Is Your Website Ready For Visitors?

Is your website, the place you hope to convert prospects to customers, ready to receive visitors?

When we use links to our websites using Social Media, we essentially invite people to our website. When we invite people to our homes, we generally check to see if everything is in its place and that there is nothing seriously amiss. Is that true with your website? When was the last time you reviewed your website to see if it reflects your business and your products or services as they are today?

Here is a little check list to make sure your website is ready for visitors.

  • Know and state who you are, what you do, and the benefits of what you offer to your visitor.
  • Know who you would like to visit your website.
    • Knowing your audience is critical. If you believe your audience is everyone, you will likely fail.
    • Who are they? Why would they want what you offer? When would they want it?
  • Speak to your visitors from their perspective, not with an industry-speak sales pitch.
    • Explain that you know some of their challenges, and how they can benefit from your products or services. If possible, show some specifics.
  • Does your navigation present a clear and easy path to your most important content?
  • Is your contact and location information readily visible?
  • Is your website mobile friendly?

If your website looks as good as you would like, and you check off all the items in the list, your website should be ready for visitors.

Of course, we are always happy to help. Email or call us today! — 1-800-281-9993 or 608-822-3750

Some Things We Do Just Before and Shortly After Launching Your Website

Here are some of the tasks that you may not realize we routinely perform before launching new or redesigned websites. Of course, they will have already been Search Engine Optimized.

  • Complete proofing of text provided for your website
  • Validate the code to ensure it is standards compliant
  • Cross-browser and cross-platform testing and tweaking.
  • Create a Google Analytics account, and add a Google Analytics code snippet to each page of your website.
  • Create and configure a Google Webmaster Tools account, and a Bing (and Yahoo) Webmaster Tools account as well.
  • Link the Google Analytics account with the Google Webmaster Tools account.
  • Create a sitemap.xml (a specially formatted list of all the pages in your website), upload it to your web server and submit it to the above mentioned webmaster tools accounts. The sitemap.xml file will get crawled by the major search engines, and your pages will be indexed for inclusion in the databases of those search engines. (The correct method to “Submit your URL.”)
  • Add a link to your website on the WebWise Design & Marketing Client’s page (which gets visited daily by Google bot).
  • Send a Tweet about your new website.

Yes. Those tasks do take time, but you deserve to have everything about your website done right. Ask your web developer (or yourself, if you do your own website) if they do these things for you.

12+ Tips for Empowering Automated eCommerce Emails

Sending emailDo you know what the automated emails sent from your website, especially your ecommerce website, look like? Hopefully, you carefully crafted them before your website went live. If not, please do yourself a favor and review them now.

Here are some quick tips to make your emails look professional. Because of the seasonal timing, we are going to talk about ecommerce “transactional” emails, though many of these tips apply to other automated emails as well.

  • Do not send them from a no-reply@yourcompany.com email account. Send from an email address that gets monitored daily (preferably multiple times per day). Respond quickly to any email received.
  • Put the most important information right at the beginning of the subject, to make your emails more helpful, e.g., “Thanks for Order #12345 – My estore” (Be careful of the length so it does not get truncated.)
  • Make sure your emails are consistently branded and well-designed.
  • Make the words Thank You bold or bigger than the other text. While you are at it, tell them you appreciate their business.
  • If you won’t be furnishing a tracking number, tell them why, and when and how they can expect delivery.
  • Include links back to your shipping and returns page(s).
  • Be sure to prominently display your Toll-Free phone number. If you don’t have a Toll-Free customer service number, you are not serious about wanting repeat customers.
  • Include office hours (and time zone), so your customers have the opportunity to talk to a real person.
  • Prominently display your customer service email address they can use if they want to contact you later instead of having to use your form again.
  • Use Google’s URL Builder for Google Analytics (or something similar) to track your links. Remember marketing without measurement is not marketing.
  • Test all of your email responses with multiple email clients for both PC and Apple computers.
  • Don’t forget to test on mobile devices including iPhones & iPads, Android Phones & tablets, and others when possible.

Please don’t underestimate the power of automated email. They are often read at a critical point of your relationship with your customers. Use the opportunity wisely.