Your company’s website is often the first contact a prospect has with your brand. It is a 24-7 salesperson; a reflection of your brand in every way and can be one of the most powerful marketing tools your company can have.
it is imperative that your website is doing the best job it can, representing your company and brand. Nothing reflects worse on a brand than a static and archaic website.
Are you questioning whether its time for a new redesign for your company’s website? If so, we’ve compiled a list of some critical reasons to consider building a new website.
- Your website looks and feels outdated.
If you don’t find your website nice to look at, then neither does anyone else. You need a website that is engaging, pleasing to the eye and puts your brand’s best foot forward. Remember, your website is your prospects’ first impression! just like clothes and kitchen appliance styles change over time, so do websites. Is your company’s website looking out of style? Modern website design favors clean and simple over cluttered and busy. In a split second, your website either conveys that you are with the times, or you are behind the times.
- Your website looks like an amateur designed it.
Does your website design reflect the quality of your brand or does it look like it was designed by an amateur? Going with the cheapest proposal may save you money in the short term, but it won’t give you the quality and results that your company needs from the website.
Also, many companies utilize the technical skills of their internal IT department to build their website or hire a code-centric web development company, but most likely neither has the eye for design or the creative skills that are needed. Developing and designing are two different specialties and quality in both are critical for building a great website.
Your nephew, son, daughter, or family-friend might know how to “design websites” but it often leaves the business owner with a poor looking website that doesn’t function properly or market themselves professionally.
Do the job right the first time.
- Your website is difficult to navigate.
Are your visitors able to find what they need in two clicks or less? Is your menu simple and straightforward or is it confusing? As the web has evolved, so have people’s expectations for user experience and functionality. Web users today demand a pleasant, efficient experience. If your menu and navigation are based on last decade’s best practices, you’re losing web traffic.
- Your website takes a long time to load.
If your content and images take too long to load, then many people have left your site. Web users do not have the patience for slow-loading websites and neither do search engines. Google now includes load time in its search engine rankings. This means not only are people frustrated with your website, but it is also not ranking high on the search engines. According to Google, faster sites create happy users and they’ve seen in their internal studies that when a site responds slowly, visitors spend less time there.
- Your website analytics and search rankings are abysmal.
Website analytics are a great way to benchmark the effectiveness of your website, but it isn’t just page views and visitors with which you should be concerned.
- Does your website have a high bounce rate?
- Is the visitor’s average time on site extremely short?
- Do you have a low average page view per visit?
These can all be indicators that your website and content are not working.
What about your search rankings? Does your site rank well for the keywords people are using to find the services and/or products your company provides? If not, chances are your website has not been properly optimized for search or uses old-school SEO black-hat tricks that no longer work (and will get your site penalized).
- Your website is not content managed.
The days of static websites are long gone. We’ve already discussed the importance of having fresh, compelling content, and most websites are now built with a Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to easily add, edit and update web content on the fly or even schedule the updates in advance. Static websites leave many companies with their hands tied if they don’t have someone in-house who knows the code. If you are frustrated with the confusing code or having to wait for your web developer to get to your updates, then you definitely need a new CMS website.
- Your website is not mobile-friendly.
Mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) are becoming the primary Internet viewing device for many people. With people spending more and more time on their mobile devices, it is vital that your website is mobile-friendly. If your website doesn’t work well on mobile devices, then you could be missing out on a huge opportunity for business. If you’re building a new website, you need to have a website responsive on mobile devices. A website that is easily read and you can easily navigate.
- Your website doesn’t integrate social media.
Social media has become an integral part of our culture and is essential for both B2C and B2B businesses, so it should definitely be integrated into your website. Your social media profiles should be prominently linked on every page of your website, either in the header, footer or using a sticky tab. Your homepage should feature a Twitter feed, and your blog and landing pages should use social sharing buttons. Your website should make social sharing easy. If your website/blog is not the hub for your social media activity, then a new website is necessary.
- Your website doesn’t incorporate calls to action.
Your website serves a purpose to attract prospects and drive business. An effective call to action (CTA) results in more leads and conversions for your website. A call to action is when you ask a website visitor to perform some specific action.
That specific action might be to make a request for more information or a demo, subscribe to your blog, download a whitepaper, register for an event or make a purchase.
Whatever action you want your visitors to take, you need to make it specifically clear on your website using graphics, buttons, banners or links. Almost every page of your website should have a clear call to action. Most call to actions should direct people to landing pages where a web form collects a visitor’s contact information in exchange for your offer.
- Your website does not represent your company anymore.
Has your company grown and evolved over the past few years? Have you added new services, products or employees? If so, most likely your website doesn’t accurately represent your company anymore. Your website should be parallel with what you are telling your clients. If it doesn’t match, then it is time for a redesign.
If anything on this list can be said of your website, it might be time to consider a new one. If you are embarrassed by your website and avoid telling your clients about it, then it should be out with old and in with the new. Your company website should be something you and your employees are proud of. It should represent your company well and contain compelling content to attract prospects, convert leads and engage customers. Need help figuring it all out? We’re here to help. Feel free to contact us directly at 216-990-5250 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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