Today the first port of call for anyone wishing to avail themselves of a product or service is… Google.
So if you are about to promote your business and its products your website is a good starting point. If your website was built more than two years ago, it’s time to build a new one in many cases. Today 80% of all searches are done on a mobile device, so it is imperative that you have a high functioning, responsive mobile website. Some developers will tell you it has to be a mobile ‘app’. A mobile ‘app’ is a mobile website that is ‘intuitive’, in other words, the functionality is designed to anticipate the searchers next move or search methodology. In a nutshell all websites should be intuitive and enable fulfilment of the searcher’s quest in a timely fashion.
Google in one of its regular notifications on Algorithms and policy made it quite clear – to qualify as a ‘responsive’ website, it’s imperative that you have a functional fit for purpose mobile version of your website.
No doubt if you run a business with its own website you are bombarded with spam encouraging you to ‘call now’, ‘first page on Google’, ‘adjust your content to allow you to rank higher on Google’. Nine times out of ten it’s a pitch for, wait for it, a new website.
The best thing to do is to seek out a competent team that first of all understands your business, its products and services, and the marketing channels and sectors you are operating in. Don’t fund someone to learn about your industry at your expense.
The next thing is to develop a marketing communications strategy. This includes the website and its function, social media, Public Relations, traditional media and advertising. If you are in a Business to Business situation, don’t waste money on general advertising. Stimulate demand in your current marketplace – choose expansion that focuses on gaining a greater market share – or maintaining your current market share.
Use professional photography – either a proficient, industry based professional or stock shots that are of sufficient quality to separate you from the myriad of websites that are also dependant on stock shots. An experienced Graphic Designer can choose the stock shots that work best for you on your website, social media and advertising. Original, copyright shots are much better – if you can afford them.
Engage a company that can custom design your website, provide unique graphics, layout and imagery. A company that can competently provide copy that fulfils both your client’s enquiry and creates interest with Google.
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