Stop The DIY Syndrome: Hire A Professional Web Designer For A Customized Website

Stop The DIY Syndrome: Hire A Professional Web Designer For A Customized Website

Stop The DIY Syndrome: Hire A Professional Web Designer For A Customized Website

 

Stop The DIY Syndrome: Hire A Professional Web Designer For A Customized Website

A professional website is one of the investments that can contribute heavily to the growth of your business. It is a make or break situation. Let’s look at some statistics below for a clear understanding.

  •    According to Adobe, if the images of an individual website don’t load, users stop engaging with a website.  
  •    When the site also takes too long to load, 39% still stop engaging.
  •    If the content is too long, 38% leave the site

The above statistics are just, but a few reasons why your web design should be catchy for the readers. When it comes to the website, it is more of the User Interface (UI). How the website’s design is what determines if the client will keep using your site or not.

But why do you need a professional web designer?

 

They Understand The Dynamics

Good designs will often talk volumes. Once the client clicks on your site, what attracts them is how your site looks. If it portrays professionalism, then you can be sure that they will be interested in the site’s content.  This, in turn, increases the click-through rate.

 

Provides A Solution

Most often, users want a site that is mobile friendly as 51.3% access through their phones. A good web designer identifies a problem in your niche and creates a solution for you using your site. Web design complements your marketing strategies so that they can have a significant impact on attracting people. Once you drive people to your site, nobody wants to click and find a dormant site that has very minimal information

 

Understands User Interface

The user interface is among the things that should be considered when designing the website. How long does page take before it loads? A professional web designer understands that for a good site, the user needs to feel they have control. In this case, the site should have undoing actions.

Also, the site should be easy to use. Users want a website they can navigate through without having to deal with errors or pop-ups.

 

Makes It Unique

An expert can make the site unique. Considering the billions of websites available, how does your site stand out? The designer creates a unique design customized to meet your business needs. They will make sure that your site works efficiently in all major browsers.

It is possible to do it yourself when it comes to site building. However, to get a professional touch to it and increase traffic, hiring a web designer could be what your business needs to see a spike in conversion and traffic.

Get App-tastic: Use Facebook Open Graph

Get App-tastic: Use Facebook Open Graph

Get App-tastic: Use Facebook Open Graph

Get App-tastic: Use Facebook Open Graph

We are all big fans of apps on our smartphones. Each offer functionality and every time we hit an obstacle in our daily life we wonder if there is an app which could solve our problem. The same thinking has extended to embedded apps which we can find in frameworks, like Facebook Business Pages.

All pages come with preloaded apps, similar to those available on personal profiles, including Photos, Videos, Notes, and Events. Since these serve a business, a Review app also comes out of the box. When you set up your page, you should decide which ones on these you will keep. Disable everything you don’t use yet to avoid sending visitors to blank apps.

Add Functionality

Some early-stage businesses don’t even have a website; their entire online presence is on their Facebook page. If you are one of them, you can now enjoy better functionality. There are page apps like Facebook Shop which allow the user to buy without leaving the social media environment. Similarly, Storefront Social will enable you to create a Facebook-based shop and create even a checkout system.

Not only you can sell, but you can also recruit online. If you are looking for staff why not install something like “Work for us” or “Smartjobboard”. These could help you get the right talent and even target potential employees with a sponsored job ad.

Engage Users

Other apps like Woobox let you create campaigns, contests, and coupons to keep your shoppers coming back for more. This is a simple way of adding a dynamic dimension to an otherwise dull environment. You can even use the “Fan of the week” app to reward your most loyal followers and motivate others to share, like or comment your activity.

Video apps are great to reach a broader audience. With tools like https://livestream.com/, you can take your Facebook Live video and put in on your website or another medium. Conversely, a YouTube Tab connects the page with your channel. This is an excellent addition since due to recent changes in algorithms, video content is king.

Grow Your Brand

Are you ready to transform your brand into an app-tastic one? Don’t just rely on the bare-bones structure offered by Facebook’s default layout. Get creative and think of your business page as a blank canvas for apps which are like Lego pieces. Not sure which ones to choose? Just drop us a line or give us a call.

How To Use Groups for Business?

How To Use Groups for Business?

How To Use Groups for Business?

How To Use Groups for Business?

