Category Archives: Website Development

Three Reasons to Create Unique Website Content

So, you’re ready to redesign your website and build a new site for your potential clients to navigate? That’s amazing! But before you get started, have you thought about how you will update your content as part of this design? Content unique to your specific business is essential to reach your audience effectively and stay on top of trends to ensure your website performs well and accomplishes its desired output. Here are the top three reasons we recommend unique website content.

Unique Website Content Improves User Experience

Before jumping into the design or content of your website, ask yourself, “why does a customer visit my website?” Most users visit a website to learn about your business and determine if they want to work with you. Stay true to your brand, vision statement, and core values to connect with your target consumer.

Brainstorm your messaging by asking yourself some of these questions. We love the Story Brand approach to exploring your brand and online presence.

  • What makes your business unique?
  • What information do consumers ask about?
  • What personal information do I want to share about my company’s journey?
  • What are the steps a customer will go through when working with us? – Share insight into the customer journey, highlighting what will make their experience with your business unique and spotlight the products and services your team specializes in.
  • Who on our team will customers interact with? – This is where compelling team bio’s come in handy!

Generate Sharable Content

Another benefit of unique content is sharing! The best content will resonate with your audience so much that they want to share it with their networks. Creating unique content increases your likelihood of conversion by allowing you to direct the sales journeys for potential customers with custom calls to action (CTAs) and landing pages. Personalized content equals a more personalized experience for potential clients.

Unique Website Content is Key to SEO

At the heart of every website is the need to be found! Effective Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is essential to make this happen! Ultimately, search engines aim to provide their users with the best results for their needs based on keywords and content! While many unknown algorithms determine what is shown or ranked on a search result page, the idea behind it is simple. When developing your content, put yourself in the mind of your consumer. What would you search online if you need your product or services? Try to use these ideas and keywords to develop content for your website.


Creating the perfect website can be a complicated process. However, one thing has remained consistent, visitors to your website want a clear understanding of who you are as a business. Contact our team today if you need help creating unique website content (and photos)!


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Writing a Bio You Will Want to Share with Others

It’s not uncommon for individuals to struggle with writing personal bios because it’s…awkward! Now is the time to shake off those feelings and prepare to toot your own horn! To make writing your bio a little easier, take our tips below!

Include the “Obvious”

In most professional settings, sharing your name, job title, educational and professional experience, accomplishments, future goals, and aspirations is appropriate. Write all your obvious facts in a list, and then pick the top five! Use those accomplishments to write a few sentences about yourself. 

Writing a bio for outside your company:

While most people find themselves writing a bio when beginning a new job, sometimes you need to write a bio for another professional setting or while pursuing personal goals. If you are representing your company at an event, include your company information in your bio so attendees can build context about you.

Writing a bio for personal endeavors:

Even in a personal setting, like volunteering, there are benefits to including the basic information mentioned above. However, we recommend mixing it up a little bit! Try to focus on accomplishments that are relevant to your endeavor and explain your personal mission statement. 

Get Personal 

Even in a professional setting, it is important to share personal information. You don’t have to jump into your religious or political views, but sharing information about your hobbies and causes you care about can be valuable. This information humanizes and increases the likelihood that readers will remember you! It allows the reader to relate to you and understand your motivations easily. 

Tie Company Bios Together 

If these bios are being added to a company website, consider a piece of information unique to your business and include it in all employee bios. If you work in food service, ask people for insight into their favorite item on the menu. A travel agency? Ask if you had to drop what you are doing right now and travel to one place, where would it be and why? If you ask an interesting question during your interview process, include it! 

Still struggling to get started? Download our list of questions below to start outlining your thoughts! Even when asked the right questions, connecting the answers in a meaningful way can be challenging. Our copy experts can create a bio that tells the story of your team members and encourages your clients to feel a personal connection to your team.


Ready to craft the perfect bio for your team? Download our bio template here!


Heather Morrison
Heather is the VP of Operations at Innereactive and we are lucky to have her. She has over five years of experience running an HR department and enjoys helping businesses like yours find solutions to their HR needs.

What is SEO and how can I improve mine?

SEO stands for Search engine optimization, but what does it truly mean? Optimizing your site for search engines allows them to consume your site’s content as efficiently as possible, allowing new and returning traffic to find your site easier. So, where do you begin? When working with Innereactive on a website design, we will make many of these choices on your behalf to optimize your website SEO or walk you through any decisions needed. If you’re looking to set up a new site or improve on an existing site on your own, here are our tips and tricks!

