Web Design Tips (The Top 8 Elements to an Effective Website)

It doesn’t matter what business, market,
or industry you’re in, your business needs a website. But not just any website will do. After all, your businesses website is often
your customers first point of contact with your brand and is the central hub for all
your digital marketing activities. It’s also a controlled and owned piece of
digital real estate which makes it extra special in today’s sea of rented and borrowed attention
that comes along with using social media. So why then are so many websites just so bad? And how can you make sure you’re not making
the same mistakes? Hello and welcome, my name is Adam Erhart
and you are watching the Modern Marketing Show. Where we take different marketing tactics,
tools, tips and strategies and break them down into bite sized actionable clips that
you can use to immediately take your business to the next level. There’s no place like home. Your websites homepage that is. Because as great as social media is, it’s
no place to build a business on. Sure it can, and absolutely should contribute
to your businesses marketing strategy, but relying on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or
LinkedIn as your primary marketing tools is much like handing over the keys to the kingdom,
as the social networks are free to do what they want, when they want, with who they want,
as they’ve shown us over and over again in the last few years. And then there’s the money and profit side
of the equation – and I’m convinced that if business owners and entrepreneurs truly
knew just how much money their websites were losing them every single week we’d have
a lot more, and a lot nicer websites out there. But the sad reality is that like many other
pieces of the marketing puzzle, websites seem to get pushed to the bottom of the priority
list, and are only ever invested in when something breaks, or the information on them is so outdated
and useless that something simple must be done. So to help you avoid this here are 7 elements
to an effective website so your site can get back to doing what it was meant to do all
along – make you money. There’s no impression quite like the first
impression. Which is why your websites first impression
on your customers needs to be a good one. The best way to do this is to keep it clean,
keep it simple, and ensure it positively reflects your brand. Nothing screams amateur hour like an ugly
site that’s hard to use, hard to navigate, and hard to enjoy. Less is always more and design matters, so
don’t be afraid to spend a little extra time or a little extra money ensuring you’re
putting your best digital foot forward. One of the key principles in effective web
design is in always remembering that the “back” button is only a click away. This is why you want to ensure you immediately
answer your visitors question of “am I in the right place” by placing a clear and
compelling tagline in a prominent place ideally front and centre when someone first visits
your site. Keep it clear, and keep it simple, and above
all don’t confuse your visitors with fancy talk or jargon. Your tagline is not the place to be overly
creative. Your website should have one primary goal
and have everything designed to support that key objective. Overloading visitors with too many options
is never a good thing and results in less action being taken, not more. So decide what your best sales conversion
mechanism is and then build from there. Want more phone calls? Then make it easy and obvious to call. Want people to watch a video? Then put it front and center above the fold. Want email signups? Then offer a compelling lead magnet and ensure
your signup box has an easy to see call-to-action button that stands out and commands attention. You know what you do, and you know it inside
and out. Your visitor on the other hand likely only
has a fraction of the knowledge about your product or service and so are teetering on
the edge of overwhelm every step of the way. For this reason you want to ensure your product
or service pages are short, simple, and easy to understand. If you pretend you’re explaining them to
a 12 year old you normally won’t go too far wrong. Also, if you have a massive variety of products
or services be sure to combine them into relevant categories, rather than listing the 99 different
ways you can help someone. Over half of all web browsing is done from
a device other than a desktop computer. For this reason you need to be sure that your
site looks just as good on a tablet, a smart phone, or a TV. This tips pretty simple, but incredibly important. If your website isn’t responsive to different
screen sizes, it needs to be, and it needs to be now. Otherwise you’re losing money and losing
customers. Your website should make things as easy as
possible for your visitors. The less they have to search, decipher, and
think, the better. Not because they’re not smart, but because
they’re busy and it’s your job to simplify things for them. You are the expert after all. This is why the best websites are often the
cleanest, most simple, and easy to understand. So take a minute to do the thinking for your
visitor. What information would they want? What would be the best way to deliver it to
them? And how can you deliver the best, fastest,
and easiest solution for them? One of the most powerful forces in the world
of marketing is that of social proof. Essentially, social proof involves showing
your potential customers or clients how other people just like them have acted, and provides
them with guidance and context for how they should act as well. This can be done through the use of things
like testimonials, reviews, endorsements, case studies, and even building up a large
social media following which shows – at least on the surface – that your business
is something worth paying attention to. Text is great. And it’s important, not only for those of
your visitors who prefer reading, but also for search engines who still like seeing relevant
keywords and themes in your websites text. But too much text is likely hurting your user
experience, and therefore, your conversions and sales. This is why whenever possible be sure to include
a video to replace at least some of your websites text. Videos are beneficial in a multitude of ways
including humanizing your brand, building unprecedented levels of trust, convincing
and converting on the fence or undecided customers, and creating authority in your market. Videos can also be dual purposed and placed
on video sharing sites like YouTube for extra coverage and brand awareness. At the end of the day the key to designing
a successful website is remembering that it’s not about you, it’s about your customers. When you put their needs, their experience,
and their desires first, and ensure you’re following the tips and guidelines we just
talked about you really can’t go too far wrong. If you’re looking for help implementing
these tips and strategies then I highly recommend checking out sirenconsultingfirm.com/web who
specialize in everything we just talked about. So thanks so much for watching. If you enjoyed this episode be sure to subscribe
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for a future video, be sure to leave them in the comments section below. If you’d like more content like this, then
be sure to download your free copy of “The One Page Marketing Plan” by visiting adamerhart.com/plan
which will not only give you a great free resource but will also give you insider access
to my best tips, tricks, and strategies that I don’t share anywhere else. Take care for now, and I’ll catch you next
time on The Modern Marketing Show.

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5 thoughts on “Web Design Tips (The Top 8 Elements to an Effective Website)

  1. Great video just one feedback
    – I would either add subtitles to the video or try to speak slower and simplify your script, it is too much information and too fast for the viewers to pay attention to.

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