3 things you’re possibly doing wrong on your business website

The 3 things that people do wrong on their business websites

Describing the 3 mistakes on business websites

Today we’re talking about things that can make a massive difference in the way we portray our brands online, through your online shop – your business website.

Here at Made Agency, we design and develop quite a few websites every year. As much as we love designing custom websites, we also do get requests to review and re-design websites that have been around for 3, 5 or even 10 years. After more than a decade of working on different kinds of projects, we have seen all kinds of business websites, and we know a thing or do about the ones that work best.

As soon as someone lands on the main landing page or the home page, it is essential that they understand and know immediately who you are and what you’re on about. Visitors usually spend 5-10 seconds or even less than that before the internet drives them to another link, so you don’t have a lot of time to make this happen!

We have a few key points that we run through to make sure that all those key points are hit, so if your website is not converting the way you would like it to, or not even attracting your ideal client – here’s a couple of tips to help you with that.

Think about this – 

1.  Would someone know what your business is about as soon as they land on the website? What elements convey that information?

2. Is there a call to action, an opt-in offer or a service offering so they know what to do next?

3. Is your design created to attract the client or is it distracting?

4. Do the images and graphic elements reflect your brand? Are you creating the content to reflect and enhance your brand or does it look like it belongs elsewhere?

Keeping in mind the points listed above, we have 3 points here that will consolidate the areas that are most important when trying to create a distinct and well-crafted website.

The Top 3 things that you’re possibly doing wrong on your website 

 

The content on your website is too much

If you’re tempted to look at this heading and think that this is not really you, it most probably rings true for you. Most websites have copy that is spilling out of every corner, and in most cases, it’s just- not- necessary.

With too much text, as important as it is, you run the risk of confusing the viewer, and this will, in most cases lead them to leave the website and not engage with you! All because they did not know where to look, what to do or where to go next.

This is a key point because your website is a strategic pointer towards your services and a key factor that will influence your marketing over the long (and short) term. It shouldn’t be all about your company and most importantly should not come across as a library of information.

Your website design only reflects your own personal style & design aesthetic, not your brand 

The main purpose of a website is all about attracting and serving others.  A website might look great to you but to someone visiting your brand, it might not create the same impression. We see this often especially with new business owners, and it’s completely understandable how you want to like and enjoy your own design and brand, but ultimately, you’re not working to attract yourself! You’re simply in business because you are looking to attract and serve others.

The best thing to do in this regard is to think about your ideal client and keep them front of mind when you are creating anything – whether that is the homepage or the services page – and even your portfolio. Show, don’t tell.

The solution? Learn about and focus in on your ideal client. Hone in on what makes them tick. Consider the style and design that your ideal client would be attracted to and marry that with your personal design preferences. 

Creating a clear and crisp message about what your business does 

Never assume that people will automatically understand what they’re meant to do when they land on your homepage. This is something that often happens and even though it’s something so simple and manageable, it still happens!

Like we mentioned before, it takes less than 10 seconds for a visitor to arrive, check your website, make an impression and then makes a (maybe permanent) decision of leaving your site (or staying if they love it!). This applies to businesses of every kind, products and services, blogs and e-commerce sites. The header of the website, whether it’s an image or has the text laid in with it, should communicate what your business does and give the person an idea about the value you offer.

The solution to this would be crafting a one-sentence description near the top of your website that clearly articulates what you do, what makes you unique and difference, and how your product or service will change your customer’s life.

Finale 

Take action! Check your homepage today, and go through the elements we’ve covered today. It would be even better to ask someone who is your target market, or a potential customer who has an interest and real need in your product or service and let them give you some honest feedback

Taking these 3 quick actions can really make a difference for your business.

If you’re ready to build a new presence and create a brand that you and your customers love, take a step today! Contact us on studio@madeagency.com, check out our portfolio and if you think it’s a good fit, we would love to hear from you!

 

How design is crucial to your marketing efforts

Design is everywhere.

You may already know this. What you may not know though is that design plays such an important role in the success of your marketing efforts. No matter how well you handle customer relations, or how high the quality of your product or service is, basic design elements can be the difference maker to your success.

When you think about your business, the first thing that might come to mind is your business name or logo. And this makes sense, it’s also going to be the first thing customers hear and see when researching your business.

