The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

Below is a shared viewpoint stimulated from a piece by an industry contributor. Here, content writer and project manager, Bobbi Parke, discusses the article, “The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding” by Gregory Ciotti, Marketing Strategist and Contributor at Entrepreneur.com http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233843

colorPencilsAs a project manager, I am on a constant quest to increase my knowledge as to what makes for the most successful websites. I’ve been on a color exploration for quite some time now.

I found this article and others like it to be quite interesting because in my experience so few people take into consideration the intangible. The intangible includes just about anything we cannot see and is oftentimes unquantifiable.

As I research the importance of color – specifically in regards to website design – I find this to be the case with the study of color, too. There exist many contradictory findings and theories within the color studies that have been done. There simply is not enough information gleaned from studies to back up one theory over another. But, that is no reason to discount the importance of color psychology. Continue reading “The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding”

How Does Your Website Make People Feel?

One of my colleagues here at LocalDirective when asked to review a potential client’s website had this response,  “At first glance I feel like the font is yelling at me.  No bold.  Bold makes me feel even more like I am being scolded.”  I‘d venture to say, she did not feel there was a good user experience!  How many visitors do you think bounced off that website almost immediately?

There are two important website design elements when you think about your website:  The User Experience (UX) and The User Interface (UI) or Interaction.

Is your website clear and easy to use?  A powerful program that has a poorly designed user interface has little value.

There should be one primary goal per page and you should be asking these questions:

  1. Who is my ideal audience?
  2. Where do I want to send them on my site?
  3. What call to action will best
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It’s Neuroscience, Not Rocket Science

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent CMO.com article, “Web Site Conversion: Art And Neuroscience.”

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Neuroscience Applied to Marketing

I really do like the spate of articles that focus on the neuroscience of marketing. After all, understanding the science behind the principles of persuasion help all marketers become increasingly effective in our work. While this is not new or different since the rise of the digital era, it continues to be an important focus as it is applied digitally. This article highlights some of the key elements in conversion of websites in an easy-to-understand way.

  1. Evoke an emotive response. Many people assume that only in consumer marketing is connecting to emotions important. Yet it has been found that emotions guide all decisions, so much so that when pathology
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Is Your Internet Marketing An Uncharted Trip Into The Wild Blue Yonder?

From my experience, for many companies large and small it is just that. They move forward with well-intentioned but poorly planned websites, pay per click (search engine marketing), search engine optimization, social media marketing and perhaps email campaigns. All of that is done without out knowing exactly where they rank today with their internet marketing, how they rank and compare with their competitors, or how they could improve.

Would you take a road trip across country or to the far reaches of Canada or Mexico without a GPS or map of some type? If not then why do it for your internet marketing? In either case you can very well get lost or not be successful without a map. Did you know you can get a comprehensive evaluation of your website, SEM, SEO as well as SMM? Out of that evaluation you get a map as to where you are … Continue reading

17 Marketing Strategies for Local Businesses

If you own a business, by now you have probably discovered that there’s also a lot of competition, both local and national. An effective marketing program is vital for business owners in this competitive industry.Do you need marketing ideas to help you increase local business? If so, this article is just what you need to get your creative juices flowing. Below is a list of marketing strategies that will help you increase your exposure and grow your business.

1. If your local business just opened, hold an open house so people can come in and learn about your company.
2. Offer discounted prices for people who purchase during the first 30 days.
3. Offer something free to new customers.
4. Direct mail postcards are perfectly suited for local business marketing because you can target a certain area around your location.
5. Good ideas and unique services can help you … Continue reading

Are You Late To The Mobile Revolution?

Mobile internet has taken the world by storm. In this year’s “State of the Internet” report, Morgan Stanley predicted that mobile internet usage will overtake desktop usage by 2014. Across the globe, mobile is becoming popular as many choose to skip traditional computers in favor of more affordable handheld devises. And the affordability of these devises means that a staggering number of people are now connected to the tools and resources available online.

What Does This Mean For Businesses?

Mobile Website Display Several immediate problems present themselves with this shift in the way people access the internet. First and foremost, there is the issue of display. Is your website even navigable on mobile? Does it take too long to load or require significant horizontal scrolling? Secondly, the limited screen size for handheld devices means that there are limited ads. This adds yet another road block in the world of user-driven content – How … Continue reading

The Great Performance Shuffle – Part 3

Your Website Doesn’t Convert, Where Is It Really Failing?

You have seemingly endless possibilities for determining how your website is performing. There are hits, visits, length of time on page, bounces, and many more measurements. But assuming you don’t have endless hours to look at data you may be wondering what numbers matter.

The short answer is…it depends.

It depends on the type of website. But I’ll point out a few of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can help you measure the effectiveness of your website with quantifiable and actionable results.

Key Performance Indicators – More Is Not Always Better

A KPI is one piece of data that can be used to measure a certain aspect of your site. When you compare the goals of your website to KPI numbers you get an idea about how your website is performing. For example, if you have an ecommerce site … Continue reading

Why You Should Consider A Database Driven Website

If you are building a website or redesigning your old one, you should consider building a database driven website. Most people think that only “large” websites should be database driven, but even the smallest website could benefit. Database driven sites give you easy access to your website’s content which can reduce support and maintenance costs. They also allow for a much richer, interactive user experience.

What Is A Database Driven Website?

In order to understand database driven websites, you must first understand the difference between a static website and a dynamic website.

A static website has its content stored on the web file system. A static website is just as the name implies – a website that doesn’t change very often. People often refer to these as “brochure” websites because the information is presented in the same way. Typically when a static website is changed a web programmer, or … Continue reading

New Study Reveals Your Website Is Key To B2B Sales

A recent study conducted by Demandbase and Focus proves that a company’s website is a critically important source of new sales leads. The only lead source more effective is referrals and personal connections. The study also found that even when the sales lead originated from another source, nearly all leads end up reviewing the website at some point during the purchasing process.

This study shows just how critical a website is to a company’s ability to get new sales leads. But in stark contrast to the critical role a website plays for business is the finding that companies are doing very little to optimize the website experience for the people that visit their site!

Other findings in the study include:

• Most corporate websites are not performing to their maximum lead generation potential

• Businesses see that they need serious improvement in their ability to track unidentified site visitors

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The REAL Secret For Online Marketing Success

online marketing successMost likely you’ve read a lot of blog posts and articles with titles similar to this one. Chances are they were not-very-well veiled attempts at selling an e-book, a white paper, or trying to get you to join a “mastermind” group. You won’t find any of those things here. We’ll tell you the truth about online marketing success…and it won’t cost you a dime!

But first you need to hear the hard truth. Here’s what the online marketing “gurus” won’t tell you…

  • There’s no magic ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ program for PPC.
  • There’s no social network that will get people in your door.
  • There’s no SEO guru who can wave a wand and ‘out-smart’ Google.
  • There’s no way to generate leads and obtain sales simply by having a beautiful website.
  • There’s no quick fix.

The problem with online marketing gurus and some one-off service providers is that you can’t focus all of … Continue reading