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Monday, October 17th, 2011
Too many businesses make the mistake of thinking, “All I need to do is build a fabulous website that looks amazing and throngs of people will flock to it.” Not true. The question is: How are people going to find it? Investing in creating the best website on the Internet will not make it be seen if you don’t also invest the same or greater amount in creating visibility for the website.
Visibility and design work hand in hand. Great design without targeted visibility is wasted because qualified visitors won’t find it to see it, and high levels of traffic with poor site design is wasted because no one will stay on the site long enough to take the action you want. Before you can design an effective website, you must determine:
- How to drive targeted traffic to your website to get the most visibility, and
- How to design an attractive website that appeals to the target audience and does the job it is intended to do.
Who Is “They” and How Will “They” Find You?
“They” is your target audience, the people who are looking for what you offer. To design a website that attracts and appeals to your target audience, you need to develop a target audience profile with information such as:
- Is your target audience consumers (B2C) or other businesses (B2B)?
- What would a person visiting your website be looking for?
- Are the people in your target audience computer savvy or are they computer novices?
Once you know who your target audience is, you can design a website and start marketing online and offline to drive people to your site. The fastest way to get people to your site is with pay-per-click advertising. You can also:
- Improve your search ranking by using SEO to optimize your website and providing relevant content.
- Build your social networking presence.
- Submit your site to all the major search engines.
- Put your web address on everything – business cards, letterhead, brochures, signs, fliers.
- Tell everyone you know about your website and ask them to visit.
- Issue press releases and announcements.
Build It So They Will Come and Take the Action You Desire
The average first-time visitor to a website spends just 40 seconds on the website. The longer a visitor stays on your site, the more likely they will take the action you desire. Usability is the key. To keep your visitors longer, consider the visual appeal (layout, graphics, colors, balance, fonts), functionality (navigation, call to action, email subscription, social media links), and relevant content (high quality writing, interesting, informative, no errors). In 2007, the Nielsen Norman Group found that designing a website for usability averaged an 83% ROI, a substantial return for online marketing efforts.
Without a design that incorporates these ideas, your website will confuse the visitors and fail to produce results. In the book, 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, author Susan Weinschenk suggests that, “The shorter the distance to the goal, the more motivated people are to reach it. People are even more motivated when the end is in sight.” Make it easy for the visitor to find you and to know what you want them to do, and you’ll see your business grow.
A good internet marketing firm can do all this and more. The team of experts at seenBest Web Design in Phoenix, AZ, knows the latest trends in the Internet industry and has a solid background in user-centered design, programming, SEO, search engine marketing, social media marketing, testing, web analytics, content writing, and all of the tools necessary to design a website that will generate sales leads. Give us a call today at (602) 456-0150 to schedule your strategic internet marketing review and let us demonstrate ways we can help your business succeed in the digital age.
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
For most businesses with a website, the foremost source of traffic to their website is user searches. Over 70% of users click only on the top 10 results from a search, and ignore the search results that fall further down on the page or beyond the first page. How do companies get the number one spot? Or one of the top 10? Or at least one in the top half of the first page? Answer: by recognizing the power of optimizing their websites for search engines. Search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc., use complex algorithms to determine the order in which companies will appear in the search results. These algorithms include hundreds of ranking factors that determine the position a company website will appear when a user search is made.
SEO – search engine optimization – is one of the most important marketing tools a small business can invest in. SEO can produce an extraordinary return on investment (ROI) by increasing a website’s online visibility, thereby attracting visitors who convert into customers. Company listings displaying in the top half of page one search results capture 99% of consumers, which could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue per year. Most business owners miss out on the vast majority of internet traffic, and sales, that would otherwise be theirs if their website was optimized for search. Small business owners must not underestimate the value of SEO and its impact on the bottom line.
Online marketing success requires setting goals and developing a strategic plan to achieve those goals. Some of the elements of search engine marketing – SEM – strategy include:
- creating an attractive website with rich, constantly updated content
- developing a carefully researched and employed keyword list to use in headlines and copy
- properly designing video, photos, graphics and other website features
- having all of website code reviewed and optimized by an SEO expert
- developing a strategy to acquire high quality inbound links to the website
- using metrics to track traffic and rankings
A well executed SEM campaign assures your advertisement and website link appear immediately at the top section of page one in the search engines. How sure can you be that SEM will work? How long will the process take? As with other forms of marketing – newspaper, yellow pages, TV, radio, direct mail – there are no guarantees. However, unlike other forms of marketing, SEM allows the small business owner to track rankings, traffic and sales to see quantifiable results.
Let’s go on a short journey into cyberspace and review an example of what this might look like.
- Let’s pretend you are a hair stylist.
- You cater to the Phoenix, Arizona market.
- Your business name is “Swank Salon.”
- A Google search for “Swank Salon” lists you at Page 1, Rank 1.
