Our team of digital marketing experts agree: the worst enemy for a business’s online presence is an outdated website.
There are several elements of your website that might be considered outdated, including content, design and images. Even having just one of these sections not up-to-date can hurt your website’s effectiveness, because it makes your overall business appear to be outdated as well. People are less likely to trust a business with a website that looks like it hasn’t seen an update in over a decade, especially if they only landed on your website through a search.
When you look at your business’s website, ask yourself if the quality of your work is accurately shown.
These are elements that need to be updated regularly to keep your site fresh.
Designing a modern website yourself can be tricky, especially if you’re not tech-savvy. But if you want to attract people to your business, a modern and well-designed site is an absolute must. Outdated websites will turn people away if it looks like you haven’t touched your site since the Internet was invented. Keep it simple by going with large images, non-distracting backgrounds and a color scheme that fits your brand.
Why does this matter?
In addition to attracting potential clients, this will leave a lasting impression on Google. The search engine takes website datedness and content freshness into account when ranking your website. The more updates you make to your site, the better it will look to Google, and the search engine is more likely to rank your site as the best option for people who are searching for local services like yours. Of course, it’s not quite that simple, but content freshness does factor into Google’s ranking system.
While refreshing content on any website is certainly important, updated photos are particularly imperative for businesses in a service-based industry. Most of your clients will either choose to call you or move on to another business based on the work they see on your website. This is why it is crucial to have current projects displayed. If your photos haven’t been updated since the early 2000s, people will think your style is outdated, and will look for a more modern company.
In the real estate industry, listings with professionally photographed homes saw an average 139% increase in clicks compared to similar listings with stock photos or unprofessional photos. Plenty of other industries similarly rely on the images potential clients see on your site to sell your goods or services, making the quality of images equally important.
If applicable, before-and-after photos can put your website over the top. Also keep in mind that real photos of your work are always better than stock photos . This really illustrates what your business is capable of achieving, and gets the viewer to start visualizing how your business can provide the solution they’re looking for. You’ll have a much bigger impact on leads if they can see the transformations you’ve done for others in the same situation.
We’ve touched how important it is to have not just any pictures, but updated pictures on your site. Now, it’s time to think about the quality of those pictures. This is where you want to show-off your professional, high-end products and services. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to take decent photos on your phone. For some, this might suffice; but when it comes to displaying your work online, hiring a professional photographer is probably the smarter business decision .
A professional photographer can make great results look extraordinary with the right lighting and angles. You’ll be amazed at how higher-quality images attract more leads, because customers see the professionalism in your work. Sure, it’s more expensive to hire a photographer to do the work. But when your average sale way up, you’ll be glad you spent the money to get first-class photos.
Increases in sales are a real result of an updated website beyond professional photos. In the home remodeling and improvement industry, having an updated website is particularly important if you want to increase your quality of sales. Take Outdoor-FX , an outdoor home improvement and design company, for example. In 2011, Bryan Critser, president of Outdoor-FX, decided to see if a website redesign and digital marketing strategy created by a professional team could change his business.
“Our site was basically completely invisible on the Internet,” Critser said. “It served no purpose other than being a digital business card.” But hiring a company to redesign the website and make it SEO-friendly completely changed Outdoor-FX’s business.
“It was a game-changing decision and move for me, business-wise.”
Since the company’s prime source of marketing and leads comes from its website, Critser said his online presence has gone from being nearly invisible to ranking for all categories and terms the company aims to show up for. After undergoing a strategic website redesign, Outdoor-FX has seen profits double since the start of the business five years ago.
“It has essentially been the best investment for our business.”
The Bottom Line: An outdated website is the #1 problem any sales-related businesses face online. Having an updated and professional website can easily increase your sales, just by attracting more leads and convincing customers that your product or service is worth their money. A few simple changes could make a huge difference in whether your site is hurting your business or helping it.
We’ve discussed how important it is to have reviews of your business on your website, and you know that reviews can have a positive effect on your business. But the more difficult part is figuring out how to get clients to leave reviews in the first place. Where do you start? How do you get people to only leave positive reviews? It might seem like a tricky business—and we’ll admit, there is a formula to it—but getting clients to write reviews isn’t as hard as it sounds.
Here are five easy steps you can follow to motivate your clients to leave a review of your business.
When making any important decision, it’s important to weigh your options. In the case of creating a new website, the advantages that come with each option can be a major determinant in which website platform you decide to go with. In our two recent blogs detailing the Locallogy Rapid Platform , we’ve covered what exactly the service is and the functional features that you have access to as a user. Now, we want to tell you about the advantages to using our website platform.In addition to having a cost-effective, customized website built by our team of professionals, you’ll experience a number of management advantages that help your website run faster, safer and smarter.
