This article was originally published in the March 2013 edition of Ask The Experts. We’ve also included a video presentation Ryan gave at a recent Digital Technology Forum.
If you’re like most business owners, you already underdand the importance of having a website. You know that it’s required, and you’ve decided to move forward with getting one built. That’s great. But have you considered the implications of the ‘new web’?
In the last 3-5 years, there have been some fundamental changes to the web thanks to smartphones and the rise of social media. What are these changes, and how do they affect your website needs and strategy?
The Web is Now Mobile & Social
At nine10, we recognize this change and have an internal mantra that guides us in all things web. Websites should be ‘Mobile-First’ & ‘Social by Design.’ In this article we’ll start with exploring what ‘Mobile-First’ means.
While developing a new website for our marketing agency, we spent a good deal of time looking at our lead capture forms and how we could improve them. We started with a typical lead capture form, the “Request an Appointment” form from our previous website. What we ended up with on our new site is something we’ve dubbed “The Lead Capture SuperForm.” This article describes how we came up with this lead capture form and how it helped us increase the leads generated on our website by over 1,400%.
Starting an online store appears to be the perfect solution to grow beyond the four walls of your business or earn some extra income. After all, an online store is relatively inexpensive to start, and presents a tremendous opportunity for growth. How could you fail?
But the reality is that it’s not as dreamy as it sounds. The process of growing a successful online business is fraught with pitfalls, complications, and most of all, hidden costs. In this article, we’re going to debunk some of the common myths of being successful as an online seller, and hopefully help you make a more informed decision about your next venture.
Google has recently published a new website titled ‘How Search Works.’ Their animated website reveals the many mysteries that bring the Internet to your doorstep. It’s amazing how much complexity goes into something we take for granted—for example, Google’s search index spans over 100 million gigabytes of information.
It also explains why it’s not easy to answer the question “Why isn’t my website at the top of search?” You may have all the right words on your site, but there’s a lot more going on than you realize. Google uses over 200 factors (many of them top secret) to rank pages in the results. Some of these factors include:
If you’ve looked at our website design packages, you’ll notice there’s a bit of a jump in price to move up to the Premium level. We often get the question: Why are the Premium sites so much more? There are many reasons, but I’m going to highlight three of the key ones: 100% custom design, mobile optimization, and the ability to customize and grow the site.