Calls to action on your website

A website can be created to do many things such as to give more information about your company or as an online shop. Some sites are there purely for information and to inform visitors of the products or services your business sells, whilst others allow visitors to purchase off the website or login in to carry out certain tasks.

Even if you are only trying to gain enquiries through email, contact forms or telephone, every website needs to have call to action placements. The purpose of a Call to Action or CTA’s is to get the visitor to complete an action based on your recommendations. Some call to actions are simply a “click here” button that takes the viewer through to an enquiry form, whereas others will be stronger and require the customer to complete a purchase.

How a CTA is displayed can differ vastly from site to site and even from page to page with some being created to look like an advert you may see in a magazine to others simply showing a phone number to call or a live chat button to click on. It is important to give your visitors direction on your site so they find it easy to do what they came to and CTA’s are a great way of doing so.

Choosing effective keywords to market

When it comes to online marketing and in particular search engine marketing it is all about the keywords and phrases that you are focussing on. You need to think about what someone may type in to a search engine to find your business. You would expect to come top for your own company name but if they had never heard of your company but were looking for a product or service that you sell, think about what they may search for. Once you have a list of these types of phrases you can then check where you currently rank for them. If you are down the bottom of the first page or a few pages in to the search results the chances are you will be receiving very few visits for that term. If you believe that term is an important one then you need to try and work on improving your placement to get in to the top 1-5 places. The higher up you are the more clicks you will get but also the harded the competition becomes. Make sure that you have the keywords on the relevant pages of your website and that you have enough unique, relevant content on your site that the search engines will recognise that you are able to offer the viewer what they are searching for.

On page and off page marketing

If you have been speaking to a marketing company recently about your website marketing strategy then you may have heard the terms on page and off page marketing or optimisation. This can often be confusing at first but our easy guide below gives you an over view of what you need to know for both.

On page optimisation is essentially that. It is changes that you make on a page within your site or by adding new content to your site. It may be that you add a blog or that you optimisation the content on a page in include more keywords. On page optimisation also includes adding internal links to other pages and improving or adding meta data, adding XML site maps and robots.txt files. This is just a few examples.

Off page or off site optimisation is marketing that you do off your website that is aimed at improving the traffic to your site and your rankings on the search engines. This may be building up external links to your site, creating blogs and comments on other sites, social media interaction, uploading videos to sites such as YouTube and PPC campaigns. These can all influenced your website success whist being controlled away from your website.

 

 

Making Google Adwords work for your business

Many companies decide to invest heavily in Google Adwords, often being attracted by the quick results that it can offer. Google Adwords spend varies from company to company with some spending only a hundred pounds or so a month and others spending in excess of £10,000 a month. Usually the more you invest in something the more you will get back but with Adwords you need to ensure that your budget is being spent where it should be and giving you a good return on your investment before you start.

There are so many options and settings within Google Adwords that it often pays to have a specialist set up and manage the accounts for you as they can usually see where the budget needs to be spent to get you the most clicks from the people that are genuinely looking for your products and services. There is no point in just getting clicks to your website if the person is not looking for what you can offer, and a marketing agency will be able to help you achieve this. They will often charge a fee to set the campaigns up and then another monthly/ weekly fee to manage them but this should more than be recovered in the increase in sales / enquiries you get.

 

 

Software for tracking your website performance

If you have a website then you will probably want to know how many people are coming to your site, where they are finding you and what they are doing once they land on your site. I am always surprised by the number of companies that do not have access to this information as it is vital to allow you to evaluate your marketing performance as well as improve your website customer experience.

There are many programs that offer statistic tracking the most commonly used on being Google Analytics. Although Google Analytics is very user friendly and free, it is not always the most accurate in terms of real visitors.

Web server stats are usually bolted on to every hosting package but these are often quite limited in terms of data and also sometimes record visits from spiders that crawl your site.  Ideally you should use a number of stats packages to try and get a true picture of how your website is performing.