Both give your brand identity. Your logo is like the face of your business. In saying this, it is important to make sure this face is as attractive as possible because you will likely be advertising it wherever you can. If you’re integrating your brand properly, you’ve probably added your logo to places like letterheads, document templates and email signatures.

Whilst this is a good sign of brand management, a poor logo design could be detrimental to all this hard work. Good design builds trust. It gives your business a more professional look. If your logo looks basic and outdated, potential clients will make assumptions about your business; that you can’t keep up with the times or perhaps that the quality of your product/service is subpar. People will make first impressions as soon as they see your logo, so make sure it’s a good one.

Marketing in the online realm has quickly become one of the best ways to sell a brand or idea. The success of this online marketing can all boil down your website’s performance and overall design. Web design encompasses both the aesthetic feel and general usability of a website. Despite what you might think, web design plays a crucial part in the representation of your brand and assists in shaping the opinions of your website visitors. On top of this, there are many factors that contribute to the efficacy of your web design.

Web building services like WordPress offer templates that can kickstart your design structure and organisation and help you adopt a more professional look for your brand. In this digital age, web design can be pivotal to the success of your marketing efforts and bad design can sometimes be as bad as not having a website at all. If your website is poorly designed, you run the risk of losing potential clientele. For instance, you might be thinking that the best way to attract business is by being unique and having an out of the box web design. This might be effective in some cases, however, confusion may arise for customers used to conventional layouts or those that are less tech-savvy.

One aspect of your marketing efforts where effective visual communication is essential is that of calls-to-action (CTA’s). This continues to play on that point about good web design. It is one thing to have a good web layout, but good web design includes things like CTA’s. Additionally, well-designed calls-to-action can do wonders for your marketing efforts. If they are well designed, they grab the attention of visitors and help convert readers into leads. These conversions are the ultimate goal of your marketing efforts and it is inevitable that good design boosts conversions. Another thing you can do is look at the analytics for these CTA’s, which allows you to measure the performance of such efforts.

Another area where design is very impactful is social media content. When creating daily, weekly or monthly content for the people who follow you, it is crucial that the design is not only eye-catching but also that the message is communicated loud and clear and has the right impression.

This also applies to how your emails are designed and laid out. The right design can carry all your content and encourage multi-level click-ins, whereas bad design might deter your audience, even if the content within is the best you’ve created. This is how important design; used in the right way, it will make or break how your audience connects with your brand, and eventually how they choose to spend their money on your products and services.

We’ve given you a few examples of how design plays a big part in your marketing efforts. If you are struggling to successfully market your business, it might mean that it’s time for a logo revamp, or possibly you need to restructure your website for easier accessibility. Whatever the case, use this article as a guide to direct you to better success in the marketing sphere.

We’re experts in website design and would love to help you create an exceptional brand. Check out our portfolio and if you like what you see, contact us – studio@madeagency.com

Beyond the logo: Integrating your brand into all aspects of your business

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holistic branding

Firstly, let’s establish what we mean by ‘brand’. The brand of a company or business may hold different meanings to different people. For the sake of this article, a brand is not limited to merely a company name and logo. A brand encapsulates everything that a business is, it should be inextricably linked within all of a business’s processes and offerings.

Simply put, your brand is like the personality of your business. This is why it is important to build and maintain an image from the ground up.

As we have mentioned, your brand does not solely rely on your logo.

Although this is true, it should not take away from the significance of good logo design and implementation. Your logo ultimately embodies the brand of your business.

When someone sees your logo they should recall what they have heard about your business and what principals they associate your business with. Assuming you have a well-established brand and strong logo design, your first step towards integration should be putting your logo wherever you can.

Now, don’t go overdoing this, because that will actually hurt your brand. You should choose places like letterheads, document templates and email signatures as places where your brand can be integrated effectively.

Choosing places like these for your logo highlights communication as an important aspect of your company’s brand. In saying this, the way you communicate should be equally as reflective of your company’s ideals. When you mix good communication with effective logo implementation, you encourage positive connotations to be made between your logo and overall brand.  

In this age of instantaneity, people are quick to make first impressions. This is especially significant in terms of online branding. In many cases, the first thing consumers will do before directly engaging with your business is to take a look at your website. It is important not only to have a website (if you don’t you should probably start there) but to also consolidate your brand within all aspects of your website. For example, say your company prides itself on its ability to be punctual and easy to work with. Now, imagine that a potential customer has been recommended to your business for exactly these reasons and decides to take a look at your website.

