Your website is the virtual storefront of your brand. It’s a digital presence for all your content and a platform that you use to sell your products or services to the world.
With recent leaps in technology and 2019’s web development trends, websites and e-commerce have gone through several new modifications in its aesthetics and functional capabilities. For example, AI chatbots are now commonly used on online stores and sign-up pages are largely designed on a minimalist approach.
Since these changes influence the target audience of your brand, your website must remain fully equipped and optimized according to their expectations. Therefore, having a skilled, competent, well-composed and motivated web designer do your bidding is imperative to the ultimate success of your website.
In this article, we take the opportunity of sharing 5 key points every online business must check before hiring a web designer in 2019.
It takes a lot of hard work to build a beautiful, functional, and user-friendly website.
At Bloominari, our San Diego Website Design Agency, we ensure that our client’s websites are designed to appeal to their customers. After all, search engines bots don’t have credit cards to pay for your services, but online users do.
Furthermore, website developers and designers need to work together to ensure your website is visible to search engines.
More importantly, your website MUST be able to inspire visitors to become customers or religious readers.
This requires many processes. Here’s a checklist of 18 important tasks to consider to design an effective business website:
A lot of things make a website look good. One site can draw you in with stunning images. Another makes your jaw drop with how it plays with fonts. Then there’s the way it uses color, which pretty much brings a website to life.
Color, indeed, plays a crucial role in making a website look pretty. However, there’s more to color as used in websites than meets the eye.
Many of us may not realize it, but the colors as used on any one website are also meant to elicit certain reactions, emotions, and attitudes from the people who visit them. At least that’s what color psychology is telling us.
Have you ever completed a BuzzFeed-like online quiz in order to find out how you “rank” or “score” compared to others who also participate in the quiz? Chance are you’ve taken at least one of these types of quizzes. It’s our human nature to want to participate in these types of quizzes to see how we stack against others, or simply out of the curiosity to find out the “secret” or “answer” that the quiz promises to solve.
Most people wouldn’t spend too much time deciding whether or not to take a quiz online, as they’re usually short, fun, and easy to complete - plus they come with the reward of knowing your result upon completing it. Yet, if that same quiz was called an “online form”, or “survey”, then most people might think twice before deciding to commit their time and attention to completing such form or survey. Even if the actual quiz or survey had the same questions, the fact that one is labeled as a quiz automatically breaks the barrier people have to complete it. Why? Because in most instances the quiz becomes a game, and a challenge, rather than a “task” you have to complete.
A good popup not only helps you to build your email list quickly, it's also a powerful tool for presenting relevant offers at crucial moments when your customers will respond to it.
Sadly, most people hate website popups because they can be annoying at times. If the popup doesn't show up at the right time, you might end up losing a customer who's ready to buy your product or service.
In this in-depth article, we look at the 5 popup mistakes website owners are making and how to quickly fix them. We'll also share examples in each part so you know exactly what not to do.
The onset of new information and communication technologies has ushered in the dawn of the hyperconnected human being. Decades ago, we were restricted to what information was accessible to us though our limited resources and connectivity, but mobile phones, the Internet, social media, and many other technological developments have made it so that information is now readily available for us at the tip of our fingertips. Not only that, but finding these data has become faster, more accurate, more updated, and more accessible – no longer are we restricted to what is available in our surroundings at present.
This growing phenomenon is changing the face of consumer and business decisions. The evolution of customers as more tech-savvy individuals that demands almost-instantaneous delivery of what they want is not only affecting what businesses and industries should deliver to them, but on how to market products and services as well.
This is where the value of a great User Experience (UX) comes into focus – and will be substantial for the success of business in this rapidly and ever-changing marketplace. User experience is growing to be a major deciding factor for consumers in terms of what business to transact with, mainly because they are looking for the most comfortable or smoothest experience. This isn’t a new concept, but is gaining more attention in this digital age as it is a drastic shift in medium.
The hero shot has become one of the most significant trends in web design over the past few years. These large, compelling visuals should express the core of your brand offering in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, many hero shots fall short of the goal. They are too contrived, too stock, or too confusing. To really stand out, a hero shot should be authentic, natural, and beautiful. Overhauling your entire company image isn’t necessary in most cases, and it’s important to avoid going overboard with your hero shots.
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But your business needs more than just a website. Potential customers have to find your website, feel a need for what you’re selling and ultimately trust your business enough to spend their hard-earned money.
However, the first step, getting people to the website, is perhaps the most critical.
Our company loves to find more ways in which our sales and marketing department can save more time at work by digitalizing and automating as much as possible. Today, I’m excited to talk to you about how your business should be using technology to capture information online from customers or prospects and make it available to the right team member faster and at the right time.
The easiest way to gather information from your users is to create and publish an online form on your website or landing page. To help you get this done easily, without you having to contact your web designer or webmaster, you can use one of many online form builders. Then, once your form is published and you’re capturing your users’ information you can use web-based sync tools such as Zapier to quickly send that info to 700+ other online systems. This may include your CRM, e-mail marketing system, marketing automation, or proposals software.
At Bloominari, we choose to use JotForm as our online form builder of choice. A few days ago, their new version 4.0 launched, and the builder now included amazing new features we think your marketing and web staff will love!
Let’s explore how your business should be using online forms with the goal of creating a form super fast, being able to customize the fields, the look/style of the form and publish to your website to start capturing information.
The industry of website design and web development are constantly changing, and it's important to take note so that businesses small or big take notice and adapt their business websites accordingly.
Our agency Bloominari, a San Diego web design, digital marketing and creative company is ready to take on the new year to help small businesses with making sure their web precence is up-to-date and looking always professional, modern and attractive in order to attract new clients and grow their business online. Be sure to also take a look at our related post on "What will be the most important digital marketing trends in 2016-2017?"