UPDATED 16TH JUNE 2020
Our world has changed recently due to the Covid-19 virus and the way we many of us work has changed completely.
As a remote worker for many years, I have been using various tools to help me do my job as effectively as possible and collaborate with clients on various projects. I work with many clients both for project work and ongoing work.
Projects can range from developing a marketing strategy and ideating on content creation to complete web design projects and monthly SEO services.
Below are my top tools that will help you stay productive, focused and organised when doing your job remotely during these crazy times.
Miro is a virtual whiteboarding tool that lets you easily collaborate with your team on all types of projects. Brainstorm, create and plan all in one easy to use tool. It really feels like you are all working together as you can see everyone's inputs.
Below are some introductory videos that give a good feel for the product and how it may be of use for you and your team.
Loom has been a favourite of mine for sometime. I use it to create custom tutorials for clients and also for my resource centre. It lets you record your screen and or camera and easily share videos. You also have the option to download the video for further editing and adding to your own video platform such as YouTube.
Ever since I started using Google Drive for college back in 2015, Google Drive changed the way I work. Having the ability to co-edit documents like spreadsheets and presentations eliminates the back and forth email chain that really can draw out a task you need to complete with someone else.
With Google Docs, just create the file, share it with your team member or members and get to work. You can see everyone editing and also add comments within the document too. Tag your co-worker in the comment, they respond and then you can resolve the comment. Gone are the emails cluttering up your inbox.
Trello - I could write a book on how useful this tool is for managing any type of project, but I won't. I've been a Trello user for many years and have many types of boards that help me plan projects and manage my goals.
Add in some Butler automations and you've a really powerful workflow setup.
The concept is simple, cards are tasks and grouped in lists. It uses the Kanban method - todo ; doing ; done in order to move tasks so they are completed.
Check out the intro video below and go to their YouTube channel to dive in further.
If you're keen to find out more about Trello Automations, take a look at the video below from Shane in Active Growth.
Team chats are vital for remote teams as emails can easily get out of hand. One of the more popular chat apps you may have heard of is Slack. It has lots of bells and whistles and is a full featured app but can take a lot of setup and onboarding.
For those 'sudden' remote team, Chanty may be a good option for getting teams set up and working together quickly.
So get started with team chats on Chanty and eliminate the dozens and dozens of team emails that are filling your inboxes. You can also carry out team voice or video calls.
Get organised. Stay Creative. No matter what type of project you need to work on, gather ideas, add research and gather all types of information to plan out your project easily in Milanote.
Milanote is an easy-to-use tool to organise your ideas and projects into visual boards.
Build on ideas, develop your plan and organise your work as a team.
Use the web clipper extension to easily add information into your project.
I generally start design and branding projects in this tool. It lets me and the client gather visual inspiration and discuss design direction and plan to move forward.
Signup for a free plan here and see how it can help you and your team.
I hope you found these tools of some help and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or are in need of some help.
I'd love to hear of any tools you're using to help you do your work these days. Drop me a note in the comments below.
I've been using WordPress for many years now. As a long time marketer turned designer, you can literally create what you want in WordPress.
Yes, beautifully designed sites are great to look at but do they generate leads for your business?
I specialise in reverse engineering website designs to ensure they deliver leads consistently. This is why having goals for your site is very important. I always explain to clients, when we examine data and results after their new site is live, we see what is working and then concentrate on doing more of that.
Here are 4 ways you can easily start generating leads from your website.
Ok, I hear you ask - What are landing pages?
A landing page is typically a standalone web page that exists for the purpose of collecting leads or supporting an advertising campaign. It has one goal only.
Below is an example of a lead page with typical elements from Hubspot.
Hubspot published an in-depth guide on landing page best practices which is well worth reading.
Getting your opt-in forms right is a skill in itself. Check out this tweet on an epic article on how to build forms that convert.
I don't know about you, but personally, I cannot stand pop-ups as soon as I land on a website. I have been hit with over three popups on some sites before I can even see any content.
If they are used correctly they can be very useful, but 95% of the time I find they are just abused. Here's an article on what to consider if you want to include pop-ups in your strategy.