They are then met with long wait times on pages and a layout that is hard to follow. Not only will this risk client loss, but it also contradicts the values of your company and damages your brand. In this case, integrating your brand into your website is much more than simply pasting a logo over every page. It is making sure that your website is designed with the customer in mind and allows consumers to pinpoint what it is that your company values.

Next. Verbal communication. This is a simple one but is ultimately essential to the integrity of your brand. Whilst technology is swiftly eliminating much of the need for verbal customer interaction, it is still something that should be flawless. This means phone calls, sales calls, presentations, general meetings etc, should be conducted at a high standard. Nailing this aspect of your customer relations not only instils feelings of trust and confidence within your clientele but also reinforces your brand values.

There are countless ways in which a brand can make an impact. This is not only when you create a logo, or even your website. It includes landing pages, the way you put out written, audio or video content. At the end of the day, a brand is all about how you made your customers feel – it is a positive experience, one that has impacted their life in a good way.

For branding inquiries including creating visual identities, collateral and website creation, contact us here – studio@madeagency.com

5 of the best plugins for e-commerce on WordPress

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best ecommerce website design sydney

If you’re an existing online business or an aspiring entrepreneur you’ve probably heard of e-commerce. E-commerce is all over the internet. Whenever you buy something online, you’re engaging in an e-commerce transaction. 

Some websites make this process more fluid and straightforward for the user and others, not so much. WordPress is a platform that makes e-commerce easy. Through WordPress you have access to thousands of plugins, and among these is a multitude of plugins to help you with e-commerce on your site. 

Now, depending on your needs, some of the following plugins might be better suited for your store. Some plugins are optimized for selling physical goods whilst others are better for selling digital goods.  Below are 5 of the best plugins for e-commerce on WordPress, with some specialised for certain functions.

WooCommerce

Not only is WooCommerce the most popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress, but it is also the plugin powering over a fifth of the top million websites using e-commerce technologies. Because it owned by the same company as WordPress, there is an abundance of add-ons and plugins that allow you to customize and tweak the way your e-commerce works and looks. It is not the cheapest of plugins, but definitely earns its worth as an all in one e-commerce tool. There is a big community behind WooCommerce and with this, big support networks available to help you out.

Easy Digital Downloads (EDD)

Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) as the name suggests, is an e-commerce plugin for WordPress that focuses on digital sales. From e-books, images, pdf files and tickets, Easy Digital Downloads is the optimal choice for your digital trading needs. WooCommerce does offer support for selling digital products, however, EDD makes this field their primary focus and provides all the tools necessary to manage this efficiently. This is also an affordable option for beginners as the core plugin is completely free. If you want to take things further with you e-commerce, you can opt for the yearly subscription.

Jigoshop E-commerce

Developers and beginners alike, Jigoshop is a plugin that is definitely worth checking out. Jigoshop is an e-commerce tool that is less complex than WooCommerce and allows you to layout and style your website with ease. On the other hand, it is also open source. This means that for more experienced web developers, you’ll be able to get into the coding of the plugin and really take customization to the next level. Jigoshop is not as popular as some of its counterparts and for this reason, the plugin is able to offer a more affordable service. Nonetheless, Jigoshop still offers its users a fast and reliable plugin fitted with all their e-commerce needs.

BigCommerce WP

BigCommerce is an established e-commerce company and one of the biggest in the world. The company provides its own hosting and content management system and until recently, has not been compatible with WordPress. BigCommerce has now partnered up with WordPress and offers a plugin that seamlessly blends commerce experiences with WordPress’ sleek content management system. The plugin was designed in conjunction with WordPress experts and designed for the WordPress user, so you can expect smooth functionality between the pair.

WP EasyCart Shopping Cart

This last plugin is a great option for small business owners who want an online store but don’t want to spend an extensive amount of time learning how to use it. This plugin comes with all the e-commerce tools you need such as live shipping calculators and support for unlimited listings. On top of that you can sell both physical and digital goods and even ask for donations. There are several extensions that you can add-on to make your e-commerce an even simpler task, although this is where you will incur a cost. This cost is still cheaper than most charge for extensions and ideal for small businesses.

