What can a professional web designer do that I can’t?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2020 in Website Design |

You’ve worked hard to build your business, but if you want customers, then you will need a website for them to visit. Hiring a web designer or a digital marketing agency is as important as hiring any other professional like a plumber or accountant. Web designers know how to make your site ‘sticky’ by creating simple navigation, providing valuable and up-to-date content, and reducing clutter. Here are three reasons why you should consider hiring a professional web designer to build your website:  Looks aren’t everything  You can waste hours using a DIY web design program to create a visually appealing website, only for it not to work functionally. A web designer produces a website that aligns with your brand and optimises user experience to keep your customers on your website. They will do all the tedious and time-consuming work for you, such as researching your competitors’ websites, generating a content marketing strategy aimed at your target audience, and designing a high-quality site.  Responsive design  Have you ever accessed a website with your smartphone and found that it isn’t user friendly or doesn’t work at all? Responsive design ensures that your website is optimised for different devices so that you don’t have to choose between desktop or mobile sites. Google is also focusing on mobile-friendly websites, as more people tend to use their mobile devices to search the internet. SEO knowledge A web designer knows how to optimise SEO because only a successful website will have a good search engine ranking. A web designer will ensure that the content, keywords, and links on your site will be search engine friendly while also visually appealing to get a better ranking. Web designers have the knowledge, tools, and access to more technology to create an attractive and dynamic website, and essentially saving you time & money.  Contact us today for more information on web design and other website services WSI OMS offers.  Please follow and like...

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Product Descriptions for your eCommerce Website

Posted by on Jul 24, 2020 in SEO, Website Design |

If you want the best eCommerce website, you need to ensure that quality web design, quality images, and excellent product descriptions form part of your content marketing strategy. Your product descriptions need to tantalise your audience with emotive language that highlights the details, features and benefits of your products while keeping it easy to read.  Aspects to consider when crafting product descriptions for your eCommerce site:    Write for a specific buyer persona  Create a buyer persona by breaking down the characteristics of your potential customers and define the product features they would be most interested in. Show some personality in telling your product story  Telling the product story should fill any gaps the customer has about the product. Write where and when the product should be used, how it works and what benefits it will provide.  Watch your tone  The product description should use natural language, like a conversation you would have with someone else. The tone must also be natural and in line with the general tone of your brand.  Make it digestible  Make the product description easy to scan by using short paragraphs, bullet points, different size fonts and lots of white space.  Never forget SEO  Search engine optimisation (SEO) is one of the best ways to attract new customers to your pages and product. Use great keywords for quality SEO.  Amp up the quality of your visuals  A great image draws the eye faster than a great product description. Use quality images to show the customer the key features of the product and complement the product description.  While web design and content marketing go a long way to present your products and information in a readable and visually pleasing manner, your product descriptions are essential to convincing the audience to buy your product. For more information, visit WSIOMS to create an eCommerce website that has web design, SEO, and content marketing at its core.  Please follow and like...

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Social media marketing tips for success in 2020

Posted by on Jun 26, 2020 in Social Media Marketing |

Many digital marketers love spending time developing social media marketing strategies because there is a lot of room for experimentation and creativity. But. Because social media marketing does not conform to loads of digital marketing rules, it can become overwhelming to achieve success in this medium. Here are a few key aspects that will help you achieve your goals in social media marketing in 2020 How to be successful in social media marketing in 2020: Focus on building your brand through organic engagement  Your brand can have incredible products, outstanding visuals and professional customer service, but without organic engagement, you won’t stand out on social media. If you want to win loyalty, you need to engage your audience instead of putting up a perfectly produced image.  Your brand needs to be sincere, approachable and even a little light-hearted at times. The idea of social media is to sell the experience that your brand can provide in an authentic way. By engaging with your audience, you’ll gain loyal followers who will be brand advocates.  Show up where your audience is  By knowing your audience, you will be able to speak to them in the right manner, wherever they are engaging on social media. Don’t waste time creating content for platforms that your audience will never engage with.  Instead, invest your time in choosing appropriate channels and participating in discussions with your audience on those channels. Social media should never be treated as a static platform that merely houses your product images, but as a living community that is continuously growing and evolving.  Align contests with your goals  Everybody loves a giveaway, but if you’re using contests on social media incorrectly, you won’t get the ROI your brand can achieve. Instead of placing the focus on the prizes that your audience can win, shift your attention to creating a way for contestants to engage with your brand.  If you successfully implement this approach to all your contests, you will be attracting an audience that wants to interact with your brand, not just those who want to win the prize and disappear into the digital void.  Use video content to update and refresh your social media  Brands can learn a few lessons from independent creators, including how to use video content to liven up social media feeds successfully. With a good creation strategy, your brand can consistently show up in social media feeds with fresh video content that is engaging, interesting and easy to digest.  The best of all is that video content can be short, informal and incredibly powerful in communicating relevant information in an instant. This format gives your brand a way to always remain at the forefront of trends...

