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One step that is guaranteed to make your website better

Calendar Posted 31st October 2014 | Category: Web Marketing | Feed Icon

Ben

There's one step you can take today that will make your website look better, represent your business more effectively, and get results.

Content management

A content management system (CMS) that - crucially - is easy to use, will make your website better. It's the difference between a flat, out-of-date website and one that's dynamic and engaging.

It's our job to give clients the website their business deserves. A surprising number of business owners and staff are embarrassed to give out their website address because they know it doesn't live up to what they do. If you're proud of your products or services and your customers' experience, you can be proud of your website too. Read more...

6 ways every new website should be promoted

Calendar Posted 11th July 2013 | Category: Web Marketing | Feed Icon

Simon

So you've developed your beautiful, wonderfully written, engaging new website. Now what? You probably want people to find it, so follow these simple but essential steps.

1. Submit to search engines & other sites

An absolutely crucial part of promoting your new site is to first of all add it to search engines. This will mean your site will be indexed by them ready to appear when a user runs a search.

It is also worth obtaining links from other web sites back to yours as this will help your site in terms of gaining search engine rankings and exposure. Preferably these web sites should be relevant to your site as that will help drive traffic to your site therefore increasing the effectiveness of the link. Read more...

Improve your website conversion in three easy steps

Calendar Posted 24th January 2013 | Category: Web Marketing | Feed Icon

Ben

If you're going to improve your website, start by deciding exactly what you want to improve, so you'll know when things are getting better. Be specific about what you want visitors to do on your website. For example, do you want them to spend longer on the whole website, or just on certain pages? Do you want more contact form submissions, or only those from certain prospects?

Whatever you decide, track it for a few months before you make any changes so you've got something to compare.

Get the basics right

You may get the greatest change by looking at the basics of your website. Before you worry about USPs and calls to action, try a user video service like www.whatusersdo.com to see how people encounter your website for the first time. You can set a simple task and watch a video of a user's screen with their commentary as they try to complete it. If you know your website well, you may be surprised by what confuses an average user. Read more...

6 essential web tools for search engine optimisation

Calendar Posted 30th October 2012 | Category: Web Marketing | Feed Icon

Ben

We've used a lot of different tools to improve search engine ranking for our clients, but there are some that we rely on time and time again. In this quick list, we'll explain which services you should be using, what they do, and how to get the most out of them.

1. Know your search terms - Google Adwords

You probably have an idea of which search terms you'd like your website to appear higher for, but how do you know if people are really using them? It's better to have a decent first page listing for a popular search term than be number 1 for a search term no-one actually uses.

Although Google Adwords is a paid advertising tool, it has the added bonus of telling you how many times the search terms of your choice have actually been used. This comes from the number of "impressions" that each keyword shows in your Adwords account. Start with a broad list of possibilities, be very specific in the keywords you choose, and run a small budget on Google Adwords to find your best search terms. Read more...

Does your online shop comply with regulations?

Calendar Posted 16th October 2012 | Category: Web Marketing | Feed Icon

Ben

If you're an online retailer selling goods or services, there are a number of things you should be doing on your website. A recent report from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) found that 62 of 156 popular shopping websites were not fully complying with the appropriate regulations.

E-commerce regulations

Websites selling goods or services are subject to E-Commerce Regulations and Distance Selling Regulations. If you manage an online shop, here are five tips from the OFT on ensuring compliance:

  1. Include a full geographic address if payment is made in advance
  2. Provide an email address for customer queries (not just a contact form)
  3. State any compulsory charges before the checkout
  4. Clearly explain customers' rights if they want to cancel
  5. Provide a full refund and refund of delivery costs if things go wrong

The OFT has also launched a new website providing more detailed information about online retail compliance, including an interactive flow chart to tell you what your business needs to do. Read more...

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