Depending on your business you might need to use 1-2 of the above on your site. We can work with all of these and many more if required.

If you would like to know more about how we create e-commerce sites, or have a chat about designing a new e-commerce function for your current website, let us know! Call us on 1300 877 503 or email studio@madeagency.com

When to redesign your website 

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Knowing when to redesign your website is an important aspect of staying relevant in an environment where style and technology are rapidly evolving. This post will help inform you of the telltale signs that suggest it’s time for a website revamp.

If you are reading this post, it probably means that you’re considering a change already. And if you are considering, you more than likely do need to redesign your website.

1. Speed:

A simple but significant element of your website’s functionality is its speed.

This can be the deciding factor between whether a reader stays on or abandons your webpage. There are online services that allow you to test the speed of your website.

Obviously the quicker the better, but if your website is starting to get beyond the 3-second mark it’s probably time to update your site.

Alternatively, there are plugins such as W3 Total Cache you can use for your website that effectively increase overall performance and load times. They do this by caching data on the pages of your website, storing it in server for faster loading in the future.

2. Links:

Aside from speed, another basic factor relating to the functionality of your website is the links. Sometimes there are so many links on your website it’s hard to keep track of them. Despite this, it is integral to the reputation of your website to ensure that all the links on your website are working and are directing to the desired location. This means removing links to pages that no longer exist or filling in any gaps that may be present in your sitemap.

3. Responsive Design

Another important component of your web design to consider is your mobile presence if any. In this day and age, with mobile searches representing the majority of searches on the internet, it is essential to give consumers the opportunity to visit your website via a mobile device.

This is definitely an imperative step in making your website up to date and keeping users happy, although it may not call for a total site renovation. If your website was designed through WordPress, you’re in luck. WordPress provides website owners with plugins that seamlessly convert your existing website to one that is mobile friendly. Moreover, you are able to customise it your way and keep up with the times in the process.

The main objective of any website is to facilitate reader or customer conversions. The first impression a user makes when they reach your homepage is critical. It takes less than a second to form a first opinion on a website, so you need to make a quick impact. The first thing you’re going to want to concentrate on when redesigning your website is the sheer aesthetics of that homepage. Think about the layout, images, negative space, colour palette.

The visual elements are the most important things in those first few seconds, focus on the content when you’ve designed a website attractive enough to keep people around and consume it.

The various trends in website design, UX and digital marketing constantly are changing and shifting from year to year. It’s important that every 3-4 years, a review is made for your brand to be current.

If you’d like to discuss a new site, send us a message, we’d be happy to do a free website review. Email us on studio@madeagency.com or call us on 1300 877 503, we’d love to have a chat and see where we can help you.

How to use Yoast SEO for your real estate website 

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real estate seo services

Search engine optimisation is something any web developer or website owner should be aware of. It is an underpinning component of a websites design and structure. Through effective SEO a website can improve their traffic, organic search results and overall website ranking. 

There are many tools that can help with this, like Yoast SEO for example. This plugin helps you research into your audience, determining the highest quality keywords and monitoring search engine behaviour. Having a greater understanding of your audiences search patterns gives you an edge over those who don’t, allowing you to create a more engaging and optimized website. For real estate websites, SEO can also be localised to your agencies area of focus. In doing this, you’ll be better equipped to outrank competitors in relevant search queries.

As far as search engine optimisation plugins go, Yoast is at the forefront of SEO technologies. Compared to other plugins on the market, which typically offer simple features like meta-tag additions, Yoast goes above and beyond in offering web developers the opportunity to boost their website rankings via effective SEO. Targeting keywords is one of the most important things you can do for your website to improve traffic and Yoast does this effectively. Moreover, with Yoast you will be able to optimize and keep track of these words in key places on your site.  

One of the first and most important things you can do for your website is target your keywords. Yoast has a keyword suggestion tool that will assist you in doing this. This tool provides suggestions for popular keywords as well as suggestions beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Simply enter a keyword of your choosing and yoast will expand on this and dispense alternative keywords relevant to that word or phrase. The next step, once you’ve found optimal keywords is to add them to your website. Ideally, you add these words to places like title tags,  URL structure,  headers, meta descriptions and Alt Text.

As previously mentioned, real estate agencies can improve their SEO implementation by using local keywords. Because your target audience is going to be relative to location, you can afford to be more specific. More specific keywords are also known as long tail keywords. 

