6 Website Design Elements that Boost Conversions

6 Website Design Elements that Boost Conversions

6 Website Design Elements that Boost Conversions

Here at Evenbound, we’re all about function. We don’t believe in beautiful websites that just don’t work. We do believe in great design. Website design can make or break your website. And let’s not forget that your website is at the center of your digital marketing strategy. If you don’t have a great website, you’re not going to see digital conversions. Here are a few key website design elements you need to tune-up if you’re looking to boost conversions:

#1 Clear Navigation

Your web designer has total power to direct your visitors wherever he or she wants. Navigation is a huge component of driving conversions. Those items that you include in your menu bar can make or break a visitor’s experience on your site. They’re also a great way to make it really clear exactly what you do. Navigation is a key website design element that you can optimize specifically for the purpose of increased conversions.

If you’re building a website and you want to optimize conversions, minimize what’s on your top navigation menu. If you have 5 different dropdowns with 7 different options each all in the top header, you’re not making it easy for your visitors to figure out where they want to go. 

Try to narrow your navigation down to just a few options, and make sure that at least one of those options leads to a contact page or a click to call link. 

I am going to call out our navigation for a second here because it’s got a cool feature that’s all about conversions. If you hover over the “Let’s Talk” button on our top navigation, you’ll see it pulls up a dropdown. 

Let's Talk

There are four options here: Give us a Call, Send Us a Message, Schedule a Meeting, and Live Chat. 

All of these actions lead to a conversion, but it offers that contact option in the way that best suits the user. If they’re ready to talk now, they can call us immediately. If they’re busy, they have an option to schedule a meeting or a call whenever is right for them. If they’re on the fence, they can just drop us a line. 

This website design element makes it easy for people to contact us however they want. They have the options they need, but in a way that’s well designed and that doesn’t feel cluttered. 

#2 Content Layout

Let’s be real here. I could write all day, but if we didn’t have a killer layout from our lead designer Laura, you wouldn’t read half of this stuff. Chances are you’re already skimming anyway. Thanks to Laura you’ll at least read the headlines, the stuff in bold, and maybe a few bullet points.

Writing for the web is a different ball game. Audiences just don’t read straight through anything anymore. Study after study has shown that headlines, bold headers, and maybe a few paragraphs get serious attention from the average web browser. Beyond that, I’ve got to come up with something really good to keep your attention.

Design helps out with this A TON. Content layout is a website design element you just can’t overlook.

You’ll notice that well-designed websites do what they can to put out strong content, but accept that most readers aren’t going to hang on every single word. The way your web designer lays out your content has a huge impact on how much of that content gets read. 

The better your layout, the more people will read it. And the longer you have people reading content and sticking to your pages, the more likely you are to get a conversion. 

#3 Strong, Recognizable Branding

When people know who you are, they’re comfortable converting. If they make it to your site and say, “oh yeah, I know these guys”, they’re not going to worry over submitting an email address or making a conversion — they’re comfortable enough to just do it. That’s a website design element we like to call branding.

If your site looks totally different from your content on social media or your logo elsewhere, then you will run into problems getting those conversions. People don’t recognize your brand, so they won’t feel comfortable making a conversion.

Again, quality web design can help here. Your designer can create an overarching design that reflects your brand, and carry those same design qualities across all of your digital platforms.

From your profile picture on Facebook to your Instagram feed, it’s important that whenever a potential lead runs into your company, they recognize you immediately as the same company they ran into on your website or somewhere else. 

#4 Intuitive, Intentional Color Palette

Your color palette is one of those web design elements that doesn’t need to blow anybody’s mind, but is easily noticed if it’s done wrong. 

When done right, a well-designed website that makes use of an intentional color palette does a great job of encouraging conversions. It’s a web design element that tends to get looked over, but it’s actually quite useful. 

Using pops of color on calls-to-action and important information, you’re working to guide the user’s eye exactly where you want it to go.

Not to toot our own horn here, but our new site is a good example of an intentional color palette. Take a look:

The main colors are bold black and white. In this screenshot of our home page, you can see that the CTA is highlighted in a bright pop of blue. This does the work of drawing attention to that CTA, which is where we want people to go to make a conversion. 

Your color palette can work similarly. Choose options that reflect your brand and your logo, but don’t feel like you need to get crazy. Your color palette should highlight key information and make it easy for visitors to navigate to the places on your site where they can make a conversion. 

#5 White Space

White space is a huge web design trend in 2020. It doesn’t just make your website look better, it’s also a great tool to boost conversion. 

It’s also a great way to increase your time on page. If you’ve ever taken a look at the sites of content marketing experts like Neil Patel, you’ll notice they use plenty of whitespace throughout their website, but especially on content-heavy pages like blogs. 

This doesn’t just work to make for an aesthetically pleasing blog. It’s also a key way to increase time on page. The more whitespace you have on content pages, the more people will read. 

Today’s consumer can look at about two or three lines of text at a time. Any more than that is overwhelming. Whitespace works to break up lots of text, guiding those readers farther and farther into your website. 

SEOs and digital marketers know that the longer someone is on your website, the more likely they are to convert. 

#6 Responsive Design

If your website isn’t responsive, you’re missing out on a key website design element that will lead to conversions. Responsive design is one of the most basic needs of any website. 

More than half of all internet traffic comes from mobile devices. If your website isn’t designed for those viewers, you’re missing out on a huge portion of qualified leads who could be converting.

Those leads will come to your site, notice it looks terrible on their phone or tablet, and move on to another site that offers the same information in a better format. Then your competition gets that conversion, and you miss out.

It's a shame that I've still got to say it, but if your site isn't responsive, you're losing. Click To Tweet When I say a “responsive site”, I don’t just mean a website that has a mobile version and a desktop version. 

Screens come in so many shapes and sizes. It’s important to ensure that your site is designed to adapt beautifully to any screen in any size. That’s truly responsive design, and that’s design that will boost conversions.

Website design elements can and will boost your conversion rate.

Functional, clear design with an intuitive digital marketing strategy and a website that’s optimized for search engines, is an unstoppable combination that always leads to growth. If you’re not sure why your website isn’t converting, or if you’re looking for ways to boost that conversion rate, let us know. We’re here to help. 

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Top Web Design Trends of 2020

Top Web Design Trends of 2020

Top Web Design Trends of 2020

There’s a lot of new going on already in 2020, but one thing we’re particularly excited for here at Evenbound is new web design trends! Since we recently rebranded and updated our entire website, web design is something we’ve had on the brain for a while now. We thought we’d take some of the lessons we’ve learned about new and upcoming trends in web design, and put them into this blog. So without further ado, here are some of the top web design trends for 2020: 

Solid Frames of White Space

If we could pick just one favorite web design trend of 2020, it would definitely be white space.  (Or clean, minimalist themes. Who could pick just one favorite?) Old, clunky websites with huge blocks of text just aren’t cute, and they’re really hard to look at and navigate. 

2020 is the year of minimalism, and that means plenty of white space, which we love. Click To Tweet White space offers immediate, clear organization, and makes it easier for the user to digest everything that’s on the page. 

For all of our SEO fans out there, it’s also a great way to increase your time-on-page. The more whitespace your design has, the more likely a reader is going to stick around. Since they’re getting little bite-sized pieces of information that don’t feel taxing to read, they’re more likely to keep on reading. 

Minimalist Navigation

Great web design makes the user’s life easier. One trend that’s working hard to help site visitors out in 2020 is minimalist navigation. Designers are taking old, bulky dropdowns and bloated menus and turning them into sleek navigation options. Take this menu from Google as an example: with just four available buttons, it’s hard to get lost on this site. 

Ueno is another great example. As soon as you scroll below the fold, the menu minimizes into just two little lines, helping keep the menu from breaking up the design of the rest of the page. But, as soon as you click the lines, their full menu pops right up, ensuring the viewer doesn’t lose any functionality. 

Minimalist Design With Maximized Text and Headers

It’s 2020 and words are back in! (Thank goodness, my content writing job kind of depends on it.) We’ve talked about how minimalist design is taking over, but with that comes a new focus on big text and massive headers. 

This is a design trend that really works to help the reader. It makes it easy for visitors and causal scrollers to see what’s most important on a page, and quickly jump to the sections that answer their questions. 

From a design standpoint, this is a trend that brings impact. When your website is designed with a minimalist style, and all elements are clean, neutral, and sleek, a bold header seriously stands out. The combination delivers an updated, modern feel that makes your website look professional, without being boring. 

Soft Shadows, Layers, and Floating Elements

In 2020, design is all about taking busyness and clutter out but keeping visual interest in. Click To Tweet Though most sites have been stripped down to a clean, minimalist design, we’re adding fun and depth to those clean looks with shadows, layers, and floating elements.

You can see here on our site how our images look like they’re floating off the page, and our HubSpot Gold badge is layered on top of the image. HubSpot’s page has a similar effect, layering the most important image on top of more subtle backgrounds to really make it stand out on the page. 

This trend does a great job of making a site look beautiful and interesting, without getting too cluttered or overwhelming for the user. These elements also work to show your user where they should be putting their focus.

