Many business know they need a new or updated website but struggle to articulate what they need from that new website. Pointing out what’s wrong with the current website is a useful start but simply fixing what is wrong with an old website won’t lead to the best possible new website. In order to make creating a new website as simple as possible we’ve simplified the process into the 7 key steps of website development.
The ability to sell online combined with the increase in good quality self storage facilities means there are more people than ever setting up business from home. In fact online selling or eCommerce is growing so much that it is currently expanding at 7 times the rate of offline retail growth. Setting up online may be the quicker, more cost effective option with no premises to find or refit, but it does come with its own challenges. If you don’t have a plan or strategy, it can cost you dearly.
An effective eCommerce strategy will help you avoid the potential pitfalls, enable you to expand your marketing reach and grow your customer (and product) base effectively.
Here are five key areas of focus needed to achieve excellence in ecommerce.
1. Have the right ecommerce platform
Choosing the right eCommerce technology will set the foundation for your success. Take time to think about not only what you want your site to do but what your customers will want it to do. And don’t just consider today – think about how you see your business growing ion the future. Your selling platform will need to look good and be user friendly. But it will also need to be scalable, customisable and most importantly, be mobile friendly. Each year the number of people making purchases on their smart phones increases. In February last year visits to ecommerce sites via tablet and smartphone accounted for 45% of all ecommerce traffic in the UK. Continue reading
An engaging mobile ready website is essential to your online success and provides the hub for your digital marketing campaigns. Your email or PPC campaigns are what drive your potential clients or customers to your website. When they land, your website needs to take those visitors and lead them by the hand, converting them into leads and ultimately buyers. So, there are some key things to consider when refreshing, redesigning or building your website from scratch.
Here are seven key steps that will help you achieve website success.
1: Discovery – Understand What You Need
Most websites have to achieve more than one goal and you may well have many marketing objectives; brand awareness, education and sales are just a few. It’s important to focus on what your customers and potential customers want. Understanding who your customers are and what they want from your site is essential. Using buyer personas is an ideal starting point to guide you in the right direction. Continue reading
Almost no-one in the UK is without a Smartphone by their side for most of the day. Taking advantage of this fact is becoming easier every day. The impact of not catering to the Mobile browser is equally becoming more damaging every day. By getting ahead of the curve and actively seeking to take advantage of all the new avenues for Marketing that Mobile offers you can beat out the competition. Continue reading
Ashley Smith is Partner Development Manager at ReachLocal and she specialises in PPC & Display Advertising, Strategic Account Planning, Program Development.
Ashley joined a panel of expert speakers at the WSI Digital Summit held in Cheltenham and Gloucester in July of 2015. She joined speakers from WSI, Google, Bing, HubSpot and many more to discuss the world of digital marketing, it’s effect on business and how to harness it’s power to grow your business.
In 2015 we no longer ‘go online’ like we did 10 years ago. Now we live online. Tablets, Smartphones, Smartwatches and such devices give us the ability to be online everywhere all the time. Client interactions no longer only happen on your website, now they take place all over the web. Interactive discussions about your product or brand can be happening on forums or social media all the time. This means your potential customers are active 24/7 and you need to be ready to engage them every minute of every day. If you’re not there your competitors will be.
Do I really need a fully responsive website? A question, which, if asked in 2012/13 would have received a very different answer. At that time, the numbers of people using mobile devices to access the internet were relatively low and the technology for fully responsive was quite new. It was still quite expensive and in some areas even a little unstable. In all likelihood, if you needed a mobile friendly site at a reasonable cost and didn’t need ecommerce, you would have been advised to have a separate mobile friendly site.
However, in today’s digital world, if you don’t have a fully responsive website it’s very likely that you will be losing business to your competitors. Continue reading