Including opt-ins / offers / freebies in your sidebars is another useful way to get upgrades in front of your users. Changes are, if they are on your blog page, they are looking to read your content and that upgrade may be of interest to them.
For example, I recently created a free guide on how to create winning website projects. I have added it to my sidebar and it directs to the landing page where people can sign-up.
This is one of the most overlooked things businesses do - always add a content upgrade on all your posts.
Just check out the end of this post - this is a content upgrade. It effectively is a related call to action that gives out some useful information in exchange for an email address.
Email marketing is still one of the most effective marketing methods as it is direct communication to your customers and the list is yours alone.
However, you do want to ensure you are GDPR compliant and be mindful not to spam your list. You can target subscribers based on activity, ie who opens email newsletter etc.
A 404 (also known as an error page) page is what site visitors get redirected to if the url they search for on your site doesn't exist or they enter something incorrectly.
Here's an article that goes into detail about how to design an effective 404 page.
No matter what business you are in, consider what your audience / potential customers would find useful or helpful.
If you need someone to develop these things for you, give me a call or schedule in a 20 minute chat here.
Google My Business can be extremely helpful for your business and like it or not, when potential customers and clients look up our businesses online, as business owners, we need to take care of how our business appears on Google.
A My Business listing on Google allows you control what people see when they search for your business online.
There are many free and easy to use tools you can use to maximise our appearance and grow awareness of our business online, in addition to ensuring you have a responsive website which is optimised for SEO and has an SSL cert.
For any website project I work on, I always ensure my clients have claimed their business on Google. Being a marketer for many years before web design, I find both jobs go hand in hand. One is useless without the other.
Here's a more in-depth overview of Google My Business:
So what do businesses need to take care of in order to control how they appear on Google?
Here's what I will be covering:
To claim your business listing on Google, simply search for your business with Google. If your business has not yet been verified, you will see a link - 'Own this business'.
Clicking this will start the verification process.
To verify that you’re an authorised representative for the business, follow the steps below:
Here's a video of the verification process.
Once the business has been verified, you can add posts to your business and they will appear in search.
These posts expire after 1 week so its good practice to post one a week.
Engage your audience by sharing updates and announcements by posting images, events, offers, products and videos. Choose the type of call to action you want to appear. Learn more about Google Posts.
Keeping your opening dates and hours up to date is an important task for all businesses.
Add the hours your business is open (i.e. the regular customer-facing hours of operation for a typical week). For days when you have unusual hours, like holidays or special events, set special hours. Learn more about hours guidelines.
To set hours, follow these steps:
To indicate your business hours include a break, create 2 time entries for the same day with different times.
For example, if your business is open from 9 AM–2 PM on Saturdays, closed from 2 PM–5 PM, then open again from 5 PM–10 PM:
If your business is open 24 hours a day, next to the day click Opens at, then click and choose 24 hours.
To change your hours for holidays or other special event times, follow these steps.
This goes for reviews on Facebook and Trip Advisor, if it's applicable for your business.
People take the time to review your business so its good manners and the right thing to respond.
You can only respond to your reviews on Google once you have been verified.
Reviews from your customers can provide valuable feedback for your business, and replying to reviews can help build your customers' trust.
When you reply to a review, your response will appear below your customer's review on Google Search and Maps under the label "Response from the owner".
People on Google will see both the customer review and your response when they look at your Google reviews.
include requests for reviews in emails. Make it part of your daily workflow in your business.
Create a link that customers can click to leave a review of your business.
You can easily share the link with customers to encourage them to write reviews and rate your business.
There are two ways you can get your review url:
To create a link from Google Search:
If these steps don't work for you, you'll need to use the PlaceID Lookup Tool instead.
To create a link using the PlaceID Lookup Tool:
When customers click your link, they'll be able to rate your business and leave a review. Further reading from Google on how to read and reply to customer reviews.
Displaying your current reviews on your website allows you to gain trust with your sites visitors by providing social proof.
Keeping things up to date and looking good takes a bit of effort and consistency.
If you would like some help, just get in touch and let me do the work for you.
Find out how to start driving more traffic through the door today by getting your business more discoverable on Google.
