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How to Select a Website Design Company

Are you in the market for a new website? Is your current website being held hostage? Have you entrusted your business to a web design company that is unresponsive and unwilling to keep your website current?

Unfortunately, many web design companies consider themselves finished as soon as a website goes live. The problem is, there’s no such thing as a “finished” website. Maintaining a customer producing website requires ongoing maintenance.

In this article, you’ll learn the customer service requirements needed – both pre-launch and post-launch – to ensure a successful website.

Pre-Launch

Building a website can be a tiresome process even if you use free templates for your website with bland content and a cookie-cutter design.

But if you want your website to stand out, in a way that it will entice prospective clients you must have at least some level of involvement. This requires two things of your provider: 1) They will make your website unique to your business; 2) They offer a seamless development process that is responsive to your needs.

For example, you’ll need to work with your web developer on the following details before your website goes live:

  • Colors: There are many elements of branding. The colors you choose to represent your practice should be consistent. Your logo, signage, marketing materials, and website should demonstrate harmony. Your provider should work with you to preserve your brand image.
  • Content: The content on your site is the leading factor in what converts web traffic into walking traffic or online sales.  Your provider should interview you so they understand the personality and distinct characteristics of your business.
  • Imagery: Most likely, you’re competing with dozens of other business websites, all of which target the same people. This competitive factor is why stock imagery isn’t sufficient. Your provider should include professional photography in your design to differentiate your business.

There are many other details that must be hashed out to make your website stand out from the crowd. Your provider should work with you to build a website that you’re comfortable with and excited to show both current and prospective clients.

Post-Launch

There are many reasons why your website requires post-launch activities. After all, a website with out-of-date content will quickly turn off customers. Here are a few reasons your website might need updates:

  • New office hours
  • New address, phone number, or other contact details
  • New services or a changes in existing services
  • New staff members
  • New products

In addition to these more basic details, you might also have some exciting new developments you’d like to share. Maybe you have a new piece of equipment you’d like to feature on your site. Or you’d like to share details about an annual event.

Your web design company  should be ready and willing to make these changes in a prompt manner.

The Website “Product” Vs. The “Service”

Generally speaking, products are one-time purchases that consumers take full ownership of after the point-of-sale. Services, on the other hand, require ongoing work on part of a provider.

Most websites are designed as products. A company or local designer builds your website and then wipes their hands clean of it. Of course, what do you do when your website needs updating?

Some companies offer website products, disguised as services. Meaning, they claim to offer support, but they’re either unresponsive or they take days to make simple changes.

It shouldn’t take 15 days to change your office hours. Or to upload the photo of a new staff member. You should be able to call or email your provider’s customer service team and have these updates accomplished within hours (maybe even minutes!).

Or, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you should have access to the workings of your site with a simple, easy-to-use interface.

78% of consumers have bailed on a transaction or not made an intended purchase because of a poor service experience.

Selecting Your Web Design Company

Before hiring a new provider, it’s important to know  how they’ll be serving your needs. If you want a website that is more than just a place people can find your office, you must partner with a website developer that is on the same page, with the same goals: To keep and get more new customers for your business.

Before signing an agreement, here are seven difficult questions to ask your prospective website provider:

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Who and how will you provide support for my business?
  3. How will you handle my SEO?
  4. How will you assure me page-one Google rankings?
  5. What will you expect me to do before the website launches?
  6. What will you do after my site goes live?
  7. How will I know my website is working?

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20 Skills of Successful Business Owners

The greatest people in business have certain attributes in common. Several personal qualities are important, like a thirst for continuous education, personal drive and motivation, strong goals and ambition, clear vision, and always a great deal of passion.

Beyond those personal qualities though, what makes a successful business person stand out from the crowd? Here are 21 business skills you need if you want to get ahead:

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