With consumers more readily recognising a logo than a word, good design is imperative. Your page on Facebook has become your ad in the newspaper while your website is the modern shop window. Your future customers don’t just see your quality work and call you, instead they need to be reassured that you’re the best (and are able to compare with your competitors in just seconds). Investment in design is essential for those of us who go beyond competing on price and offer an enhanced business to consumer relationship.To make your brand stand out, your website should follow a certain set of rules that you most likely already know, but even a small error in design could cost you a new customer as they venture away from your site. Your menus should be concise and clear and you should have an easily located contact button. Creating fluidity between paragraphs and pages is as simple as using complementary colours and fonts while your logo and tone of voice should be present throughout. Perhaps most crucially, your website should be responsive and function across all devices as more and more users are sticking to their smartphones and tablets.
Updating content across your website and social media is imperative for remaining relevant in your market. However, sometimes just content isn’t enough. With design constantly evolving, even the smallest tweaks to your website can inspire your current and future customers to get in touch.
But, be sure you don’t miss the opportunity to advertise offline. Your brand should be consistent across all mediums whether that’s your website, a billboard, a brochure, or your business card. Ensuring everything from your logo to your imagery or your copy to your layout are symmetrical to your website is important as each interaction with your potential customers is a sales opportunity.
What better way to sell gorgeous products than on a beautiful, sleek and modern website?
Home by Rachel provides beautiful home interiors, stunning jewellery and a bespoke range of hand-poured luxury candles. Rachel came to us with a bland but functional website that didn't entice people off the home page, so in our redesign we ensured that the site looked bright, welcoming and interesting.
With large, good quality images and sliders the site began to look a lot more attractive, and the new clearer layout made the site easier to navigate. The intimacy of the brand is represented through the personal feel of the website, whilst the stunning imagery indicates the thought that has gone into each quality product.
At the end of October a new version of Google Chrome was released that clearly labels any website without an SSL Certificate as ‘non-secure’. This will be shown in the browser bar clearly to the online user.
This will effect a huge range of websites, particularly e-commerce sites or any that contain input fields, like password requests and contact forms. Studies indicate up to 84% of online shoppers will abandon their purchase once seeing that a site is not secure ( Source ). Having an SSL certificate gives your website the green padlock, reassuring customers that they are in a safe location to purchase goods and enter their details.
Not only do your customers prefer secure sites, but Google does too. With Google favouring secure sites, your search engine rankings are more likely improve and your conversion rates more likely to increase. It’s simple!
Get in touch with our expert team today on 01189 100 012 for more information on how to ensure your website is living up to its potential online.