Building one-page websites within WordPress allows for speedy builds and can be economical and easy to edit for startups and businesses with no previous online presence or those that don't have a lot of content.
It often removes the obstacles with generating a website from scratch as a small amount of content is needed at a mimimum.
With the current increasing trends in mobile device usage, one-page websites are very well suited for consuming content on mobiles. Long scroll will continue to adopt more advanced effects as mobile devices evolve towards improved functionality and load times.
We have a range of pre-designed one-page layouts, both on WordPress and responsive HTML sites depending on the needs of your business.
These both offer inspiration and highlight how useful these types of websites can be. They would be tailored to suit your brand and content and offer a very quick solution for a new business website. Custom designs are also possible - it's what we specialise in.
One page sites can be built very quickly and often are an ideal solution for businesses under time, content and budgets constraints.
Interested in finding out more?
I'm sure you have heard the term "Responsive" been bandied around for some time now. Basically, a responsive website is a site that layout adjusts to best suit the device on which it is being viewed.
The use of mobile devices to view websites has exploded over the past few years and has now almost exceeded desktop. Because of this, it's important your website looks good on mobile for your customers.
A responsive website makes browsing through mobile simpler and automatically adapts to the size of the screen of the device that it is viewed on. This takes care of the optimisation issues and there is no need for building and maintaining several websites for different devices - that is extremely inefficient and impractical.
Nowadays smartphones are not considered to be exceptions. We live in a society where excessive usage of smartphones is something that is considered normal. Today over one billion of people are accessing the web from their mobile devices and over 80% of internet users are smartphone users; simply put, if someone is online, it is likely that they are on their smartphones. This statistic is only the beginning of the story, I believe that these numbers will be bigger in the future. So, you need to think mobile, simply because everyone is on mobile.
This might not be a surprise for most of you, yet despite the impressive statistics below, many businesses do not yet have a mobile website. Hopefully, reading through these stats from Smart Insights will certainly convince you for the need for a responsive website.
In theory, the same people are behind both desktop and mobile traffic, but they behave differently across their devices. Even though they have a limited bandwidth, they consume a really high amount of all visual media, where their major focus is on images and short videos. Platforms like Instagram and Vine have achieved massive success just because they offered solely images and videos. For capturing this kind of traffic you are going to need an optimised design to harness the power of these types of media in order to engage your users.
There is no such thing as a business owner who is not interested in increasing traffic. Mobile media consumption is over 20% higher than desktop, meaning that almost 50% of all digital media consumption and web traffic is via mobile. So, if you are interested, as a business owner, in attracting mobile traffic, you need to think mobile and engage your visitors with visual types of media.
Mobile users are actually spending more than desktop users, because smartphone users are the ones who account for the lowest Euro amount per every transaction. They make small and frequent purchases, so, if your business is selling something that is below €10, people who are mobile users are an ideal target audience for your business. The users of tablets have the highest average transaction compared to other devices and that includes desktop. Even these users won’t shop from your website if your mobile UX is poor.
Almost 90% of people tend to switch between devices in order to accomplish their goals, meaning that even if you receive the bulk of your conversions via desktop, users will also engage with your website via mobile devices at one point of the sales process. In many cases when users are bored, they are searching for things that interest them, after that they move on to a desktop to finalise the purchase after they have previously found something they would like to buy.
So, if your website cannot handle screens of different sizes, you will be missing out on sales.
For some time now, Google has been favouring mobile friendliness in its rankings, but recently the stakes have been raised; having a responsive website is more important for Google than gathering organic traffic. In some of the latest Google’s algorithm updates there are significant penalties for those websites that are not meeting the standards for mobile optimisation. So, if you want to seriously improve the traffic of your website, or just keep the current one, your website needs to be optimised for mobile users.
If you have reached the point that your brand still needs website optimisation, you might feel that you need to catch up. This is true to some extent, but the reality is that many websites are still not optimised for mobile. A little over 50% of websites run by small businesses are responsive. You may wonder what this will mean for your business, well, you can have a fantastic opportunity to differentiate your brand from the competition.
According to statistics, almost half of your competitors have websites that are not optimised, and the ones who have already implemented responsive design are probably not doing it in the right way.
