Currently, in 2016 there are almost 1 Trillion active websites being hosted throughout the world today. It is now more important than ever, to build your website correctly, strategically, and in the mindset of achieving the mission you expect with each webpage of your website. The Marketing and Advertising industries have conducted extensive A/B Testing with respects to website traffic and website customer lead conversion metrics. Through this discovery process we have identified 5 components that websites need to show the consumer or business customer within 10 seconds of the them viewing the web page in order to realize the best possible lead conversion for their website. Listed below are the 5 components of optimal lead conversion you need to implement within your website design for the best lead and customer conversion. Remember, the ultimate objective with our website is converting website traffic into leads:
- Who are you? Your business logo needs to be strategically placed at the top left hand corner of the website. Throughout the English language, we read from left to right, top to bottom. This is also standard across most websites and so the reader is programmed to look for it in that spot.
- What do you do? The reader(not you, but if you can’t decipher what you do from seeing your website, that’s worse) needs to be able to easily identify in 10 seconds of seeing your website, what it is that your business does, what service that it provides to your consumer? In order to receive the credit for this, it needs to also be identifiable BEFORE the fold, or before you scroll your webpage down to the bottom. The area that you see when you type a website url(website address) into your website browser immediately when it loads, is called the “HERO” area. Your website is going to be a Hero or a Zero and the customer will make that determination within 10 seconds.
- What makes you different from your competitors? The consumer needs to understand what makes YOU different from your competitors? The website home page needs to contain U.S.P’s (Unique selling points) and C.T.A’s(Calls to Action) that show the reader why they should call YOU instead of your competitors. Great calls to action should be featured in strategic places above the fold, utilizing your branding and style color scheme.
- How do I contact you? Your phone number needs to be placed at the top right corner of the website, and your email address prominently displayed so the consumer can easily contact you. Also, the home page of the website must contain the standard “Form box” or side pop out contact form. These form boxes are standard across many websites. They typically contain three lines: Line1 is for the customers Name, Line 2 is for the customers email address, and Line 3 is for the customer to ask a question of you, or request additional information regarding your service and they then submit the form. The form comes to YOU in an email. These form boxes represent about 30-60% of total website communication from potential customers. Additionally, it is very important because it allows YOU to capture the potential clients email information as a lead so you can follow up with them. If a contact form box is not feasible add the pop out contact form plug in that floats along the right hand side of your hero area within your banner images. Installing a chat feature will also be a very important component to improve your lead conversion and lead flow. At the end of the day, with 1 Trillion active websites, you need to shout from the mountain tops, that you are open for business, you are welcoming to your customers, and that you are not forcing your customers to dig through your website just to contact you. If you do not make it easy for your customers to reach you, you will lose your customers in 2016. The days of customers waiting with baited breath hoping and praying you will answer your phone to speak with the customer are long gone. They do not have to be committed to you. There are 9 other organic businesses on page 1 of Google, 3-10 Ad words businesses listed on page 1 of Google, and countless social media business listed for them to chose from. Surely, one of your competitors will make things easy for your customer if you don’t and you won’t be converting website traffic into leads !
- Are you communicating effectively to your target audience? This is where most of you completely miss the mark and target with your online business card or website. When you developed your website, did you design its look, feel, content, layout, and structure with your target audience in mind? Most business owners design their website with themselves in mind(based on your likes, your color pallet, your design pallet, what you wanted), and in most cases the business owner isn’t their own target audience or target customer. As an example: If your target customer is under age 35, do you have a chat feature installed? Do you have a contact form box displayed on your home page? Have you moved away from copy(written content) on the home page? If you do have any content, is it written in 3-4 call to action bullet points? If your target audience is an older consumer, do you have your phone number prominently displayed in the upper right hand corner? Is your website easy to navigate, is there a proper flow through starting from your home page to your about us page, to your services or products pages and then to contact you? If there are inconsistencies with the journey, the potential lead will just leave your page, it’s simple. There are over 1.2 billion websites active online currently throughout the world right now. If you do not communicate effectively to your target audience, you will lose your leads. Remember, the main objective is converting website traffic into leads !
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