As a small business¸ your website is a vital piece of your marketing and branding efforts. Visitors are coming to your website for a specific reason¸ and you want to ensure that you answer their questions and use your website to sell your product or service.
If you get your website designed wrong¸ you can easily lose thousands of dollars initially¸ and ultimately lose even more money in potential revenue that you could be making from a well designed¸ properly functioning website.
Grow your bottom line by avoiding many of these common mistakes among business owners:
1. Putting urgency over understanding your target market.
Instead of focusing on getting your website done as soon as possible¸ you must first research your target audience in your specific market. Then¸ design your website around your research.
For instance¸ if your target market is older¸ perhaps the font size should be larger. Or if your product is geared towards a younger demographic¸ then you need to think about catering your site to be smartphone compatible.
You’re going to have to determine where should your users go once they get to your site? That question is easily answered if you know your market.
2. Design is too busy or flashy.
My company¸ Ciplex¸ is a web design and development company¸ and we know that in order to be successful on the Internet you need to focus on marketing your website — not a flashy design. Your design should not just be focused on bringing users there¸ but also getting them to the right place once they reach your homepage.
Plus¸ flashy websites don’t look good on mobile phones or tablets¸ and a large majority of Internet users now visit websites from these wireless devices.
Remember: when a visitor comes to your website¸ they probably already know what they want out of it. If within three seconds they can’t figure out what to do next¸ you might need to go back to the drawing board.
3. No clear call to action.What do you want users to do once they’ve found your website? Do you want them to buy your product¸ contact you¸ or subscribe to your business e-newsletter? You need to tell visitors what the next step is and when (ideally¸ now!). Your content should answer the question¸ “What’s in it for me?” and then the call to action tells them what to do next.
ttom line by avoiding many of these common mistakes among business owners: