Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How to Create A Bubblin' Website

by Renee Jamerson



I like to think of a website as a "virtual office space". It's a place to develop a relationship with your target audience. Your website should allow both prospects and customers to feel welcome and create a desire to come back. To create a space that will have your audience coming back, you must factor in 2 components, Content and Audience Engagement.

Content

The characteristics of great content on a website are:

1. Timely - The articles, videos, testimonials and etc. that you share on your website should be fresh. The latest post should be no older than 2 months.

2. Valuable - The content that you post should be of value to your target audience, and not just the customers or client, prospective customers/clients should be able to leave your site with something of value. Whether a fact sheet, a download or even information about the company.

3. Informative - This may seem like the obvious but your content should inform visitors about your business. What do you do and what are the effects on your clients, humanity and your staff?

4. Images - Pictures are really worth a thousand words and the images on your site are no different. They should in some way reflect your target audience, what you do, who you are and tell a story. Yes, the pictures should tell a story they should coincide with its page name on the site. Collectively, if you put all of the pictures into a collage they should tell the full story of your business.

The next component is Audience

Your website must be designed with your target visitors in mind, so if you built a website and now have trouble finding things yourself, don't worry there is still hope (keep reading). For a user-friendly website you must consider:

1. Navigation - Hopefully, you built out wireframes for your site before launch, however your visitors should be able to find their way around the site. If it takes more than 2-3 clicks to get to where your going on the site, the information is buried.

2. Conversion - Is it easy for visitors to make a purchase or download a freebie? Again these forms should not be buried in your site. Follow the 2 click rule.

3. Socialize - Your visitors should have a place to socialize that links to your website, therefore any social media accounts or communities that you moderate should be linked to your site.

4. Bookmarking - It should be easy for visitors to bookmark your site so that they can easily find their way back to you!

5. Tracking - You should have some type of analytical platform (ie. Google Analytics) to collect information about your visitors.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How to use Trending News to Promote A Business

Promotion


I’m sure you’ve noticed lately that tons of people are making the move into the entrepreneurial arena with hopes of turning their passion into a business. But this idea should not only be for the newbies. Established entrepreneurs can pursue passion projects within their businesses.

The other day, I was walking past a business that encouraged “Pokemon trainers to stop in for a discounted drink”. There is a chance that this business owner is a “Pokemon Go” player but since running a business is very time consuming, I assume he happened to notice a lot of traffic in the area due to the fact that there is “Pokemon Dojo” up the street in the park. While I noticed this promotion in front of the business on a chalkboard. If integrated and marketed correctly, this business could be driving traffic from online to their store, by word-of-mouth, as well as passersby on the street.

So the next time you digest some pop news or just news in general, remember to keep your eyes, ears and mind open to promotional opportunities.

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I am the founder of Bubblin' Banter, a blog about Direct Marketing and Fundraising. I have been in the Direct Mail field almost 10 years. I love everything about it and love sharing advice with others on how to keep their organizations Bubblin'!