This article was written by a great friend and fellow web enthusiast. Who is also on a mission to clean up the online world and educate people what not to do! Just saying…there are some real stinkers out there!
The following was written by Jessica Grey.
Everyone knows it stinks, but no one says anything…
Maybe it looks pretty but the content sucks, or the content is great but the design is lacking, or the navigation is frustrating, or you’re missing key elements. You’re probably too busy to notice or think about it too much. You are running a business, after all. Your friends might be too nice to tell you, and strangers couldn’t care less… they’re onto the next one in seconds.
As a business owner you’re probably good at your elevator pitch. You can quickly articulate what you do, and how your products or services can help people solve a problem. Maybe you’ve gone a step further by attending workshops on how to speak clearly and confidently in front of strangers. These are all good steps toward getting new clients and making more money.
How come so many business websites and other marketing materials are embarrassingly inadequate? Would you ever present your elevator pitch in incomplete sentences?
Bad website content makes your web visitors turn up their noses and click away. Visitors who could have read further, could have clicked ‘Contact Us’ or filled out a form to learn more about how your services can help them. They would have contacted you instead of you having to cold call them, or spend all your time at networking events spewing your elevator pitch at high frequency. (I’m not suggesting you should stop networking – connecting with people in real life is a very valuable piece of the puzzle.)
The internet gives you endless, FREE opportunities to quickly lay down the reasons why your business, products or services are so great, and you don’t even have to put on a suit or leave your house. You could promote your business online all day long without wearing pants should you so desire. Your website is your elevator pitch, and if you’re not thinking of it as an important part of your networking strategy, you need to start now. It’s an extremely valuable and very affordable form of advertising that not enough people use to their full advantage.
What if they have no idea what you do? Your website can help you communicate that, even if you have a crippling fear of public speaking, or claustrophobia and always take the stairs.
Lesson: no matter how great you are at what you do, if you can’t communicate it clearly and effectively online, you’re missing out on huge opportunities for business growth.
An elevator pitch should have several key elements to be effective, and so should your website.
Elements of a basic website:
If your site is full of bad graphics, run-of-the-mill stock photos and all-around bad navigation, even the best content is lost.
If you’re keen and have the skills and time, you can try to tackle your web content and design on your own. If not, a good web developer, graphic designer and copywriter can help you.
If you suspect your website content could be freshened up, I have a special offer for you:
I will rewrite one page of your web content so you can see how much better it can be, and I’ll do it for FREE! All I ask is that if you like what I write, you let me send you a quote for the whole project. (Some restrictions apply).
Interested? Call or email me!
Many people use the two terms “web design” and “web development” interchangeably, but they really do have two different meanings. If you’re looking for someone to build your website, you need to know the difference.
Web design is the customer-facing part of the website. A web designer is concerned with how a site looks and how the customers interact with it. Good web designers know how to put together the principles of design to create a site that looks great. They also understand about usability and how to create a site that customers want to navigate around in because it’s so easy to do. However, many web designers do not know how to write code but only manipulate theme templates in CMS platforms such as Joomla or WordPress. Many web designers are limted to using the graphic interfaces of programs such as Dreamweaver to make web sites which leaves functionality and design element outcomes limted as compared a developer that can program code from scratch, essentially leaving your options unlimited to match the vision of your dream website.
In addition, what happens when your site breaks, will they be able to fix it? Will a designer know how to troubleshoot a breakdown in the programming if they do not understand the language? A developer will know how to get to the root of a problem and fix it without having to go to a 3rd party to get it done.
Web development is the back-end of the website, the programming and interactions on the pages. A web developer focuses on how a site works and how the customers get things done on it. Good web developers know how to program CGI and scripts like PHP. They understand about how web forms work and can keep a site running effectively.
Most web design firms blur the lines. At Get Jacked Marketing, we have the education, experience, and the dynamic relationships with large design firms that outsource their development needs to us, as we clearly understand the difference between design and development. We have the ability to open up a blank notepad and build a website from scratch and therefore can be your trusted partner from design to construction to being your partner through the lifespan of your web project to keep it up and running just the way you want it to.
Make sure the web design/development firm you are considering understands the difference before you start your project. Ask the questions:
Having solid answers to these basic questions will go along way to ensure that your organizaion’s web presence will experience minimal disruptions and prevent lost opportunities to your bottom line by customers experiencing a breakdown on your website.
At Get Jacked Marketing, we provide enterprise level development service without the overhead costs of large firms. Contact us today to discover how inexpensie piece of mind can be when it come to your next web projec
*Thanks for your input to this article Jennifer Kyrnin Web Design / HTML Guide