As the owner, you might be overjoyed that you rank well for that search term, but does a high ranking on your name profit you? Probably not! Searches on your company’s name will rank your company high in search engines. But searching on your business name only works when the user already knows it. Usually, new customers will not know the name of your business. They may only be searching for a company that can help them fulfill a need and will instead search for a keyword or phrase that describes what they are looking for in their own words. If your goal is to increase traffic to your site and attract new clients, you need more than high ranking on your name – you need to rank well for the right keywords.
Are you using the right keywords in your content for your local market and target audience? Let’s Google “hair salon phoenix” to find Swank Salon. Are you attracting the largest number of local visitors possible to your site with these keywords? At this point, comprehensive research is needed to determine the search terms your business should be ranking well for based on the amount of search engine traffic tied to those terms. This research draws upon specific information collected from the business owner about the top competition, target client, and the industry.
As we conduct deep research for Swank Salon in SEO for the hair stylist industry, we learn:
- 2.8 million people search for “haircut salons” every month
- 2.3 million people search for “haircuts” every month
- 1.8 million people search for “hair salon” every month
- Fewer than 100 people search for “swank salon” every month
From this research, the company that can gain the most business from online shoppers is optimized to rank well for “haircut salons.” Only a proper SEO review can ensure that your website is using the correct terms to rank well. If Swank Salon relied on the keywords “beauty salon haircut” for SEO or the keywords “swank salon”, they would get fewer than 300 searches per month. The salon would lose out on the 2.8 million other consumers interested in their services who are searching on “haircut salons.”
So how does Swank Salon rank in “haircut salons phoenix”? Doing a Google search places them near the top of the list. But they are not the top. The sites at the very top are pulling in 70% more traffic from these 2.8 million consumers. Swank could use an SEM and SEO campaign to get the number one spot. Is search engine optimization all you need to bring in business? Not quite…
What happens when you click on the link to the Swank Salon website? Ugh! The poorly designed website will cause most of those 2.8 million visitors to back out of the page and find a salon with an attractive website that is easy to use. For a small business to achieve a high return on their SEO efforts, visitors must both (a) see the site listed near the top of search results and (b) like what they see so they stay on the site long enough to make a purchase. For example, take Cloud 9 Spa, a competitor to Swank Salon. While Cloud 9 Spa has a superior website design that appeals to their target client, their ranking is horrible. By appearing on page 2 for most relevant searches, they are getting very little of the total traffic available. Their website may be superior, but they suffer from low visibility. They could benefit from increased SEO and SEM that would place them above Swan Salon. Their superior website design would then capture thousands of dollars in increased revenue as a result.
SEO is one of the most successful marketing tools today. To take advantage of the tremendous online opportunity to grow your small business, you have to invest either money or time. As a small business owner, do you have time to become an SEO expert? SEO success takes a lot of work and time to achieve, even with the most sophisticated SEO techniques and skills. You may be able to learn the basics, but your business will grow much faster and you’ll see a greater ROI much sooner by using an online marketing firm experienced in web design, SEO, and content writing. You will also save a lot of money, by investing your marketing budget into the proper areas immediately via the expert strategy and guidance your SEO team provides.
In addition to expert search engine optimization, you should find a firm that will do more than promise to drive traffic to your website. As demonstrated in the example above, money spent to drive traffic to a poorly designed website will most likely result in lost sales. The professional team at seenBest Web Design in Phoenix, Arizona, provide you with comprehensive online marketing services at affordable rates. We provide you a complete team of experts in the fields of online marketing, content writing, web design, SEO, SEM, programming, and social media. We will design the best website for your business. Then we will drive traffic to your website, and get your website ranked above all of your competitors.
Can you afford to let your competitors capture the bulk of the sales from your target market? Give us a call and let us design the best website for your company, and then put expert online marketing strategies in place to get your website seen first, before the competition. We offer a free one hour consultation and will sit down with you to learn about your business and provide a custom plan tailored for your needs, call (602) 456-0150 to learn more.
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Thursday, September 9th, 2010
How important are high rankings for your business website? The higher you rank, the higher the traffic, and no surprise, the more you’ll generate in new business. SEO is an investment well worth it. You’re not spending, you are investing in your company. To me, spending money on marketing is when you print 5,000 fliers and pass them around town. That’s not really an investment, because 99% of those fliers are going to wind up in the trash and you’ll never see any result. On the other hand, online marketing when done correctly is building long term traffic to your website, which results in permanent links, which results in more traffic. It’s a cumulative effect that will increase your traffic, and new business, gradually over time.
If you’re not already invested in internet marketing, you’re really missing out. Businesses in your industry that have already started marketing online have since gained a considerable advantage over you, and the longer you wait, the harder it will be to take traffic away from them. The time is now to start thinking about the future of your business. This isn’t a get quick rich scheme, but it’s a proven mechanism to building wealth over time. Even a small investment now will pay off big for you later.
