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Your Company's Website – Design, Development & Marketing Aspects

planning a websitePlanning a Website This is the last part of a three part series dealing with guidelines on how to plan, present and develop your company’s website. In part one we explored the importance of having a professional website to represent your company online. In part two, we identified the quality approach of planning your company’s website.

Now in our last part of this series, we will take a quick look into the website design, development/and marketing aspects and your Company’s image.

Company Brand

First step when looking into website design, development and marketing, is concentrating on your company's logo. Your company logo should be the focus point of your website – remember: it is all about your company. Your marketing material should all look similar – business cards, printing materials, online PDF’s – all should deliver the same message and have the same connection.

The main objective of your website design, development and marketing, is to connect prospective clients with your company. They are all alone there, without any sales person to guide them, and explain how the company works, so make sure it can stands on its own merit. Your website must present your company well, as there will be no human factor once a visitor comes around.

build search engine friendly websiteBuild Search Engine Friendly WebsiteEngine and User Friendly

A website is not a brochure! When concentrating on your company's website design, development and marketing, all materials should be created according to using online marketing. The copyright for a website is not the same as used on your printing materials, images have a special format and size, colours should be wisely used, and navigation should be easy, with absolutely no dead ends.

Building a search engine friendly website is not a task that every website design and development company can manage, so make sure you do your homework before hiring a web site design, development and marketing expert. To create a website that is search engine friendly, the team of professionals working on your website, need to have the knowledge and expertise on search engines; how they work and index websites. If a website is not built taking into consideration how search engines work, and the criteria used to index sites in their database, it will probably be invisible to search engine robots. They will not be able to index your site properly, or maybe not to index it at all.

Another common mistake is to hire a website design and development company without enough knowledge on search engine algorithms and might put your website at a great risk using spamming techniques. With the incredible growth of websites being indexed -- about 11.5 billion websites indexed with search engines -- you want to make sure the company working on your website has the expertise to build it to be seen.

crawling and indexingCrawling and IndexingSearch Engine Optimization [SEO] & Search Engine Marketing [SEM]

If you offer products or services that Internet users are searching for, you certainly should look into having your web site indexed with search engines. Building a search engine friendly website is just the beginning; you need to make sure the website will be found by potential users searching for the products and services you offer.

Potential customers are more and more using the Internet and search engines to look for products and services they need and want, and having a website that no potential customer can find, is a waste of time and money. Use your website as a marketing and online sales tool.

Over the past few years of the web’s evolution as a key business tool, shows that an effective website mines prospects that other vehicles do not reach, shortens the sales cycle – in many cases dramatically so – and delivers early and consistent ROI.

seo analysisS.E.O. AnalysisMonitoring and Measurement of the Product

The capability of being able to evaluate, validate and verify if the effectiveness of your SEO campaign is critical. Reputable Search Engine Optimization [SEO] & Search Engine Marketing [SEM] companies will provide you monthly reports showing your current status and suggestions for areas that need improvement (number of visitors per page, time spent, referrals, exit pages, high traffic pages, keywords being used, etc).

Happy manHappy ManUse the information above as guide lines and always use common sense. Your website should be an extension of your company’s image online, and present the same standards of quality and customer appreciation.

Now that you are ready to start, don’t forget that creating a website has lots of work involved, but also lots of excitement. In the process of building your website, you are also expanding your company, and giving it new form and shape.

You must be full of enthusiasm to start, or redesign your website now.

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The Importance of a website for any business

world wide webWorld Wide WebIn today's society, individuals and businesses utilize the World Wide Web as a means to locate, discuss, and distribute information. With tools such as Google, MSN, and Yahoo, businesses are able to not only optimize their websites' search engine results, but also increase the exposure to their products and services. The competitive edge between businesses is defined by more than just low prices, superior customer service, and results. In this day and age, consumers have more on their plate, and less patience to wait for tasks to be completed. They would rather have the ease, and speed of utilizing the internet for service of their needs, than wait in a phone queue for a representative to service that same need. As a result, many businesses have provided additional quality options, and incentives to their members for conducting business transactions online.

