How to Build a Professional and Effective Website
Doing business on the web presents a whole host of issues and challenges. Creating a successful website is a process that requires patience and constant monitoring. Just like your business, a successful website includes business principles that define your target customer behaviors and lead them to take action. The fundamentals of launching a business are applicable to launching a website.
The first step is to answer the question: “What do I want my website to do for my business?”
Sell products or services? Increase awareness of my product or service? Provide content and information on a specific topic? Service my existing customers more effectively? The answers to these questions will generate your website strategy.
Sell products or services- You will have to establish an online store.
Increase awareness- Then you’ll want an informational website.
Content and information- Your website will be data driven and you’ll need to establish a content management
infrastructure and design.
Customer service- You will need an infrastructure and support team to respond to customers 24/7.
Here are some business principles that can make your e-commerce website professional and effective:
• A defined target audience that wants or needs your product or service
• A competitive advantage that sets you apart from your competition
• A marketing plan to let your audience know how to find you
• A business model and pricing plan that enables you to earn a profit
• A strong operational plan that manages such things as inventory, payment options, and customer service
Develop a strategic plan and think like the people who will visit your site. If possible, consult with users during the development to evolve it into a user friendly site.
Here are some items to consider when developing your site:
o Load Speed
o Ease of use and navigation
o Scope and quality of content
o Level of professionalism
o Special links
Visit competitor websites or businesses that are similar to yours. Find out what they do right and what they can do better.
A website should align with your business goals and each section should have a clear purpose. The world of virtual reality can become an extension of your business model and build a relationship with your customer. Just as you developed your business plan, a well thought out plan can assure you build a professional and effective website.