Ready for 2.0? Easy Updates for Better Conversions on Your Website

  • — December 19, 2016

    Publishing a website is a monumental step for your small business. It puts you on the map and says to the world, “We’re open for business!” Once the website has been live for some time, small businesses should revisit their websites and give it a refresh. With an established and recognizable site, now is the time to focus on improving content and visitor conversions.

    Quick updates on the backend can yield serious results for conversions and overall revenue. If your website is ready for a revamp, make these nine changes today.

    Fix typos and grammatical errors

    Typos happen, but for a small business to be taken seriously, website text needs to be grammatically correct and error-free. Little spelling errors translate to inauthentic and untrustworthy in the online world. To avoid leaving visitors with this impression, review all text on your website for misspellings and errors. If possible, have someone who is less familiar with your content to read through it. They can be objective and more easily find errors in your text.

    Broken link check

    Fixing broken links is essential for better website visitor conversions. Having valid backlinks feds into the credibility of your site, as well as boost its SEO. What exactly does fixing broken links entail? You must go through all hyperlinks on your website and check that they are working properly and load in a timely way. Even if the links worked when you initially placed them on your site, it does not mean they haven’t become broken in the interim.

    Is the thought of going through every URL on your website too much to handle? There are services available that will scour your site for broken links, and identify the ones that need to be resolved. Online Broken Link Checker and Dead Link Checker are two reputable free resources that are great for small businesses.

    Add social media buttons

    Social media buttons are often added after the first iteration of a website goes live. If your business has an active social media strategy, place individual buttons or widgets for each social platform on your website. Most frequently, social buttons are housed in the header or footer and are clustered together.

    Anthropologie clustered its social profiles and blog buttons in its website footer, which is consistent across every page of the site. This way, readers can always easily click and view the social profiles or read its blog content.

    Anthropolgie screenshot, showing social media buttons

    Image courtesy of Anthropologie

    Their robust social media strategy implies the business is comprehensive and growing. Convey these same sentiments for greater conversions by keeping the button design clean and simple. Those little icons will encourage likes and follows across your social profiles, and ultimately yield higher conversions.

    Remove any outdated content

    Along with removing typos and grammatical errors, it’s time to revisit your site’s content. Review everything, from text to promotions to event descriptions, so only timely and relevant information remains. New content provides a reason for people to visit your site time and time again, and become loyal customers. If a website has too much old content, it looks dated and forgotten. Give your visitors the right impression by continually updating your content, so it always appears fresh and new.

    Mobile optimization

    As we’ve seen, the world is moving toward a mobile-first approach. It only makes sense that having a mobile-optimized website would help with visitor conversions. Since most people are viewing websites on mobile devices, ensuring your site is optimized for both desktop and mobile means it is rendering in the best way, regardless the viewer’s device of choice.

    Good news! If you have a website created by our latest builder, your site is already automatically optimized for mobile and desktop. This means your website is already up and running to meet your customers wherever they’re viewing your webpage.

    Change your narrative

    Small business website text should be written in the second person, so the reader feels like you’re speaking to them. They instantly become part of the conversation when they read language geared toward them. Remove any “I” statements and change them to “you.” These simple swaps will pivot the reader’s perspective and make them feel more connected to the business. Speaking from the consumer’s point of view is a tried and true way to get more website conversions.

    Conduct a brand audit

    Do a website brand audit to ensure your site still meets your brand standards. Although the vision and mission of a brand remain consistent throughout a company’s lifecycle, fonts, colors, and logos are destined to evolve. Review these elements and make any necessary changes so that your website is compliant with your brand, and that all your digital and print marketing materials have a consistent look and feel.

    Simplify navigation

    It’s easy to be heavy-handed when creating your navigation panel, however less is more when it comes to conversions. Consider what the consumers are coming to your website for, and make it as simple as possible to find those things. Whittle down how many subpages you have for each category and put the large call to action categories in the header panel. Reduce confusion and page bounce rates by clearly outlining where to go for what in your navigation menu.

    Create custom 404 error page

    Errors happen, but having a branded error page makes it look like your business is in control of the problem and actively solving it. An error page is an opportunity for your business to reinforce its brand promise. By acknowledging the error in an upfront way, it breeds trust in the business instead of making the viewer feel like they’ve stumbled upon an illegitimate or closed business.

    Create a page that feels like your brand, but has fun with the error, so it doesn’t come across as a huge slight against your company. Lego and Hubspot each did a great job of designing customer 404 error pages that convey their brand’s ideals while making light of the website error.

    Lego Custom 404 Error Page

    Image courtesy of Lego

    HubSpot Customer 404 error page

    image courtesy of HubSpot

    Think about how your business can frame an error message while staying on brand and bring levity to an otherwise undesirable search outcome.

    With a little time and effort, you can transform your business website into a conversion-generating marketing tool. These steps will take your small business website from basic to brilliant! Apply the nine tips with care to gain the traffic and customers your business deserves.

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