So, to put it into perspective, if your website does not load fast enough or give visitors what they are looking for, visitors will most likely abandon it and not return. Having a responsive design load times are better and faster, greatly reducing abandonment. The first step in optimising your website is implementing a responsive website design.
To achieve the best result consider hiring a web designer who specialises in this field. After that, you need to optimise your marketing efforts within your mobile responsive design, where you will take into consideration how customers are engaged and adjust your website accordingly. You want to make the experience for them as easy and as pleasant as possible.
Be sure to get your copy of our Free Website Content Planner to get started.
Google Analytics is a widely used and highly versatile tool to measure the performance of your website. Firstly let’s look at how we measure our websites, and why it is important.
Google Analytics lets us look at how we acquire visitors to our website, track their behaviour and monitor their path to purchase. Easy. But what if your visitors aren’t converting, or you’re not getting visitors to your website?
It is almost impossible to create a website and expect visitors and conversions to happen overnight. Every website is different, which means how you market your website is different to how your favourite website may do so, or how your competitors are marketing theirs.
Do you fully understand who your target audience is, or who your customers are?
Google Analytics lets us see how we acquire visitors, to which pages, how long they stay on each page, where they go next – or where they leave…
Through Acquisition & Referrals, we can see the top ways in which visitors are being directed to your website.
You may see that the majority of traffic is coming to your website through Google, this is great, but it’s important to have a wide range of sources finding your website. This feature in Analytics helps us capitalise on what is working well for us, and helps us make amendments on what isn’t working so well.
If you’re selling Plumbing services in Galway, your website shouldn’t be targeting visitors in Central America. Google Analytics lets your clearly identify your visitor demographic and make important changes to ensure your website is functioning correctly.
This is especially useful when running PPC Campaigns, it is a great tool that could save you a lot of money over time.
What’s being viewed on your website, and what isn’t? Google Analytics lets us see which pages users are engaging with the most, and which pages they are not. If you have a page that is important to your website, but it is not being acknowledged, then this is a big problem that needs to be fixed.
Analytics helps us to optimise the pages that are most important to us, this could be the products and services page of your website, it maybe the most important goal is to get customers to contact you?
Goals are a way to track the actions that are important to your business’s objectives. Goals can be set up for almost anything, including for users making a purchase on your site, or when a visitor signs up to your mailing list. Goals are tailored to your business and your business’s objectives.
Typically conversions are the most vital goals for your business, and Google has several templates to help you trace conversions effectively. You’ll be able to monitor your conversion progress as a tool for sales and ROI.
Viewing your real-time viewers may seem a bit of a novelty at first, however this is a great tool for monitoring your visitors behaviour first-hand.
As you release a new page or a blog post or interact with a customer over twitter, real-time allows you be in the present and engage with your audience.
Dashboards allow you to create multiple displays to show only the data that you want to see on the front page of Google Analytics. Be it raw data, graphs, bar charts, pie charts or line graphs.
Perhaps you are using a Google Analytics dashboard to present to colleagues or someone in your business. Dashboards are as easy as drag and drop and are a great accompanying tool for presenting data.
If you haven’t already come across Google Webmaster Tools don’t worry, but you should sign up straight away. Google Webmaster Tools let’s us monitor our website’s health, keywords, broken URL’s and site errors. Using Webmaster Tools is fundamental in ensuring Google likes your website.
Integrate Webmaster Tools through your Google Analytics for extra queries, geographical outlines and landing pages.
Google Analytics shows us what devices our visitors are using, which operating system they are using, Windows, OSX, Android etc. and even which internet browser, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome and even whether they are a mobile user.
This may not seem important right away, but this information can help in ensuring that our website is compatible and optimised for all platforms. If 90% of your visitors are Apple phone users then we need to ensure that they have the best user experience possible.
With Google Analytics it is possible to track incoming visitors through e-mail campaigns sent to your customers. It is also possible to view how many people have opened your e-mail and clicked on your link to your website.
E-mail marketing is still a very effective marketing technique and is a great way to interact with current and prospective customers.
