You see some peculiar things in the web design and online marketing industry. For instance, it’s not unusual for a business owner to pull up to our offices in a luxury car, while drinking an expensive coffee, and then inform us that they’ve selected the cheapest possible web hosting plan they could find.
We chalk these situations up to a lack of information. Because most non-technical people don’t really understand the ins and outs of web hosting, they tend to choose the lowest price option. However, that can be a big mistake.
Before we get into the reasons why, we have to explain the issues you face with regular, bargain-basement shared hosting plans. When you sign up for one of these packages your web hosting company stores your website on a server with hundreds or even thousands of others. That digital overcrowding can decrease performance (i.e., the speed your website loads), especially if some of your “neighbors” send spam, have viruses, or are engaged in other unsavory activities.
Conversely, with the premium web hosting plan you get your own dedicated server, or virtual server space. That comes with a number of advantages that make premium web hosting a worthwhile investment. Let’s look at a few of them now…
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When business owners and marketing executives turn to us it isn’t because they want an “average” or “great” web design – they want the very best. But what exactly does that mean?
We hear versions of this question almost each and every day. So, we want to help our readers and clients by shedding a little light on what the perfect business web design looks like.
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Is your search traffic from Google starting to dwindle? Have you noticed that your search rankings for important keywords are dropping… and that sales are falling at the same rate?
We meet with at least a dozen business owners and executives every year who are facing the same kinds of problems. The first thing they want to know is why their websites aren’t generating sales opportunities like they used to, especially if they’ve been using search engine optimization for years.
Every situation is different, but below are some of the common reasons we see search traffic dwindle or even dry up completely.
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Most online marketers dream of having a top Google ranking for a high-traffic keyword. That’s because they know those websites attract the most visits, and that those visits frequently turn into phone calls, online inquiries, and even walk-in customers.
However, it’s important to note that there is a potential downside to executing a successful search engine optimization (SEO) campaign. Namely that you could suddenly find yourself with a flood of new interest, and that some of your new prospects might not be a great fit for your company.
Granted, getting too many phone calls, email submissions, and inquiries is usually a great problem to have. However, it can lead to difficulties nonetheless, particularly if all the extra activity stops you from paying enough attention to your best current and potential clients.
So, how do you deal with the extra time needed to handle the additional dozens or hundreds of sales inquiries that come your way when you have a high-ranking Google website? Here are a few proven pieces of advice you can follow…
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One of the most difficult things to deal with, as an online marketer, is seeing a trend of customers leaving your website at the last minute. They might abandon a shopping cart, close a window before filling out a lead form, or go back to Google when they should pick up the phone.
Why does this customer indecision cost you money? And more importantly, what can you do about it?
Although every buyer and visit is unique, potential customers generally leave you without taking action for one of three reasons: they didn’t intend to buy anything in the first place, don’t have enough information your product or service, or don’t feel sufficiently motivated on an emotional level to move forward. Almost any conversion problem you face is going to come down to one of those issues.
Luckily, none of them are impossible to solve. With that in mind, look let’s look at some fixes you can employ to get customers to place an order or fill out a form instead of clicking away from your website…
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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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WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system, with an estimated 172 million websites running on the platform. It’s not hard to see why web designers, business owners, and marketers love it so much—it’s free, flexible, and perfect for promoting content through Google. And, with tens of thousands of plugins available for customization, you can use WordPress to build virtually any kind of web presence you need.
However, that popularity and versatility also come with a small downside: hackers often target WordPress. The sheer number of companies using WordPress encourages them to look for weaknesses that can be exploited again and again.
Does that mean you should be worried about WordPress security? The best answer is probably a mixture of “yes” and “no.” On one hand, you should definitely be thinking about ways to keep your website safe. But on the other hand, it doesn’t mean you have to continually fret over the idea that thieves are going to steal data, mess with your pages, or install malicious software.
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John Soules Food is a superb example of the marketing and design capabilities that The Marcom Group possesses in regard to designing and maintaining a website for the needs of a versatile company. Whether your products are both online or in-store, their website formats can meet the needs for your wide customer base.
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At any given moment, the most important selling point on your website is likely to be your home page or landing page, depending on which one is attracting the highest number of views. What a lot of small business owners fail to realize, however, is that the second most important sales page is one that’s often looked over
Years of studying web analytics have shown us that a companies “About” page gets more traffic than marketers realize. Moreover, the impression that it leaves a reader with will go a long way towards determining what will happen next. That’s particularly true if there are team member bios, or a story about the history of the business.
There are probably a couple of reasons for this. The first is that, as humans, we like to know other humans. That is, we want to know a bit more about the men and women we are doing business with. Looking into their bios and stories is a good way to understand who they are and how we might work together with them.
At the same time, the About page on your website tells potential customers what it is that makes you different from all of your competitors. It’s a chance to show off your unique skills, talent, or perspective. It’s your shot to fill them in on what sets you apart.
Knowing that, how can you make the most of your About page? Here are a few good tips to help you get started…
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Do you feel like your website could use a facelift, or perhaps a performance boost?
Often, we hear from business owners, managers, and executives who want to get more from their web presence, but they have been hesitant to give us a call. That’s because they are afraid that a short conversation will lead to a proposal for a brand-new website – one they might not need or be able to afford.
There certainly are times when it makes sense to build a new site from the ground up. However, if your pages were laid out in the last few years (and are mobile-compatible), you probably don’t need to start over.
Here are few steps you can take to make your website feel new without putting a major dent in your budget…
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