There is absolutely no point in having a website if it’s not generating leads for you. I don’t think anyone in business would argue that one. In fact these days it’s very common that a business will not launch until its website is ready. Delays with the website usually translate into delays with the business launch. That’s how important your website is.
How do I know what I’m talking about?
I’m drawing on a lot of my own recent experience for this post. We launched our website (Cuckoo Events) on the day we began our 2nd year in business. That was August 2013. Since then we’ve won 2 awards for the site but, much more importantly, it’s proven to be extremely effective in generating leads for us.
This is not meant as shameless self-promotion. It’s an effort to provide an insight into what worked for us in creating our award-winning and, MUCH more importantly, lead-generating website.
Here are my 7 tips.
#1. You need to care
This one may seem like a no-brainer but I’ve known many people who went about getting a website for their business without really caring what they got. They’ve got this ‘we just need a website’ attitude. An attitude like that is not going to get you the best result for your business. You need to care.
#2. Choose the right agency
There’s a tendency in business to just call in the usual suspects and let them all pitch for your business. That’s a lazy approach. YOU should be doing some leg work here. Find websites you like and check out who designed them.
When we found Artizan Creative we knew they were the agency we wanted to work with. We loved their work. They came in to meet with us, chatted for a couple of hours, went away and the first plan they presented was exactly what we wanted. They climbed into our heads and gave us things we wanted but didn’t even know we wanted. They were most definitely the right agency for us. Find the right one for you.
#3. Be involved in the process
It’s YOUR website so be involved in the process throughout. Do not just sit back and let the agency update you as per the project schedule. Get involved. Ask questions. Query decisions. Don’t be afraid to put forward ideas and suggestions. If you’re working with the right agency then they’ll be as keen for the best end result as you are. In that case they’ll be happy to have you be hands on with the project.
#4. Give your website a personality
This was one of the most important things for us when we set out to create our website, as well as wanting it to ultimately be lead-generating for us. We wanted the website to be a true reflection of us and how we operate. You may or may not like what you find but you’ll most definitely have a feel for us and our personality. If you don’t like it and you don’t get in touch with us then haven’t we just saved you time as well as saving ourselves time? You’re welcome. The personality is working very well for us.
#5. Invest in
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#6. Blog a bit
All the best
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So there you have my 7 tips.
All I can tell you is that I know they’re working for us and I reckon they’ll work for you too. The awards were lovely to win but they’d be scant consolation if we’d a site that wasn’t lead-generating. Our website generates a lot of leads and we’ve secured some big new business as a direct result.
That’s the point of the website, right? Yes it is.
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