Marketing one’s business today starts with a great website. Indeed, in the digital age, a large percentage of consumers use web-based information to make purchasing decisions, and many make those purchases online through a company’s website. Which means that in order to attract more leads and convert those leads into sales, a well-designed website is non-negotiable. Here are five features of a great website that your company should surely incorporate:
One of the most important elements of a good website is that its content is relevant. Don’t include website content that isn’t pertinent to what your customer is looking for. With that in mind, frequently updating your website with fresh, original, and relevant content can help to establish your company as an authority in your industry, attracting more customers.
Website performance is a broad category that incorporates numerous elements of functionality, including load time and speed. Essentially, you want your website to perform well; the last thing that you want is for a customer to attempt to make a purchase only to become frustrated by an inability to locate their shopping cart, or for your website to crash mid-buy.
3. Easy-to-Locate Critical Information
Your website must contain certain critical information, and this information must be easy for the user to access. Depending upon your business type, some of this information might include:
- Your company’s “About Us” page;
- A list of services and products;
- Pricing information; and
- Contact information.
When a user visits your company, they are most often trying to find out a) about your product or services or b) how to get in touch with you. Make sure this information is findable.
4. Clean and Attractive Design
There’s nothing worse than clicking on a company’s website only to immediately be overwhelmed by a deluge of images, funky texts, colors, and words upon words of information. Your website should be easy on the eyes, incorporate images as appropriate, and contain succinct content that doesn’t overwhelm the user. Remember that when it comes to website design, sometimes less is more.
5. An Ask
Finally, remember that your website should ask the user to do something. This is not only a way to engage the user, but also an important element in making a sale. The ask can be anything, from “buy now” to “contact us today” to “learn more” and more.
NUVEW Can Help
At NUVEW, we are experts in website design and content marketing, and understand the best strategies for attracting more customers and supporting business growth. For a consultation with our team about your web design and marketing needs, please call us today at 219-323-3343 or send us a message directly. We love helping local businesses succeed!
As a business owner, knowing how to maximize user engagement to drive sales is a key part of a successful marketing strategy. At NUVEW, we work with business to implement various tools and practices to maximize user engagement. Here are some basics that you can start incorporating today–
What Is User Engagement?
Customer engagement, or user engagement, refers to a measurement of a user’s interaction with a product or service, typically through a website. User engagement is an important metric, because more positive engagement–and more engagement–is associated with a higher conversion rate, and therefore more sales. If a user isn’t positively engaged with your product or your service (again, via your website), then you can be nearly certain that they won’t become a sale. In addition to just getting more sales, user engagement also increases customer loyalty, builds brand recognition, and promotes familiarity.
Tips for Maximizing User Engagement
Fortunately, there are a few easy things that you can start doing right now to maximize user engagement and improve your conversion rate. Some things to try include:
- Ask for opinions. Perhaps the easiest way to increase engagement is simply to ask users and visitors to your site questions. For example, at the end of this article, an engagement question could read, “What strategies has your business implemented that have improved user engagement?” If you ask questions that are controversial and that will drive conversation, this can be an even more effective tactic.
- Reward engaged users. Another strategy for maximizing user engagement is to reward customers when they engage with your company in a certain way. For example, if someone signs up for your email list, reward them with access to a special discount or product that you’re not offering for those who don’t sign up for the email list. How you reward a user can be as basic or as complex as you want it to be.
- Know your audience. Everyone has seen a comedy routine where the performer just isn’t connecting with–nor engaging–the audience. Often times, this disconnect comes from a lack of research; if you don’t know what your audience wants, it can be impossible to connect with them. Do your research and identify your target audience and their needs. Then, create content that is designed for them. This is one of the most organic and effective ways to enhance user engagement and experience.
Improve Your Website
Finally, know that even if you have the best product in the world, if you don’t have a great website–it’s slow to load, challenging to navigate, and overwhelming–you won’t be able to engage your users. At NUVEW, we are here to help. Call us today to learn more about our website design and content marketing services, or send us a message directly.
If you want to be competitive in 2019, your company has to have a website and that website must be governed by an effective content marketing strategy. Unfortunately, too many business owners think that putting up a website and keeping a blog is enough; however, a successful content marketing strategy is much more multifaceted than that and often takes the help of a professional to perfect. If you’re looking for ways to improve your content marketing approach, our team at NUVEW can help. Some of the most basic elements that we believe are critical to a thriving content marketing plan include–
Define Target Market
Before you even start designing your website, and certainly before you put any content on it, you must define your target market. Essentially, this is the process of identifying who your potential customer is, including how old they are, where they live, their gender, their income level or profession, their socioeconomic status, and even their likes and dislikes. Until you truly understand your target customer, you cannot create a marketing strategy that is designed to attract that customer.
Content Is King, and Consistency is Queen
Sure, the saying that “content is king” may be a little dated, but it’s just as true in 2019 as it’s ever been. The idea behind this phrase is that the content that you post on your website will (hopefully) make a significant impression on your customer, and therefore the content that you post must be engaging, informative, authoritative, and original. And not only that, but you must post consistently. This means that your website cannot have the same content on it for too long, or go for too many days without an update.
Your Brand Must Tell a Story
You’ve already identified your target customer; now it’s time to figure out your message and what exactly it is you have to say and offer. Remember that it’s not just about focusing on the how of your product or service, but the why. Why is your company unique? Why should a customer choose you over the other guy?
The why behind your brand needs to be told through a story, and your brand’s story needs to be reiterated in every piece of content that you post, whether that’s a blog on your website, a blurb on social media, or the background image on one of your landing pages.
NUVEW Can Help
The above are just a few of the most basics elements of a successful content marketing strategy, but the list above is by no means inclusive. At NUVEW, we have a team of content marketing specialists who are passionate about helping businesses like yours grow. Call us today to learn more about our website design and marketing services, or send us a message at your convenience.