Here is a not-so-trick question for you: What is the purpose of your website? Of course, by asking this question we are assuming you already have an online presence for your business. If you don’t yet have a website, don’t panic, because we can help you get set up.
But, back to the question. When we first ask our clients about the purpose of their website, some of the responses we get are, “to let people know about our business,” or “it’s our online business card,” or “to show people our work, portfolio, testimonials, etc.”
The answers vary; however, what the answer should be is, “to get people to call us,” or “to make sales,” or “to get people to come to the store, restaurant, office, etc.”
In other words, the bottom line is this: You want people to take a specific action after landing on your website. And this is where good web design can help.
If you are a cake decorator, you could be the absolute best cake decorator in the entire Portland area, but if your website doesn’t have: A) the right look and functionality, B) the right message, and C) the right results in the search engines, let’s face it: your phone is not going to ring.
You want your phone to ring! You want so many orders that you have to hire additional staff to keep up.
The same goes if you are an attorney, medical doctor, dentist, florist, restaurant, or any other business owner.
In the world of creating and maintain an online business presence, it is no longer a matter of “if you build it, they will come.” The days of having a simple “online business card” and expecting that “business card” to pop up on page one of Google, Yahoo, or Bing and then have people bursting through your doors are long gone. Your website is of absolutely no use if no one finds it. And the truth is if it’s anywhere but on page one of the search engines, it might as well be invisible.
The problem many of our clients have had – and perhaps you share this problem – is that they are, in fact, cake decorators, attorneys, doctors, dentists, florists, and restauranteurs – and not web design experts.
That’s okay, because we are. And we’re darned good at what we do. This is why we want to directly address, and help solve your website problems. We want to help you create and maintain your online presence so that you can concentrate on your work – preferably with a whole lot more business than you had before we got to work on your website.
Web design is much more than simply choosing the right domain and hosting company for your site. It’s much more than determining what key phrases your customers use when looking for you (although that is an extremely important part of what we do). It’s more than deciding how much money to budget for an advertising campaign.
Our work in web design certainly encompasses those elements and more; however, there are numerous subtleties involved that average business owners would not be expected to understand unless they are introduced to them.
For example, you may think that having a number of moving images on a webpage is a good idea, and that you want them on your site as well. However, in some cases, the ideas you had in mind could slow down the load time of your website to the point where your visitors lose interest, patience, or both, and click away from your site entirely.
The result is that you have lost the opportunity to gain their business, and they aren’t likely to return to have a second look.
There is a fine balance of “ingredients” that go into creating a website that is visually appealing while moving your visitors through the information that will compel them to either make a purchase, walk through your doors, or call you on the phone.
As a business owner, you do not need to understand the complexities of HTML/XHTML, JPEGs, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS – used to position page elements), Flash, Java, QuickTime, plug-ins, or any other computer terminology or language.
Nor do you need to understand how to create compelling and engaging copy for your site. That is what we’re here for. We understand all of this, and we know how to implement it.
At Portland SEO, our job is to create and maintain a website that:
1) you are comfortable with,
2) your potential customers will find,
3) will answer any questions or concerns that your customers need to have answered before they take the desired action,
4) will clearly show the benefits of giving you their business, and
5) will inspire the customer to go through with their online purchase, pick up the phone and call, or visit your establishment.
The bottom line is that we are experts in web design and managing our clients’ online presence. Let us help present what you do in the best light possible so that customers who are looking for you and your expertise find you quickly.
Let’s get started! Give us a call today, and we’ll show you what we can do for you.