Let’s say you’ve already contacted JM Web Designs and our team has worked with you and your Omaha business to build a beautiful and functional new website design. Now what? It’s time to use this powerful tool to market your company effectively and efficiently.
Many companies build a new website then struggle with next steps. Business owners anticipate that a new website will market itself and leads will come pouring in. Well, this is just not the case. In order for a website to work effectively as a marketing tool, it must be marketed.
You can begin with a few easy steps that will ensure your clients, prospects and those you contact on a daily bases know you have a company website. By adding your website domain to an email signature, voicemail recording, business front door, business card and brochures you’re marketing your business and your website.
One potentially powerful way to drive business to your website is to run a TV or radio commercial that mentions your website. Many Omaha businesses choose to purchase a specific domain to track the ad’s success through Google Analytics. For instance, if you are a local Omaha contractor your domain might be www.companyname.com, however you might run an ad using www.omahacontractor.com. This will point to the main company domain, but you would be able to track how many users typed in the domain from your advertisement – therefore, tracking the visitors from the radio or TV ad.
A website is a great way to brand a business. It should reflect a company’s atmosphere – as a brick a mortar store would – portrays products and services through quality images, and speaks to the company and its employees’ credibility. Marketing your website is a great way to market your entire company and increase your bottom line.
Our team at JM spends a significant amount of time consulting Google Analytics. This is a powerful tool we include in each website, which helps measure the success of a website’s design, content and layout.
Analytics provides a detailed account of users – where they live, how they found your website, what devices they are using and what pages they visited. Here are some ways you can use user trends to determine the current quality of your site:
– What geographical location are your visitors primarily from? If you are a local, Omaha business it would be ideal for your visitors to be from Omaha or the surrounding area. If your users are coming from San Francisco and you’re a local Omaha business, maybe you need to reevaluate your website’s content, page titles and Google places account.
– How did your visitors find you? If your users typed in your website URL directly into the browser, this indicates excellent brand recognition. This is particularly helpful when using a specific URL for an ad campaign. Using a specified URL for an ad campaign can help you measure its success.
– What devices are your visitors using? As technology rapidly changes, tracking the devices which your visitors are using is valuable knowledge for getting to know your target audience and for making sure your website is user-friendly for those devices. If high traffic volume is coming from a mobile device, it’s best to evaluate how your website functions within that particular resolution. JM recently started offering responsive design services to ensure your website is user-friendly across all devices.
– What pages are users visiting? Google analytics goes into extensive detail about where users are going on a website. It shows top pages, how long users stayed there and what they clicked while on a given page. This information will help you assess the quality of information on your site. Is it informative? Interesting? Are users appropriately following the call to action (meaning where you would like them to go and how you would like them to make contact)?
This is just the beginning of what Google analytics can offer. Our team can not only install analytics on your website but help review the data and analyze action items to ensure your website is reaching your target audience.