Thursday, September 9th, 2010
For a couple of years now I have watched beautiful things happen to a business that has put together an effective web design, coupled with a solid SEO and online marketing plan. There are tools that we use in the industry to track traffic, and you can literally watch traffic climb higher and higher with every passing day. Comparing the traffic reports of company websites, before they began focusing on going after online business, and after, is a real eye opener. If you haven’t already seen it for yourself you would be amazed at the difference in traffic between a top ranked page and one that falls further down the list, several pages deep.
Guess what all of this traffic results in? More sales, more phone calls, more opportunities. I shudder when I find a client that tells me they can’t afford to spend as little as $80 promoting their website. First, because it’s not really spending. You are investing in your business – the goal is to recover those costs, and a whole lot more, via increased business. Second, because it’s so affordable. I’ve seen clients waste thousands of dollars on marketing that doesn’t work – like yellow page ads, printing up fliers, etc. then turn around and tell me that they can’t afford an $80 online marketing plan. It’s nuts!
I’m not saying that people don’t have valid reasons for not wanting to spend money. There are so many people out to scam businesses in our industry. You see spam email every day of SEO providers that promise results. Some people have come to us after being taken by these companies and tell us – well, I’ve done that, it didn’t work. Guess what? It didn’t work because the people took your money and didn’t deliver! That’s the toughest thing about working in this industry, there’s a constant need to prove your worth, prove that you can deliver what you say you can, because other people have placed doubt into the minds of many. In this regards, online marketing and SEO is a lot like automobile repair. Sure, there are a lot of people out to rip you off – they take advantage of the fact that you don’t really know the details of what they are selling you, so you can’t verify that you’re getting anything in return. But the flip side to that is, every once in a while, you find an honest mechanic. Just like auto repair, there are honest companies out there that can and will work wonders for your traffic and sales.
(PS, if you live in the Phoenix area and you need an honest mechanic that does great work, let me know. My friend owns a business called Mile Auto Repair in Tempe. Always honest service!)
Anyways, back to the point. Investing (not spending) a little extra money to build your business base through SEO and online marketing is worth it in every way. Simply adding your business link to a few online directories and making a Facebook page is not enough to expect results. You need to engage in a serious effort to get found, with strategy and planning that will put your products and services in front of the people that are ready to buy from you. It all starts with a keyword analysis and a consultation to determine exactly who your ideal target client is, and the best ways to reach them. There are multiple tools that get called into play to help do research and isolate important keyword phrases that will help your website perform its best. At the end of the day, your website shows up and the competition does not.
Soon you will see more people asking you for business. If you’re not doing this right now, you’re being beaten by companies who are. If you’re trying and you’re not seeing results, you’re being beaten by competition who is. Building your website for higher traffic and positions is like leaving your competition in the dust. The higher your ranking, the better response from new customers, and the further behind your competitors will fall to your trail. Remember, it’s called the information SUPER highway for a reason. Online search is the future of all business transacted and if you’re driving along in an old, beat-up pinto – sooner or later you’re going to break down.
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Friday, September 3rd, 2010
I’ve been in the SEO and web design business long enough to witness first hand the power for true SEO and the positive effect it can have on a business. Whether your website is already public, or still under creation, it is very important to invest in good SEO as soon as possible.
An example of what is possible is the Google search for Affordable Phoenix SEO. Our company, my PC Techs, appears anywhere from three to four times on page one for this search term, depending on the time of day. That’s three or four links at the SAME TIME on page one. Being on the first page of search results in this way increases our chances of gaining the business of anyone who searches for that term considerably.
Imagine you are launching a new product of your business and you are thinking of ways, including press releases, to make the news public. It can get costly to promote through paid channels, unless your website already generates significant traffic organically. When you begin to generate organic traffic, your announcement has just become easier. The traffic that visits your site will be targeted customers already interested in the types of products your company typically sells, and thanks to the wonders of social networking sites, those visitors will probably help you in the promotion process.
There have been many changes and advancements with search engine optimization and website design over the past couple of years. By hiring an affordable, local company to help you stay on the cutting-edge you will be investing in greater profits for your business.I have met many people that come to think of online marketing as an expense. It’s not, when done properly. It is an investment that can return multiple times what you pay out in new income.
We can help you link blogging, articles, social media marketing, SEM, SEO and other techniques into a strategy that will help you generate traffic. With any new website design, we provide complete SEO and online marketing package options. If you’d like to create a website from scratch ready to go we can help. If you already have a website and need it to turn into a marketing machine, we can also help.
The times are changing and no other marketing method exists that is as powerful as online marketing. Everyone now uses mobile devices and personal computers to locate service providers and products. Don’t be left behind in this digital revolution.