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Web Usability – Designing Websites to Enhance the User Experience

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This article is part of a series of twenty articles. Click to read: The Top 20 Web Marketing Concepts Your Next Website Design Company Should Know

 

Long gone are the days when having the best website to represent your company hinged entirely on the amount of effort spent on fancy and over-the-top graphic designs. The industry has changed, and the very expensive and time-consuming flash and animated websites once thought of as a necessity have become a hindrance to a business looking to compete. It’s no longer all about fancy and all about pretty. Pretty is nice, but more important is the user experience. The truism “Too much of anything is a bad thing” has never been more true when it comes to graphic design on a business website.

 

Web Design Usability

The main definition of a ‘great website’ has shifted from attractiveness to usability, due in large part to changes in the browsing habits of internet users. Today, the aim of web design is not only to develop an attractive website, but to perfectly blend attractiveness with user interactivity, and search engine friendliness. All the while keeping in mind the way website based applications such as communications, information distribution, and online shopping carts are being used by visitors.

 

Maximizing Web Design Usability

To make sure visitors receive the best user experience possible, and that the business reaches its website goals, expert web designers follow these guidelines during each design project:

  • Creation of a universal layout for all pages of the website
  • Development of easy and intuitive navigation
  • Intelligent linking strategies for all major website segments
  • Use of professional color schemes that are easy on the eyes
  • Limiting web page size for fast loading
  • Clear and easy to find contact information
  • Relevant page text that is easy to read for any visitor
  • Relevant images to the topic being discussed
  • Responsive design for multi-platform support
  • Designs that are consistent across all browsers

 

Responsive Web Design – It Doesn’t Only Benefit the Visitor

Today’s internet users browse the internet using dozens of different types of devices on everything from smartphones to tablets, computers to web enabled television sets. They browse from many different countries and languages, using different browsers and different screen resolutions. Testing websites for consistency across all of these different user scenarios can consume a lot of time and money.

 

As a business owner you have to look at it from both sides of the equation. While the primary focus is on maximizing visitor experience, usability also goes hand in hand with lead generation and sales. If your website has not been thoroughly tested to appeal to all visitors, many people visiting your website looking for information about your company may be unable to locate what they are looking for. Worse, they may be so turned off by the slowness or difficulty in using your website that they turn to your competitors for help. Keeping usability in mind not only provides an enhanced user experience for your visitors, it has a direct impact on lead generation and sales.

 

When selecting a web design company for the design and development of your business website, look for a firm with extensive experience creating attractive but user friendly websites. Quickly delivering the information your visitor is interested in makes a critical difference when it comes to internet marketing success.

 

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The Top 20 Web Marketing Concepts Your Next Website Design Company Should Know

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Marketing strategy is hands down the most important area of focus for any business. Owning a business and working on one’s own terms is a common dream shared by many, but creating a constant funnel of potential customers and converting them to real customer is not an easy task. Failure to bring on new business is the single most common reason why most companies fail. If you want to be a business owner and enjoy all the freedoms of working for yourself, you must bring on sales and you must first master marketing strategy.

 

All that glitters is not gold! The intelligent use of your marketing budget is what separates success from failure, and online marketing one of the most effective ways to get noticed by a large pool of potential customers. The key component of every single marketing campaign, whether on or offline, is the company website because that’s where most customers go to evaluate a company and make the final decision to buy. Having the right website design and web marketing strategy in place is critical, so it’s important to hire the right website company to help.

 

An expert in web design and online marketing will know the importance of the topics listed in this article. If you are looking for a company that can help you build a great website and effective internet marketing strategy, find out how knowledgeable they are with the following concepts:

 

Twenty Important Website Marketing Concepts

 

Go down the list one by one, asking your next potential website design company to explain how they can help build your website with each term in mind. Listen carefully to their response. While some companies are good at knowing a lot about very little and will try to bluff their way through the conversation, the right company will have more than just a quick one-line response. They will be able to describe to you at length the pros and cons of each term and how that aspect of web marketing applies to your specific website marketing strategy and goals.

