Web Development

How Important Is Your Website?

Your Website Is Your Digital Hub And Should Do Three Things

Attract your targeted visitors.

Provide them with the content they want.

Give them an appropriate next step.

We Use WordPress

Most of the websites we build are built on WordPress.
It’s by far the most popular content management system (CMS).

There are instances when we build a proprietary CMS. This is typically when there is a huge amount of back-end data required for a front-end experience. South Bend Clutch is a great example.

In all cases, we thoroughly research online competition, search terms, organic traffic and paid traffic using SEMRush.  In some instances, we are able to find new prospects for our clients based on their current ideal clients. We call these “look-alike lists.”

What Level Of Performance Do You Need From Your Web Marketing Program?

On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re selling B2B technology, manufacturing equipment or supplies, there is a significant need to serve your clientele pre-sale. Statistics vary but the current rule-of-thumb as referred to in “The Buyer’s Journey, Demystified by Forrester” is that 60% of a buyer’s decision has been made by the time they talk to a salesperson!

Of course, if you’re an e-commerce business, it goes without saying that your web marketing program needs to be dialed in.

Basic Brochure Level of Web Development

You may not need a lot of traffic, but wouldn’t you like to know when a key prospect visits your site and what they looked at? If you’re using one of our MarTech solutions like ONTRAPORT, you will likely have been staying in touch with a prospect over time and they visited your site by clicking on a tracked link within an email or text message. ONTRAPORT records and can automatically notify you of the visitor. The pages visited are also recorded.

Here are a few examples of our clients that have successful brochure sites:

“Developing” or Intermediate Web Development

At this level, you need enough traffic, lead generation and resulting sales that it makes sense to set specific goals and track your performance on a dashboard (link to sales and marketing dashboards). You’re also going to need a website that is SEO optimized with onsite content, back-end technical structure and user experience.

Advanced Web Development

At this level, it’s an all-out digital system from the early stage of a buyer’s journey all the way through check-out, up-sell and cross-sells. Tools like ONTRAPORT, Hubspot or other marketing automation tools are used to engineer very sophisticatedly, choreographed experiences. Emails, texts, notifications, reminders, offers, etc are all pre-programmed based on what a buyer does or doesn’t do.

These websites often times require advanced development and very special attention to SEO factors as well as high-end creative content. Everything else I described for the “Developing” stage in terms of performance management and dashboard reporting applies here as well.

Here are a couple of examples:

  • stoett.com – generating 1,000’s of leads per month and automatically dispatching them to dealers all over the country while also selling featured products online with an automatic ERP integration. There is a lot going on here.
  • southbendclutch.com – this a “Ferrari” of a website in terms of the massive parts database behind the “find a clutch” tool as well as the proprietary coding of the site and creative elements.

Additional Resource:

Mapping And Personalizing Your Customer Journey

Impress your leads and customers with a dynamic and well-defined journey