Although these words will not be searched for as frequently as your main keywords they are still valuable to your website. In order to improve your search result rankings within the nearby area you should opt for such geo-targeted keywords that make use of local terms.   

There are some ways you can manipulate SEO so that you can keep links that are doing well high up on the search results. Let’s say you’ve effectively implemented SEO within your website and added target keywords to the descriptions of your listings. If a listing has found itself towards the front end of the search result pages and then sells, your first thought might be to delete it from your website. 

An alternative, that will prevent you from wasting this link, is to simply leave it up. Make it known to buyers who click on the link that the property in question is in fact sold, but list properties with similarities or within a close proximity on the page. This way you’ll be able to redirect any traffic from this page back to other pages of your website. You’ll probably be able to keep this up for a couple months and reap in the benefits.

Hope this tip helps you! We also provide custom SEO packages for businesses at Made Agency. If you would like to have a chat, please call us on 1300 877 503 or send us an email on studio@madeagency.com, we would love to assist.

What makes a good website landing page design

The first impression a user makes when they click onto your website is an important one.  Studies have found that it takes less than one second for a web user to form a first impression upon opening a website.

This is why it is essential to your success that you nail that landing page. The ultimate goal of your website is to maximise visitor conversions and the first thing to address in achieving this goal is to build and maintain a well designed landing page. 

The first thing some web designers think of doing when trying to build a superior landing page is to be unique and inventive, when really, the most successful designs are usually quite simple and stick to conventional website structures. Below, are some tips on what makes a good landing page design and how you can optimize this page to increase visitor conversions.

1. WEBSITE HEADLINE: 

One of the fundamental elements of landing page design that you should tackle first is your headline. This is generally one of the first things that visitors to your website will see and it should clearly state what your website’s ‘offer’ is. 

A website’s ‘offer’ varies from website to website and it might be as simple as consistent blog posts. Your website will not appeal to everybody that visits it so try and keep your headline and subheadline targeted towards the people more likely to stick around. Your subheadline should answer any questions users might have about your offer or confirm what your websites about. Nevertheless, your headline needs to be visible, clear and concise. Avoid confusion and strive for less words; your sub-headline will go into more detail about your offer.

2. CALLS TO ACTION :

Once you’ve got your headlines sorted it’s time to take a look at your calls-to-action (CTA’s). If you’re not familiar with the definition of a call to action, it is basically a piece of content designed to induce the user to perform an action. For example, ‘subscribe’, ‘sign up’, ‘buy now’ are all calls to action. 

CTA’s are such a vital component of your landing page as they ultimately assist in keeping a portion of your websites traffic sticking around. In saying this, try to keep these buttons above the fold and have at least 2 or 3 on your landing page. Make them stand out from the rest of your page so that visitors are visually drawn to them on arrival. You should also optimize these CTA’s for mobile use so that they are easily accessible and prevent the chances of users tapping on something they didn’t want to. Successfully implemented CTA’s should help increase and maintain traffic to your website.

3. USE OF IMAGES

Our next tip, almost as important as the first 2, is to use images. Lots of people are quick to leave websites when they can’t find what they want almost instantly. Others leave because they can’t be bothered to read an unnecessarily wordy description of a website’s offers. 

Avoid losing visitors for both of these reasons by using images that capture the essence of what your website is all about. Optimise the image so that it looks good on both a computer and mobile device and make sure that the image clearly expresses the nature of your offering.

In doing the simple points above, you’ll be better able to capture that impatient percentage of users who visit your website.

If you’re keen to improve on the branding and overall presentation of your website, contact us at studio@madeagency.com

What makes a good designer – client relationship

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In a creative field such as design, achieving satisfaction on the end of both parties can sometimes be a difficult task.

Design comes down to preferences, and as a client, establishing a good relationship with a designer is the first step in ensuring a successful end result. 

This process is just as important for a designer as it allows them to get a better understanding of their customers wants and needs. 

We have put together some key points that have helped us at Made Agency create and maintain lasting relationships with clients over a long period of time.

1. Collaboration:

This is an essential component of the designer-client relationship, and with this in mind, effective communication is necessary. Once you’ve developed a working relationship with your designer or vice versa, you will be better equipped to attain the desired result. Below are some features that will help you identify a good designer-client relationship and how you can improve your existing relationships.

