It looks like the San Francisco 49ers couldn't quite make it past the Baltimore Ravens in this year's Super Bowl. In business, we also strive to pull ahead and stand out among leading competitors. Winning customers in a business arena can be a challenge. So, when faced head-on with competition, will your website stack up or are you just throwing a Hail Mary?
1st Down - Branding: Does your website and homepage reflect your product or services and who you are as a company? If the first impression of your website does not resonate with your demographic, you have lost their attention at kickoff. A cohesive brand image and identity is essential to gain credibility among your consumers or clients.
2nd Down - Layout: Ease of navigation is key to pull readers into your content without overloading them with data and endless text. Think of your layout like a game plan where you want clients to look, click and how they drive into your website will steer them to take action or forfeit the search altogether. Simple, organized layout wins hand over fist against dense copy, dozens of tabs and multiple, competing messages.
3rd Down - Subscribers: Capturing visitors is a must; and... Read more
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking on the Mobile Lead Gen panel at LeadsCon. The panel reminded me again of the excitement and potential of our industry as I spoke to a packed large ballroom at the Hilton along with other panelists from the industry, Akeel Haider from CUNet, Mark Roth from OfferMobi and our moderator David Rodnitzky from PPC Associates. We discussed how our clients are utilizing mobile for lead generation and some of the trends and approaches we see as effective.
One of the biggest takeaways from the session was that mobile is still evolving and it’s important that clients are assessing their individual needs and goals for an effective mobile marketing campaign. While clients may have certain ways of making email, search and display work for them, mobile is a very unique channel in its own right. Any marketer taking on mobile advertising needs to setup unique creative, emphasize the value proposition and call to action and keep the lead form very straight forward in order to encourage a conversion. We also discussed the importance of targeting with mobile in order to maintain a base of high quality leads. ... Read more