New Website SEO

When establishing a new website, first sit down and determine what type of traffic you expect and outline your target audience. Narrowing down an audience will allow you to focus on the keywords that will perform best for your needs. For example, suppose you are a brick-and-mortar store looking to optimize for local users. In this case, place less emphasis on globally applicable terms and focus your keywords on geographic features coupled with your industry. (Ex: Eyecare in Detroit, Lawncare in Grand Rapids, etc)

Optimizing Existing SEO

Before making any changes to your SEO, the first step should be establishing a baseline of existing performance. Use this baseline to determine if your changes improved or hurt your site performance. A baseline can be established through a variety of metrics, the easiest being pulled from existing analytics platforms like Google Analytics or Google Search Console. Some of the more important metrics to focus on are:

  • New Users
  • Returning Users
  • Average Engagement Time
  • Keyword Results & Ranking

Using the above data points will give you insight into what drives successful performance on your website. If you plan to run a digital ad campaign, keyword results can be invaluable to provide insight into already successful search terms related to your business.

What Affects SEO Optimization?

Search engines place a lot of emphasis on data like keywords and meta descriptions to discover your website content properly. But there is much more that goes into SEO of a site! Many search engines also factor in the frequency and freshness of content, social media presence, backlinking, site mobile usability, etc. So how do you use this knowledge to your benefit?

Blogging

If your industry is suited for it, blogging can be a fantastic way to bring frequent and relevant content to your site. When recognized by search engines, this new and recurring content proves your business is still active and relevant. Coupled with driving new and returning visitors to your site, blogs can be a powerful marketing tool for your business.

Social Media & Backlinking

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin expand your potential website reach and can create a healthy network of backlinks to your site. There are many tools out there to help analyze your existing backlink structure and allow you to identify who is referring traffic to your site. We are a fan of Ahref’s tool, which offers free and paid options for all business scales. Ready to take your social media to the next level with digital advertising? Check out our blog about Paid Social Advertising or reach out to us today!

Mobile Usability

With 4 out of 5 users browsing and shopping on their mobile devices, search engines include metrics like how fast a site loads and how easy it is to use on a mobile device to determine results and rank. If your site is not mobile optimized, you may be losing a lot of potential user engagement. To learn more about how to optimize your website for mobile usage, check out our article about mobile-first design.

As you can see, SEO is a large and complex topic with many aspects to factor in and adjust. If you are interested in improving your website performance and SEO, fill out the form below or subscribe to our blog for future tips and tricks! We are excited to help you grow your business online.


If you are interested in improving your website performance and SEO, fill out the form below or subscribe to our blog for future tips and tricks! We are excited to help you grow your business online.


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Josh Glovak
Josh is the Web Development Manager at Innereactive. He finds a lot of enjoyment in the puzzles and problem solving that comes with managing a web department. Josh chases that desire of making faster, cleaner, and user-friendly websites.


 

Email Marketing Dos and Don’ts

Email marketing continues to be one of the most popular channels of communication and promotion for many companies. According to OptinMonster, 99% of people check their email inbox every day, with some even checking it 20+ times a day! So, it’s no surprise email marketing is an effective way to reach large audiences. Check out our recommended do’s and don’ts of email marketing below to ensure you don’t fatigue your email list and promote engagement in your send.
The Do's of Email Marketing

The Do’s of Email Marketing

Do Choose Quality Over Quantity

The goal of your email marketing list should not be based just on subscriber numbers. An extensive subscriber list is useless if they never open, click, or buy from you! The most important aspect of email marketing is content & engagement. Creating content that resonates with your audience will help your subscribers engage with what you are sending.

Ever heard the phrase, “less is more”? This phrase rings true even in email marketing. Instead of sending mass emails to all your subscribers, review your content and segmentation lists to ensure you are sending high-quality content first and foremost. If you notice high unsubscriber reports or low open rates, it may be time to scale back or revisit your marketing strategy.

Do Make Sure Your Emails are Clear and Concise

You might think a fancy design, GIFS, or auto-play videos are crucial to catching your audience’s attention and standing out, but the chances of everything loading correctly or quickly are slim. With users viewing your email across various devices and email clients, your cute graphic may appear as just a grey box to many users. If you are investing in heavy email marketing, we recommend partnering with an agency like us or using a tool like Sendgrid Email Testing to catch as many code-based differences as possible.