Motion and Interactivity

In 2020, flat websites are over. Exciting, interactive, and visual websites are taking charge by adding motion to the average web-user’s experience. You’ve already seen a bit of motion here on the Evenbound site, as visual elements slide in from the left, right, top, and bottom of the page. If you head to Ueno’s website, you’ll see elements moving everywhere on their site, but in a way that adds to the user’s experience, rather than distracting from it. 

Interactivity is also a big up-and-coming trend. It’s taking off a little bit slower, because it takes more work to implement, but when done properly it’s a great design element to wow visitors, and to keep them engaging with your site. Again, Ueno has mastered this element with “The Interview“. The image below gives you a quick idea of what that looks like, but head on over to their site if you want to interact with it yourself. 

Text-Only Heroes

Big headers and text are popular this year, but a new trend that’s really taking hold in 2020 is text-only heroes. This is a great way to get a message across, it’s visually very clean, and it offers the added benefit of being light and fast to load. Massive header images have been slowing down page speed for years, so it’ll be nice to see some super-responsive, bold heroes. 

Illustrations

Illustrations in web design are one of the most popular trends of 2020. The contrast between handmade and digital visual elements is a hot trend right now, and people are loving the visual interest that cute illustrations bring to an otherwise clean and minimalist site.  

Chatbots

It’s possible that chatbots don’t exactly fit into “design”, but they are an important top trend for websites in 2020. And, since you have to design them, we’re keeping them in this blog. 

Chatbots essentially bridge the gap between you and your consumer. They offer up an instant form of communication that makes it easy for consumers to ask questions the minute they think of them. 

The best chatbots are simple and specific. Check out these three examples below. None of them are obtrusive, but they all invite the visitor to engage with the website in a specific, meaningful way. 

Accessibility for Visitors with Disabilities

When we talk about digital accessibility, we’re talking about building and designing websites in a way that’s inclusive to individuals who have visual, motor, auditory, speech, or cognitive disabilities. Here’s a great resource if you’d like some in-depth info about how to easily design your website for everyone

In 2020, the internet is only getting more popular, and since the majority of us use it every day, it’s important that we make our website accessible to everyone. For web designers, that means designing with accessibility in mind. Adding features like larger text size, as you can see we did for this client below, go a long way in helping everyone use the internet with ease.

Other digital accessibility features you’re going to see more of this year include, but certainly aren’t limited to: 

    • Designing with greater color contrast so those with visual disabilities can still see every aspect of your website. 
    • Including labels and instructions with form fields so the visually impaired can understand what they need to type in each form field. 
    • Web design that allows for keyboard navigation

Web Design Trends in 2020 Put the User First

This year’s most popular design trends have one thing in common — they’re all working to help deliver a better, more seamless experience for the user.

Clean, minimalist designs make it easy to notice and understand the information on a web page that is most important. Interactive elements and motion also help draw attention to key images and portions of a page, without making a subtle design feel cluttered. All of these trends are working together to ensure you are able to quickly identify, and navigate to, the information you need to answer your questions or solve your pain points. 

With web design trends like these, the internet is only becoming more accessible and user-friendly, and we’re sure here for it. And in case you haven’t already, be sure to click around our new website to see some of these new web design trends in action!

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6 Website Design Tips for SMBs

6 Website Design Tips for SMBs

6 Website Design Tips for SMBs

Small to mid-sized businesses have unique needs and constraints when it comes to designing a website. More so than with larger businesses, who can hire their own in-house web design teams, SMBs have the challenge of finding a great web designer or firm, keeping on top of the process, and, of course, finding money in the budget for the project. Here are 5 website design tips for SMBs to help guide you through the process.

#1 Remember That it’s Always a Work in Progress

A website is never really “done.” Which is exactly the opposite of what you want to hear, but it’s true. The internet is constantly and rapidly changing, as is the way people interact with it. This means that your website needs to roll with the punches and be adaptable to change.

Unlike the standard, static marketing assets of the past, like billboards or pamphlets, your website is dynamic. Visitors aren’t just looking at an image or reading text—they’re looking at your images, reading your text, submitting forms, clicking on menus and links, and hitting the call button. This means that all of those things need to be working, all the time and that those things can break or become outdated, and they’ll need to be updated.

Plus, the internet loves things that are new. Regularly adding and refreshing your website design and content are critical to providing website visitors with the best experience and to achieve your desired ranking in search results.  

#2 Hire a Professional to Design your Site

We cannot stress this enough: Hire a professional to design your site. There are a lot of reasons why you should do this, but the most compelling are that your site is too important to DIY and that when it comes to website design, you’re usually getting what you pay for.

