Why is it so hard to change your web content? Here are some top reasons that we have observed:
-There are many people involved- on the technical back end side. These could be an in-house tech team or a vendor agency.
-Technical folks don’t seem to have clear instructions from their bosses. If you are the person doing the changes, your boss seems to give more priority to some managers than others.
-Organizational politics play a big role. A less powerful department manager asks for a “contact us” form on a particular page. “The contact form is already there on another page”, the tech person reasons. He/she now needs to discuss with the technical boss. And this could take weeks unless the requesting manager keeps reminding. In case the requesting manager forgets and the tech folks forget- it never gets done. Meanwhile, the advertising agency keeps spending money driving traffic to the department page. The results are lackluster.
Social Media has galvanized us to share our best face with the world. Go to any event (e.g. weddings) and you will find everyone taking pictures on their cell phones. This despite the professional photographers trying to do their best and stay relevant in the age of the smart phone. You have a public personaContinue reading “You can’t lie to Google but try to look great on Social Media: Search vs. Display Ads”
What if you could know what exactly your customer typed on the Google Search bar that led her/him to your website? The “search terms” report in Google AdWords is an amazing way to do just that. The search terms report tell you exactly what your customer typed on the Google search bar. The search termsContinue reading “What are your customers searching for? – The Search Terms report in Google AdWords”
It’s useful to think about paid web advertising (eg.Google AdWords, Facebook advertising) as Brand Building vs. e-Commerce: Brand Building: Brand building is more at the upper end of the sales funnel. The purpose of the advertising is to build awareness and inform the potential customer in the target market. A great way to understand howContinue reading “Why web advertising for e-Commerce is different from Brand Building”
Our readers ask How much do I spend on Google AdWords? An earlier post provided the strategy answer and this post presents three questions to ask for coming to a better decision. Here are the questions to ask: What were your inquiries before AdWords? Before AdWords you were getting inquiries. These inquiries could be fromContinue reading “3 questions to ask and decide how much to spend on Google AdWords”
Businesses large and small seem scared of putting out their market research on their websites. Common concerns we have heard are: Our competitors will know how we think about the market Our market insights are our “secret” – sauce- why share the recipe And the one we like best: Speech is silvery but silence isContinue reading “Why its safe to put out most of your market research as web content”
Too many marketers don’t seem to consider their internal organizational processes as they devise digital marketing campaigns. Here are some quick questions to ask if you want to get more bang for your digital buck : Q1. What do you want your web visitor to do, after they arrive at a particular page? This couldContinue reading “Five Questions to ask to maximize the impact of your digital marketing spend”
The organization chart seems to be an important driver for organizing websites. This reflects “inside-out” thinking rather than “outside -in” Thus you will see websites organized around departments. A prominent flower website has the URL that is organized in typical industrial era format, for e.g. xxflowers.com/categories/valentines ; xxflowers.com/categories/wedding ; xxflowers.com/categories/anniversary One wonders about reasons forContinue reading “Don’t organize your website by your organization structure: 5 tips for effective website stuctures”
Atul Gawande’s great book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End discusses the peak-end rule (Fredrickson and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman) in the context of medicine. The peak-end rule seems to apply rather neatly to customer experience both online and offline. But first about the peak end rule. According to the peak-endContinue reading “Peak-End Rule and Customer Experience”
A recent LinkedIn post discussed how there seems to be significant differences between what the biggest companies say on their websites and what they put out on the annual report. Naturally, the annual report is the more recent management thinking on all matters of the organization. In the pre-Google world one could argue that theContinue reading “Five Tips to align your Website content to your Annual Report”