Technology, programming, and website standards are constantly changing and progressing. Whereas a site that was designed five years ago may still work, you might be very surprised to learn that, the same programming and design is actually keeping potential customers from buying your products or services.
If your website was created or designed within the last 3-5 years, your business owes to have a fresh design — a face-lift as we can say. If its been more than five years since your company website was originally designed or even redesigned, you are way overdue.
Refresh these elements of your site:
A website needs to keep customers coming back to you instead of making them leave out of frustration. Listed are our 7 reasons you should update your major source of on-line presence.
1. Update Content, it’s the ultimate king:
Remember, content is king and to engage with your visitors you need to offer them essential information that they can rely on.
2. Refresh the imagery, colors and style
Review your use of imagery on the site. Could you use a few new photographs or maybe add a couple of galleries? What about changing the color or styling within the site.
3. Give the audience an innovative reason to visit your site?
Why should visitors come to your website? Your visitors interests and browsing behavior will inform and direct how you go about creating these changes.
4. Explore diverse target audience
You need to understand everything about your visitors from their background, education, job, motivations, interests, hobbies and personal life. Put the time in because it can yield some fascinating insights and tangible benefits.
5. Provide gripping content
True understanding of your audience will help you to provide content they can share, from on-line tools to insightful articles that will get tagged, forwarded, bookmarked, liked and tweeted around the web, spreading the name of your business.
6. Identify areas for improvement
Regularly browse through your entire website with an impartial eye. Try to see it through the eyes of a new visitor and see what you find slow, frustrating or simply clunky.
7. Build into a brand
The desire to do something different or new shouldn’t mean wiping the slate clean. Refreshing your website should be looked at as an opportunity to reinvigorate your brand, to put the energy and momentum back into it.
A website needs constant work progress. Little enhancements on regular basis are essential to keep everything up to date and save money on a possible major re-build project.
by Adam J J Smith