The 5 benefits of blogging

Sometime along the course of running your business someone has told you that a blog on your website would be a good idea. Now I know what you are thinking, 'No one wants to read what I have to say', but your customers and potential customers do. Blogging opens the door for you to be able to express your brand identity, introduce new and seasoned employees to your clients and establish authority in the market place. Below are the 5 key benefits to blogging. 

1: Increases search engine traffic

Search engines love fresh content. And the best content is blog posts. By blogging consistently, you give Google, Bing and other search engines new content to index and you create opportunities to plug in those all-important keywords to increase your visibility on search engine results pages.

2: Establish the tone of voice for your brand

Carefully crafted website content (e.g., a homepage or about page) can’t hold a candle to a blog post when it comes to establishing the tone of voice for your brand. Your blog posts give you a unique opportunity to share your personality, build trust and increasing your brand’s likeability.

3: Establish your business as an industry leader

No matter how small your business is, you can build trust and clout within your industry by providing valuable, expert information in your blog posts. Over time, you become a “go to” resource for educational, inspiring and entertaining content, which can ultimately lead to higher customer conversion rates. This is especially important for small businesses looking to gain credibility to compete with larger companies
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4: Improves conversion rates

Having an active blogs let's new customer know you are open for business.. This one of the main reasons either in house or through an outside source, having at least a weekly blog posting to your site can increase traffic and conversions. A blog with high-quality content also helps build brand loyalty, further increasing your conversion rates. According to Hubspot, overall ROI is also more likely to increase for companies who blog; in fact, businesses who prioritize blogging experience a 13X increase in ROI, year after year.

5: Helps generate inbound links

Without a blog it can be extremely difficult to attract authoritative links to your business website. When you add new content that serves as a resource for other bloggers and media, you start to naturally accumulate inbound links as other authors, columnists, journalists, bloggers and contributors reference and cite that content in their own articles. These links are important for SEO, but can also generate significant referral traffic back to your site.

sources: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2015/05/28/the-top-10-benefits-of-blogging-on-your-website/3/#2fc67dec7afe

http://www.openvine.com/small-business-internet-blog/5-benefits-of-blogging-for-your-small-business


5 tips to get your website converting more

Digital is the ‘in-thing’ at the moment in all walks of life, including marketing. So why do many businesses tend to forget the most basic part of digital – a user friendly website. Was your website built to win awards or new customers?Was your website built user friendly to generate sales for your company? Does your website look great but not generating leads? Here are 5 simple ways to get your website working for you…Contact Information;When someone visits your website make it easy for them to contact you whether it be by phone, in person or online (email or contact form) – why make your contact information a treasure map. If visitors can’t find this information, then they’re more likely to leave. Phone Number – Make it nice and big to read & on every page.Contact Form – Lots of searches happen after normal business hours, making it vital that contact forms are on your website. They should also be easy to fill out. Address – it sounds pretty obvious, but this verifies to people that they are viewing a local company. It can also help establish that initial trust. Write unique content;Content is King! As is the famous saying. This doesn’t mean going around peeling stuff off from around the interweb though. Creating unique content will build trust from your visitors and also avoid penalised by search engines. But now you’re thinking, but I don’t have time to blog every day or what have you…but unique content can range from writing about your company in the about us section, writing about your services or products or doing a meet the team page.
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Use strong call to actions;This goes back to the first point of having your contact information ready and available to any visitors. Make it as easy as possible for potential clients to contact you by using solid call to actions – even as something as simple as ‘PRESS HERE’ can make the difference.Integrate your tools:Make your website user-friendly – not just for your visitors but for you too. By using tools you already use onto your website it can make things easier for you. E.g – something as simple as an appointment calendar or a chat function feature can help conversions increase. For something a bit more complex, you can integrate your CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system to your website so when a contact form is filled out it is added automatically to your database and ready for you to use. Using WordPress;Now you may think that designing a website is a bit like The Matrix – only ‘The One’ can do it what with all the binary code and html etc…but with WordPress that is all a thing of the past. It allows you to manage your content, images, videos and any other data without having to learn that pesky HTML or coding.

If you need any help with your website whether it be content, building or WordPress please do get in touch with us on the form above. Have a great day. :-)