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Ever think about the impression you make when a potential client walks through the door...of your website?
A future client wandering through cyberspace is like shopping for your mother's birthday present. You know you need to get her something, but you don't know what. So, the solution is to wander through the stores in the mall looking for ideas. So many of you don't realize your website is one of those stores.
When people come to your site are they walking through Nordstroms where everything is easy to find and nicely displayed or is your site the equivalent of Macy's the day after Christmas? Your website needs to be an experience and needs to have a look and feel that connects with the shopper.
Fine-Tuning Your Website
Make it a Great "Shopping" Experience
- Make your site easy to navigate! Don't bury important information where people can't find it.
- Show things in logical order. Hook your client on your images first, then "about" section and then information and how to contact you, etc.
- Don't overload them on images!
- Be consistent with the look and feel of your site and your blog - even though they serve two different purposes, you still need continuity in the design and feel of both. And, for those of you in the portrait/social specialties your target audience is female and most of the time "Mom." I've seen both male and female photographers go overboard on too much of a high-tech look.
- Let your site show your personality.
- Don't bury clients in policies that might scare them away. The time to discuss your policy on a deposit, for example, is in the contract discussion. It doesn't belong on your website.
- Stay away from hard to read artsy-fartsy fonts.
- Be careful with reverse-type. Reverse-type is fine, but if it's a page, you hope your client will download and print, then make it black type on a white background. The average client has a $59 printer at best and trying to print an all-black page with white type is going to leave them with nothing more than a soggy sheet of paper!
- Where you do have text, keep it short and proof-read everything you put on your site. Plus, read it out loud several times and have a friend or family member check it over as well. Ask them to tell you what you just wrote, to make sure it's being understood. Check out grammarly.com to raise the bar on everything you put in print.
- Be careful with what you show in pricing. Not everybody agrees with me on this one - I don't think photographers should show their prices. I like having a statement like, "Wedding coverage starting at ___________," or "Portrait sessions starting at ______________," but just listing your prices doesn't begin to give you a chance to sell yourself and what makes you the best choice.
- There's no such thing as too much contact information. Most important of all, give people a phone number and email address. Many of you use email response templates, which are an excellent addition, but they don't help at all if you take too long to answer!
As you look over your site remember - your website is about the products and services you sell, while your blog is about what's in your heart. Having them both showing the right appeal and having compelling content is what creates two of my favorite original Internet marketing words, "sticky pages." Your goal is to create a site so sticky that people don't want to leave, and share it with all their friends. Make yourself habit-forming and always exceed expectations.