A mobile website allows a travelling businessman to take care of his accounts while in the midst of meetings, conferences, and flights. Your company's user-friendly and self-explanatory website design showed the stay-at-home mom how easy it was to manager her business with you, while watching the baby, paying the bills, and getting dinner ready for the family. Consumers don't have time to wait for pages to load. They want websites that are informational, effective, and provide a variety of options to quickly log in and out, while still taking care of their business needs. Consumers utilize search bars and sitemaps to quickly locate what they're looking for, to preserve what precious time they have during the day. They want shopping carts that can save their selections for a later time and date when they have the time to update the products and services they wish to purchase, without having to start all over. With the growing need for consumers to self-service, businesses have awarded incentives to those who prefer to order, service, and cancel their products online.

website redesigningWebsite RedesigningBusinesses are held to higher standards for the level of quality and for their efficiency in servicing the needs of consumers. Consumers want better, faster, easier methods of conducting account transactions worldwide, and expect businesses to progress alongside technological advances. Businesses have been impacted by the rising demand for the need to provide more cost-effective and streamlined servicing. They have found an increased need to constantly accommodate the exponential growth by frequently redesigning websites and performing site maintenances. Despite increasing consumer demands, business owners need to remember not to let quality be overshadowed by the quantity of available methods of accessibility. Though the world is accustomed to technological conveniences, consumers have not forgotten the old-fashioned backbone of quality service and products.

Business owners utilize various tactics to encompass as many consumers in as many ways possible, thereby ensuring their marketing potential is maximized. By incorporating outbound email capabilities, businesses have found email marketing to be highly effective. Options for email marketing range from the "refer a friend" method to clients requesting additional information directly from their websites. By utilizing marketing mailing, businesses gain the advantage of reaching consumers and marketing their products, at the convenience of consumers. Many businesses take full advantage of how easy and powerful online marketing really is. They offer rebates and discounts for conducting business online, which optimizes both their productivity and business results

Business OwnerBusiness OwnerBusiness owners need to get creative when it comes to consumer demands. They need to create a website that is not only effective, but interactive, and also encourages self-servicing. A growing number of websites now offer technical support in multiple forms, and have maintained the sites so as to not slow down with increased access and usage. Websites also have "frequently asked questions" that list questions and answers for common scenarios, to eliminate a certain volume of assistance needed. Companies are therefore able to allocate time and resources elsewhere, to allow for more efficient operation. Business owners in today's society recognize the importance of redesigning websites, and systems, to provide worldwide around the clock access to an easy and efficient website.

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7 Marketing Mistakes to Avoid when Promoting your Business

businessman rushingBusinesman RushingMany people rush into business thinking it will be easy to run, but very soon they realize that it is not as easy as it looks. A successful business is a finely tuned machine. In order to keep your business running smoothly, it is important to avoid making mistakes.

Here are the 7 most common mistakes to avoid:

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  1. Not having clear objectives:

 Many business people start a business without clear objectives. They fail to set realistic goals for their marketing, and consequently set themselves up for failure. It is important to make a list of goals and objectives, based on a quarterly time line. If you do not have company goals and objectives, you are like a car driving without a road map. Make sure all employees are briefed on company objectives. When your employees are not properly prepared, you will not be able to achieve company objectives.

2. Neglecting to analyze your potential customers

Neglecting to analyze your potential customers is a dangerous mistake. It can lead to many problems. When you do not analyze your customers wants and needs, you do not know what products and services to develop for them. This will lead to targeting the wrong market, and neglecting to understand your own niche market. It is important for any business to do your marketing analysis, so that you can target your market, and maximize your sales

3. Not testing:

By not testing your sales copy, and places you advertise with split testing your advertising, you will be losing sales. Split testing is simple to do, but many businesses fail to do this. This results in a lot of wasted time and effort. If you do not test your ad copy, and marketing promotions, you will not have a proper idea of the ads and promotions that are pulling, and what is not working. It is simple to do by placing 2 ads for the same product in a publication or website etc. You can then see which one is performing the best.

budgetBudget4. Not budgeting:

Budgeting is extremely important in business. Your business should never run out of money. This is especially true with your marketing and advertising ventures. It is important to have a monthly or quarterly budget for your marketing. Within that budget put aside money for each promotion you will be doing. Start small, test, and then build on successes. This will allow you to always stay solvent, and have enough for promotions.

5. Giving up too soon:

Companies go out of business at an alarming rate these days. One of the reasons is that the owners give up too soon. Just when success might be just around the corner they give up and decide to close the business down. In exactly the same fashion, marketing promotions can fail. You need to give your promotions at least 3 months before you decide to scrap them. Some promotions will take longer than others to bring results. As always, test all marketing tactics before you launch a larger promotion. Patience is one of the hallmarks of business, and you need to implement it.

6. Poor sales copy:

How often have you wanted a product, but when you read the sales page, you had serious doubts? Poor, unprofessional ad copy will cost you sales. In fact, without good sales copy, you will not be able to sell effectively at all. It is critical to your business to get this right. If necessary get an experienced copywriter to do this. It is worth the investment, as you will see returns when you make sales.