Yes, there are a lot of programs out there that claim to allow you to design beautiful custom sites for free, and some of them are great—for bloggers or personal websites. 

If you have a niche Etsy business knitting Game of Thrones costumes for cats, and you think it’s time for a website, one of those free website builders is probably a good tool for you. 

You don’t have the budget or the need for anything truly custom on your site, and you’re not going to lose potential customers with a less than perfect user experience on your site—if someone really wants a GoT cat costume, you’re probably the only place they can get it.

But if you’re running a small to mid-sized business that operates more in the professional realm, those free website builders don’t have what you need. 

While they claim to offer custom sites, you’re provided with a limited range of templates to choose from, most of which are fairly basic in their appearance and functionality. You might be able to customize those templates, to an extent, if you’re skilled with CSS (and often, embark on a paid subscription with the solution). And, quite frankly, there are a lot of things those free website building platforms just can’t support, things like external landing pages, employee or client portals, and complicated site maps with extensive menus and pathways.

#3 No Really, Hire a Professional

Okay, so you might see this and think, “that’s fine, I won’t use a free website building platform. But I still don’t have to hire a pro. The IT team/person can code a website for us for free.” Please, we beseech you, do not do this. 

While we’re sure that your IT team is full of skilled professionals with great levels of talent, this isn’t a great idea for a couple of reasons:

The first being that a custom hard-coded website will be inaccessible to non-coders. If your IT team builds it, there won’t be a user interface that say, HR can log into to update the job postings. All changes will have to go through someone who knows how to code.

Additionally, if the person or people who built your site ever leave your company, you could be left with a website on your hands that no one can update, and in the worst-case scenario, a PR nightmare when a disgruntled employee who built the site has complete control over it.

Especially since you run an SMB, you don’t have the bandwidth or the payroll to have all your website design handled in-house. But hiring a website designer can provide you a high-quality, attractive, functional website that you can access and update. 

#4 Choose a Good Platform to Build it in

We already touched on this a little in the previous section, but don’t use a free website builder. It’s not going to be a robust solution or give you all the functionality that you need. Instead, choose a platform that is going to give you all the functionality you need, and be something that you can use. So stay away from Wix.com and opt for something a little more heavy-duty, like Drupal, Joomla, or WordPress.

There are a lot of internal stakeholders in a company website, even in an SMB. After all, a website isn’t just a marketing or sales tool, it’s also an asset for customer service, HR, employees, and other people and departments internally. 

This can mean that there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen; HR needs to update job postings, customer service needs to live chat with site visitors who have questions, the marketing manager needs to log in to approve and post blog posts, etc. 

All of these people (and more) need login credentials, so your site’s backend needs to accommodate that. But not only do these people need to log in to the back end, they need to have clearly defined permissions, and they also need to be able to find and do what they need to do, without having to become coders themselves. The back end UX needs to be almost as good as the front end UX to ensure that all of the moving parts keep moving in sync.

#5 Make Sure That You Can Make Changes

This goes back to what we said before about hiring a professional and not hard-coding a site, as well as choosing a good platform to build your website in. It even hearkens back to point #1: remember that it’s always a work in progress. You’re going to need to make changes to your website—all the time. You need to make sure it’s easy to do that.

For the things you can change internally (updating some text, etc.), you need to make sure the platform you build your site with and the content management system (CMS) has multiple logins and permission levels, and that it’s user-friendly.

For the bigger things, you need to make sure that you can easily get those changed when you need to. Part of that is having a good relationship with your website designer. Are they transparent and communicative? Do they follow through and stick to the schedule? 

Another aspect is using a CMS like WordPress that’s somewhat universal. If your web designer goes on vacation or the firm you were using shutters its doors, you’ll need a site that another designer can access and update as the need arises.

#6 Work With Your Website Designer

Designing a website is not something your website designer can do in a vacuum. You’re going to have to provide your designer with information to go on—more than just your company name, your logos, and the pages that you want. Your website designer is going to need to have a sense of not only what your company does but how you do it, and what your brand is. This includes your logos and colors, but encompasses so much more, like the tone of your content and the kind of language you use, as well as the most intuitive ways to structure the information on your site.

Your website designer is going to need to get a sense of your company’s identity, so that your site can adequately communicate your brand identity to website visitors and your future customers. The designer is creating the site, but it needs to look and read and navigate in a way that is authentic to your brand, relevant to your industry, and inviting to your potential clients. The designer is going to need your collaboration and cooperation to do this.

