining a business’s credibility. 
  • Additionally, Ninety-four percent (94%) of customers said that dated, ugly, or confusing website design was the main reason they did not choose to go with a business. 
Published in Design

Building a website is a lot like building a house. It all starts with a solid foundation (logical website structure), a desirable location (good domain name) and a pretty paint job (modern web design). Also much like constructing a home, where you take the project from there is entirely up to you.

And you have A LOT of options with where to go. If you plan on making money with your site, choosing to include a landing page should be one of the first decisions you make. But just like a rundown shack isn’t as sexy as a beachside mansion, not all websites (or landing pages) are created equal. Some pages consistently convert better and sell more customers than others. The real trick is determining what to include on your’s to make it a winner and not a loser.

You’re in luck however! Data analysis junkies, web gurus and the like have sifted through websites, statistics and analytics all to discover certain commonalities between the highest converting pages removing the strenuous work from our lives.

The equation is not nearly as complicated as you might think. In fact, the creme de la crop of landing pages contained not a myriad but a slight handful of similar features. Seven to be exact. Follow this guide and include these seven features in your pages, and you may just be on your way to constructing the next Taj Mahal of websites.

1. Headline (and Sub-Headline)

Your headline should be compact, succinct and to the point. You only get one chance to make a first impression as they say, and you headline is exactly that: your first impression. Think of the main headline as your elevator pitch—your one sentence to sum up your products or service. Use the sub-headline to then detail the big benefit(s) to the customer.

2. Image or Video

To keep on rolling with the cliches, a picture paints a thousand words. Your featured images should be your product’s masterpiece. It should Illustrate exactly what it is you are selling and reinforce the claims from the headline. If you’re feeling really ambitious, put up an explainer video that shows your goods in action.

3. Big Benefits

Published in Marketing & Strategy

Smartphones are everywhere, and as time goes by the number of new mobile phone apps grows exponentially. As new and more useful mobile apps appear on the market, businesses and individuals are now using their smartphones more than ever before.

There are now more tasks that people can complete today with their phone than ever before - such as E-mail, banking, editing documents, creating invoices, etc. People can now take their work wherever they are without having to sit down on full-size computer.

If you’re a small business owner, you might ask yourself the question: “Should I build a regular website and/or build a mobile app”?

The answer to this important business and marketing question depends on the type of business you have, what your online goals are, and of course your time frame and budget.

Developing Websites vs. Mobile Apps

Definitions and Background Details

In order to decide what’s the best option for your business, let’s first explore what the differences are.

Websites:

A website is a portal on the world wide web (www) that can be accessed from anywhere around the world through a web browser. Today, both computers and smartphones have web browsers, Any device that's connected to the Internet can access the site.

Today’s modern website may be developed in order to be “Responsive”, which means that the layout, size and content of a web page will adapt and change based on the size of the screen it is being viewed at. Visitors will have the best possible user experience on your website regardless of where he/she is accessing it.

Example: Let’s say a person sees a responsive website in full screen and it contains 3 columns of content, which looks good on a normal screen. When the same site is accessed on a mobile phone, those 3 columns will show up stacked on top of each other (instead of next to each other as columns), so that the user can clearly read the contents of each column. Yet, if that same website was “non-responsive” and the user accessed it through a smartphone, the user would see 3 tiny columns on the screen (same layout as the normal screen), which he probably wouldn’t be able to read in his tiny phone screen. In that case, the user would have to zoom-in (pinch the screen) to see each column in detail - which diminishers a positive user experience on the site.

To some degree, today’s responsive websites actually look very similar to mobile apps - when accessed on smartphone - without actually being one. This is a key point to consider when evaluating this as an option.

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps (or Applications) are basically software developed for your mobile phone, including smartphones - which today are more like mini-computers with calling capabilities using one of the built-in Apps used to make phone calls.

Types of Mobile Apps

There are three types of apps: Native, Hybrid and HTML5/Javascript.

Published in Technology

This is one of the greatest questions small businesses ask themselves when they’re in need of building their online web presence. As most of you already know, building a website for a company is a crucial step in order to exist in today’s digital world.

Today, if your company doesn’t have a website, it’s is just as bad as if your office doesn’t have a phone number where they can reach you. In short, building a small business website or personal web page is crucial to the marketing and branding of you or your company.

Deciding whether to build your own website or hire a professional designer?

There’s a couple of things you should think about and consider before you jump to any conclusions. Let’s take a look:

  1. Do you have the time to build your own website?
  2. Do you have the technical knowledge and/or patience to learn how to build your own website using existing online tools?
  3. Are you willing to sacrifice a website’s quality and features for your time and money?

Based on your answers to those three key questions, you should be quickly able to decide who should build your website. If you time is more valuable to grow your business and brand, for sure hire someone. If you’ve got time to spare and want to be adventurous and save some money try to build your own!

Let’s analyze a couple of scenarios:

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