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Your website is your 24/7 salesperson. It never eats, it never sleeps; it is always there to represent you and your business…but is it doing a good enough job? Users on the web are constantly inundated with advertising. They know when they are being sold and their guards are up because of it.
So how can you cut through what your competitors have to say and fight to earn yourself a new customer. Let’s talk about 5 things you’ll find on every successful website and what you can do to make sure your website is doing its best.
You’re excited about your new website going live, and today is supposed to be the day it launches. You wait around…but nothing happens. You still see your old site. What gives? At this point you may call or email us asking what the problem may be. Depending on whether or not you’ve provided us with all the information we need to put your website up on our servers, the answer is probably due to propagation.
So who do you call to get propagation resolved? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. Propagation is a process that is out of our hands.
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The On The Go Search Market continues to grow – Google has acknowledged that over 50% of search queries around the world happen via a mobile device. So if your website doesn’t work for mobile users, it means your website doesn’t work well for the majority of internet users. You wouldn’t hang up on 50% of your customers calling your phone and you wouldn’t delete 50% of those lead generation emails from your website – so why would you ignore more than 50% of your potential customer pool by having a website from the pre-mobile era.
One of the things that is most upsetting to both online marketing companies and – well, pretty much anyone who has ever operated a website – is the amount of SEO spam emails you receive that come from “SEO Companies” trying to “fix your website”. Unless you are specifically being targeted as a sales lead – the overwhelming majority of these SEO emails are inaccurate and inauthentic.
Given that we operate multiple websites, we see a large number of these emails and reports come through. Let’s talk about why you really shouldn’t pay much attention to these sales tactics and what you should be doing instead.
If you’ve run a business for any length of time, you know that finding new customers is difficult. New customer acquisition is more expensive and time consuming than customer retention. It would make sense, then, to maximize on your exposure and try to maintain customer relationships. Unfortunately, we find that many people do not do just that! You could be sitting on a gold mine – but if your existing customer contact information is sitting there collecting dust, you are letting it all go to waste.
Simple Tips to Maintain Customer Relationships
Luckily, there are a few simple ways to maintain customer relationships. Here are four simple ways to keep in touch with your existing client base and take advantage of the time spent capturing those customers and the years of skill development required to WOW those clients.
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Search engine optimization, pay per click campaigns, social media, email marketing, and print materials can all get prospective clients to your website – but what they do when they get there is a whole other story. Improving your website conversion means having to consider many onsite factors (which ultimately extends to a few offsite factors as well).
How Do I Get My Website To Convert?
Converting website visitors to customers requires that your website’s call to action is clear and that your methods of contact are easy to access. Your website must demonstrate trustworthiness as a business and feature your experience in your industry. In the end, it is a combination of UX and UI (user experience and user interface) that will get visitors converting to customers.
If you operate a business, you’re going to get questions. Sometimes you’ll get the same questions over and over again. To your industry, it is everyday stuff – the in’s and out’s of your job. But to a layperson, it’s all brand new. You probably have answered the same question 100 times over. “Why should I use this material?” “Why does it have to be done this way?” “What do you mean it costs that much?”
These questions can be a gold mine for you and your website. Answering common questions as presented by your potential clients lays the groundwork proving that you are an established industry expert – with the know-how and skill set required to get the job done well. Let’s think about a few ways that we can answer your client’s most common questions to build your brand.
A great marketing tool our clients tend to overlook is our monthly contractor email newsletter. It’s one of those “goldilocks” of marketing – it’s not too overbearing and it’s not too expensive. It’s just the right amount of regular communication with your customer base that keeps your brand and service out there in a cost effective manner. Not to mention, it’s one of those marketing tactics that’s been around since email started. While technology is constantly changing, this is one of those tools you can still count on today to help you out.
“How Do I Get My Contractor Business on the First Page of Google?” – We get asked this question a lot.
The answer is really simple; it takes hard work and cooperation among a group of experienced people with purposefully and uniquely varied skill sets.
Can anybody guarantee your contracting business can remain as the first search result on Google? No. Absolutely not. But if you follow the three guidelines below, keep at it, and communicate with your web team, you can certainly stack the odds in your favor to obtain and retain a top position on Google.
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In a world dominated by Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (and probably some other new social media platform start-up that’s gained popularity since you’ve started reading this blog post) – you can’t not know what a selfie is. While the contractor selfie hashtag is seldom used – as of October 2016, #selfie has been used publically over 270 million times on Instagram alone. While millennials stereotypically take the most selfies, it doesn’t mean you can’t get into the game – it’s time to start with your first contractor selfie. If there is one more tool you should add to your truck mounted tool box this year – maybe it should be a selfie stick!