Create a website that works – eight key ingredients

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The best-laid plans: make sure you have a clear idea before embarking on the design process
 
By DAVID BOYES

HOW to create a business website that WORKS is a tough trick to pull off.

The problem is that many organisations make a mess of website content and they become blinded by over-fussy functionality.

Whether it’s an all-singing, all-dancing e-commerce mega-production or a simple brochure design, [Read more...]

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Social media: don’t publish and be damned

By DAVID BOYES

EVERY time I am introduced to an organisation that is seeking help in establishing a social media presence, I am tempted to say: “Have I got news for you.”

And then: “Do you realise that as soon as you begin reaching out to your target audience and beyond through social interaction – whether that’s by way of a blog, a Twitter account or through Facebook or LinkedIn – you have started a publishing business? As such, you need to understand the rules of engagement, the legalities, deadlines, the ability to listen, respond or react, sometimes at lightning pace, across numerous platforms simultaneously, in order to protect your reputation or capitalise on a business opportunity.”

I put my hands up now. I have never been brave enough to put it so bluntly. Putting a potential client on the defensive is never a good idea. But I always impress on them that my experience as a journalist will keep them out of harm’s way on the social media stage. [Read more...]

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In the beginning, there is the word …

AS our name suggests, we believe in the power of words. Words can enhance or damage, communicate or confuse. Being able to use the right words in any given situation imparts credibility.

Words are key in the communications revolution that is currently unfolding – primarily on websites but also in social media. The internet is the public domain, websites and social media platforms are forms of publishing. If companies and other organisations are to maximise their presence in the digital domain, they need to harness the power of words.

WordMediaCo provide media consultancy services to corporate clients. Whether it’s public relations, website content, social media strategies or blogs, we nurture and protect hard-won reputations through concise, compelling communication.

Words are becoming more important than ever, as we start to witness Google’s new search engine optimisation model which will no longer rely as heavily on keyword chicanery and meta data manipulation. Instead, the emphasis is going to be on content – and fresh, organic content at that.

Organisations who are in the habit of putting a pile of keywords at the bottom of web pages and in their meta keywords tags in order to keep them at the top of the Google rankings are in for a nasty surprise.

Google wants relevance, quality and a good user experience. Make your content relevant and do the best you can to make it useful for a user. Keywords should be naturally placed in your content, not forced.

Organisations who value their reputation must realise that damage can be inflicted on their image if the information they disseminate online won’t cut the mustard. They also have to realise that social media activities and blogs are a key part of the mix, enhancing their Google ranking. Time, energy and other resources will have to be drawn upon to ensure that a prized brand identity is protected or enhanced and that the corporate message behind it continues to be fresh, vibrant and relevant.

WordMediaCo provide the highest quality content for new and existing websites, for blogs, for social media activities and for public relations campaigns. All our material is prepared by professionals with an innate understanding of the media and experience of mass communication.

We ensure that corporate organisations present themselves professionally, appropriately and in a way that enhances their image and reputation by giving them credibility through words that are relevant, compelling, engaging and consistent in tone and style. Credibility is the business.

See the light: if you want the power to shine through, your message has to be clear

 

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FAQs

Why should companies put so much store by a high quality internet offering?

Digital media is taking over from conventional forms of communication. It is fast becoming mainstream. According to the latest available research data, Twitter gained 100 million followers and Facebook 600 million in 2011 alone. Furthermore, smartphones that access the web are owned by 27 per cent of adults and 47 per cent of teenagers in the United Kingdom, according to Ofcom’s Communications Market Report. If companies are to shine in the crowd, their message has to be concise and well targeted.

I remain to be convinced. What’s your response?

Contact any of our delighted customers. They will give you an impartial opinion of our merits.

Are the words on a website really that important?

Statistical analysis has shown that the revenue of a company that sells goods or services on the internet can be cut by up to 50 per cent if just one spelling mistake is detected on a website. With internet sales in the UK alone running at £530 million per week, that’s a lot of revenue being put at risk. When there are underlying concerns among customers about fraud and safety, getting the basics right is essential.

What do you mean by “form should follow function”?

That your organisation’s message (the website content) is the most important ingredient and it should, therefore, inform the presentation and delivery of that message (the website design).

So are you saying that most websites are put together incorrectly?

Yes. A flawed concept results in a poor outcome. It’s like decorating a room in your home. You don’t buy unmeasured quantities of any available patterns of wallpaper and paint and then start lashing them on to walls and ceilings, hoping the result will somehow be acceptable – because it won’t. It’s a disaster in conception and execution. You should ponder the task first, visualise how the room blends with the rest of your home, then you work out colourways, themes and the types and amounts of materials you will require. Then you start.

Isn’t that a little simplistic?

Perhaps. But we believe our approach, while straightforward at first glance, is the definitive, professional way to deliver the right result every time.

©WordMediaCo Ltd. If you wish to reproduce or translate this article, you may do so, provided you add the following credit: This article was written by David Boyes. He is a media consultant and trainer who empowers businesses to use social media more strategically. For more information visit: http://www.wordmedia.co