So, share as much information as you can about your company, your processes, and your needs and vision for your new website design. They’re also going to need access to things like originals of your logos, brand style guides, and other image assets. Any marketing materials or other public-facing company documents can also be useful to your website designer, too.

Thinking about building a website for your SMB? We’d love to help. We’ve got serious experience building sites for SMBs in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to home building to construction. We’d love to help build yours too

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What to Know About the Website Design Process

What to Know About the Website Design Process

What to Know About the Website Design Process

Designing a new website is an exciting—and anxious—time! It can open your business up to a whole new set of prospects and leads and modernize your marketing and sales strategy. But if you’ve never done it before, or it’s been a good long while since your site was last updated, the web design process can seem opaque and confusing. 

Here’s what to know about the website design process to ensure it goes smoothly:

Share All the Information You Can at Your Initial Sessions

The web design process begins with a discovery phase or a brainstorming session, where you share information about your business. This covers the gamut, from what you do and how you do it to your products to your logo to your design preferences to your ideal customers. 

Everything and anything you can share with your website design team will be valuable. 

Why? 

Because your site not only needs to be beautiful and functional, it needs to convey important information to website visitors, convert those visitors into leads, and do it in your brand’s voice. In order to do this, the team designing your website will need to know your audience—who is going to be visiting your website—so your site can communicate with them effectively.

Give Your Designer Somewhere to Start 

Sharing all you can with your website designer or design team doesn’t only apply to information—it also applies to documents, images, and other useful resources and assets.

Any existing marketing materials like brochures, photos, logos, flyers, and customer-facing informational documents can be extremely helpful to your designer in:

(a) understanding what your company does

(b) understanding your brand voice

(c ) including those assets (like logos) on your site

Share All Logo Files

When it comes to sharing assets, particularly logos, make sure you share everything. This helps ensure a smooth web design process.

The .jpg of your logo that you use in your email signature isn’t going to be enough: your website designer will need access to the originals in any and every format you have them in order to format them correctly to display on your website and provide visitors with a consistent brand experience. We’re talking .psd, .png, .tif, .jpg, all of them.

If you don’t have these assets, and you’ve just been using a 20 KB .jpg image in all of your brand communications, talk to your website designer about your options. They may be able to create a web-ready version of your logo, or direct you to someone who can.

Hand Over the Reins

For a website design process to be successful, you have to relinquish some control to the designer. If you want total control over the design of your website, you’d have to design it yourself. And with your existing responsibilities, you just don’t have time to do it. Plus, even though you’re an expert in your field, you’re probably not also a web design or graphic design expert. 

This is true of your employees as well. Even if your technical writer is amazing and you think she could write your website content and you have an IT guy who knows a bunch of coding languages, it’s still best to hire pros. 

Website designers have the expertise and the time that your employees with other specialties and duties simply don’t have. Your IT guy needs to be troubleshooting computer issues, not tied up hard-coding your site. 

Plus, hiring professionals to design your site ensures that your site is up-to-date with the latest web design best practices, future-proofed for upcoming changes, and that a disgruntled employee with admin access to your site doesn’t cause unprecedented damage to your brand and reputation on their way out the door.

Let the Designer Do Their Job

This goes along with the last point. You have to trust the designer to do the job you hired them to do, and you have to let them do it. This means that while you’re allowed to share your vision for the appearance and function of the site, you can’t dictate every last thing down to the placement of every button.

Web designers are skilled and credentialed professionals with years of experience designing websites, and they know the best practices for how your site navigation show work and where buttons should be placed. 

If they say you shouldn’t only have one page for all of your services, but to break them out into multiple pages, there’s a good reason for that. If you choose to go against your website designer’s recommendations, the designer might give you what you ask for, but you’ll be hamstringing your site in terms of user experience and SEO performance. 

The Web Design Process Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Website design is not as easy as just plugging your information into an already created shell and just changing the colors. It takes time to lay out the sitemap, write the page content, create visual assets and design elements, research keywords, gather information about your company and offerings and put all of that together to create a website. 

Plus, there are many factors that will influence how long your site design takes. How quickly do you get back to the designer with information? How quickly do you approve concepts or content? How many pages will your site need to be? What special features or design elements does your site require? Adding on to any of these factors will add to the length of the design process.

Some designers will tell you that they can create a custom website for you super quickly and super cheaply—this is usually too good to be true. In these cases, you’ll likely get what you paid for: a “custom” design that looks mysteriously like a bunch of other sites you’ve seen on the web, stretched out and pixelated graphics, broken links, and typos. While a good solution today might be better than a perfect solution tomorrow, a bad solution is never the right option, even if it could have been implemented yesterday.

