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I’ve been in business long enough to remember when websites were optional. It was hardly ‘the good old days’ – we used to spend $20,000 a year on a Yellow Pages ad – but they were simpler times.
Of course, we’ve all realised that’s no long the case. Every business today needs a website.
Remarkably, however, most business founders I speak to haven’t asked the follow-up question. They know, absolutely, that they need a website … they’re just not sure exactly why, or what purpose their website needs to have for their operations.
So in one of my punchier Blackboard Fridays episodes, let me walk you through the answer. The purpose of your website doesn’t start and end with the HTML code on your homepage – but are you making the extra steps required to turn this expense into a revenue stream?
Watch this week’s episode to find out.
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Hi Blackboarders! Talking today about having a website. You see I’m old enough. I’ve been in business long enough to remember when having a website was optional. Those days have long passed.
But even though almost every business today does have some form of website, for many they’re really still unclear about why they have the website, what’s the purpose of that, the context, the reason, that the actual outcome that you want?
If your website is so-called brochureware, it’s just a placeholder, a HTML business card, then you really are missing the opportunity to help grow your business. If you don’t want to grow your business, well, there’s not going to be a lot of value in this Blackboard Fridays episode. But for the rest of us, let’s get clear about why we have a website because today the website is not the end of the journey.
So most of us think about the website and how we get people to come to the website. Now that might be because they’ve heard about us, word-of-mouth referral, and you yourself would know that when you get referred to somebody or when somebody, you meet somebody in networking event or they get a mention, checking out their website is one of the first things you do.
It gives you an idea of who they are, what they do, their brand promise. Similarly, we often create lead generation activities which are designed to drive people to our website. Google AdWords, search engine optimization, Facebook Ads, giant billboards, whatever it is, we generally sending people to our website first and foremost.
How often have you actually thought though about what that potential customer does. once they get there. and what the next step that you would like them see would be. This is the next aspect that I see many business owners failing to consider.
How they actually take those people that are coming to their website and transition them into a known relationship. Get them onto your database. At this point, they know you but you’re not in a position to really engage with them fully to further flesh out your brand promise and to actually start engaging them in the nurture sequence to generate them as a client.
If you think back to the sails hourglass framework where we look at the customer journey onboarding themselves as a client in your business, that’s where it starts right at the top.
They’re a lead and they want to know your brand promise, they want to understand what makes you special, why someone would use you, and then they want to engage. They want to understand why they would use you and some people might come to that website immediately with a dire need, pick up the phone make a call and buy your product immediately but for most, it takes time.
You can only ensure that you have that relationship for a time if you do get them onto your database. From the database, as simple or as complicated and specific as you need to make it, communicate to your database to move them through, engage, get a proposal out to them, maybe sell a commitment product to get them on as a client.
The critical step that I see too many business owners forgetting, and too many website builders forgetting to tell you that you need is how you take somebody who’s gone to all of that effort to find your website and turn them into a relationship that you can develop.
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