Posted on

Effective Web Design

Building your online business takes more than just having a nice-looking website. You need to use proven methods of bringing customers to your company. Fortunately, there are many simple yet powerful secrets that you can employ in your web design, marketing strategy, and all aspects of your business to bring in the most customers without spending a lot of money to do so. Finding your way to online success begins with understanding your business and how to reach the most amounts of potential customers.

The stopping point for many online businesses is generally the lack of knowledge in how best to handle all aspects of their marketing, from solid web design to reaching customers through publishing solid content. Understanding the secrets of making your business more successful starts with a few good tips to get you on the right path.

Effective Web Design

Why do many successful online businesses have similar websites? There is a reason for that beyond what you might believe. One of the simplest yet most effective secrets to creating an effective web design for your business understands that many customers are creatures of habit themselves. Having similar navigating systems means that they don’t have to hunt around to find your products, information, and checkout to pay for the items.

Making your website similar to other successful sites means less effort for customers to find what they want and purchase. It’s amazing just how many sales are lost in the last few seconds because a customer quickly grew tired of having to find the checkout. Keeping things simple and familiar helps you with your sales.

Who Looks at Ads?

A decade or so ago, many people who were getting on the internet would look at every ad, pop-up, and promotional banner that appeared in front of them. Today some programs literally keep many types of ads from appearing at all. And though it seems every web page is still flooded with adverts, they don’t register as much as they had before.

Understanding that the power of ads is not what they once were means using them more creatively in your web design, marketing them with more subtlety when you promote your business on other web pages, and being more skillful in your approach. Ads still work, there’s no question about that, but those that get the most for their ads are generally not the ones who spend the most. They understand how to use them more creatively and effectively.

Content is King

Content is one of the best and simplest secrets to bringing the most customers to your web page. Providing good, solid, informative content turns your online business into a resource, not just a place where customers occasionally drop in to purchase something. Providing good information regularly is vital to bringing in new customers and keeping those who purchased from you before contacting your website.

The few secrets to good web design, advertising, and content scratch the surface of your online business potential.
Pragmatic Web Designer on Effective Web Design

Dr. John P. Elcik, IV
The Pragmatic Web Designer

Posted on Leave a comment

The Power of Social Network Marketing

When you have a business, your goal is to make a profit. Often, earning that profit involves offering a product or service for sale. But how do you let prospective customers know that you have a product for sale? They can’t buy it, after all, if they don’t know about it. That’s why most business owners find it necessary to advertise.

However, many business owners shy away from advertising; you might even be shuddering at the thought already! The high price of advertising is one reason why so many dread having to deal with it. After all, the idea is to make a profit, not spend money! The good news is that it is possible to advertise without spending money. While it may take some cash investment to get your business to the level that you wish, you can promote your products and services without spending any money at all.

Suppose this is piquing your curiosity, then good! It takes an agile mind and an adventurous heart to run a business! One of the easiest ways to promote your business is online – and you can do it without spending a penny. Online social networking websites are readily available at no cost, and millions of people are using them. Almost everyone who has the internet available to them is a member of at least one of these sites.

Now, when you think of social networks, you most likely think of connecting and reconnecting with friends and family. While personal relationships are more frequently seen, social networking has become a huge advantage for businesses. Some social networks are exclusively for business. If you have a small business, especially an online business, there are several ways that you can use these sites to increase your traffic and sales.

While most social networking sites are more focused on developing friendships and relationships, as we mentioned, some are designed primarily for business. You can use these sites to build relationships with other business owners by sharing your information and interests. By building relationships with other business owners with similar interests, you can gain valuable contacts that can lead to increased business opportunities. At the very least, you’ll make friends that you can share your concerns and bounce ideas off.

While social networks like LinkedIn are a great way to connect with other business owners, that doesn’t mean that other social networking sites can’t be great for promoting your business as well. Even though Facebook and Google + may have originally had personal interaction as their focus, they both have very active business pages that can be used to interact with your clients and prospective customers.

When joining one of these online networking sites, you’ll first create a profile for yourself, giving you a profile page. Be careful when creating your personal profile; people who use these sites for personal friendship and relationships dislike feeling like someone is marketing to them. Use your personal profile page to meet new people. But once you’ve got your personal page, you can create business pages separate from your personal contacts. Everything you do on your business page can be “shared” on your personal page without directly marketing it towards your friends.

When you join a social network site, you create the opportunity to generate a lot of interest in your product or services. That makes the time you spend on social networks worth it! Look for people to connect with that will help you grow. The generated interest that you create in your business will translate into more focused traffic, translating into sales.
Social Media

Dr. John P. Elcik, IV
The Pragmatic Web Designer