Why Some Business Websites Are So Slow

Have you ever gone to a website and realized it’s taking ages to come online? Don’t you hate that?

As it turns out, your visitors hate that too. Even worse, their definition of “ages” might be significantly shorter than yours. Surveys and user behavior studies suggest that you have around three seconds to interest someone in your website before they click away or visit another search result. If your website takes longer than that to simply load, your chance of winning a customer could be gone before it ever materialized.

You might be wondering, then, why some business websites are so slow in the first place. Let’s look at a few of the most common reasons…

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Why you Probably Aren’t Ranking on Google

Amongst business owners and marketing executives, search engine optimization (or SEO) is like a professional sport. Although most decision-makers haven’t done much content writing or technical HTML work, they stay up-to-date on the latest trends and ranking on Google algorithm shifts. They become armchair quarterbacks of search marketing.

That’s generally a good thing. Anyone who has a vested interest in helping their business grow should know what SEO and ranking on Google are all about. However, there is a downside to the intense interest they have and search. Namely that new clients come to companies like ours looking for complicated answers to simple problems.

The details of the search engine optimization campaign are important. However, they only come into play once you cover the basics. To help illustrate what we mean, let’s look at a few Google ranking factors… 

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4 Incredibly Easy Ways to Use Your Company’s Social Media Accounts

Amazing as it might seem, we sometimes meet with business owners and marketing managers who tell us they don’t have the time or patience for social media marketing. They are either overwhelmed with other tasks, or don’t see a clear benefit to engaging customers and prospects through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

We can understand this line of thinking. For one thing, most of the people we work with don’t have a lot of free time. And for another, it is harder to use social media to create instant leads than it is to generate business from search engine optimization or pay-per-click ads.

However, that doesn’t mean social media marketing has to be overwhelming, or that it won’t pay off. To help you understand why let’s look at four simple and effective ways you can use your business social media profiles every week…

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4 Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing Campaigns

Content marketing is all the rage, and for good reason. With the right pieces of information on your website or blog, you can draw in visitors from Google, Facebook, and even YouTube. Not only is content central to search engine optimization and inbound marketing, but it’s necessary if you want to establish credibility with buyers.

The only problem with these positive aspects of content marketing is that your competitors know about them, too. They are adding new material to their blogs and social feeds all the time, just like you are. So, it takes something special to stand out online.

How can you give searchers and customers what they want and set yourself apart from all the other businesses in your industry? Today, we want to share four of our favorite tips to help you improve the quality and effectiveness of your content marketing campaigns…

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Don’t Let a Negative Online Review Kill Your Sales

One of the best and worst things about the digital age comes down to the fact that customers have more power over businesses (and especially smaller ones) than ever before. If buyers say good things about a company, that positive feedback will show up on search engines, social media sites, and review platforms like Yelp. Then, more customers will come flocking and the cycle will go on and on.

On the other hand, just a single bad review can dissuade new customers from even investigating a business, particularly if the feedback is recent or particularly sharp. That means you always need to be ready to protect your online reputation or lose sales opportunities before they even materialize.

Knowing how important customer feedback is, and how hard it can be to recover from an online complaint or criticism, let’s look at what you can do to keep a negative online review from killing your sales and marketing efforts…

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How to Look at Your Website Like a Customer

One of the classic mistakes in web design (or any creative endeavor) is being so close to a project that you miss the forest for the trees. It’s a particularly easy to fall into that trap when you’re distracted by so many apps, layouts, and options you lose sight of what buyers really want from your website and business.

The answer, more often than not, is to take a step back from time to time throughout the creative process and look at your new web design the way a customer would. Usually, that involves asking yourself a handful of basic questions…

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4 Ways to Make Your Startup Website Affordable

Entrepreneurs make for wonderful web design clients. Often, they come to us with unique ideas and a sense of enthusiasm about their products and services that can’t be matched. That makes their projects fun to work on. Who doesn’t like to see a great idea come to life, or hard-working person succeed?

Of course, the other side of the coin is that startups are often strapped for cash. They need unique and high-performing websites even more than established businesses do, but don’t have a lot in the marketing and promotional budget.

This can create challenges, but those challenges can be overcome. Today, we are going to give you five quick tips you can use to make your startup website a little more affordable…

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Make Your Online Marketing Videos Stand Out

In today’s digital marketing world, companies of all sizes are using video clips to get their messaging out into the world. It’s not hard to figure out why: video is more engaging than text or static images, and numerous studies have shown that adding clips to landing pages or social media feeds can dramatically boost response rates.

Of course, the benefits of video marketing have always been there. These days, however, it’s less expensive than ever before to produce high-quality videos. Additionally, they are easier to spread, with YouTube, Facebook, Google, and dozens of other platforms available to share your masterpiece with the world.

Unfortunately, the popularity and accessibility of video marketing alone won’t ensure great results. For every handful of clips that helps to drive likes, visits, or conversions, there are literally hundreds of others that go ignored.

If you want to break through and make an impact on buyers with your videos, there are two parts to the formula. The first is producing a great online marketing clip. The second involves promoting it so it gets noticed and acted upon. Today, we are going to give you some quick-and-easy tips you can use to get the superior marketing video you need. Here is what you can do to make your messages stand out…

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Getting Views and Results From Your Online Marketing Videos

When it comes to online video marketing, the majority of all business owners tend to make three big mistakes:

  1. They don’t take advantage of the effectiveness and affordability of video at all, ignoring a big marketing opportunity.
  2. They produce video clips that aren’t ever going to help them get the attention they want from buyers.
  3. They come up with great video clips but fail to take the right steps to ensure they will be seen by their target audience.

Because you’re reading a post on video marketing for small business owners, we are going to assume you won’t make the first mistake. And, if you read our first post in the series, you’ll have the advice you need to produce marketing videos that stand out. That just leaves the third mistake, which might be the worst one of all. Why go through the trouble of shooting and editing a great clip if no one is going to see it?

Today, we want to give you some solid advice you can use to get big views – and bottom-line results – from every online marketing video you produce…

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