2. Clarity:

One of the fundamentals of a successful designer-client relationship is to be clear. As a client you need to be upfront and transparent about what you want. As a designer you need to be explicit about what you can offer. Establishing clarity within this relationship is one of the most important things to do from the get-go. By doing this, you can avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings that might arise throughout the design process and better yet, dodge any discrepancies with the final product. Whilst it is essential to be clear about what you want as a client and what you can offer as a designer, it is also important for both parties to keep an open mind. This is because the wants of the client might change as the design process advances or the designer pushes the boundaries a little as they begin to draft.

3. Feedback: 

Another critical ingredient in the recipe for a good relationship between client and designer is feedback. As a designer, it is imperative to have constant back and forth communication with a client so you can best meet their needs. This is why honest feedback is important. For example, if a designer was to run into a bit of uncertainty with a design project for a client, ineffective or limited feedback can really slow down work-flow. Quick and detailed feedback from a client can effectively eliminate these unnecessary bumps in the road and speed up workflow, making this process more pleasant for everybody involved.

Something that can be done by both client and designer alike, is to be flexible and accommodating. This means that as a client, it is important to acknowledge a designers schedule and possible time limitations. You cannot expect a designer to produce your desired outcome within a day, nor can you expect a designer to be available to speak to at any time of the day. Inversely, a designer must be flexible by nature as it is not uncommon for clients to want to change certain elements or request adjustments to a design being worked on. 

Similarly, the designer also needs to be accommodating to the time constraints of the client when looking for feedback or some sort of communication. Flexibility can help reduce some of the pressures and anxieties felt on either end of the spectrum and ultimately assist in reaching an ideal final product without extra stresses.

As a designer, it is imperative to have constant back and forth communication with a client so you can best meet their needs. This is why honest feedback is important.

4. Trust 

Last, but certainly not least, it is important to maintain a level of trust in order to create a lasting and rewarding relationship for the agency and the client, too. 

Keeping the lines of communication open, providing customer support wherever possible, asking for opinions and providing adequate guidance, and adapting the business model to suit the many changes that occur is crucial to maintaining a sense of trust and integrity.

 

7 ways website design can make or break your real estate business

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Real Estate Website Design

The average businessperson might be inclined to think that the success of their website is solely dependent on the basic aesthetic of their online space. The reality is that there are so many other factors that play a part in this success. 

Sure, the visual appeal of your website is important, but a nice display of content can be accomplished with the purchasing of a template, a worthwhile investment for any business. Still, Improving the overall functionality and usability of your web design is one of the first steps you want to take in keeping your audience around, once you’ve nailed your sites look. 

Below are 7 ways your website design can make or break your real estate business.

1. SEO Audit

Strengthen you SEO! This first one goes for any website, not just real estate sites. Now you might not think that search engine optimisation has much to do with the design of websites yet it is intrinsically linked with the structure and content of your site. This should be one of the first things you do when you launch your website as it has a significant influence on traffic, rankings and search results. 

Moreover, with real estate agencies, you will be able to localise your SEO relative to your area and boost your ranking for local keywords. The last thing you want is to have a beautifully designed website with an expensive template in the mix just to fail because you haven’t properly implemented SEO tactics.

2. Map Function  

Real estate, it’s all about location, and what better way to have your clientele find their new home than through a map interface. You don’t have to get rid of your standard filter search, but it is good to have the option there. And if you are using WordPress, you will be able to download a plugin and easily integrate your website with google maps. By doing this you are allowing your buyer to interactively choose their desired location and examine satellite and street views through an application many are familiar with.

3. Highlight your Focus

Let your audience see what they want to see. Inevitably, real estate websites use a lot of images, buyers want to see what they are buying. Make this the main focus. Streamlining your website layout is a productive way of making your content easier to consume as well as more visually pleasing. Using an appropriate combination of white/negative space and content not only conveys your focus better but also improves user experience by being easier on the eye. Unclutter your websites look and improve your conversion rates simultaneously.