As “The social network” Facebook is the best place to create meaningful connections with like-minded people and grow your tribe of supporters. Using Facebook groups is a great way to move away from advertising and transform your marketing efforts into community building. Once your followers trust you as an authority not only it is easier to sell, but they become ambassadors of your brand and are proud to share it with others.  Here are a few ideas on how to leverage the power of groups to make your company more visible, trustworthy and ultimately, a household name.

Share Knowledge

Create and keep groups alive by sharing tips and tricks related to your business. If you sell kitchen appliances, show delicious recipes. If you are a travel agency, don’t be afraid of 360 photos from the amazing locations you send your clients. Don’t strive to sell anything at this point, just keep people lusting for more.

Create a Religion

The best groups are those where the members have a cult for the promoted brand. For example, Apple fans are so convinced of the products’ superiority that they are ready to pay a premium price after waiting for hours in a line.

Use your groups to create this feeling of belonging and to propagate your mantra to your “subjects”. Try borrowing some ideas from spiritual leaders. Create a ritual, create a name for your members and even invent new ways of greeting them or tokens of devotion.

Special Giveaways

Make your group the place to be. Use it to share limited time offers and make members feel special. Be genuine and give real discounts and prizes to the members of your group. If you are just starting out, why not reward those who bring more people in? Regularly have contents aimed only at group members but which they can share on their profiles.

Promote Events

Even if Facebook pushes events automatically to those who would be interested, groups are a way to get critical mass. This happens because those in a group already are in touch with the brand and further down the sales funnel.

Open, Closed or Secret Facebook Groups

There is no right choice, it all depends on your objectives and marketing strategy. If you are just starting it’s better to let your group open and sort members later. Making a group closed will mean more work but better quality. Keeping it secret is a way to ensure that only selected individuals to join and could result in a tighter community feeling.

How to use Big Data to create valuable content?

How to use Big Data to create valuable content?

How To Use Big Data To Create Valuable Content?

How To Use Big Data To Create Valuable Content?

Big Data is a buzzword that has infiltrated in almost every industry that has a digital dimension. Although it seems like a paradox, content creation for marketing and awareness purposes should be driven by data, not intuition. Of course, experience and knowing your niche and target consumer help. Yet, nowadays markets are so dynamic that sometimes it is hard to keep up with trends and preferences. That is where numbers can make a difference.

Google Analytics is Your Friend

A free source of Big Data available to anyone who has a website is the insights offered by Google Analytics (assuming you already have it installed). By glancing at the top reports or drilling down in the content, you can start creating a detailed profile of your client.

Find out where they live, so that you can tailor your content to offer locally relevant tips. Their age and gender could act as the starting point for adapting your brand’s voice to match their expectations. You could even include in your content cultural references that might be relevant to people who are of a certain age.

The traffic from the organic search report shows you what their interests are. Look for the keywords they use to get to your page and create more content on those and related topics. This could help you establish yourself as a subject matter expert.

Social Media Listening

Another excellent source of free data to use as inspiration for your content creation efforts is the back-end of your social media pages. Some of these include information similar to that from the Google Analytics suite, like demographics and behaviors.

Use listening tools to analyze the way followers perceive your brand. Aim to get overview reports and also look at individual posts, both your own and from competitors. Identify those which generate engagement, mainly regarding positive reactions (likes, haha, wow, love) and the number of shares.

Try to create more content within those lines without becoming repetitive or a copycat if you emulate a competitor. Also, set your tools to follow and analyze top social media influencers to have a larger pool of data regarding preferences and trends.

For the next quarter try to generate your editorial calendar starting from data, and not hunches.

Selecting Ambassadors and Collaborations on Instagram

Selecting Ambassadors and Collaborations on Instagram

Selecting Ambassadors and Collaborations on Instagram

Selecting Ambassadors and Collaborations on Instagram

Sometimes beating your own drum on Instagram won’t get you too far. The best advertising is when other people endorse you. Extra points if these people are knowledgeable in the industry, trustworthy and have enough followers to make a difference for your baseline.

First, you need to get straight some terminology. In this game, you have bloggers, influencers, and ambassadors. The first can range from a very local influence to national, household names. Usually, the number of followers dictates the status, and most influencers have at least 10K fans. Ambassadors are selected from influencers and develop a closer relationship with the brand.

