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Top 5 Things Your Website Must Have!

Here at Seven Creative marketing agency in Sheffield, we firmly believe that a great website and an effective marketing strategy have the power to transform a business. So, to help you out, we’ve put together 5 simple but very important things you need to do to have a successful website!

Compatibility with mobile devices

A recent study has shown that 93% of people in the UK use their mobile device to access the internet every day. In fact, more people actually log on to the internet through a mobile device than through a computer!

We come across lots of websites belonging to small to medium sized businesses that are simply not compatible with mobile devices.

As people move away from their desktops, preferring to browse the internet on the go on tablets and smart phones, your website needs work on these devices, and work well. If not, you and your business are missing out on a huge audience.

An email address and contact number on your homepage

This is an absolute MUST! An email link and a contact number must be displayed clearly on the home page of your website – if people want to contact you, don’t make them work for it, make it as easy as possible!

Email is a quick and easy way of getting in touch, and without a visible email address, you risk missing out on inquiries and sales.

It is also incredibly important to have a phone number listed on your homepage. Some questions are better answered by phone, and some people prefer to speak to an actual person as opposed to emailing.

Obvious contact details also go some way in establishing the reputability of your company, and can make visitor feel more comfortable. A visitor to a site without a phone number, for example, may even question your legitimacy.

A built in inquiry form 

A form-fill option on your website is the perfect way to allow consumers to request information. Information inquiry forms should be built into your site, connected to a CRM, an email system, and an ecommerce system. That way, the lead is not just being collected, it’s also being prepared for the business owner to communicate with and generate business via that lead.

Social-media-management-sheffieldLinks to your social media accounts

On 13 June 2013, the Office of National Statistics reported that the UK has the second highest proportion of social networkers in the EU, and 57% of internet users said that they used “social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter“.

So, by not using social media channels to market your business, you’re missing out on a huge captive audience and a very powerful marketing tool. You also run the risk of falling behind your competitors.

Social media buttons should also be displayed clearly on the homepage of your website, so that visitors have the option of connecting with you on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Effective search engine optimisation

As you’ll know by now, having a website is absolutely essential. But what’s the point of having a website if no one can find it? Search engines are used every day to find websites, and naturally, those that rank higher in the searches get visited more often.

Effective search engine optimisation will increase your website’s ranking in Google, therefore driving more traffic to your site, and resulting in more leads.

As a web design and SEO company in Sheffield, we know how important it is to have all of these points in place. If you are worried that your website isn’t up to scratch, is struggling in the search engines, or you are missing any of the above, don’t panic – we can help.

Get in touch via our website, call us on 0114 383 0711, or send us an email to info@sevencreative.co.uk.

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Blog

Here at Seven Creative web design Sheffield, we are big fans of blogging for business. It’s a great way of boosting your online presence and getting your business noticed. So how can a blog help your business?

1. Increase your web presence

A blog is a great way of getting noticed online. Interesting content will attract people’s attention and encourage them to share it!

2. Be an expert in your field

Business blogs are a fantastic way of sharing your expertise and your knowledge. The more useful, relevant information you share in your blog posts, the more credibility you will gain.

sheffield-blogging-for-business3. Build relationships with customers

Writing a blog is the perfect way to engage with existing customers and potential clients online.   Publishing interesting blog articles are a great way of communicating, building dialogue and providing a platform for customers to contact you.

4. Search engine optimisation and blogging

Blogs can also be used as an effective search engine optimisation tool because articles can be used as a tool to drive traffic to your main website.  By making sure that your blog posts are rich in key words and popular search terms, your blog can increase your SEO efforts AND provide readers with valuable content.

5. Advertise your products or services

A blog that is used primarily for advertising isn’t the best way to approach blogging for your business. People will get fed up if they constantly feel like they are being sold to. But a little bit of self promotion in the right context is acceptable, and can benefit the reader if your products or services provide a solution to the problem, or answer to the question they have been looking for.

If you would like a blog for your business, but don’t have the time to dedicate to it, or the skills to set it up yourself, Seven Creative web design in Sheffield can help. And if you’re stuck for original, interesting content, we can take care of that too by writing the articles for you, as often as you like! For more information, contact Seven Creative on 0114 383 0711 or visit our website for more information.