4. Navigability

Make your website simple and easy to navigate. It is not surprising to find out that many web developers looking to stand out and increase traffic to their sites attempt to do so through unique web layouts. This might work for some, but it can be risky as there’s a chance of losing buyers that get lost or confused with an unfamiliar display of content.  An example of a more typical yet successful layout is one that follows the ‘F’ design. This layout is preferred by many as it follows the normal pattern of eyesight and is easy to consume. The reality is that most people who access a real estate website just want to scroll through and search for listings. Don’t make this any harder than it needs to be

5. Mobile Friendly

This is another make or break design element that goes for any sort of website. Considering that 48% of real estate searches are conducted from mobile, it would go without saying that a mobile friendly site is an imperative. Thankfully for WordPress plugins, (if your website is powered by WordPress) you will be able to capture this other half of the market with an easy conversion to mobile friendliness.  These plugins still allow for customisations to be made for your preference and help you maintain a modern, up to date website.

6. Agent Profiles

It is important, especially in the real estate industry, that you establish and maintain connections with prospective buyers and existing clientele. With this in mind, it is a good idea – if you haven’t already- to create a page on your website dedicated to agent profiles. For example, a basic start would be to use pictures of the agents and give personalised or first-person descriptions beneath. If you wanted to move past the basic you could begin to add videos or other media/content that familiarizes your audience with the agents. This personal touch promotes a sense of reliability and in turn encourages a trust between your agents and client base.

7. Testimonials

This last one mightn’t necessarily break you but it could definitely assist in making you. Testimonials from happy customers can show your audience that your team are good to work with. What they also do is boost the confidence of potential clients and push them further towards working with your agency. 

Avoid testimonials that seem generic or as if they may have been written by the agency itself and instead opt for more personal comments and possibly even add a picture of the client if they are willing!

Well, there it is! 7 ways that your website design can either make or break your real estate business. If you can effectively implement each of these suggestions within your website design you’ll be on track for success in the future. We’d love to be able to help you with this so let us know if you need help in any website and brand related issues – our email is studio@madeagency.com or call us 1300 877 503

Best Layouts for WordPress SEO and reader conversions 

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By the internet’s very nature it may not be a surprise that a user will usually stay on a website for less than 20 seconds. For this reason you need to make sure that your blog can make a quick impact, and a good place to start is with blog layout. A good blog layout will also help with your search engine optimization.

Considering you have a very limited time to make an impression, you’re going to want to keep it simple. Simplicity allows you to display the focus of your blog. For example, If you have too many headers or a sidebar loaded with links, you run the risk of cluttering your webpage and confusing the user. The focus of your blog is ultimately the content you are writing about, so in order to increase your reader conversions, you need to let the user read. Symmetry and order keep your site goal oriented and help your audience find what they are after with better success.

It is not surprising to find out that many web developers looking to stand out and increase traffic to their sites attempt to do so through unique and different web layouts. Whilst this might work for some, it can be risky as there’s a chance of losing readers getting lost or confused with an unfamiliar display of content.  

An example of a more typical yet successful layout is one that follows the ‘F’ design. This layout is preferred by many as it follows the normal pattern of eyesight and is easy to consume. You won’t lose any points from search engines for sticking to a safe site layout, and in fact it might do you some favours.

Streamlining your website layout is another productive way of making your content easier to consume as well as more visually pleasing. Using an appropriate combination of white/negative space and positive space not only conveys the focus of your website better but it also improves user experience by being easier on the eye. Apple is a company that exemplifies how this space can be used effectively.

Part of the visual uncluttering of your blog that can be done by a lot of blogs is to get rid of ads. Up until a certain point of success with your blog, ads might not be doing you any favours. In fact, in the early stages of your blogging career, they may be doing you a disservice. Unless you are already generating a decent amount of traffic to your blog, you most likely are not making enough from ad revenue to warrant the unattractiveness they bring with them. Getting rid of these eye-sores will not only clean up the look of your blog, but also retain the focus of your site on your written content.

Another recommend element of your blog layout that will both improve usability and search engine optimization is a ‘Search Bar’. Whilst this might seem simple, it is an effective tool that will allow your visitors to find what they are looking for easily and in turn keep them on your page. If they don’t find what they are looking for this feature can still prove beneficial as you’ll be able to study any search queries and target keywords for your search engine optimization. Through this, you’ll be better informed for what keywords you can add to your future blog posts and hopefully increase your reader conversions.

The best website layouts out there are ones that put an emphasis on the user experience. Whilst the basic aesthetic of your website is important for establishing a positive first impression, the layout is paramount in ensuring content consumption and in turn reader conversions.