11 Tactics to Ensure Your Website Makes the Grade, Part 1
The explosion of social media marketing, iPhone apps and widgets combined with tried-and-true search engine optimization and paid search marketing has given businesses the extraordinary superhuman power to be everywhere consumers are.
But Spiderman’s uncle wasn’t joking when he advised, “With great power comes great responsibility.” And with the capacity to be everywhere your customers are comes the responsibility to make sure that your website is in tip-top condition.
Because as your level of exposure grows, so does the amount of traffic to your website, and it’s imperative that it drives sales, leads and loyalty for your brand. Here are the first five of 11 tips to help you ensure that your website is up to par. (Check back next week for part 2 of this multipart series and tips six through 11.)
1. Style and design. Your website is the first thing people see when they’re looking for your brand online. First impressions can make or break a sales opportunity. Your website should look, sound and feel like your business. It also should communicate your brand’s message in a manner that your audience understands and appreciates.
Could someone immediately recognize your brand by quickly glancing at your website? If not, start taking steps to ensure they can. Maintaining consistency of color, type, imagery and layout is an important step in this process, as is upholding a credible, professional appearance. The style and design of your website should closely align with that of your brand personality. Taking this step typically results in greater sales.
2. Organization. Your site must be well-organized so visitors can easily navigate through it. Every step of your sales process should be clear and consistent, because a confused customer most likely will go straight to your competitor for clarity. Clearly specify all stages of the sales process, and be sure that the information you provide is meaningful and encourages conversion.