Analytics shows us a variety of ways in which users find our website through the keywords that they use on Search Engines.
Keyword Research is a very important part in obtaining the right visitors and potential customers for our website.
Contrary to popular belief, Google Analytics doesn’t just happen. In order to use Google Analytics you must first:
Aside from using Google Analytics online, you have the power to create custom dashboards for visual representation as well as generating high-end reporting tailored for your business needs. At first glance Google Analytics can seem a little daunting, but the success of your business depends on being able to manage your website’s performance, monitor consumer behaviour and make the fundamental changes necessary to increase conversions and ROI.
Itchy Fingers Design can set up your Google Analytic’s account for you and fully manage your campaigns and performance. Get in touch to see how we can work together.
Whether you’re a startup company, building a business, a network, or friendships, you always want to look for people who possess this quality.
That goes for you too, had you considered that?
Being considered genuine, means actual, real, sincere, honest. Genuine people are more or less the same on the inside as their behaviour is on the outside. Unfortunately, it's a tough quality to discern.
The problem is that all human interactions are relative. They’re all a function of how we perceive each other through our own subjective lenses.
Being genuine is also a rare quality. In a world full of materialism, fads, media hype, virtual personas, positive thinkers, and personal brands – where everyone wants what they don’t have, nobody's content to be who they are, and, more importantly, nobody’s willing to admit to any of that – it’s becoming an increasingly rare quality.
In order to identify genuine people and develop these qualities in ourselves, these are the typical behaviours of this rare breed.
They don’t seek attention. They don’t need constant reinforcement of their own ego. Where attention seekers have a hole that constantly needs to be filled, genuine people are already filled with self-confidence and self-awareness.
They’re not concerned with being liked. The need to be liked is born of insecurity and narcissism. It creates a need to manipulate your own and other’s emotions. Confident and authentic people are simply themselves. If you like them, fine. If not, that’s fine, too.
They can tell when others are full of it. Perhaps naïve folks can be easily fooled, but genuine people are not naïve. They’re grounded in reality and that gives them a baseline from which they can tell when things don’t add up. There’s a big difference.
They are comfortable in their own skin. When you have thought through what you think, what you feel, what’s important to you and why it’s important to you, that determines a certain sense of purpose and directive. We all have these behavioural traits -- we just don’t necessarily articulate them to ourselves. But if we look back on our behaviour and examine what we do, why we do it, what we think and why we think it, we can figure out the principles that are driving us.
People who have really looked within to understand why they think and act the way they do are clearer about the principles -- and purposes -- that drive their lives, thus making them proactive rather than reactive.
They do what they say and say what they mean. They don’t tend to overreach or exaggerate. They meet their commitments. And they don’t parse their words or sugarcoat the truth. If you need to hear it, they’ll tell you … even if it’s tough for them to say and for you to hear.
They don’t need a lot of stuff. When you’re comfortable with whom you are, you don’t need a lot of external stuff to be happy. You know where to find happiness – inside yourself, your loved ones, and your work. You find happiness in the simple things.
They’re not thin-skinned. They don’t take themselves too seriously so they don’t take offence when none is intended.
They’re not overly modest or boastful. Since they’re confident of their strengths, they don’t need to brag about them. Likewise, they don’t exhibit false modesty. Humility is a positive trait but it’s even better to just be straightforward.
They give and receive compliments openly. Because genuine people are comfortable with themselves, they have the ability to receive compliments when they are paid as they accept them as having no strings attached. Genuine people like to reinforce people when its merited, and that comes across when done in a pure way, when you’re simply delighted that somebody did well and you compliment them.
They’re consistent. You might describe genuine people as being grounded, solid, or substantial. Since they know themselves well and are in touch with their genuine emotions, they’re more or less predictable ... in a good way.
They practice what they preach. They’re not likely to advise people to do something they wouldn’t do themselves. After all, genuine people know they’re no better than anyone else so it’s not in their nature to be self-righteous.
All those seemingly different behaviours have the same thing at their core: self-awareness that’s consistent with reality. Genuine people see themselves as others would if they were objective observers. There’s not a lot of processing, manipulating, or controlling going on between what’s in their head and what people see and hear.
