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7 Things to Include Before Building a New Website

If you’re sitting in front of your website and thinking that it’s probably about time to give your website a much needed redesign, then you’re not alone. There are plenty of businesses that designed their website initially without putting too much thought into the customer experience and the design. Just like updating your brand, you should also consider updating your online presence as it will benefit your business by providing trust, improving your credibility and strengthening your online brand awareness.

Here are our top tips to consider before building a New Website.

1. Newsletter Signup

Adding a sign-up form to your website is a great way to increase your customer database. Customers that love your brand and your products and services will want to be in the know for the special promotions, new releases and special events. Also developing your customer database, means that you have direct access to your target audience to advertise promotions to.

2. Clear & Beautiful Images

Always use high quality and professional images for your website to show off your products. It’s a fine line where you want make sure that your website images will download quickly and won’t impact your website speed, but you also don’t want images that are pixelated. Using photoshop, you can easily set the pixel size for your website and also amend the resolution of the image. Still not sure, then get in contact with a graphic designer to help you.

3. Testimonials

Get in contact with your customers to find out if they will provide a testimonial from you. The best time to grab their testimonial is straight after they have used your product or service. It doesn’t need to be long, but try to get them to mention the name of the product and service they purchased and their experience. You can also use testimonials from Facebook or from Google Reviews for your website. Testimonials are an extremely powerful way to add credibility and build trust for your brand, products and or services and will often be a driving force to converting customers when they’re sitting on the fence about a product or service.

4. Your business’s contact details

If you have business, that involves a fair amount of customer contact, for example a medical clinic, restaurant or hotel then it’s fairly important that your contact details particularly email and phone number are easy to find and clear to read. For example you may want to consider placing the contact number of your business in the navigation header design of your website. Adding a Google map plugin with a location marker on your contact us page, will help customers in finding your business. Along with this, if you’re business is located in a shopping centre, make sure that you give clear instructions on where they can find you. You can also upload images of your storefront to Google My Business, so they know what your business looks like from the outside.

5. Blogs and News to Improve Website SEO

Take your SEO up a notch by regularly writing a news article or blog about one of your products or services. Blogs are a form of inbound marketing, which means it’s content that draws people to your website. Writing more on products or services add credibility and trust to your brand and also positions your business or yourself as an authority on that topic which leads to more people trusting your products and more likely to purchase your products and or services. In terms of SEO, make sure that your articles are long form articles and also include keywords or terms that your customers would be searching for.

6. Check mobile friendliness on your website

Mobile optimisation is about ensuring that visitors that access your website have an optimised experience while using that device. Every year, an increasing amount of people are using their mobile devices more often to access information. So it’s no surprise here that mobile optimisation is a the top of the list when it comes to designing and building a new website.

Site design for a mobile is important, particularly for websites that have page banners, customers need to be able to clearly read the information no matter what device they are using. Our top tips for mobile site design, include not using flash, no pop ups and design for a fat finger for a better touch screen experience.

7. Use Colour Psychology

Using the colour red on your website is a powerful way to draw the eyes attention to a price or a sale. Red is synonymous for being associated with a sale, which in turn to most consumers means value. So why not create attention to products by changing the price to red or increasing the font size so that its clear to the site visitor. Some websites use green for their add to cart buttons, as green is associated as being safe and ready to go. Depending on your site design, colour can play a special part in the customer experience.

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The advance of the internet has strongly impacted the way how property developers reach potential home buyers. Home buyers nowadays use the internet as the medium to research and compare for their home or investment. Therefore, it is vital for property developers to integrate digital marketing strategies into their property marketing campaigns to effectively capture home buyers attention and trigger their most inspired emotions to engage with you.

Here are 4 digital marketing tips for your property marketing strategies.

#1 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Make your property website stand out

The property industry is an extremely competitive market, your property website must be attractive and easy to find. Just like a display house with the best design and layout. Showing beneath competitors in a search result is a huge disadvantage for advertising your property development project. Identify the most commonly searched keywords to integrate into your property website. With a few tweaks to your property website, you could skyrocket your website traffic and substantially improve lead generation. The higher you rank on the search result, the more credibility you communicate to your home buyers.

We can also generate quality content to attract potential home buyers to your property website. For example, posting intriguing blog topics such as “Promising Investment Areas in Brisbane” or “What are the Invisible Traps of Purchasing Property” regularly can grab home buyers’ attention and keep them engaged. Search engines will acknowledge the traffic and grant your property website a higher rank on their search results.

