Making Your Website Profitable with Conversion Optimization

Let’s say for the sake of argument that you have amazing content on your website. You spent a lot of time writing the content and picking images and you feel that it represents your company well. Your design is fresh and fun. But you are still not quite sure that your site is optimized for generating revenue.

First of all, I want to start by saying this is not an article about how to search optimize your site, (SEO). While SEO is something very important, conversion optimization is quite different. Here, I will give you a few pointers on how your ecommerce website can be optimized to accumulate its maximum potential for generating revenue.

While content is most important for (nearly) every site, it alone will not bring in profit. Good content is your diamond in the rough and you need to make it shine as much as … Continue reading

Trust and Credibility…Critical in Today’s Marketplace

The volatility of the global marketplace; the economy, terrorism, political corruption, corporate scandals, scam artists, and more have left us feeling uncertain, unsafe and not knowing who to trust anymore. People only want to buy from companies that have credibility and can meet expectations. People they trust! Both character and competence are vital to trust and sustained success. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) tagline is appropriately, “Start With Trust”.

Does your website have credibility? Do your prospective clients trust you?

There are 2,000,000 search inquiries on Google every minute! When an interested prospect finds you online and clicks to your website, will they contact you? Trust and credibility are the key.

Here are the Stanford University Website Credibility Guidelines: Continue reading “Trust and Credibility…Critical in Today’s Marketplace”

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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There’s A Blog And There’s A Website…And Now There’s A Blogsite!

social media is about building community

LocalDirective is working on a project that we are really excited about. We aren’t quite ready to announce it yet, but we wanted to go ahead and introduce a new concept – the blogsite.

Definition: Blogsite

The term “blog” is a short version of “weblog” which is an ongoing, frequently updated chronicle of information and links. Blogs were meant to allow for quick and easy publication of information. This is different than the traditional website. Updating a website requires technical skills which meant that the process to publish information was slower. However, the power and abilities of a website allowed for robust, interactive delivery of information. A blogsite is a combination of the blog and website where the delivery of information was fast and easy while still maintaining the power of a website.

Our Mission

We were approached by a company that wanted to create a community of like-minded people … Continue reading

Keeping Your Customers In Mind During Website Development: An Introduction

Awhile ago, I wrote about the foundational elements of building a strong online presence.  One of the three major components is a powerful website.  I define a powerful website as one that actually accomplishes its purpose quite well.  Operatively, then, a website must have a purpose.  Putting on my MBA hat for just a moment, I would like for all websites to have a ‘measurable’ purpose.  The world of qualitative assessments is fine if you are choosing a piece of art, but in the world of websites that either work or do not work, quantitative is key.  So, please, let’s define a quantitative purpose.  Of course, the one that immediately comes to mind is either direct revenue impact OR a leading indicator of revenue impact. Online sales.  Phone calls.  Form completions. Coupon downloads. You get it.

With that as my “obvious” starting point, I look out into the world of … Continue reading