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Essential Digital Marketing Trends During COVID-19

Posted by on Jun 24, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

Staying afloat during the global COVID-19 crises can be daunting for businesses. Still, with the ability to access the internet and a few key digital marketing trends, business owners can minimise the impact of COVID-19 and future-proof their operations.   Digital marketing trends: Tips on shifting your focus during COVID-19 Create opportunities to interact With a lot of people spending more time at home and the entire business world slowing down (if not stopping entirely for specific industries), your audience may have more time to consume your content, but only if it’s produced correctly. You need to shift your focus to creating content that enables your audience to interact with your business and the content itself.  Create opportunities for your audience to provide feedback through polls and quizzes, make your product posts shoppable, introduce video messages to your feeds and make use of AR/VR technology to stand out from the competition. Keep an eye on incoming engagement so you can reply in time to build your reputation among consumers. If you provide shoppable posts, give your customers a clear indication of what they can expect in terms of production and delivery timelines (before they hit the “checkout” button).  Use SEO smartly  The rapidly changing environment is creating a lot of change in SEO trends. Although this might be hard for brands that usually rank well, it is good news for brands that offer products and services which were typically reserved for smaller markets. No one could predict the upswing in searches for toilet paper and face masks a year ago, but good digital marketers can innovate and use SEO smartly to come out on top of the SERP.  The new favourite shopping destination: Social media  While addressing trends, we cannot forget about the uptake in online shopping. Due to the restriction of movement (and rules for gathering), businesses are offering services and products online. If you have a product-based business, or you can provide your services online, now is an excellent opportunity to sell on social media.  Investigate the different platforms and options for selling online, and engage your audience where they are hanging out on social media. It is vital to remember that good social media marketing means more than pushing your products onto a social media platform. You’ll need to understand how people search for and shop on social media. Addressing Google Ads  In 2019, Google announced improvements in bidding goals to help marketers reach to improve their performance. While these improvements helped to optimise ad bids and improve conversion, some industries are now seeing a decline in their pay per click results. It is essential to keep a close eye on your Google Ads performance and make strategic changes to...

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Using SEO to sustain your presence during COVID-19

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in SEO |

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing the emergence of what digital marketing experts are calling the “infodemic”, but with proper SEO practices and a sincere desire to provide your audience with relevant, trustworthy information, your business can remain pertinent to consumers.  How SEO can help you sustain your presence online during COVID-19:  Stay visible  Now is not the time to relax and forget about your SEO strategy- your competitors won’t! Now is the best time to clarify what you want to achieve and how to use your SEO strategy to accomplish your digital marketing goals. The topics listed below can further help you to develop your SEO strategy. The effort you make during the pandemic will help you to establish your reputation in your industry, which will help you to outrank your competitors when the pandemic blows over.  Provide your expertise Even if your products or services are not directly related to the pandemic, or deemed to be essential, you can still share your knowledge and improve your SEO ranking. The best way to approach the task of providing your expertise is to think about how your offerings can improve the lives of consumers right now. If you’re a restaurant owner, you might now be able to receive clients at the moment, but you can share some of your recipes or cooking tips that people can try at home. It won’t sell meals during the pandemic, but it will show your audience that you can impact their lives positively and that builds loyalty. Now is the time to serve your audience with your expertise and knowledge instead of trying to merely sell products.  Be sincere in showing empathy If you’ve received an email from every brand you’ve ever interacted with, you will understand how awful some of the digital marketing efforts can be. Ensure that your content is positive, hopeful and most importantly, sincere in showing empathy. It’s one thing to tell consumers that you care, but a whole different thing to prove that you are sincere.  Extend a lifeline for other businesses  If you can help out other brands during the pandemic, create an offer and use your SEO strategy to reach the largest possible audience. If you’re considering an offer that provides a discount on your services or products during the pandemic, think strategically about how you can share the message with the largest group of people, including the use of SEO tactics to generate interest in your offering.  Stay on top of trends  Keyword research is always essential, but staying aware of the changing trends should be a fundamental part of your SEO strategy at the moment. Because changes are happening rapidly in the digital...

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