Interested in building your own company’s website? We’d love to help. As an inbound marketing and growth agency, we develop websites that are both beautiful and functional. Get in touch to see what we can build for you.

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Building Better Landing Pages With HubSpot

Building Better Landing Pages With HubSpot

Building Better Landing Pages With HubSpot

When it comes to nearly any digital marketing strategy, landing pages are absolutely essential. The way you build, track, and optimize your landing pages can make or break your lead generation strategy, which is why we’re going to talk about building better landing pages using HubSpot’s landing page tool. But first, let’s make sure we’re all starting on the same page (no pun intended):

What is a Landing Page?

A landing page is any web page a visitor lands on when they navigate to your website from somewhere else. Technically, a landing page could be any page on your website — your home page, a blog, or a services page. But if you’re doing digital marketing right, your landing page is an important lead capture tool that looks a little something like this.

What’s On a Good Landing Page?

We’ve covered just about all there is to cover when it comes to building a landing page, so if you’re looking for more in-depth information about what a landing page is, why you need one, and what a good one looks like, check out these awesome blogs for more detailed information:

To give you a quick refresher, just know that a great landing page has these four key elements: 

  • Attention-Grabbing Title
  • Helpful, Concise Content
  • Interesting Imagery
  • Easy to Complete Contact Form

These four elements make up the basic design of an awesome landing page.  

What Does HubSpot Have to do With Building Better Landing Pages?

If all you need is a title, content, an image, and a contact form, then how hard could building a landing page be?

Honestly, the design and build of your landing page is just a small component of a great landing page. The goal of any landing page is not just to get you leads, but also to give you information about the overall success of the product, offer, or event you’re promoting with this landing page.

Okay, So How Can I Use HubSpot to Build Better Landing Pages?

Now that we know why we care about HubSpot landing pages, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of building a better landing page with HubSpot CRM. HubSpot offers a ton of features with their landing page tool, so while we won’t cover every single one in this blog, we will cover the features most important to the success of your lead generation and digital marketing strategy. Let’s start with our favorite benefit of HubSpot’s landing pages:

Optimize with Detailed Reporting

HubSpot’s best landing page feature is the detailed reporting they offer. You can assign landing pages to a specific campaign (more on this next), attach a landing page to a workflow, and generally just see everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how your visitors and leads are interacting with your offers, products, and events. A HubSpot landing page report looks a little like this: 

While HubSpot’s reporting is interactive, this image still gives you a great initial feel for how much data you can receive.HubSpot can tell you exactly how many views, submissions and new contacts that landing page delivers. Click To TweetIt will also tell you where those views, submissions, and contacts are coming from, whether that’s organic traffic, referrals, direct traffic, etc.  

You also get a bunch of helpful information that tells you how people are reacting to the landing page, like what the page’s bounce rate is, what its exit rate is, and how long (on average) people spend on that landing page. All of this data can help you improve your landing pages for even better performance.

For example, let’s say your bounce rate is really high. That tells you that people coming to your landing page aren’t getting what they thought they were going to get. Maybe your landing page is still connected to an old ad or an old social media post that’s no longer making the same offer.

You can use HubSpot’s reporting to see where the visitors to that landing page are coming from and troubleshoot your high bounce rate from there. Now that’s optimization made easy.

Inbound Marketing Tools that Improve your HubSpot Landing Pages

In addition to offering you in-depth data and reporting on the performance of your landing page, HubSpot has really geared their landing page tool to help inbound marketers succeed. Their landing pages are paired with some exceptionally robust inbound marketing tools that make your landing pages work for you, without you putting in a ton of extra work. This is where the HubSpot landing page feature really starts to flex its muscles.

Here are just a few of the tools we love to use when we create our own HubSpot landing pages:

Add to Workflow

You’re into marketing automation, right? Us too. HubSpot makes it really easy to associate any new landing page with an existing workflow. Just click the “Add to Workflow” button, and any contact who completes the landing page form will immediately be entered into the workflow of your choice. This is great when you’re building landing pages for specific content offers or webinars geared to just one buyer persona.

Send a Follow-Up Email

That all-important follow-up email. Let’s automate it. HubSpot also offers another easy button you can click to send a follow-up email immediately after a lead completes your form. You can develop the follow-up email however you like, but it’s a really important tool to keep those new leads in your sales funnel.

Add to Campaign

 If you’re on the inbound marketing train, you identify potential leads according to their buyer persona. You’ve developed a number of marketing campaigns geared specifically to each of those personas. Easily add a new landing page to any of those campaigns, and track that landing page’s performance in relation to that campaign. This sets you up to get all of the reporting data you need to see how successful your product, offer, or event really is.

