It is no secret that the modern business is going to be hard-pressed to get by in the world without a website. Even in the aftermath of the dot-com bubble burst, websites have proven that even big companies need some sort of online presence to really compete. It provides them with an entirely new arena to play in, as well as giving smaller enterprises the closest thing they’re going to have to a “level playing field” with the giants of their industries. Of course, just having a website online and being promoted isn’t going to be enough. It actually has to be useful if it wants to keep customers coming back and potentially doing business with the site.
One of the first things to add to a site is content. It isn’t enough to just have a lot of useful information on the site, though. Yes, informative content can get people to visit, but unless there’s something new to look forward to, they it isn’t good for anything other than a one-off visit. It could just be more helpful information or news updates related to the industry the business is in. As long as the site itself keeps itself updated with something new, it increases the likelihood that people will keep coming back to it. Every repeat customer has the chance of being converted into a repeat sale as time goes on.
Beyond content, it could be good to add little things like web-based tools or applications. Again, this is to give customers a reason to keep visiting. For example, a company that specializes in loans might include a car loan calculator or mortgage computation tool on the site as a way of giving potential customers an idea of what they’re getting into. A company that sells diet products might want to include a crude system for calculating the optimal dose of their supplements to be taken based on some basic information provided by the customer and general medical constants. Give them something that’s useful and possibly interactive, to add value to the site.
Of course, no matter how hard one tries, it is impossible for just one website to do it all. Even the best-designed of websites must, eventually, link elsewhere. Make sure this list of links is intuitive, related, and useful. For example, a company that sells medication might consider linking to the Food and Drug Administration or some other recognized authority in their industry. Online gambling sites often link to e-COGRA and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, as both are recognized online casino regulatory organizations.