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What Website Visitors Need From You

Posted By Jamillah Warner On March 6, 2012 @ 2:30 pm In Marketing Tips | 10 Comments

Your website strategy boils down to figuring out what your current and potential customers want online and then meeting that desire. As more small businesses continue to launch or upgrade their Web presence, we’ll have to learn a few things in order to maximize that digital migration.

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Think about it, you would never sling open your business doors without preparing the inside and the team. You have to prepare your website as well and that starts with understanding what your current and potential clients want from you online and then giving it to them.

In “6 Techniques to Improve Customer Experience [1],” Ivana Taylor says to:

“Look at your website and make sure that you are talking to your customer specifically.”

Ultimately, your Web design is not about your favorite things. It’s about clearly and simply relaying a message the connects with your visitors in 2 seconds or less.  Your visitors what to know:

  1. What you have.
  2. What you can do for them.
  3. Who you are.
  4. That they can trust you and your message.

Think Different About Your Marketing

Today’s shoppers conduct serious online research and with all the apps available for smartphones, they can and will start that research while standing in your store.  It’s a digital world.  And if you’re in business, then you need a smart website of your own.

Keep in mind, smart and fancy are not the same thing.  Susan Reid in “5 Old-school Rules You Can Break When Starting Up [2],” says:

“A fancy website is all well and good, (but) most new entrepreneurs don’t need a high-end e-commerce site . . . depending on the kind of business you’re starting up, it’s entirely possible to create an online presence with just a simple blog.”

You can start small and smart and grow and upgrade your website organically. Just be sure to create a self hosted blog that sits on your own domain or looks like it does. The serious business owner should avoid the those co-cobranded sites like www.yoursite.tumblr.com, www.yoursite.blogspot.com, etc. They have their place in your website strategy, but not as your primary digital home.  You main Web presence needs to sit on your own domain.  When it comes to your website Ivana says:

“Make sure your visitor clearly knows and understands what the site is about in a matter of seconds.”

You can check her other 6 tips in 7 Must-Have B2B Web Design Elements of 2012 [3].  In the meantime: Make it easy. Make it simple. Make it clear.

Question Concept [4] Photo via Shutterstock


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[1] 6 Techniques to Improve Customer Experience: http://www.openforum.com/articles/6-techniques-to-improve-customer-experience

[2] 5 Old-school Rules You Can Break When Starting Up: http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/innovation/article/5-old-school-rules-you-can-break-when-starting-up

[3] 7 Must-Have B2B Web Design Elements of 2012: http://www.openforum.com/articles/7-must-have-b2b-web-design-elements-for-2012

[4] Question Concept: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-81877297/stock-photo-question-marks-of-different-colors-drawn-on-a-white-background.html