SEO Help

One thing we don’t touch on a lot with landing pages is how they help with SEO. The quality of your landing page is one of the big factors Google and other search engines use to determine the quality of your ad. So, if you’re directing a paid search ad to one of your new HubSpot landing pages, you’ll be happy to know that HubSpot makes on-page SEO a breeze.

Custom URL

Easily create a custom URL for your landing page. While any landing page’s URL will default to whatever your page title is, HubSpot makes it easy to change your URL to a more custom option.

This is great when you’re trying to get a particular keyword in there or shorten the URL up so it’s easy to for potential leads to remember or share on social media.  

Meta Description

It’s easy to forget about a meta description when you’re developing landing pages. Since they don’t hold a lot of content, they don’t jump out as an SEO ranking opportunity.

But, writing a quality meta description that tells both visitors and search engines what your landing page is about can be that extra step that sets you apart from the competition.

HubSpot’s landing page builder has an easily accessible meta description field that allows you to write and save a custom meta description to fit your new landing page, so you reap all the potential SEO benefits. 

Quick, Intuitive Layout with HubSpot Templates

Of course, we couldn’t talk about building better landing pages with HubSpot without talking about their handy, fast design features. Whether you’re not comfy as a web designer in your own right, or your in-house designer just doesn’t have time to crank something out every time you need a new landing page, you really don’t have to worry when you’re using the HubSpot landing page tool.

HubSpot offers a variety of landing page templates, or, your in-house designer can develop one or two landing page templates, and you can build out unique landing pages from each of those templates. Either way, you benefit from a beautiful, high-quality design that puts your offer front-and-center, without taking up your entire day.

Simply choose the template that best fits your landing page, and make sure it has those critical four elements we talked about earlier:

  • Title
  • Copy
  • Image
  • Form

Setting up a landing page is as easy as choosing a template, filling in your information, and hitting the publish button.

Simple Drag and Drop Design

Last but not least, we just couldn’t leave this blog alone without mentioning HubSpot’s easy drag and drop landing page builder. While it might not sound like a huge feature, the amount of time it will save you makes it worth mentioning.

When you build your landing page in HubSpot, you can easily add and move around modules on your landing page with a simple drag and drop. Each module will snap into place on your template, making for a flawless design in a fraction of the time it would take you to manually build a page. Whether you’re adding fields to a form, reformatting your landing page’s imagery, or working to get that headline just right, HubSpot’s tools make it easy to develop an intuitive landing page in just a few minutes. 

And that’s our spiel on HubSpot landing pages! If you’re looking for a landing page builder that offers fast, intuitive design, reporting and seamless connectivity for your existing digital marketing strategy, you really can’t beat HubSpot. 

Their landing pages are fast and fun, and you really won’t find better data reporting with any other tool. Combine that with the fact that you can easily connect any HubSpot landing page with an existing campaign, automated workflow, or follow-up email campaign, and you’ve got a robust tool that can help you get way more out of your landing pages.

Not sure if HubSpot’s right for you? No worries. Evenbound is a HubSpot Gold Agency Partner, and we’d be happy to show you the ropes. Get in touch with our team for a quick run-through of HubSpot’s tools, and an honest consultation about whether the platform is right for your company.

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5 Common Website Design Misconceptions

5 Common Website Design Misconceptions

5 Common Website Design Misconceptions

There are a lot of bad ideas out there about how websites are designed and the entirety of the web design process: about the difficulty, about the cost, and about what goes into the process.

There are a lot of factors to blame here, like our ideas about the internet being “free” along with DIY website tools trying to get user and media representations of people setting up websites in seconds. (Which just doesn’t happen, sorry.) Website design is infinitely more nuanced than that.

So to clear that up, here are 5 common website design misconceptions and the reality behind them.

Misconception #1: Web Design is Easy

No. Just no. 

Web design is a complex process, requiring a lot of knowledge and experience. Web designers need to know various programming languages like JavaScript and C++; various CMS like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla; understand marketing best practices, like where to place calls-to-action (CTAs); understand internet user behavior, what they’ll respond to, what they click on; and have a strong understanding of visual design. 

Does that seem like a lot? It is. And it’s not something that just anyone can do well on the first try. Most web designers have all kinds of professional training, and the best ones have years of experience designing websites that not only look great but also work to pull in qualified leads. 

In addition, there is a lot of research that does into the design of a website in order to accurately reflect your company’s brand and voice and to do so in a way that appeals to your ideal customers.