 

Why is all of this important? Remember, the marketing success of your business depends in large part on the web marketing qualities of your website. An expert web company can design a brilliant website without compromising search engine friendliness.

 

Creating a buzz around your brand, getting your website found by potential new customers, and encouraging people to buy is a tough task. It requires a detailed knowledge of web design best practices, market research, internet marketing, website optimization techniques, and social media promotion. Hiring the wrong company to handle your next website project could result in failure and wasted budget. Hiring the right web design and internet marketing company will result in a website that consumes less of your time and money overall, provides fantastic lead generation for your business, and avoids the need to do the entire website project over again because the first company missed the mark.

 

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Web Design 2011, Build It and They Won’t Come

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:

  1. How to drive targeted traffic to your website to get the most visibility, and
  2. 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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Computer Repair and IT Support Company my PC Techs Announces New Web Design, SEO, and Online Marketing Division

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Phoenix, Arizona, September 06, 2010

my PC Techs, privately owned provider of expert computer repair and IT support solutions, today announced a new web design and online marketing division. The new division, “seenBEST Web Design,” will specialize in web design, website development, search engine optimization, and online marketing. my PC Techs has provided expert computer repair and website solutions for several years under the single brand my PC Techs. The decision was made to offer web site design, SEO and internet marketing solutions under a new product name, separate from computer repair services, due to rapid company growth in both areas. As a result, both companies are now in an even better position to continue building upon their reputation of exceptional customer service and affordable pricing to new and existing business clients.

With a complete range of website solutions, seenBEST Web Design seamlessly blends traditional website design and development services together with cutting-edge online marketing and website promotion technologies. The result provides clients with websites that not only look amazing, but also get found by prospective customers, resulting in increased sales and leads while drastically reducing advertising costs.

Here is an overview of services now provided by seenBEST Web Design:

Web Design and Development Solutions

  • New Website Design
  • Web Page Redesign
  • eCommerce and Online Shopping Carts
  • ColdFusion, PHP, .NET Programs
  • Blogs, Forums, Web Applications
  • Custom MS SQL and MySQL Database Solutions
  • Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Joomla, WordPress, and Magento Development
  • Web Hosting and Domains
  • Email Services
  • Flash, Animation, and Web Video

Search Engine Optimization and Online Marketing Solutions

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
  • Landing Pages
  • Usability and Site Analysis
  • Local Search, Targeted Search Solutions
  • Pay Per Click (PPC) Campaigns
  • Keyword Research and Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Campaigns

The Founder and co-owner of both my PC Techs and seenBEST Web Design, Andre Morris, explains the company change: “We are excited about the creation of our new division for web services. Whereas my PC Techs on site technology services are primarily offered to clients in the Phoenix metro area, and Arizona, seenBEST Web Design will allow us to open up our marketing efforts to a national audience. We believe that our new business structure will make it even easier for us to help business owners reduce costly and ineffective print, radio, and television marketing campaigns with low cost, highly effective website and online marketing solutions.”

Unlike traditional web design companies, seenBEST Web Design staffs a team of online marketing and social media experts and is more of an online marketing agency than just another design firm. Their positioning statement, “When you want the best website. When you need it to be seen.” is an accurate summation of the types of services they provide. They aim to educate business owners of one fact: A website is worthless if no one ever visits it. Unfortunately, many businesses fall into the trap of overpaying for website design and development and wind up with a fancy website and little else. This is due, largely in part, to the fact that most web site design companies know very little about online marketing. As a result, they fail to mention these important options to prospective clients.

seenBEST Web Design goes far beyond basic web design services and combines web site design packages with online marketing and search engine optimization. During an initial free consultation, clients will work with a seenBEST Web Specialist who will explain all of the various options available and will help put together a custom design and marketing package based specifically on company objectives and budget. The result is an amazing website complete with integrated online marketing solutions.

For information on web design and online marketing solutions provided by seenBEST Web Design, the company can be contacted by phone at (602)-456-0150 or visit the website at www.seenbest-web-design.com

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Contact Information:
Sabrina Pellegrino
602-456-0150
sabrina@mypctechs.com
http://www.mypctechs.com


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