In summing up, once you get to know them, genuine people turn out to be more or less consistent with the way they initially hold themselves out to be. What you see is what you get.
It's sad that, in today's world, such a positive quality is at risk of becoming endangered. Not only is it harder to find in others, it's becoming harder to be genuine ourselves.
As a result, you will gain more loyal, returning visitors who will come back.
The Internet reaches a worldwide audience and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For this reason, more and more potential customers are turning to the web for a variety of reasons, including researching products and services and making purchases.
As more and more consumers go online for these reasons, it is extremely important for businesses to establish an online presence. This is so important because failure to do so may result in their competitors gaining an edge over them when it comes to online visibility and ultimately sales.
While it is important for businesses to begin digital marketing campaigns, it is also important for those same businesses to realise that basic advertising principles still exist and they cannot neglect these principles.
Most importantly, those who advertise online have to be aware of who their target audience is and how to reach that audience.
Narrowing your focus to one primary group of people is often difficult for small business owners.
They want to help everyone — and very often, their product or service can help a variety of people. It also goes against human nature to narrow your focus in order to grow a business.
Common sense seems to tell us that if we want to grow our business a great deal, we need to appeal to more people.
In reality, the opposite is true. When we narrow our focus to a particular group of people, we become experts in solving their particular problems.
We get to know them very well and we can develop additional products and services to satisfy their needs.
So how do you decide who to market to? The following are some tips:
As with any marketing campaign, business owners should do some market research before they launch their Internet marketing campaign. Ideally, this will involve hiring a research consultant with a great deal of experience in conducting and evaluating this type of market research. The results of this research should determine the basic demographic information for the target audience. The results should also include information on how to reach this target audience.
A business that cannot afford to hire a consultant to conduct this market research should still make an effort to obtain this information on their own.
This can be done through informal polls of current clients. This information may not be as comprehensive as the information obtained in a more formal study but it can still provide a great deal of insight into the best way to reach the target audience.
Once this information is obtained, it is important to tailor the Internet marketing campaign to appeal to the target audience.
There are a number of different variables that can be modified to ensure that the right message is reaching the right people in a manner that they can understand and to which they can relate.
Some of the ways in which your digital campaigns can be tailored in this way include the aesthetics of your website or advertisements, the wording of your content, and the use of more advanced design features such as audio and visual or interactive tools.
First you need a goal when you are developing a website for your audience.
If you do not know what you are looking to achieve, it will be very difficult to succeed.
Also, it takes a goal to drive your website to where it needs to be.
A goal is what allows you to develop an initial plan for your website and helps to guide you in developing your website as well.
When you design the layout for your website, you have to take into account the characteristics of your audience.
Are they old or young people?
Are they looking for trends or are they just looking for information served without any icing on the cake?
The aesthetic appeal of a website can greatly contribute to how the website is viewed by the members of the target audience.
A website that is designed to attract the attention of an older generation with more conservative tastes should include muted colours, clean design, and conservative graphics.
This will help to ensure that the target audience enjoys the website.
Conversely, if you are looking to appeal to a younger audience with more liberal viewpoints, you might choose to design the website with bold colours, eye-catching graphics, and creative design features.
What is the age level and what kind of knowledge does your audience have?
A layperson might spend time on a website about literature but a professional editor or writer might have very little interest in that particular site.
The copy you include on your website should also take your target audience into consideration.
Consider the examples of a conservative and a liberal audience listed above to create a better understanding of how the copy on your website can appeal to the target audience.
When marketing to a more conservative audience, the copy should be tailored to use formal language and use facts to back up viewpoints.
However, when you are marketing to a more liberal audience or a younger audience, you may wish to consider using less formal language, which is likely to appeal to the target audience. You can also focus more on emotion to express viewpoints.
Take your audience’s emotional state into consideration when building your website.
If a very irritated visitor searches for a solution and comes across your site, you will want to make sure that you offer the solution right up front and sell or promote your product to him as the second priority.
In this way, the visitor will put his trust in you for offering the solution to his problems first and is more likely to buy your product or service when you offer it to him after that.