Pre Employment checksPre-Employment Checks7. Not screening your employees carefully:

To handle the extra load for the Christmas season, you will need to hire new employees. It is very important not to rush into this. There is no dearth of people needing employment, but you need to screen them carefully, before hiring. One rude customer service agent can cost you customers. Do not take this type of risk. You want to preserve the integrity of your company at all times, and screening employees is the way to achieve this. You will then be able to build a core of loyal professional employees, that will be an asset to the company.

The golden rule is to diversify. You should always use multiple forms of marketing promotions in your business. Do not just do one or two promotions, and then wait for results. This will slow company growth, and your business will stagnate. The last thing you need is to slow down your marketing in the Christmas season. So remember to diversify, and enjoy the increase in sales.

By avoiding these mistakes, you will take your company to the success you deserve. You will be able to have year round success for your business, and really be able to cash in on the Christmas season. So plan ahead and be careful not to make these common mistakes.

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Why Does My Website Fail?

seo readyS.E.O Ready"My website has been live for 3 months, and yet I get no traffic to talk about?"

Being part of the website design and web hosting business for over 10 years, I have seen countless clients cancel their hosting services, and even throwing away their domain names.

Personally, I believe that there is no site that is designed, that cannot do well. Any site that has/can be made, can reach its full potential on the Internet.

What the owner of the website does not understand, is that you cannot just put up a website, and expect it to do well. Websites need to be nurtured, optimized, mobilized and marketed, otherwise they WILL fail!

Please view the 6 most important things to do, to get your website noticed, listed, and to make your website "work for you".

  1. When considering your website design, many clients overlook the most important aspect of reaching their target market... Mobile and Tablet friendly websites. Is your website viewed on a mobile device or tablet exactly the same as on a desktop? 90% of people will answer "Yes, is that not how it should be?". The answer is NO. If your website displays the same on mobile and tablet devices, then it has not been optimized for these devices, and 95% of the target market is leaving your page as soon as it is opened. The simple reason is that your website takes too long to load, and all your text is extremely small, and yes you can "zoom" on most devices, but have you ever tried to read a page where you constantly have to scroll left and right to view all the text? Your clients will move on and search for another company. So, most importantly, get your website mobile friendly.
  2. The second most important thing you can do for your website, is to get a company to optimize your website content and website links. Search engines need to know what your site is about, and honestly, optimization is a daunting task for the beginner / intermediate web builder.
  3. Once you have an optimized website, you should now ensure that your newly optimized website can be found by the search engines. A professional package to submit your website is key. BEWARE the catches on the Internet that state they will submit your site to thousands of search engines, this is not necessary, AND CAN HURT YOUR WEBSITE RANKINGS! Storm Biz's submission package is the ideal start to get the search engines to list your domain, and send out their crawlers/spiders or bots to come and add all your pages to their index!
  4. It is now important for you to take control of your website! To increase traffic, and to keep your visitors coming back to your site, you need to update your content, at least on a weekly basis. If you don’t care for your website, your users will pick up on this, and feel the same about coming back to visit your website! Try to add a new article, or discussion once a week, or if you are selling products, keep adding them on a constant basis. YOUR WEBSITE NEEDS TO GROW!
  5. Now that your website is growing, you need to market your website, get your brand out there, and ensure that you have incoming links to your site! Firstly, this is not yet the time to spend money on more marketing, now is the time to do some research, and get your website brand on all the business directories out there! There are many directories where you can add your business/website details, for free. Search for directories where you can add your details for free, there are many, and keep your listings in relative categories matching your site content!
  6. Your final step to succeed is to spend some money... advertise your website with banners or text adverts wherever you can. Use google Ads. This is a sure way to get to the top of search engines! The best form of advertising your website is electronically, so take the time to search for companies that offer banner advertising, or contextual advertising, and make sure that your brand is seen by your target traffic. NO BUSINESS CAN SUCCEED WITHOUT ADVERTISING!

seobannerS.E.Ohope that this article will convince you that it is possible to succeed, but only if you are willing to take the time and money, to care for your website! Looking after your site will only ensure that it looks after you in return. Your website should be your best salesman, after all it is out there 24/7, but can it be found if you have not taken the time to ensure its existence?

Please feel free to post this article on your site, as long as all links are left intact!

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Search Engines and Spam

spamming search enginesSpamming Search EnginesWhat is Spam?

Spam (for Search Engines) refers to the use of any illegal technique to improve a page' ranking in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). Who decides what 's illegal? The SEs, who else?

Tons of articles have been written about search engines and spam. Why the need for another article? Because, believe it or not, at the end of 2001 MOST of the major search engines are still vulnerable to MANY unethical techniques used by malicious Webmasters.

Spam has been known for a long time. For years, Webmasters tried to cheat the search engines. Today, many SEs say they know all the tricks and penalize those pages. As you will see, most SEs only SAY that they will punish spammers, but in fact they DON'T.

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