Top 7 Signs Your Website Needs a Redesign

Think of a website as a first handshake.

A firm handshake with confident eye contact makes a great impression. Flimsy, clammy handshakes don’t inspire confidence and can lose a sale.

Does your website inspire confidence, credibility and trust?

Put yourself in your prospects’ shoes and evaluate your website based on this 7-step checklist. If you recognize any of these warning signs, it’s time for an immediate change.

1. It doesn’t resonate with your audience

A website should be designed with the ideal customer profile in mind. This allows customers to be targeted through key phrases, inbound and outbound marketing tactics. Websites shouldn’t be an online brochure, they should engage browsers and keep them coming back for more.

2. It’s not mobile friendly

Customers are always on the go, and your website should be too. Think about your own habits and how often you use a phone or tablet to browse the internet. If customers are required to pinch and zoom in on your website, chances are they’ll find another site to visit. Responsive websites automatically adjust to fit all devices. Plus, Google ranks mobile-friendly websites higher on search results!

3. Site speed is slow

A first impression is made in under five seconds and those five seconds shouldn’t be spent waiting on the page to load. According to Google Data, if a website takes longer than three seconds to load, you risk losing 53% of visitors. The average online visitor only spends two minutes on site—don’t make them wait!

4. The website ranks poorly on search engines

Search keywords and phrases related to your industry, now examine the page 1 results. Do you click on the top result or scroll to the bottom and pick the last option? It’s extremely important to have a search optimized website that prospects can readily find.

5. Graphically dated

Prospective customers want to see recent work, not outdated graphics, old pictures and stale content. A website should be modern, visually appealing, easy to navigate, and most importantly, better than your competitors. Redesigning your website will raise the perception and trustworthiness of your company.

6. The bounce rate is too high

If visitors aren’t resonating with the website content,  it’s possible that it is outdated or the load time is painfully slow.  In these cases, they’ll “bounce.” The bounce rate is the percentage of users who visit a site and leave after only viewing one web page. A bounce rate under 50% is ideal.

7. Old, Older, Oldest

Keep it new and keep it fresh. Websites should be redesigned every 3-4 years. Blogs and news articles should be updated every month. Current events should reflect what’s upcoming, not what occurred two years ago. Google and other major search engines want to share dynamic and active websites. Regularly updated sites help improve search engine rankings.

Take the next steps into your hands and update your online presence. View samples of Gotham Industrial Marketing’s gallery of US-built website designs for manufacturers, or request a quote at https://industrialmarketingexperts.com/contact.html.

10 Common Marketing Mistakes

Common Marketing Mistakes1- WHAT ARE YOU SELLING?

One of the biggest mistakes in industrial product marketing is not identifying or describing your products or services to the customer. Keep your descriptions simple and understandable for the greatest marketing success.

2- A GENERIC POSITION!

Rather than trying to be all things to all people, find your niche. To get ahead, focus on your strengths, what you do best, and how you are different from the competition.

3- APPEALING TO EVERYONE.

Find your target audience and gear your marketing plan to that audience. Marketing to a defined group allows you to better control how your message is received.

4- RECRUITING NEW CUSTOMERS VS. CUSTOMER RETENTION.

Too often, businesses focus their marketing toward bringing in new customers rather than capturing repeat business.

By building relationships with your current customer base, you generate brand loyalty and longevity and save marketing dollars. It typically costs four times more to recruit a new customer than to retain an existing one.

5- LATE CAMPAIGNS.

Timing is everything when it comes to marketing. Planning your B2B industrial marketing campaigns in advance allows you to generate greater interest and better target your audience for seasonal sales, new products and services.

6- CAUGHT IN A MARKETING RUT.

Continuously using the same marketing format, such as print only, limits your creativity when it comes to promoting your business and product. Get out of the marketing rut and discover new ways to promote your marketing message.

7- WEAK PRODUCT MESSAGE.

No matter how fantastic your service or product may be, the message you send out says it all. Make sure that your headlines have impact and that your copy is loaded with benefits, not just features.

8- STALE SOCIAL MEDIA.

Don’t encourage your customers to follow blogs, Twitter and Facebook accounts if you’re never going to use them.  Commit to regularly refreshing your entries and posts with exciting updates, offers and news for your customers.

9- MONEY POORLY SPENT.

If your budget is limited, evaluate the use of your marketing dollars and see where they can best be spent. Create campaigns where customer responses can be tracked, measured and analyzed through resources such as Google Analytics.

10- NO CALL TO ACTION.

Getting the word out is simple with print and web marketing available today, but enticing the reader to go the next step in contacting your company can be tough. Creating a dynamic call to action with phrases such as “Download Now, Click Here, Receive Free Tips, and While Supplies Last” generates excitement and motivation while increasing your chances of turning a prospect into a customer.

To add new life to your marketing program, contact the industrial marketing experts at Gotham, LLC.

The Importance of Case Studies in Manufacturing

case study writersWhile client testimonials can be powerful, they can sometimes be taken with a grain of salt. Case studies, however, provide a step by step demonstration of your capabilities, and more importantly, how they benefited a specific client. Well constructed and properly written case studies don’t just state that a customer was satisfied, it shows how you satisfied them. They are equally as effective for B2B and B2C manufacturers.

Here are some tips and tricks for creating compelling case studies for manufacturers.

Start with Client Goals. 

This demonstrates you were listening and understood what the client wanted to accomplish. Make sure the goals are explained so that prospects can relate to them. “Their goal was to have us produce an innovative widget they could sell at a competitive price without spending a lot of money on engineering.” The reader should not only be able to relate to the goals but they should be somewhat impressed with how lofty or challenging the goals were. 

Explain How Your Company Addressed those Goals.

What steps were taken to help the client company reach those goals? Where did you, as a manufacturer, provide value added services? Where were you uniquely qualified to assist them? What barriers did you fight through to help them achieve their goals?

What Were the Results? 

How did the project turn out? Percentages can be a good tool here. “We produced widgets at 7% less than their previous supplier and they experienced a 12% increase in total sales.” Be sure to frame the results in language that is as powerful and impressive. If it is a large client, dollars can gain attention. With smaller client case studies you should stay with percentages.

Provide Enough Statistics to be Convincing.

A case study can go badly if the information is not couched in the most effective way possible and if there isn’t enough material to make a convincing case.

Don’t Exaggerate or Overstate Your Case. 

Effective case studies can be generated with even modest success. There should be no need to overstate your abilities or the results. Look for examples where you provided exceptional value and emphasize those areas.

A Case Study is a Part of your Overall Marketing. 

It should be visually be consistent with your other marketing pieces and the language used should reflect your company’s personality. A case study is marketing tool that works in concert with your other marketing efforts. Make sure it is presented in a professional manner with appealing graphics.

If you have not used case studies to propel your business, or are unsure how they can benefit you, contact the industrial marketers at Gotham. Since 1989, we’ve been helping manufacturers capture more market share, increase sales and improve profits through data driven integrated marketing campaigns.

Does your manufacturing company have a success story to tell? Let us help you share them through powerful case studies written by Gotham.
Visit www.industrialmarketingexperts.com to learn more. 

4 Ways Content Marketing Brings Value

Content Marketing for Manufacturers

According to a recent survey provided by TMG Custom Media & Marketing Tech Blog, 61% of consumers said that they feel better about a company that delivers custom content on a consistent basis.

That’s an impressive statistic.

With every passing day, it’s becoming more and more important to invest in content. The value it brings businesses of all industries is clear.

By ignoring the statistics, companies fall further and further behind their competitors.
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