Initial research

When selecting your ambassador or just a collaboration you need to start by researching their profiles. Look at the hashtags they use, the reactions they get per post and even the color scheme. All these elements need to be in tune with your communication.

Research their endorsement terms and check if these match your projected budget. Inquire if they only take cash or would be happy with a product exchange. Usually, the higher the rank of the influencer, the less likely they will work just in exchange for products. It never hurts to ask. Create a list of “most wanted,” “highly preferred”, and “ok”.

Look at the numbers

Speaking of numbers, fill in the previous list with relevant metrics. These include the total number of followers, the average number of reactions per post (engagement rate) and demographics.

Don’t be afraid to ask the potential collaborators for relevant statistics from their back-end. It is not intrusive; it’s just due diligence. If they refuse to offer their engagement rates or other statistics that is a major red flag.

The key is to go for the sweet spot which balances the reach, engagement, and budget.

Picking the wrong ambassador

Selecting the right ambassador is a delicate matter, and sometimes even big brands fail. For example, using Oprah (14.8M followers) for Windows 8 was not the smartest move.

The key to social media marketing is authenticity. Although people know sponsored posts exist, and ambassadors make money, they still want to feel a connection.  

Another mistake not being on the same page with your ambassador, either the message or even as tone. They already are a brand on their own, don’t try to change them to match yours. Just select wisely from the available pool.

Do you think you know how to select a brand ambassador or you feel overwhelmed by the number of possible choices? Give us a message if you think you could use some guidance in choosing the Instagram face of your company.

3 Tips To Increase The User Engagement  On Your Site

3 Tips To Increase The User Engagement On Your Site

3 Tips To Increase The User Engagement On Your Site

3 Tips To Increase The User Engagement On Your Site

Traffic – User engagement- Conversion – Sales!!! This is the target of any entrepreneur- isn’t it?

Therefore, it is essential to ensure that you have optimized your website for maximum user engagement. If you aren’t sure, then hold on tight as we look at some of the best practices to increase user engagement.

What lessons/best practices can we learn from the most popular websites in 2018? According to Alexa, the top 10 popular sites according to their unique site visits and page views are?

  1. Google – Search Engine and Products
  2. Youtube- Video Sharing
  3. Facebook- Social Networking
  4. Baidu – Search Engine
  5. Wikipedia – Encyclopedia
  6. Reddit – Social News and Entertainment
  7. Yahoo- Web Portal and Search Engine
  8. Tencent QQ- Portal
  9. Google India- Search Engine and Products
  10. Amazon- E-commerce and Cloud Computing

What are some of the tips to increase user engagement that we can learn from these giant sites?

 

Provide Value

All the above sites share one thing in common- they are user-focused. Their primary goal is not sales but to provide their users with maximum value.

Therefore, the first question to ask your yourself is – how can you provide more value to your target customers?

Some primary ways to offer value might be by:

  • Educating the readers on your blog
  • Using your social media sites to provide help, teach and help your users to solve specific issues
  • Offering tutorials on related topics

 

Encourage Feedback

Amazon and Youtube are excellent at encouraging users to express themselves when writing reviews. Users do not want to read content and watch the videos only. They want to know whether their opinion is valued.

Your website should have a section where the users can leave a comment, contact you or review your services. It empowers the users to know that they are valued.

Social media integration on your site can also be a great way to encourage your target leads to offer their feedback. Therefore, ensure that your social media platforms are active in engaging the followers.

 

Personalize your approach

The world is becoming more individualistic. More people are becoming more socially alienated from the social society. Therefore, offer these people an e-friend. Find creative ways to establish an emotional connection with all your followers.

Use second person on your landing pages.

Incorporate Chatbots on your homepage that is optimized to obtain the readers’ information from their Social Media Platform and address them by name.

Use a conversational tone on your blogs and social media posts.

When communicating with your email lists, address them by name. Whenever I receive an email addressed to me by name- it touches my emotional center, and I am prompted to read it and click to the link on it.

Do not use generic email templates; use a personalized approach. You can even share some of your personal experiences concerning the subject of the email or the blog you are redirecting them to.

In conclusion, do not think from the perspective of an entrepreneur; think as a reader. What would make you stay longer on a particular site and what makes you leave another website immediately it loads.? There you have your answer.