Try to sprinkle colloquial language on your website sparingly, where you see fit, and you will create a sense that your audience is on equal ground with you.
This, in turn, builds a trusting relationship between you and your audience, which will become useful if you want to market a product to your audience.
Another important tip for developing a website for your audience is to plan when you will provide updates.
This might seem like something you could consider down the road when your website needs updating, but it is really not the case.
You need to know when your audience will most likely be viewing your website and when they won’t so you know when to provide updates. A little bit of planning will go a long way.
Your audience is very important and should be taken into consideration as much as your goal when developing a web presence. Basically, you are developing your web presence for a certain audience and these are the people who will help meet your goal so this is very important to consider. Just make sure that you determine who your audience is before you begin developing your web presence.
If you need help defining your target audience, get in touch on email@example.com
It’s really of no great surprise that most businesses today have gone down the online route to connect with consumers in a way practically unheard of 30 years ago.
Now, only you can decide whether or not a website is right for you, but here are eight reasons to consider before making a change.
While “everyone else is doing it” is not a valid argument that fits most decision making, choosing to get your business online with other businesses that have gone online is a no-brainer at this point in the digital age.
In 2019 not having a website for a business is rather like saying that you do not need the revenue and online presence for your business.
The simple fact is that if you are a business today most, if not all, of your competition is already online, and they’re getting customers that you’re not as a result.
Not having a website is a huge disadvantage to your own business.
Having a website opens up your business and your products to a global audience, which is especially important if you utilise your website as an e-commerce store.
Selling your products online is a great way to supplement your offline business, and even if you’re not selling a product even the simplest of websites offers exposure to a free market otherwise left untapped.
Plus, we live in a culture where “Google It” is a phrase uttered by almost everyone across the globe on a daily basis, and I think not having a website is a bit of an oversight for any business in existence.
Having a well-functioning website is a great move for customer service, allowing your customers to find basic information online that they would otherwise have to call in about taking up the time of you or your employees that could be better spent doing other work.
Information requests by customers, or prospective customers, can be handled instantly.
A website can work for you while your business is closed, allowing customers to figure out vital information they would otherwise have to wait to have answered.
Your business can run online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With some attention to detail and a solid SEO strategy, your website could become your most valued asset.
First impressions count right? We are living in the genesis of the digital age where your customers can pull a tiny computer out of their pocket and access your website within 15 seconds.
You can likely see how this kind of instant gratification also results in a viewer making a judgment about your website and any service it offers. Unless your website is well designed, instantly informative, and user-friendly you’re likely to lose a customer.
Just like your business front, it is your job to create the first impression that passersby have of your shop.
Creating a new website puts you in pole position. A good web designer knows how to implement a style that evokes the impression you intend users to have leaving your business.
Your own website is a great tool for recruitment when you’re looking to fill positions within your business.
The classified ads have all but disappeared from traditional print, making the move to digital (like everything else).
Your website can be a direct hub for processing online applications, alleviating the hassle of collecting and sorting through endless piles of cover letters and resumes.
Getting discovered online goes beyond search engine results, and having a website with well thought out keywords, proper coding, and appropriate classification aids in having your business information indexed on GPS devices, social media, and other websites that index your business’s information for users to access.
This comes as a surprise to many small business owners, but there’s a significant chance that your business already has a web presence. With websites like Yelp, Google, Facebook, Twitter and other websites that allow user feedback, you can bet that someone has already reviewed you.
It’s an unfortunate truth, but a customer who has had a bad experience with your business is considerably more likely to take to the internet to write a review than someone who had a pleasant experience.
Bearing this in mind, having a website and utilising search engine optimisation techniques allows you to push this kind of website further down the page of results.
Even with positive reviews, if the first thing that pops up when users search for your business name is a user review site like Yelp your credibility takes a steep slide into non-existence, even if you have more good reviews than bad.
Having a website gives you the opportunity to guide the conversation. While simply having a web presence won’t stop people from writing negative reviews about you, it does give you a voice in the game that would otherwise be lost.
The web is a tool without geographic boundaries, it allows your business reach anywhere in the world so if you have a business that is focused on growing internationally, a properly designed and optimised website can provide really good results.