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Accept Payments On the internet FREE of Charge

Accept Payments On the internet FREE of Charge

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Why you need a Mobile Friendly Website

Why you need a Mobile Friendly Website

People are doing a lot of things these days using there mobile phone. Just take a look around, all you see is people with mobile phones. A few years ago it was more common to see people carrying there laptops around.

2012 Google survey found that:

  • 74% of visitors were more likely to return to mobile friendly websites
  • 61% were likely to leave if a site wasn’t mobile friendly, and
  • 67% were more likely to buy at a mobile friendly website

This study was in 2012 over 4 years ago now imagine if this study was conducted today. I am sure there are new studies out there but its amazing how important having a mobile presence.  If your going to build a website make sure you don’t use a site builder because most aren’t very responsive to mobile devices.

Online Website Builder vs Web Designing Firm

Online Website Builder vs Web Designing Firm

What is an online website builder?

Online website builder software provides customers with a user interface and hundreds of templates to build your website. The top companies include web.com, wix.com, and godaddy.com, but there are many more. For a small amount per month, a client can develop their own website by means of the drag and drop interface. Most of these companies have made the learning curve on their software pretty small, so getting very basic website up in a hurry is fairly easy.

Why Might you Want to Avoid Online Website Builders?

Online website builders provide a basic site for really made for DIY webmasters or hobbyists. While you can get a website up fast, it is very limited in terms of design elements you can add or use. To functionally upgrade your website you are going to need software extensions- things like SEO (search engine optimization), adding a form, or online scheduling are going to cost more. These additions add up over time.

With a large company, you are not going to get access to support, or the one on one attention that a web designing firm will provide for you.

What does a Web Designing Firm do?

A Web Designing Firm does at least 2 jobs. The design part is more artistic, with a skill set that involves the visual layout and ergonomics of the site. A Web Designing Firm has developers who works more with the way a site works- it’s functionality. They piece together your site to create a professional site that can never be matched by a site builder.

A web design firm is made up of designers and developers working together- and maybe a SEO person, and/or a marketing expert- this is more of an option for medium to larger businesses due to the greater expense.

Think twice before you start to invest so much time in a site builder.

 

What is SEO ?

What is SEO ?

Search Engine Optimization, also known as SEO, is how a website can be improved or optimized so it ranks higher by search engines. By improving a site’s visibility to search engines and focusing on how the search engine algorithm measures a website, a site can have better results in the Search Engine Results Page (SERP). The forever changing landscape of Google Updates that improve search results has created a shift in strategy. Cheating the system by using black hat techniques is getting sites penalized and de-indexed. Now one must create content that is searchable, shareable and linkable that is not only unique to the site but also a unique and expert opinion on the topic. It is vital to put a focus on creating websites and pages for Should say “users, not websites for search that try to “trick” the search engines.

You may see advertisements for easy to use site builders but they come with a huge draw back. They promote content duplication which can lead to serious SEO inefficiency. Hire experts that will help you with becoming number one not just another page that never sees traffic.

Social media a Business Tool

Social media a Business Tool

Social media can be a powerful business tool. Some of the opportunities and benefits of social media can include:

  • Revenue
    The most obvious opportunity is to generate revenue. This can be done through building a community or advertising your products or services within the social media platform. If you choose to advertise in social media, the ads can either link back to your business’ social media page or sometimes to your website. This can mean that you’re able to benefit from social media without needing to have a channel.
  • Brand development
    Using social media allows your customers to connect and interact with your business on a more personal level. If you already have an established brand, social media might be an opportunity to further develop your brand and give your business a voice.
  • Attracting customers
    Social media can be a good way of attracting new customers. For example, when considering social media campaigns, you could try to attract followers with promotions or giveaways. Once you have a good following you can focus on more personalized social media campaigns to encourage them to stay.
  • Research
    Even if you think social media is not suited to your business or that you don’t have the time, simply logging on to see what your competitors are doing in this space, or finding out what your customers are saying about you might be a valuable exercise.
  • Networking
    Networking can be a valuable way to exchange ideas with like-minded people to improve the way you do business. Using online networking sites can also be valuable to your business, often for the purpose of knowledge sharing and word-of-mouth referrals.
  • Recruitment
    Some organizations use social media to advertise vacant positions. Job networking sites like LinkedIn are dedicated to the job market and can help you use networks to attract skilled people.
  • Search-engine discoverability
    Your website’s ranking in the search results of various search engines can sometimes be affected by the size and influence of your social network. As your social following grows,  your visibility in search engines may also increase. This is a common Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) strategy.
3 Reasons Why Custom Websites are Better

3 Reasons Why Custom Websites are Better

There are tons of free web site solutions out there. And, believe it or not, as a web design and development firm we have no problem with this. Certain businesses might be just starting out or maybe they are restructuring and money is tight. We get that. We’d much rather they have a presence than none at all.

However, we don’t think this is an excuse for bad design. Design still matters. The web, for the most part, is a visual experience (factor in mobile, and the visual matters even more). Users tend to develop their initial level of trust based on superficial elements, i.e. design. And how they use the site is very much determined by how it is arranged visually and how well the information is presented.

Don’t think design matters? Here are three reasons why I think it does…

  1. First impressions are more important than ever
  2. Usability and user experience is crucial
  3. Good design means greater control

Design is more than just a beauty contest. Design is an integral part of your web marketing strategy – it drives user experience, goal conversion and content promotion. If clients are not impressed they will move on to another website and its as easy as a click.