Tips for Including Videos

If you have a fantastic video that you want to share, take a screenshot and link to the actual video on your website. This tactic will increase your click-through rate, and subscribers will appreciate not having a bulky email in their inbox.

The Dont’s of Email Marketing

Don’t Blast Your Email List at the Same Time

The great thing about today’s technology is that you can set up different times when emails go out, even if you aren’t in the office. If you have customers around the country, make sure that the email blast is staggered based on their time zone and needs. For example, subscribers in New York may want to receive emails early in the morning during their commute, whereas subscribers, where you are from, might wish to have it closer to lunchtime.

Try testing out sending email blasts at different times to see how customers respond or use analytics to determine the highest open rate time for email messages.

Don’t Mislead Your Recipients

Click-bait or misleading subject lines will not only hit spam filters quickly but will also mislead your audience. Be very clear about what your marketing email includes and what action you want your subscribers to take. Avoid spammy subject lines and always welcome your call to action. Remember that email blasts require carefully organized emails to be sent at the right time to the right person.

If you need assistance writing, designing, or sending email blasts, we can help! Our team can help develop your email marketing strategy, write copy, design graphics, develop an email template, and create a personalized schedule ideal for communicating with your customers.

 


Ready to send effective emails to your audience? We can help you with everything from strategy and design, to the development and implementation of emails to successfully reach and engage your audience.


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Marisa Lyon
Marisa is the Finance and Marketing Manager at Innereactive, and we are so grateful to have her. She enjoys helping businesses find the right solution for their marketing needs.

 

The Importance of Mobile First Website Design

We do many things each and every day that we don’t give much thought to. One of those things is browsing the internet. Do you recall the last time you visited a web page? Was it on a mobile device or a computer?

Prevalence of Mobile Usage

As of 2021, mobile device market penetration has reached approximately 80%. This means four out of five people browse the internet on a mobile device when waking up. This statistic is important to keep in mind when designing your website.

The average user spends about three hours a day on their mobile device. This is a significant portion of your audience’s day that could be missed by neglecting to design your site with Mobile First thinking. Three hours may not seem like a lot of time at first glance. However, it accumulates to approximately 70% of all time spent on digital media. Additionally, 69% of users use their mobile devices to do product research and online shopping.

Creating a Mobile First Website

As a website owner, you can optimize your site structure using Progressive Advancement techniques. Progressive Advancement is the practice of starting with the bare essentials needed to get your users where they want to go on the mobile site and then adding structure, functionality, and complexity as you scale up to larger screens and devices.


You could miss critical customer engagement if your website doesn’t interact seamlessly with mobile devices. So, is it time for a website update?


To achieve a strong and impactful mobile experience, start by organizing your content based on its importance.

  • What information should be conveyed on all screens to all audiences?
  • What are users going to be looking for the most? This content should be placed front and center.
  • What content is more impactful when browsing on mobile vs a desktop?

By asking yourself these questions when designing your site, you can reap the benefits of an organic user experience that flows nicely between desktop and mobile devices, ultimately driving higher conversion rates of your users and customers.

Using Analytics to Improve User Experience

To truly tailor your experience to your audience, leverage website analytics tools to analyze how your users are interacting with your site. Information of this nature can assist in cutting out unnecessary elements or re-designing them to drive better engagement. Poorly laid out pages can lead to a significant drop in retention and interaction if design choices drive users away before they reach your content’s target.


At Innereactive, we optimize all websites with Mobile First design. Fill out the form below to update yours and increase engagement.


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Josh Glovak
Josh is the Web Development Manager at Innereactive. He finds a lot of enjoyment in the puzzles and problem solving that come with managing a web department and chasing that desire of making faster, cleaner, and user-friendly websites.


Sources
https://www.oberlo.com/blog/mobile-usage-statistics
https://medium.com/@Vincentxia77/what-is-mobile-first-design-why-its-important-how-to-make-it-7d3cf2e29d00

Let’s Talk About Website Conversion

A lot of small business owners know that they should pay attention to their web traffic and care about how many people visit their website because it can be a good way to assess your overall popularity and the quality of your content. What many business owners don’t realize is that the behavior of people on a website and how they are converting may be even more important, especially for understanding the sales funnel and metrics relating to your conversion rates. Here’s why. Continue reading