Increasing website traffic is on every entrepreneur’s list. Website design has evolved drastically over the last 2-3 years and staying on top of new trends in functionality can be challenging for a small – medium sized business owner with a to-do list a mile long. Even trying to understand all the new terminology, such as “mobile optimization” and “dynamic content,” can get overwhelming. Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered!
Tap House Media has broken down 5 EASY WAYS TO INCREASE WEBSITE TRAFFIC ASAP to help guide you on your journey to brand awareness awesomeness + convert those leads into paying clients, monthly members, and loyal followers!
FOCUS ON AESTHETICS
According to market research, our brains process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. Website aesthetic – not the written content on the screen – is your first chance to reach out and grab your audience. Without quality design, your visitors likely won’t take the time to read the content you’ve invested in.
A designer’s job is to create a compelling experience for the reader at the other end of the screen. We do this by using aesthetics and design to expose your brand. Your website should convey the spirit and culture of your company. Are you open and fun, serious and conservative, or friendly and informative? Each of these emotions would require a different imagery, layout and typeface for your website. Even the colors you use will impact visitors’ emotional experience on your site.
Website design elements are exponentially more powerful than content, in terms of mistrust. For example, if you land on a website that is outdated, not functional, and poorly designed with a busy interface and small fonts, you’re more likely to choose to bring your business elsewhere – more than likely to a company that showcases a website with a more professional, thoughtfully planned look.
Websites should be updated/redesigned every 3-5 years to stay up-to-date with new trends in design and functionality.
Hire a professional to design the look and feel of your website. A great company will:
Meet face to face – get to know each other on a business/personal level
Take the time to get to know your brand and company culture
Be attentive to your deadlines and the need for updatess
teer you in the right direction
Offer payment plans so you can budget and effectively
OPTIMIZE YOUR WEBSITE FOR THE USER (NOT FOR YOU):
Your website is a tool that should ultimately serve your audience. From the visual aesthetics to the functionality, all design techniques should work together to improve your site’s ability to serve your potential clients or customers.
74% of businesses believe correcting your site’s user experience is key for improving sales, conversions, and loyalty. Really terrible sites fail because they were designed for a company, not for the reader.
If your visitor doesn’t know where to look and what to do on your page, they will leave. Look at every page element through your reader’s eyes and correct anything that is confusing or out of place. Not only does this serve your visitors, but it will also improve your bounce rates. Working alone? Join a few Facebook groups of like-minded people to get feedback and suggestions for improvement.
In 3 – 5 seconds, can someone look at your page and know:
Who your company is
What you do
What you want the visitor to do on the page?
If not, revisit both your value prop and design with a professional team to highlight those important messages.
OPTIMIZE YOUR WEBSITE FOR MOBILE VIEWING (With Responsive Design)
People access your content from multiple devices – iphones, ipads, etc. The evidence of this mobile migration is compelling. Here are a few of the many statistics pointing to audience’s transition to mobile viewing:
65% of U.S. adults sleep with their phones on or near their beds
Over 20% of Google searches are performed on a mobile device.
In the United States, 25% of internet users only access the internet on a mobile device.
61% of people have a better opinion of brands when they offer a good mobile experience.
25.85% of all emails are opened on mobile phones, and 10.16% are opened on tablets.
In mobile SEO, Google penalizes sites that aren’t optimized for responsive design.
Having a mobile website is no longer simply a nice feature. It is now a necessity and literally impacts the growth of your business.
BE THE EXPERT IN YOUR INDUSTRY THROUGH BLOGGING & CONTENT MARKETING
Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.” – Content Marketing Institute
If you’re consistently creating content that’s helpful for your target customer, it will help establish you as an authority in their eyes. This is a great method for Sales and Service professionals, but obviously can be used for ALL business owners. Instead of pitching your products or services, you are providing truly relevant and useful content to your prospects and customers to help them solve their issues via your blog.
Begin a plan for content marketing and be consistent! Content marketing drives traffic to your website. Every time you write a blog post, it’s one more indexed page on your website, which means it’s one more opportunity for you to show up in search engines and drive traffic to your website in organic search.
Content marketing helps convert traffic into leads. Just like every blog post you write is another indexed page, each post is a new opportunity to generate new leads. The way this works is really simple – just add a lead-generating call-to-action to every blog post that directs to your landing page (What’s a landing page, you ask? Get in touch with Tap House Media and we’ll talk about how creating landing pages can help sell your service or products).
Blogging also helps you get discovered via social media. Every time you write a blog post, you’re creating content that people can share on social networks — Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest — which helps expose your business to a new audience that may not know you yet.
SET UP A SEO STRATEGY
If you’re just starting out, there’s really no need to get crazy with SEO quite yet. We suggest starting slow and mastering the basics before diving in head first. Read our suggestions for implementing a simple SEO plan that can make a HUGE impact on your Google rankings in as little as a few weeks.