Marketing Emergency: Website Design
Our design firm sees its fair share of branding and marketing emergencies. The running joke is that our conference room becomes a make-shift triage for marketing patients. And for a variety of reasons, websites seem to be the most common marketing emergency that our design firm encounters.
In fact, if I asked 100 professional services firms if their websites were “under the weather” or worse, I’d be willing to bet over two-thirds of them would say, “Yes!”
An ill-performing website (more often than not) is the symptom of a larger marketing and positioning problem, rather than the problem itself. But that doesn’t change the fact that these websites are presenting with some serious symptoms.
Does your firm’s website qualify as a
If you’re unsure, you can try your hand at a little self-diagnosis. Here’s a simple three-step check up:
1. Examine your Positioning
At a quick glance, your website visitors should be able to identify who you are, what you do, why it matters, and how they should respond. We covered this in a little more detail in a previous post on website redesigns. Your brand’s overall positioning can also be impacted by your website’s design and appearance. If you consider your brand to be a BMW but your website feels more like a rental car, you may have a positioning problem.
2. Where does it hurt?
The most common pain point we hear about is conversion; the website gets good traffic but fails to convert visitors into qualified leads. If your website traffic is strong but you’re not converting many visitors, consider testing alternate calls to action. What’s your current call to action? Is it obvious? If your call to action isn’t clear, more web traffic isn’t necessarily going to convert to more business.
3. Perform a Google Search
This last step may sound obvious, but if you can’t find your website by performing a Google search for yourself or your firm’s service offerings, how will your clients ever find you? It’s especially important that you can be found when someone searches for your industry within your market or territory–for example, “Indianapolis Architects“.
Directly related to this tip are website statistics. You need to know your web stats. If you aren’t reviewing your web stats at least monthly, you’re missing out on some valuable traffic and search data.
Did you perform all three check-ups? How did your website do? If you didn’t like some of your answers, you may have a bona fide marketing emergency on your hands. While these symptoms may actually point to a more serious problem, it sounds like your website may be due for a check-up. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, be sure to drop us a line.
Have you ever been part of a website redesign? How did your team decide it was a serious enough problem to go in for a check-up? Tell us below: