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The Importance of Videos on Your Website

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The Importance of Videos on Your Website

Ditch The Text, Well Some of It

72% of people would rather use video to learn about a product or service. Let’s be honest, people aren’t wanting to read blocks of text. People want videos! Yes your website shouldn’t be just a bunch of videos, that would be complete overkill, but it should have at least one. The great thing about videos is that they set the overall tone for your business in a clear and concise way. At Social Eyes we offer our clients the option for photo and video, because we believe that it is imperative to connect with your audience in the best way possible.

All the visual aids within videos allow for our memory to store the information in our long term memory center rather than short term. This is especially useful if you want your site visitors to remember your business after they’ve left it. If you aren’t convinced just yet, let’s tell you why video matters.

Video Production For Your Website

The average user spends 88% more time on a website with video. The goal of your website is to not only act as an information hub, it should also engage users. Ever heard of bounce rate? That’s the percentage of people who go to your website and then leave after viewing only one page. High bounce rate is not a good thing. You want people to explore their options and learn about what your business has to offer. Great video production acts as a hook for customers. If your video leaves a good impression, then they are more likely to share that information with others.

The Future Of Video

Get ready for a digital video boom. The number of U.S. digital video viewers is projected to increase from 228.8 million in to 248.9 million in 2022. That’s about 20 million more people watching and learning from video content. With an increase in viewers, this also means an increase in potential customers. Well produced video content gives you an extra marketing edge that written text does not. Get ahead of the game so you can be part of the digital viewer growth before your competitors push you out.

Video will account for 80% of global internet traffic in 2019, so you can imagine how much more growth is coming in 2020. With viewers increasing, website traffic increases. Don’t be fooled, traffic isn’t the 5 o’clock annoyance of bumper to bumper cars. It’s the amount of visitors to a website, which for you, should be high. Lots of traffic is an effective way to measure how attractive your website is to an audience. Nowadays people opt for the most convenient option. A quick press of the play button is all they need to do if you have a video, how convenient is that?

The Science Behind It All

Haven’t you ever wondered why you can’t remember names, but you can remember faces? Humans are visual creatures, we have a whole cortex dedicated to processing visual information more than our other senses. This is deeply rooted in early evolution, where speech and written words were not around. Our sight provides us with a reliable way to recall information we’ve seen in the past. It also enables us to recognize emotions and feelings. If you’re familiar with muting your social media feed videos, then you know that all the information you need to understand what’s going on is accessible through watching, not hearing.

How Do I Get Video Content?

Luckily for you, Social Eyes Digital Marketing does video production in Boise. We can also help you put the video onto your website and social media. We want you to have the best web design for your business. Having a video added will be the cherry on top of an already amazing web design!

Reap What You Sow: Why Good SEO Is Like Gardening

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SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is the key to business success in the digital age – but we don’t need to tell you that. Any marketer knows that getting your site to the top of results pages is a tricky task and yet one that always delivers. So, what is the secret to mastering these three little letters? And how on earth is it like gardening?

Recommended reading: Why Your Small Local Business Needs A Website

Mary, Mary, quite contrary… how good is your SEO?

You should always begin with keywords, the simplest ingredient of SEO when considering your content. Think of them as the seeds to grow your garden of success. Instead of picking the right plants for the right soil, you’re choosing the right words and phrases for the right audience. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who is your audience?
  • What information do they want?
  • How do they search for it?
  • In what format do they want it?

Knowing the answers to these questions will allow you to connect with the people who are searching for your solutions, and it all starts with keyword research. This process, whilst intensive, is crucial for your SEO success.

Thankfully, there are plenty of online keyword research tools you can use to streamline your keyword research.

One of the most popular SEO research sites, Moz.com, boasts a free research tool with over 500 million keywords. This helps you discover the average search volume for certain words and phrases or alternative, less competitive keywords.

Seasons and competitors

You would never plant sunflower seeds in the middle of winter, would you? They just wouldn’t thrive at that time of year. In the same way, you need to adapt your SEO as the seasons change.

Your audience will be searching for different things in different months, and your keywords need to reflect this. For example, if you’re offering a limited-time deal or product for the festive season, it’s useful to know that Christmas-related Google searches spike in volume from October through to December.

A little preparation goes a long way: you can prepare yuletide content months in advance, then give it a big push at the right time.
Sunflowers are not only a summer plant, but they also shouldn’t be grown in close proximity to one another as they won’t reach their full potential. Similarly, if your webpage is overcrowded by your competitors on a results page, you won’t achieve the highest volume of traffic.

There are two different strategies to combat this: target the keywords which are used less and therefore have less competition, or deliberately use the same words that have been successful for your competitors and make your content better. The former takes advantage of their missed opportunities, whilst the latter is a more aggressive approach.

Creepy crawlers

Crawlers may sound like something you don’t want in a garden, but when it comes to SEO you definitely do. They are bots used by search engines that scour the internet, scanning billions of webpages for links, keywords, website freshness and more.

Once the information has been collected, it is indexed, which makes it searchable for users. Google’s search index contains hundreds of billions of web pages and is well over 100,000,000 gigabytes in size.

Optimizing your environment

A crawler-friendly website isn’t just about good, keyword-heavy content. It also needs to be formatted correctly. This includes:

In your garden, consider this providing your plants with the right environment to flourish; canes for the sunflowers to cling to and prevent them from wilting, for example. Correctly formatted web pages hosted by a trustworthy provider allow crawlers to easily index your site.

Pruning the dead leaves

Just as forgetting to deadhead your flowers will detract from the living blooms, allowing content on your webpage to grow outdated is an SEO no-no.

If your ‘latest news’ is from two months ago, or the ‘monthly special’ expired weeks ago, you will be giving your audience a bad impression and they are not likely to stick around.

Showing that your website is on top of its content and can communicate well will earn you repeat visits.

SEO expert Cyrus Shepard recommends that when you update a link on your website, you should also update the text around it. This way, search engine crawlers will detect bigger changes to your page, deeming it to be fresh.

Bring in the backup

If all else fails, you can always enlist professional help. Imagine you’d given your garden all the nurture you could, yet it still wasn’t yielding the results you wanted. You have some spare capital, so you decide to invest it by employing a gardener.

SEO agencies are the landscapers of the digital marketing world. They are experts in their field and can offer you audits, content and more to direct traffic to your site. Social Eyes Marketing, for instance, offers expert SEO knowledge that will help you hone your website to Google’s exacting standards.

This option is perfect if you’re serious about SEO as a marketing channel. While it’s not a necessity, getting in an expert gardener to sort your website’s garden out is well worth it for the return on your investment.

Reaping the rewards

So, how is good SEO like gardening? It’s really quite simple: you reap what you sow. Love your garden – sorry, website – and it will love you back.

Plant the correct seeds (keywords), at the right time and in the right place. Make it crawler-friendly by perfecting your environment. Prune away what is old and unnecessary, and don’t be afraid to bring in the professionals if you need to.

Nurture your SEO and your traffic will flourish. By using the right tools and expertise, you’ll be left with a bountiful result.

Why Your Small Local Business Needs a Website

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88% of consumers who search for a local business on their smartphones will call or go to that business within 24 hours.

Your business must have a website that is well optimized, eye-catching, and intuitive for consumers. Let’s be honest, most people don’t want to have to go on a 3rd party website to find out about your service hours or menu items. It’s imperative that you find a web design company that will know how to get your companies website up and running. Especially when having that website put on Google Maps.

Before you call a million different places asking for quotes, it is important that you have a basic idea of what you would like your website’s design to be. At Social Eyes Marketing we offer our web design services in Boise that best reflect both our client’s style and the local environment of the business.

Why You Need a Website

No matter how small your business is, you need a website for these exact reasons:

  1. Build Brand Awareness
  2. Get Customers
  3. Share Information
  4. Differentiate From Competitors

1. Build Brand Awareness

Small businesses don’t always have the means to launch a national branding campaign like a lot of chain businesses can. However, by just having a website you are opening the door for more customers without physically doing so. Your customers will be able to more readily associate the products you have to offer with your company’s name. Your website builds brand awareness while you kick back and relax because they can search for your companies name and easily find out all the information they need.

2. Get Customers

Over a billion people use Google Maps. If your business isn’t popping up in Google Maps, then I will not be your customer. Google has made it more intuitive for businesses to set up their profiles in Google My Business.

This makes it so that when your potential client is hungry and they search for a keyword like “Chinese,” your Chinese restaurant will hopefully pop up as a suggested place to eat at. Boom, easy potential customer grab.

3. Share Information

Before someone gets in their car they are usually wanting to know if you are open in the first place. If your web design is intuitive and mobile-friendly then people are able to see your hours and any other sort of information you want to show more readily and quickly.
More and more people are wanting to find information conveniently and at no expense to them. This means less time, less gas, and fewer headaches from crawling google for your business information.

4. Differentiate From Competitors

By having differences in colors, logos, and content, your business is “not just another (blank) company.” Your website shows what is unique to your business’s services, values, and ideals.

Our clients receive web design and development in Boise and beyond, unique to each and every business we serve to ensure that not only is the business owner’s style incorporated, but also what is on-trend and up-to-date is being accounted for. Your website can very easily make customers want your services over your competitors if their website is not readable or intuitive.

Local for a Local

Sometimes seeking the help of companies that are not local can be a challenge communication-wise. A local digital marketing company near you will be able to go all-in with your needs. When receiving help from a local web design company you will be able to convey exactly how you want your website designed without the hassle of making a million phone calls. You also will have a more personal connection because they understand the area and the people you are marketing to.

If you are looking for any Boise SEO services, web design, web development, video production and or more, go here!

If You’re (Not Already) Reading This: 5 Books For Market-Minded Thinkers in 2019

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Hopefully, 2019 has been a year of growth, prosperity, and innovation. That being said, we look to develop within the world of digital marketing by learning from and alongside others. Where some learn best by workshopping ideas with others or testing through trial-and-error on their own, books can also offer an incredible opportunity for reflection and revival.

We also understand that not all books are created equally. Different authors, different styles, different perspectives. That is the beauty of books, though. There is one for everyone. Check out some of our marketing favorites to help you tap into your next level of success.

1. For Building Culture Among Your Marketing Team

Marketing elements and marketing experts are not all the same. Marketing teams are composed of many different specialists whose expertise is significant to the process. In order to make the most out of your team in their tasks as well as their commitment, you need to create a culture that can do both. Alina Wheeler’s Designing Brand Identity (2017) offers just that and more. Allegedly, Wheeler has composed the Holy Grail for marketing professionals. With extensive research, accessible presentation, and integration of constructive soft skills, Wheeler has wrapped up a strong base for marketers to build upon.

2. For the Future of Marketing

In the digital world we live in marketing is a must. In order to succeed and surpass goals, businesses, organizations, and companies need to integrate the framework of intentional marketing into their regular practices. That is, if these businesses are not going to rely on a professional marketing agency for the heavy lifting. Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose’s book, Killing Marketing (2017), champions this concept that content is king in today’s world. They reflect on the former standards and incoming trends in order to address what they think are the new institutions of marketing.

3. For Thinking Outside of the Box

Are you experiencing an overload of information? Overwhelmed by the mass amount of content? You’re not alone. Norwegian philanthropist and serial entrepreneur, Jørn Lyseggen, has dedicated a book to media insights based on his lofty career in media intelligence. The book, Outside Insight (2016), extends bottom-up perspectives to transform the way your company operates with innovative analyses. With examples from Apple, Facebook, and even former President Barack Obama, there’s something to be learned regardless of your industry.

4. For the Psychology of Marketing

If you enjoyed Michael Lewis’s work with Moneyball (2003) and The Big Short (2010), we have another strong option for you from him. The Undoing Project (2016) is another piece of literature focusing on behavioral economics much like Lewis’s two other books-turned-motion-pictures. This work peeks into the mind of psychologists; Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky whose research was focused on judgment and decision-making heuristics. Simply put, Lewis parallels their expertise in metacognition (thinking about thinking) with the nature of their professional partnership. Lewis manages to keep things engaging and on-brand by incorporating his background in market inefficiencies into a story about the ups and downs of two men working together across nearly 30 years. The New York Times even quoted Tversky in its review of the book: “It is sometimes easier to make the world a better place than to prove you have made the world a better place.” Fortunately, Lewis does just that on their behalf.

For those of us in the marketing industry, this might seem a little obscure to read. However, we all could improve upon our interpersonal skills in the workplace. Thinking about biases, risks, decision-making, happiness, quality of life, and even human rationality gives you an edge to better support yourself, your associates, your clients, and your organization in the long run.

5. For a Light Read on Things You Wouldn’t Expect in Business

With a blog by the same name, Eric Barker’s Barking Up The Wrong Tree (2017) unearths some lesser cited realities within the world of business. While he isn’t referring to things specific to marketing, some of the generic practices we find in our marketing world are flipped on their head in Barker’s book. This book is more or less a guide to understanding why we cling to certain ideals as well as how we can evolve into new ones that actually get us to where we want in our careers. Forbes even interviewed the young writer on his perspectives, career advice, and fun facts (from proven research) on what motivates the most successful individuals.

There are a few months left in the year and we are spending more time indoors with the temperatures creeping closer to freezing. Why not spend some time reading up on ideas from some of the foremost innovators in the marketing industry and beyond.

Online Branding: Your Brand’s Color

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When designing a website, a lot more thought goes into creating it than just adding a bunch of fancy text and movements. Take for instance color. While easy to take for granted, color helps convey our emotions and elicit an immediate response. When building your brand, it is often a strong tactic to choose a color will be your signature. Taking this color or color palette, you can then implement a design for your website that is centered around it and the feel you want to convey.

Implementing Your Branding Desires

You may come up with the color(s), but how you portray it is just as important. Instead of wracking your brain on what is the most effective way to design your brand’s website, a professional web designer can provide the guidance you need to take your company to the next level.

Web Designers

Web designers, those that work in frontend development, will be the artists for your website. They aid in the overall style and composition of how your website designed. This includes user experience, but also help you carry your branding throughout the website. While it may have been an easy task to come up with your colors, learning how to complement these colors with shapes and text is another story. When thinking about your brand it is best to consider what type of message you want to portray to your audience about your company/product. A web designer can then help you map out your design so when customers land on your website, they aren’t running for the hills, but instead embracing your brand.

Why is Color So Important in Website Design?

Ever think of the color green and immediately think of money or health? This is because a lot of companies use this color as a method for your brain to associate the two meanings with each other. Take for instance Idaho Central Credit Union, their logo is a true green. When considering all the banks in the Boise area, you may find yourself reverting to ICCU because of their distinguishable green logo. Not only does the colored logo aid in remembrance, but green evokes emotions of health, generosity, and prestige; all qualities you would hope a bank has.

Color is the voice of your brand. When used effectively and tactfully, you may find yourself rising above competitors in your area.

Why Have a Web Designer?

Your website should be an interactive experience for your audience. An overload of effects or not enough effects can be detrimental to your brand. Web designers are skilled in keeping up to date with what is fresh in the web design industry. Not only do they implement these effects, but they also make sure to place them in the right spots to engage your customers. After the initial eye-catch, what you are viewing and how it makes you feel is what gives a brand personality.

Refresh Your Website

When pairing yourself with a digital marketing company be sure that your web designer is creating an experience that best conveys the personality of your company. Out of date one-page websites are not cutting it nowadays. Freshening up your brand image will have more people staying on your site and absorbing the information with ease.

Knowing the psychology behind colors is just one part of what makes a good digital marketer. By implementing a strong brand with a signature color you can go a long way, but being able to implement your branding on a digital platform is what will set your company up for success in the long run.

What does SEO mean?

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SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization. SEO is the process of driving traffic to your website from search engines through organic search engine results. The idea is to drive quality traffic in high quantities to your website. There are a variety of SEO techniques that are used to enhance the ranking of a website in search engine results pages. We will talk more about these techniques throughout this article.

How exactly does SEO work?

Search engines have crawlers that gather information from content all across the internet. These crawlers use algorithms to match data with your website. It is a fairly complex system with a lot of factors involved when it comes to the sorting of websites on search engines. Keep this in mind: user-friendly websites will usually rank higher if the search engine decides that the site is easy to read and navigate.

SEO vs. SEM

When it comes down to it, you have Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM). The key difference here is that SEO concepts revolve around organic results – in other words, these are free search results. SEM uses paid services, such as Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising. Basically, you are paying the search engines to increase the visibility of your website when you use SEM. It all comes down to the approach of your business – either organic SEO or paying for services with SEM.

What is Organic Click-Through Rate?

Organic Click-Through Rate is the percentage of searchers that click on a search engine result. In other words, it shows you how often a person will click on your search result after it is viewed. There are many techniques that a Search Engine Optimization company can implement that will help improve organic click-through rates. We will talk more about that in the next section below.

What is a Search Engine Optimization Company?

A Search Engine Optimization company can help businesses improve their SEO strategies to better position themselves on search engine rankings. It often requires changes to content, images, coding and other pieces of a company website to improve SEO results. An SEO service is complete with SEO professionals who can properly analyze a company website to implement the necessary changes that will improve the visibility of a website.

What are Structured Snippets?

Structured snippets are ad extensions that allow you to highlight aspects of your product or service. These can basically give your customers a preview of what your business has to offer before they even click on the link. The goal is to entice people to click on the link to learn more. Utilizing structured snippets can help drastically improve your click-through rates.

What is the Purpose of a Google Analytics Report?

A Google Analytics report is a free web analytics service that gives you in-depth detail about the visitors that come to your website. This valuable tool will help you understand where visitors click, how long they stay and other aspects related to their visit. Using this report will help you better shape the strategy of your website if you notice particular weaknesses that show up in the reports.

Why is Web Marketing so Important?

Marketing your business online requires the use of search engines, social media, videos, email, blogging and other such online tools. Fortunately, these efforts allow you to reach a large audience. While you can certainly focus your marketing efforts locally in Boise, web marketing makes it easier to expand your services across the nation. For this reason, web marketing is essential to the modern business. In order to successfully market your business online, it is important to focus on website optimization. Along with SEO techniques, it is important to design your website content in ways that will ensure that it is clear, concise, and relevant to your products or services.

SEO: What It Is and What It’s Not

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What does SEO mean?

SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization. SEO is the process of driving traffic to your website from search engines through organic search engine results. The idea is to drive quality traffic in high quantities to your website. There are a variety of SEO techniques that are used to enhance the ranking of a website in search engine results pages. We will talk more about these techniques throughout this article.

How exactly does SEO work?

Search engines have crawlers that gather information from content all across the internet. These crawlers use algorithms to match data with your website. It is fairly complex system with a lot of factors involved when it comes to the sorting of websites on search engines. Keep this in mind: user-friendly websites will usually rank higher if the search engine decides that the site is easy to read and navigate.

SEO vs. SEM

When it comes down to it, you have Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM). The key difference here is that SEO concepts revolve around organic results – in other words, these are free search results. SEM uses paid services, such as Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising. Basically, you are paying the search engines to increase the visibility of your website when you use SEM. It all comes down to the approach of your business – either organic SEO or paying for services with SEM.

What is Organic Click-Through Rate?

Organic Click-Through Rate is the percentage of searchers that click on a search engine result. In other words, it shows you how often a person will click on your search result after it is viewed. There are many techniques that a Search Engine Optimization company can implement that will help improve organic click-through rates. We will talk more about that in the next section below.

What is a Search Engine Optimization Company?

A Search Engine Optimization company can help businesses improve their SEO strategies to better position themselves on search engine rankings. It often requires changes to content, images, coding and other pieces of a company website to improve SEO results. An SEO service is complete with SEO professionals who can properly analyze a company website to implement the necessary changes that will improve the visibility of a website.

What are Structured Snippets?

Structured snippets are ad extensions that allow you to highlight aspects of your product or service. These can basically give your customer a preview of what your business has to offer before they even click on the link. The goal is to entice people to click on the link to learn more. Utilizing structured snippets can help drastically improve your click-through rates.

What is the Purpose of a Google Analytics Report?

A Google analytics report is a web analytics service that gives you in-depth detail about the visitors that come to your website. This valuable tool will help you understand where visitors click, how long they stay and other aspects related to their visit. Using this report will help you better shape the strategy of your website if you notice particular weaknesses that show up in the reports.

Why is Web Marketing so Important?

Marketing your business online requires the use of search engines, social media, videos, email, blogging and other such online tools. Fortunately, these efforts allow you to reach a large audience. While you can certainly focus your marketing efforts locally in Boise, web marketing makes it easier to expand your services across the nation. For this reason, web marketing is essential to the modern business. In order to successfully market your business online, it is important to focus on website optimization. Along with SEO techniques, it is important to design your website content in ways that will ensure that it is clear, concise, and relevant to your products or services.

What Is Digital Marketing?

Digital marketing is the advertising of products or services through digital technologies. Examples of these technologies include search engines, social media, email, and mobile apps. Today’s businesses utilize digital marketing as one of the most efficient forms of communication amongst their customers. While there are many forms of digital marketing, each digital marketing strategy can be customized for a particular target market.

What is a Digital Marketing Strategy?

As we mentioned above, there are many different types of digital marketing approaches. For this reason, it is important for every business to develop a digital marketing strategy that will help advertise the products or services for a particular group of customers. It is essential to narrow down ideas that can be executed within the different arenas of digital advertising; for example, these include content marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, and video marketing.

What are Marketing Analytics?

Marketing analytics are crucial to the development of any digital marketing strategy. The utilization of marketing analytics will help your business to measure, manage and analyze its marketing performance. These results will help you figure out how to be more efficient with your digital advertising methods.

How can a Digital Marketing Agency Help your Business?

A digital marketing agency strives to produce results-based marketing with digital strategies. In other words, traditional marketing strategies (such as cold calling and direct mail) are generally dismissed among digital marketing agencies. The idea is to provide digital marketing strategies through the use of an agency that is made up of digital marketing professionals with years of experience in this field.

B2B vs. B2C

There are two types of models that businesses usually adhere to: B2B and B2C. B2B stands for business-to-business. This is when you sell products or services to businesses. B2C stands for business-to-consumer. This is when you sell products or services to customers in the general public. Every business needs to establish one of these models in order to hone in on the proper type of digital marketing strategy. For example, B2B strategies are much different than those of B2C strategies. With a B2B strategy, the marketing efforts need to be designed in ways that are attractive to a business as a whole, rather than an individual consumer.

How to Develop a Successful Digital Marketing Strategy

Take a look at these how-to steps to help guide your forward with your digital marketing strategy:

  • Set your goals.Establishing your goals will help shape the overall strategy.
  • Evaluate the tools that you have on hand. It helps to understand the framework that you have in place when it comes to digital channels and assets. You can use these digital assets to help get started with your plan. You can add more assets along the way as you develop your plan further.
  • Create a content strategy. Develop your content and establish a landing spot for each piece of content that you develop. Whether it is social media, a video, or website content, an established guide will help you place these content pieces in the right spots.
  • Monitor your results. At the end of the day, you need to rely on analytics to get a handle on your results. If something isn’t working, you need to be aware of the issue so that it can be adjusted in a way that will improve your ROI (return on investment).

Keeping up with Digital Marketing

Let’s face it, technology moves fast in today’s world. Digital marketing is an ongoing component of every business that requires time and dedication. For this reason, many businesses will turn to a digital marketing agency for assistance. These are trained professionals who regularly keep up with all of the latest trends and tactics that are relevant in the world of digital advertising. At the end of the day, digital marketing is all about finding efficient ways to reach your customers. It takes a thorough, well-thought-out strategy to achieve this goal.

Web Design Trends For 2019

The rate of progress in website design has been nothing short of phenomenal in the past few years. With faster, affordable technology now in most households, and businesses recognizing that a well-designed, attractive website is a must, web design agencies are constantly picking up new ideas.

The art of designing a website is one that requires several skills. Of course, a good web designer will be able to keep brand messaging to the forefront, but there is more to it than simply looking good and saying the right things. A website needs to be easy for the user to navigate, and simple to understand. It needs to get its message across quickly and effectively.

What tends to happen is that some new ideas are introduced that users like, and others that they don’t. The latter are soon removed and replaced, and the former expanded upon. This is what we mean when we talk about trends. Let’s have a closer look at the website design trends industry insiders expect to see for 2019.

The Right Typeface

Choosing a typeface for a website is no easy task these days, as there are a great many to choose from. However, some are more suited to certain types of business than others. For example, if you are building a site for a modern business – one firmly in the digital age – you need to use a modern typeface.

There is also a trend that many commentators believe will become more prevalent in 2019 web design for outlined type. This gives a very neat image, and hints at a cleaner and unique style. Plus, it works well with colours.

The trend for stylish, clean type is one that will take hold firmly in 2019; it’s easier to read, and makes a point without too much effort.

Monochrome

Look around at new websites and you’ll begin to see many that are utilising the monochrome look to the full. Black and white can have a very bold impact on the reader, and is also easy to read. It is also easy to translate into both modern and retro styles, so it is surprisingly versatile.

If you are aiming at a younger customer then this could be a good way to go. Black and white imagery has a very striking impact on the reader, and is surprisingly effective. In a world that is mired in colour, the simple effect of monochrome imagery may help the website stand out.

Even More Video

The move towards video imagery in websites is a major force, and is predicted to become even more prevalent into 2019. Video backgrounds may not be favoured by all users – some find they distract from the text and the point – but they are popular with website owners and designers.

A background that shows off your product doing what it does, or your service being carried out, gives the viewer an immediate idea of what you’re all about. It’s a bit like giving the customer engaging content, but in picture form.

The use of a background that is in video form on your home page is going to be one of the main trends in website design, and we expect video to be used throughout the website pages too.

Asymmetric Design

Think of the standard homepage website design. It is centered, with everything equidistant on the page. This is a neat and clean way of getting the main information across. Now, have a browse; you’ll start to see that many websites now feature offset images alongside the text, perhaps with the image occupying two thirds of the screen, and the text just one.

It may sound confusing, but if done well, it can be very effective – and also memorable. Remember that you want a cleanly designed website, so it is certainly worth checking out the various design houses and their past designs in order to get an idea of what they are capable of.

Great Writing

There was a time when the words on your website meant less than your pictures. Those were the days when consumers visited a site and clicked on the product they want, and that was it. Now, in the age of creative, engaging blogs and social media interaction, visitors and consumers want so much more.

They want to be informed, amused, engaged and educated; they want to have something interesting to read during their lunch break or browsing time. They want to know more about you, and about the product.

If you can write a story about how you turned your passion into a business, or how you dedicated your time to a worthwhile cause, or just tell an interesting story, then do it. If you are not a confident writer, it pays to engage a professional to make the words stand out. Great writing is a 2019 website trend without a doubt.

Animation

As if to confirm that moving images are one of the primary trends in website design this year, we are forecasting the rapid rise of integrated animation, used throughout the website to inform and help the user, as the way forward.

Clever, neat and engaging for the user, animation can take a wide range of forms from the amusing to the practical and informative, and always adds something extra when it is done well. Any competent website designer will have experience in incorporating animated images in the design, and it’s going to be massive this year.

The above are just some of the trends that are being forecast within the website design industry, and you may find many more if you look around. The key to great website design lies in keeping things simple yet engaging, and practical yet fun. More than ever, the consumer wants to feel that they are getting something worthwhile from their website interaction. So, why not have a look at your existing site to see how you can utilize the 2019 trends for improvement?

How Video Can Help Your Marketing and Online Presence

We all enjoy a good YouTube video or even a funny commercial, but have you ever considered the benefits of using video as a marketing tool? Here are our top five reasons why not using video as a marketing tool can leave you in the dark ages:

It is highly digestible.

One of the best things about video is how, when used properly, information can be laid out in a way that is extremely easy to understand. Video requires much less effort from the audience and is therefore way more likely to be watched through completely than an article is to be read from start to finish. Plus, with 90% of consumers watching video on mobile devices, video content is ideal because it can be accessed and watched from anywhere in the world.

It can be entertaining and engaging.

While there are many different types of video, the best ones for online marketing are explainers, interviews, product reviews and demo videos, live video and video ads. While these may seem pretty straightforward, there’s a few key factors you may not have yet considered.

Types of Videos for Online Marketing:

  • Explainer
  • Interviews
  • Product Reviews and Demo
  • Live
  • Video Ads

1. Explainer Videos

These type of videos are great when you release a product that may need more explanation, for instance this video made by GTBank, a Nigerian financial institution, has a short anecdotal hook at the beginning and then proceeds to explain what their newest application is and how to use it. It is entertaining and funny and has almost two million views on YouTube, which is awesome exposure for the company. It’s also animated which can be a great choice for explainers and video ads as using storytelling as a marketing technique engages more people and is overall more memorable content than the alternative. After all, 97% of marketers say videos help customers understand products and help them to make purchasing decisions. (explainer videos are also great for social causes too, like this video that illustrates the dangers of texting or talking while driving)

2. Interviews

Say you work for a company that spells specialty shoes that are supposed to improve posture, circulation, etc. Making a video interviewing someone like a foot and ankle specialist who can give an expert recommendation for your product can be extremely useful. This is also a great opportunity to bring in social media influencers or celebrities who can vouch for your product and get your video more exposure as well.

3. Product Reviews and Demo Videos

Ever heard of user generated content, or UGC? This is the perfect opportunity to spread awareness of your product to potentially a previously untapped audience. You or your company can use brand ambassadors to make their own content or review of your product and promote it to their followers. This is especially important when trying to reach a younger audience as many college students are willing to be a brand or campus ambassador just for the experience. Another great thing about UGC is that because it is mainly posted and shared on social media, you can actually consider it a form of market research, helping you to identify key publics to appeal to and where to put out your main messaging. There is also a ton of YouTube videos that are product reviews and serve as free or earned advertising, assuming it’s positive feedback of course.

4. Live Video

Live video is great because it builds trust in your company or organization by letting your audience get to know the inner workings of your organization. This type of video is more engaging as it’s seen as a more face to face type of interaction than just you sending out messaging to your audience. It’s also fun and interesting for consumers to see a “behind the scenes” view of your company, it’ll make them feel more familiar with your company and in turn fosters brand loyalty.

5. Video Ads

As we mentioned before, storytelling is a great marketing technique, and while a picture is worth a thousand words, video ads that have a distinct beginning, middle and end are much more entertaining and memorable than their still counterparts. In 2017 84 Lumber wanted to increase brand awareness for their company so they created this video ad. It has an emotional appeal, grabs people’s attention and is very memorable. Another good approach for video ads could be illustrated or animated because they can advertise your product in a way that is understandable and retainable.

Videos give high ROI and Search Engines love websites with embedded videos.

To make a really professional, good looking video, you could either hire a video production company, or try to do it yourself. Now either way, it is going to cost you, but because video can reach such a large audience, you have the potential to make back the money you spent on the process and then some. Also, search engines like Google love videos embedded in websites. In fact, they love them so much that pages with video are 53 times more likely to show up on the first page of Google search results than those without. This is a great way for your company or organization to improve your search engine optimization, or SEO, because search engines see video as high quality content.

Video boosts conversions and can improve sales.

In a study conducted by Social Media Today, 90% of consumers claim a video will help them in making a purchasing decision. Since most people look at product reviews before making a purchase, having a video that stands out from the rest can boost sales and improve your conversion rates.

It is easily shareable.

Consumers prefer watching a video to reading an article, so keeping that in mind, creating a video that is entertaining, engaging, tells a story and is also consistently branded has the potential to go viral and in turn increase traffic to your website, which, once again, can lead to more sales and conversions.

If these reasons didn’t convince you that video is an excellent marketing tool, you might be interested to know that YouTube reports that by 2021 80% of all web traffic will consist of video. Another reason to get ahead of this trend is that 81% of businesses are already using video for marketing purposes. So, next time you sit down to write an advertisement, consider using a video instead.