Want to learn more about how to utilize SEO for your property website? Talk to a property marketing agency like Desketing to safeguard your competitive edge!

#2 Search Engine Marketing (SEM) – Expand the visibility of your property website

Besides SEO, Search Engine Marketing is put simply paid advertising on search engines and it is also a way to reach more potential home buyers.

Utilize your property website as the landing page, and you can create search or display Google AdWords campaign to promote certain property projects. The advantage of SEM is that it is highly flexible. You can decide the budget you wish to spend, you can decide when to start or pause the campaign, you can even allocate your budget strategically on different platforms to maximize your click-through-rate and conversion rate. SEM reports also provides insights into customer behaviour, giving you almost anything you wish to know about home buyers. The beauty of this is that it allows you to adjust your campaign according to the information you gathered. For example, if you identify that most of the clicks came from mobile devices, you might want to increase the bet on mobile so that your ad has a higher chance of standing out.

With years of experiences in helping property developers, we have a specific set of skills in identifying some popular keywords for property AdWords campaigns, as well as the technique to efficiently develop an AdWords campaign that produces significant results and conversion.

#3 Smart property website design – capture customer data

Say you did a good job at SEO / SEM and you appeared at the top of the search result, what is the next step to get your customers to engage with your brand and leave their information? The answer is simple, you need an engaging property website design. Besides providing information about your property projects, your property website design should also focus on another important element – Encourage home buyers to leave their contact details.

Provide information in a smart way
Home buyers who enter your property webpage desire for information about your projects. Make sure you give it to them in a smart way. Create a section in your property website design that requires viewers to enter their contact details for the exchange of information. The information can be a brochure for your new property project.

Besides offering information about your new project, you can also add value to your property website by giving home buyers something they are interested in. This can be an e-book regarding property trends, or even a beautifully designed brochure that highlights your project portfolio.

Check out the property website design for Ormi Terrace.

Avoid text heavy property website design
Property website design is all about capturing home buyers’ eyes with attractive images. Make sure the copy is succinct and relevant to the home buyers. The headline should grab the home buyers’ attention the moment they enter your property website. The body should be simple and to the point. If you are promoting a sale, make sure the copy communicates a sense of urgency. Also, remember to put a Call-to-Action (CTA) in your property website design to encourage conversion.

Simple, but attracting across different platforms
Amazing property photos are eye-catching to home buyers. However, make sure the images are not oversized, as it will slow down the loading speed of your property website. Also, as 89 percent of new home buyers are using mobile devices during the home buying process, remember to develop a mobile-friendly property landing page so you won’t lose these leads.

#4 Email marketing – Engage your potential home buyers

What is the first thing your potential home buyers do when they go to work every morning? The answer is simple, open their emails. Electronic direct mail (EDM) is vital in property marketing, as the average open rate for real-estate based emails is more than 20%. The high conversion rate comes with only a minor cost compared to other property marketing channels. Also, it allows you to send out EDM to the customer database that you acquired from the property website.

EDM is also an ideal way to promote your content, such as blogs or your new property projects. However, avoid making your EDMs too much about sales. You have to ask yourself how do the emails benefit your home buyers. Make it engaging and personal, use subject lines that are less spammy and address home buyers personally.

Once you build a sizeable email database, you can start several automated email campaigns regarding different information about your new project development. The trick of sending out automated EDM is to send out multiple emails featuring different topics at different times. As people nowadays spend only limited time on one email, this avoids cramming your EDM with too much information in one single email. In addition, this reminds home buyers about your project from time to time and further keeps them engaged.

The first EDM could include the design and layout of the project. Once home buyers have a bit of picture about the project, you can then send out your second EDM that features lifestyle and shops around your project, let them imagine what it will be like to live in the area and enjoy all the benefits around their new dream home. You can make your project more desirable by sending out your third EDM, which emphasises the convenient transportation around the area, such as the nearby train/bus stations or the accessibility to Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast highways. Finally, send out EDM that talks about investment numbers such as annual growth or rental yield to further convince home buyers that purchasing your project is one of the smartest decisions they ever made.

Never underestimate these emails, as they have high open and click-through rates because home buyers are interested in your project and want to learn more about it.

Want to build your customer database and send out results-driven EDMs? Engage with an experienced digital property marketing agency like Desketing to help you with property marketing! Contact us today.

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