Misconception #2: Web Design Shouldn’t Cost So Much

Web design shouldn’t cost so much. We hear it a lot. 

By that logic, nothing should cost as much as it does, and gas should still be a $0.36 per gallon like it was in 1970. Sounds nice, but it’s just not realistic. Good web design isn’t cheap, but the price isn’t unfair.

With web design, which is a difficult and complex process requiring advanced knowledge of programming languages, various CMS, and visual design, you get what you pay for. If you want beautiful and functional design, you have to be willing to pay the going rate.

If you skimp on design, you’re going to end up with a site that isn’t user-friendly, mobile-responsive, or attractive, and it’s not going to do much for you. Visitors won’t convert to leads on a poorly designed site, and what little money you put into the design won’t even be worth it.

A well-designed site, on the other hand, will delight visitors, provide them with a comfortable and seamless experience, and lead them to convert. Your website isn’t just a billboard for your company, and it needs to be doing more to drive sales, through conversions. A cheaply designed site won’t do that.When you put money into a good design, you’ll see the ROI of your decision in website conversions. Click To Tweet

It’s important to remember that web design is about more than making your website pages look pretty. It’s also about defining and embodying your brand in the online space. This means ensuring consistency with your existing brand standards, designing logos and images, and making other aesthetic decisions to represent your brand accurately and in a way that appeals to your existing and ideal customers.

Misconception #3: Designing a Website Shouldn’t Take This Long

This is one of the most  common website design misconceptions, and it goes hand-in-hand with “web design is easy” and “web design shouldn’t cost so much.” Web design isn’t easy, and a good design is going to take time, especially when you consider all that goes into it: designing the page structure, the images and design elements, the color scheme, the written content, and the functionality. 

 If a website really was just a digital version of a billboard, then yes, it would make sense that it could be designed in a day. But a website is infinitely more complex than that, which, of course, is a benefit. A website can do more, and it’s worth more as an asset. You need to be willing to invest the necessary time in the process to get the best result.

Misconception #4: Anyone Can Build a Website

We blame this one on the free-for-all days of the early internet and hosting platforms that promise they can help you build a professional-looking website yourself, with no expertise. 

There are a million DIY website tools out there being used by all sorts of people for various reasons. And while as someone who isn’t a web designer, you can probably make do with a free site on WordPress.com or Wix for your personal blog, that just isn’t going to cut it for a mid-size to large business.

Why do you need to hire a professional web design firm for your business site? First, the size and complexity of your site. A free website tool is great for a website with one or two pages, but your company’s site is going to have way more than that, in complex hierarchies. You’re going to want a professional’s help to ensure that pages are organized correctly and are easily, intuitively found by website visitors.

Additionally, DIY website tools will lack the functionality you need for a professional site. Features like plugins for collecting email addresses or visitor retargeting, an ecommerce platform, landing pages, or a custom theme to fit your brand guidelines aren’t available with a standard web design tool.

If you need anything more that standard blog posts or pages with text and images—which you undoubtedly will—you’re going to want a pro to build your site on a sophisticated CMS (content management system).

In regards to using a sophisticated CMS, the software necessary to build a robust, functional, and attractive website is not itself easy to learn or user-friendly, and at times, it can be confusing or difficult. Web designers have years of experience with various CMS and can navigate and manipulate them with ease. 

As a novice, it’s a website design misconception that you could build a high-quality, high-performing website by yourself. You’d need a lot of training, and trial and error, to get to the necessary level of competence. Certain programming languages may also be required to achieve your desired website appearance and function, with web developers will be well-versed in, but which is incomprehensible to those without web design experience.

Misconception #5: Web Design Should be Done In-House

We get it, you don’t want to pay someone else to do something you could do yourself. The thing is, website design isn’t something you should (or could) do yourself.

Yes, you have an IT department and they’re all geniuses with computers. That doesn’t mean they should be designing your website. Why?

IT and web design are vastly different specialties with less overlap than the non-techies think. Your IT team may not have experience designing websites at all, especially professional ones for businesses with many and varied needs.

Additionally, foisting a website design project onto your IT team is going to get in the way of them doing their primary and necessary function—keeping your company running.

Unless you’re at an extremely large, global enterprise, it just doesn’t make sense to hire a web designer or web design team for the one or two websites you need. If you have fifteen different branches with their own sites and are constantly growing, maybe you do need a team—but that’s not likely to be your situation. For medium to large organizations, the budget and the necessity of hiring a web design team isn’t there. 

We hope this blog helped clear up a few common misconceptions about website design! With these in mind, are you ready to build your new website? Let’s chat.

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