We recently unveiled the Locallogy Rapid Platform , our newest web building service that allows you to have a cost-effective website created for you by our team of digital marketing experts. It’s the best way for your small business to quickly get a customized website without paying top dollar to have your site maintained by the professionals who are creating your site.
So how do we offer such a quality service for a low monthly price? We’ve built in a variety of great features that let you directly manage your website so you can quickly and easily make edits without crashing your own website.
Once your website is up and running, there are a number of helpful features that make editing and using your site easier on both the backend (what you can edit) and frontend (what visitors will see). From choosing your own color scheme to previewing capabilities, these features work together to create a flawless user experience.
These features all boil down to three specific functions that are crucial for any website platform: customization, usability and responsiveness .
When it comes to building a website for your business, you typically have two options: invest in a high-end, custom-built website made by digital marketing experts, or go with the cheaper option by using a content management system like WordPress or Wix to personally manage your site on a template platform.
For some businesses, a website fully designed from scratch is the best option. It gives the business owner the ability to customize every last detail, down to the coding on each page. For others who don’t need a complex site, a simple CMS that allows content to be easily managed will suffice. But for many businesses, neither of these options are exactly what their looking for, which is something in the middle. Something that allows for a customized website built by professionals at a fraction of the cost of a full website design.
Something like the Locallogy Rapid Platform.
Video content is taking over the Internet. Several years ago, the place you were most likely to find this kind of content was YouTube, where you could look up any kind of funny, instructional or music video imaginable. Today, you can find Internet videos everywhere you look: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and news network websites. And according to data, it’s a trend that’s not going away.
In a recent visual networking report done by Cisco , it is estimated that global “video traffic will be 82 percent of all consumer Internet traffic by 2021, up from 73 percent in 2016.” So it’s no surprise that businesses have been jumping on board in an effort to keep their audiences’ attention and create content that has more share potential.
Incorporating videos onto your site might seem like something that doesn’t apply to a service-based business like yours. But visuals are a pretty powerful tool when it comes to getting (and keeping) the attention of your customers. Yes, images are crucial to a successful business website, but customized videos are a more engaging way to showcase your products or services. In fact, it’s something we use as a marketing tool for our customers.
We’re all familiar with the concept of saving the best for last. But when it comes to the content on your website, your approach should be the exact opposite. You may not realize it, but the order of your content often determines the rate of conversion your website sees. This concept is known as content hierarchy. Whether you’re a business owner who is creating services pages on your website or you’re just running a personal blog on the Internet, content hierarchy is something that affects the success rate of your web page.
Let’s start at the beginning.
People are increasingly choosing the Internet as their preferred method of finding products or services they are looking for, rather than more traditional sources like radio, television or even print media. So, it makes sense that the Internet is becoming a more popular platform when it comes to advertising, too. As online searching becomes more widely used by consumers, PPC, or pay-per-click advertising, is becoming the new norm for marketing.
PPC is the most effective way to get your business seen by the right people when they’re looking for the products or services specific to your business and location. This shift from traditional media to the Internet as a marketing platform poses incredible advertising opportunities for local businesses, especially for those smaller budgets not large enough for traditional advertising.
Here’s why PPC advertising is better for local businesses than traditional advertising.
As a digital marketing agency, we get a lot of customers saying they want to rank in the top spot on Google. For many, their goal of having a professionally created website is to magically make their way to the first page overnight (or within a few weeks). While it’s great that people have such high aspirations for their company’s digital marketing campaigns, it’s not quite as easy as it sounds to show up on the first page of Google.
This is something we explain to our clients time and time again. We understand that Google is a tricky business, and it’s ranking system doesn’t always make sense to those who aren’t involved in digital marketing. That’s why we make it our goal to explain those first page results, as well as how a marketing strategy can help your website rank higher.
Here’s how Google ranks content on the first page, and how to work your way up there.
Have you ever gotten a positive review from a customer and not known how to respond? When it comes to managing your business’s online reputation, it can be difficult to know how—or if—you should respond to customer reviews. Some businesses tend to only respond to negative reviews or not respond at all. However, the rule of thumb to abide by when you see an online review of your business is to always respond to your customers.
Previously, we’ve discussed the proper way to respond to negative reviews online , which is tricky and requires a very calculated response. While responding to positive reviews isn’t quite as difficult as reaching out to a dissatisfied customer, it still requires acknowledgement and appreciation. Here’s how to craft the best response to positive online reviews about your business.
The famous ‘three A’s’ have long been a psychological approach to dealing with a problem, typically when it comes to addiction or criticism. However, we have found that the 3 A’s can also be applied to digital marketing as a way to test, measure and achieve your success.
In the marketing industry, the three A’s allow you to try out various strategies and compare the results at each stage. In the end, the campaign that performs the best at all three levels is ultimately the one that you should continue pursuing.
When it comes to creating goals for your marketing strategy, these are the three golden A’s to abide by: