We don’t design Web Sites!
… Strange way to promote a ‘web-company’ don’t you think?
But it’s an admission of weaknesses in order to concentrate on strengths.
Perhaps I should rephrase it –
‘We don’t design websites but we know someone who does‘!
It’s silly for me to spend hours poring over Photoshop wondering if that blue goes with green, when someone else knows in an instant. So we outsource all design work and project manage until the pretty graphics files are returned.
But is design all that’s involved in website design?
There are some designers who can turn their photoshop files into WordPress, Typo3, Joomla (or whatever other CMS you have chosen) compatible theme – but they are rare. That’s where we come to the fore, slicing & dicing to make the design work like a website.
Have to say I’m pleased with the progress of a number of ‘side-projects’ … One in particular https://www.islandbodies.com.au/ – a website I’m developing with my eldest daughter Alycia is starting to fire!
Partly, I’m sure, due to her understanding of Social Media & the need to combine all available avenues into a coordinated marketing plan.
Whilst I have tried to at least maintain a Facebook & Google + presence, engagement has not been my strong point – and that is the primary goal of developing a strong social community who follow your posts – comment, like & follow links without being PUSHED to buy at every opportunity.
Instagram is a perfect example
– whilst it appears to be a narcissistic avenue for celebrities and unknowns to post semi-nude selfies in order to achieve of loyal followers, salivating for the next glimpse of butt cheek – it is so much more!
Clever marketers are posting regular inspirational & brand related images that engage their audience – without trying to sell or pushing a ‘call to action’ at every point. Some Internet gurus would see that as missed opportunities – but every opportunity to subtly put your brand in front of prospective customers is a chance to build trust & engagement – in short a relationship that may lead to sales, referrals and a measure of goodwill down the track.
The beauty of using simple imagery is that they can be liked, shared, re-posted by your followers building subtle little paths back to your main business endeavour – your website. The push for ‘instant sales’ is non-existent … you can reference your product at times but the overall goal is brand awareness within your target audience.
Of course you cannot discount the Social giant that is Facebook – in one way or another you MUST have a presence.
For most businesses this can be a simple page that lists the various events & milestones in your business life which, hopefully, your customers, business associates and anyone who stumbles across it will like – building another customer community that you can interact with to build a relationship.
The BIG question with Facebook is whether to take part in any of the marketing ‘opportunities’ that, as a business owner, you are bombarded with?
My initial thoughts are to ‘tread carefully’ – for most people Facebook is a fun activity and most are not looking for unsolicited posts & sponsored posts to appear in their timeline – Facebook offers the ability to block posts from individuals, so if you come on too heavy, you may be blocked before you can develop that important relationship.
Lots of pictures, links to items of interest to your target audience, the occasional product mention is my recommended tactic.
Then there is Twitter, Pininterest, Linked In, Google + & an endless list of start-up, has been & yet to come Social Hangouts … I’ll leave that to Alycia – Once she finishes exams for her Marketing & Business Management degrees I expect there will be concentrated movement on all fronts!