Website Optimization

Do Your Website Visitors Hate Your Content?

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Is your website content attracting visitors or repelling them?

 

 A client considering a website redesign requested I review the effectiveness of their current site. Developed by a web hosting company that specializes in the client’s niche, the site was built from a template which included industry-relevant copy, with designated fields to “personalize” the site.

In fact, the resulting site was impersonal, perfunctory and no more engaging than a Yellow Pages listing. The user experience was inefficient and cumbersome, and the images (obviously stock photos) neither reinforced the copy nor enhanced the client’s credibility. The client and I were in agreement that the website wasn’t particularly compelling or effective. (more…)

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Not Mobile-Ready? Google Says It’s Time

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Are you keeping up with technology changes?

If your website isn’t yet mobile-responsive, it’s time to act.

As a business owner, we understand firsthand that staying on top of everything is a daily challenge. And the rapid speed of technology changes doesn’t help.

But of all of the business initiatives to choose from, your website isn’t one that should be deferred to tackle later. As the centerpiece of your online presence, it merits your attention as a top priority. (more…)

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Extend Your Reach Online – Presentation & Networking Event

online presenceIf you truly want to grow your business, it’s time to face reality.

Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce logoWhat’s the initial impression of visitors when landing on your website? Are they able to accomplish what they came to your site for — quickly?Is the content user-focused or internal jargon?

Do you depend on visitors stumbling onto your site — or worse, worry that if prospective clients do find your website, they’ll just click away because it’s not very compelling?

Join me for an evening of informal networking and learning, sponsored by the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce. I will be presenting tips to help you optimize your online presence, improve your authority and expand your reach.

Extending Your Reach Online

Thursday, May 19, 2016

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (presentation will begin around 6:00 pm)

The RESIDENCE At Pearl Street, in the library
75 Pearl St, Reading, MA

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Making Your Vision A Reality Next Year

Vision for 2017As the year’s end approaches, we like to reflect back, focusing on successes and noting those pesky “opportunities” for doing better in the new year. While there’s not always enduring discipline around personal resolutions, from a business perspective we engage in intentional reflection. Similar to applying marketing intelligence to inform future marketing efforts, intentional reflection uses the wisdom gained from honest assessment of past activities to make purposeful changes. It isn’t easy to slow down and assess while running a business, but we encourage you to make time for some intentional reflection before turning the calendar to the new year. (more…)

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What’s In A (Domain) Name?

Hello my name isThere was a time when establishing a domain name for your business as easy as adding “dot com” to your business name. Nowadays, most business names are decided only after an extensive online search to find an attractive and available domain. Selecting your domain name — or website address — takes time, consideration and a fair amount of dogged research.

So if you’re starting a new venture, business or brand, and you need a new domain name, what factors should you consider? (more…)

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