Finding it difficult to come up with website ideas?
Websites are now fundamental to all businesses and help establish brand image and online presence. In today’s world, your website is your shop window.
If you’re struggling to think of any website ideas for your brand, then these 10 concepts should help inspire you.
1. A REVIEW SITE
If you’re business sells a variety of online products, you could create a review website and write about each of your products, compared to your competition. Providing your expertise could also position you as a thought leader – someone with influence in your industry. Your opinion will begin to matter and people will look for your approval before making a purchase.
2. A HOW-TO-DO-SOMETHING WEBSITE
A training or tutorial based website. For example, if you are a mechanic, you could create a website and upload a series of videos demonstrating how to correctly change different car components.
Or if your specialism is in digital marketing, then provide free resources about solving common problems people experience in online marketing.
3. DIRECT SELLING
Link your website directly to your paypal account and allow people to buy a small scale of your product/service instantly. For instance, your company sells packs of pens for £10; allow people to buy 1 pen for £2. You may find a lot of unexpected added sales using this process as spending £2 is a lot easier than spending £10!
4. QUESTION-BASED BLOG
Allow people to ask you questions about your business, niche or industry and give them your expert advice and knowledge. Users can visit multiple times while participating in conversations and discussions, which can establish trusting business relationships. After this transaction of information, they would feel more comfortable with a monetary transaction.
5. POLLS AND SURVEYS WEBSITE
Create a site with polls and surveys and allow people to anonymously express their feelings. Unsurprisingly, people are 70% more likely to answer honestly if they can remain unnamed. This could be about your products, or previous service experiences. Find out what you are doing well and equally what you aren’t doing so well.
6. RESOURCE LIST SITE
Network with other companies in similar markets and provide a directory for people who need that service or product. A reputable recommendation can do wonders for your reputation and also builds a relationship with potential business partners. If you are a small company or a recent start up, this could be an excellent way of promoting your brand and getting your name out there!
7. HOW WAS YOUR DAY SITE
Website ideas that allow consumers to express opinion can be tough to moderate, as undoubtedly you will get a good number of people speaking negatively of something. Creating a site where people can rant and complain about previous bad experiences regarding a similar product or service can also be valuable to your business thought.
Allow comments to be liked, shared via social networks and commented on, and you take on board other’s mistakes and avoid them yourself. This creates a caring brand image and shows that you are emotive about how the customer feels.
8. IT’S A LONG STORY BLOG
Write an interesting story of your life and how you came to be where you are today, then post it in weekly segments on a blog on your website. People may be inspired to read about your past experiences and the factors that have influenced your decisions to eventually start your own business. Include key achievements and failures – this way people will not only support your brand, but also you as an individual. Don’t skip a single detail.
9. FUNNY CLIPS WEBSITE
Every so often, upload a funny GIF, picture or video clip you’ve seen during the week. Show your audience that you aren’t a robot and that you still find things funny and share them with your website visitors. Website ideas based around humour can be tricky, but if people can relate to you and your brand then they are much more likely to remember the products and services you’re selling.
10. COMPILATION BLOG
The final website idea is to create a site that compiles everything of a certain niche. It could be videos, photos and sound clips. There is no particular reason for this, it is just something interesting to see on your website compared to boring text, irrelevant slogans and pictures. Show that there is more about you than procedures and facts and people will visit again next week and see what else you have to offer.
TURN YOUR WEBSITE IDEAS INTO REALITY
Now that you are aware of many different website ideas, it’s time to put pen to paper and thoughts to action. To know and not do, is the same as to not know.
Designing and developing a new business website can be a difficult, time consuming and painful endeavour, so it’s probably best left to specialists. That being said, you can make their life easier by deciding on one of the website ideas above, thinking about the content you want to publish, drawing wire-frames and writing a website specification.
Are any of these website ideas suited to your business?
Can you think of any other website ideas that you could use?