Why you should have a company website

It’s 2018…

Ultimately, a business’ website is the centre of its digital marketing universe.

Currently, there are c.45 million Facebook users in the UK - that’s 69% of the total population. 90% of UK households have access to the internet and 71% of us use mobile devices to go online.

How many people do you know who haven’t got access to the internet? Do you go online to ‘check something out’ before making a buying decision?

Your target customers are no different.

Unless the nature of your company lends itself to traditional marketing (such as print and paper advertising), or you have a very particular business-to-business niche, you absolutely need a polished and professional web presence.

The Golden Rule

Whilst we all spends lots of time online, the average attention span is still measured in seconds! We don’t read websites, we scan them, occasionally delving into a particular section or page if relevant. We seek out what we’re interested in, often drawn to sub-headings, links and imagery.

Less really is more in modern day web design. In other words, your website needs to do one thing, and one thing only - maximise the chances of converting a visitor to a buyer.

Less is more. If it's not relevant, get it off your website!

Website Essentials

Function

You don’t need an online shop unless you’re selling products to consumers. You don’t need a blog page unless you have a proper content marketing strategy to develop your personal brand as an expert in your field (not to mention, total commitment to generate original content on a monthly/ bi-monthly basis).

Functionality is essential providing it genuinely improves the overall user experience of your website for target customers.

Copy

We’ve already established that less is more. Web copy is no different. In fact, badly written or excessive web text significantly reduces the time a visitor will spend on your website.

Therefore, it is vital you invest serious effort in creating highly succinct and punchy wording that explains things in simple terms.

Most of us are not wordsmiths, so definitely consider a copywriter to support you on this - the cost usually far outweighs the time-investment of doing it yourself (trust me, it takes so much longer than you think!).

Imagery

Current web design trends are centred on imagery, and have become increasingly focused on video. We like web pages that are visually impressive and engaging because they’re elegant and deep, and thus immersive.

For most, video is a nice to have. In reality, it’s becoming increasingly more popular (powered by Generation Z), so if you can create a decent video introduction (for example) it will ensure maximum engagement.

Ultimately, nicer pages with maximum engagement will ensure visitors spend more time browsing. This simply optimises the likelihood of them becoming a customer.

Colour & Fonts

A business’s website is also the centrepiece of its brand.

Therefore, your business website must have a proper colour palette and specific fonts (usually paired - i.e. two different fonts throughout, one for headings, one for body text) designed into it, and which match the logo.

This is brand creation at its most basic, and thus very affordable for small businesses or start ups as most good web designers will do it anyway. Obviously, if you’ve already had some brand work done with a professional, this must be incorporated in the website fully, not to mention all your other marketing collateral (business cards, social media accounts and so on).

Mobile

Last, but not least is mobile response.

2017 research shows that 55% of website traffic (research based on 77 billion website visits) came from mobile devices.

Any, and every, website (in existence in my view) must be mobile-friendly and that includes yours. The last thing you want is to turn off a prospective customer because your website looks rubbish on a smartphone.

Conclusion

Being in business in the modern day means being a digital business, at least for most of us. You must have a well thought out and professional website as the centrepiece of your marketing efforts.

All other digital marketing serves to direct traffic to your website - if it looks and reads amateur, or worse still doesn’t exist, you’re not maximising your chances of success.

Good luck!

Can I help?

If you’d appreciate an informal conversation to discuss your business and website requirements, please feel free to get in touch…

Gavin Stevens

Chief Website Builder  I  07809 470 504  |  gavin@justwebbit.com