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B2b Online Marketing Tip: Does Your Website Make it Immediately Clear What Your Company Does and Who it Serves?

Take a fresh look at your company’s website. Does your Web site make it immediately clear what your company does and who it serves?

Does it clearly spell out:

  • The products or services your company sells?
  • The most common applications for your products or services?
  • The types of businesses or institutions you serve? business? education? government?
  • The size of organizations your company serves? large? medium? small?
  • The geographies you serve? local areas? states? countries? regions of the world?

And don’t fall into this trap: No matter how hard you try, you can’t have the perspective of an outsider. Come up with a few objectives for your ideal website visitor, have some real outsiders try to accomplish them, and watch and listen to what they are going through. It can be quite revealing and the insight can be helpful to getting the results you want.

 

 

Does your website convert visitors to leads and sales?

Here’s a summary of the checklist I use when I evaluate a client’s website. Use it to see if your website converts visitors to sales. That’s what it’s for, right? You might be surprised by the answers.

– Does your website make it immediately clear what your company does and who it serves?
– Is it easy for your prospects and customers to find their way around your Web site?
– Does your website quickly communicate your company’s unique selling proposition?
– Does your website back up those claims?
– Does your website explain the additional resources you can bring to bear for your customers?
– Does your website contain lots of offers designed to engage prospects and start sales-winning relationships?
– Does your website make it easy for your prospects and customers to take the next steps in their consideration or buying process?
– Does your website make it easy to place an order?
– Are there multiple ways for prospective customers to request assistance or additional information about your company and its products or services?

See the full checklist at: B2B website checklist.

 

Should blogging be on your to-do list?

Company blogs have a place in the B2B marketing arsenal, but only under the right circumstances.

Marketing benefits

Blogs are usually more effective for enhancing brand image and awareness than they are for driving leads and sales.

Blogs establish expertise by giving the company a venue for sharing what they know about subjects related to the products and services they provide.

Some of the most effective business blogs are written by management personnel for business decision makers–it’s not just for the techies anymore. Regardless of their editorial focus, the best-read corporate blogs avoid hype and self-congratulatory content. Instead, they focus on content useful to readers.

To create awareness about your company, products and services, keep in mind that blogs tend to be found in the Web’s Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). That can go a long way toward helping your company be found by prospects who are actively searching for what you sell.

Your blog can also have a big impact on a potential customer moving through the awareness/inquiry/consideration/purchase cycle. When you find areas of confusion about the marketplace or can answer common questions prospects have, you are supplying the information needed to move to a purchase decision–anticipating the needs of those who haven’t contacted you directly.

Required commitment and resources

To gain and maintain readers, you need to keep your blog fresh. So you’ll need someone who has the expertise, writing skills and time to frequently post new blog content. How frequently?  Most bloggers are in the several-per-week to several-per-month range.  I recommend that you plan to post new content to your blog weekly to start. You can always turn up the frequency later, once you’re sure you have the ability to keep up the pace.

Are you ready for a conversation?

Blogs are inherently a two-way medium. Get ready for bluntly honest responses from delighted real customers as well as disgruntled naysayers. Yes, you can choose to disallow comments completely, but that removes the authenticity that you can build with a blog versus other ways of keeping in touch.

You can screen comments, which I recommend. But don’t immediately trash the comments that raise valid concerns and issues. These tough topics are key to showing that your company can handle doubts and respond to them, as well as listen to problems and resolve them. Skeptical prospects will watch and learn that you are listening, making you stand out from the crowd

I recommend that you consider blogging if you need a venue to demonstrate your expertise (branding) or are looking for additional ways to move up in the SERPs (for traffic). However, you should launch a blog only if you, someone on your staff, or an outsourcer can post regularly.

If you’re tasked with driving leads and sales, hand it off to someone else or put it on the back burner. There are plenty of marketing tactics that will have a more direct impact on the bottom line.

 
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