Website Content That Gets Your Visitors to Act
Quality Content is THE key to your Website Machine
OK, you’ve got website: a potentially powerful machine for producing prospects and/or direct sales, online – even if you’re not an ecommerce business. How is your machine working right now? Maybe great, but most websites need a little or a lot of help: they don’t “grab” attention; they are outdated; they have huge gaps (relative to what the company offers); they have inaccuracies/too much hype; they offer little of value to visitors, etc.
Online marketing success does not depend on having THE perfect website machine but rather doing the key things well – and ideally better than your key competitors do on their sites. There are a lot of components to your website – and, yes, including design/technology too. But the most important ones are those involving content. Yes, your machine also needs online marketing “fuel” to create visibility and drive quality traffic to your site, but, really, but the prerequisite is your content.
Your WORDS are critical!
Without your words, your website machine is never going to work like it could, regardless of how slick it might look and how many functions it performs. Words evoke visions, emotions, thought, and connections – and are critical to every website. Also those words (in the right places) are critical for search engine rankings (also a great fuel for your machine!).
Good copy online is also good copy offline – and vice versa. As one of my mentors, Perry Marshall and others have said, "The common thread of great web marketing is great copy writing." Great copy is great content. Unquestionably though, images, videos or audio clips that show and tell your story can be highly effective content components, too. Still, your words are prerequisites.
Your website machine needs a really good Unique Selling Proposition (USP), strong benefits statements, top line and detailed feature info, proof of your success (testimonials, client lists, work examples, etc.), informative FAQ’s, plus a lot more to make your machine hum. But also…
Your Website Needs "Hooks" to Create Actions
Website content "hooks" generate tangible interactions with your visitors so that you are both exchanging something of real value. In the case of an ecommerce site, your visitors purchase a product or service typically a credit card/Paypal/etc – and then you get the money (and other information collected from the buyer – which is also immensely valuable in marketing to them on an ongoing basis). Ecommerce goods and services that can be purchased online are maybe THE best type of hook.
All machines, but in particular non ecommerce websites, need at least one great content hook (and preferably more) so that at least some of your visitors decide to trade a basic level of contact information (minimally, name and email address and maybe phone #, etc) for something helpful or of value that you give them. Here are examples of just a few (typically free) online content hooks that you can consider to create actions that will bring you more prospects – that lead to more sales:
- Custom quote or application (usually via online form) for a custom service or product
- Subscription software demo, or other product trial for X period of time – or even an actual product or service (such as an initial giveaway)
- Appointment for a demo or sales presentation or webinar online or offline
- "Checklist" or guideline or evaluation tool that details valuable "hints" (e.g. part of your business approach & and a small part of the "answer" without giving away trade secrets)
- White paper on an important, relevant, timely topic
- Newsletter subscription
- Audio/video piece about a topic of current interest
- Library of valuable, proprietary information (for "members")
- Short analysis/audit/assessment of a part of your visitor´s business (relative to your offerings)
- Q & A for visitors to ask your experts questions, ideally real time (online and/or phone)
With an initial, online "engagement" point via your hook(s), you´re adding to your sales funnel and have a decent shot at communicating with a quality prospect again via email and/or phone – especially if you have great website content. BTW, with some businesses, a guarantee (via a local and/or toll-free phone number) that a knowledgeable human will actually answer/respond to your phone call can be a powerful action step that you can encourage via your site.
Ranseen Marketing specializes in helping non ecommerce
companies create much better website machines that, with the right online
marketing “fuel,” generate new prospects – and then sales, for your business.
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