“At Pauley Creative we have been designing and building websites and home pages for construction industry websites for over ten years and the trends for best practice in terms of design, build and strategy have changed sporadically over time. However, the basics remain the same. Within this piece I will give you a better understanding of what you should be expecting of your home page as well as the customer experience your users should expect too”.
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By Nick Pauley – Principal – Pauley Creative
There’s no point in putting together a wonderfully integrated marketing campaign if the words don’t ring bells for the readers. Writing good ad copy isn’t easy. The more I read other people’s marketing literature the more I realise that writing is a talent that not everyone has. There’s the architects firm which promises to “assist” its clients when I’m sure what the clients need is someone to carry out the job – not assist them. There’s the quantity surveyors practice that offers me the “best possible solution”. It’s so easy to fluff around the subject and not say exactly what you mean.Read More
Internet guru Seth Godin, says: “If you have more than seven items in a pull down list, you have failed.” I don’t think he’s wrong particularly when he applies this to drop down lists; it’s worth reading [read Seth’s blog here].
There is undeniably something about seven… Read More
Speed, or lack of it, is going to become an issue again. How fast your page loads is already a factor in Google AdWords quality score but speed’s going to be added to the organic ranking algorithm. Now’s the time to check your loading speed.
Let’s say you’re selling construction sealants for instance. It might seem a good idea to show your visitors immediately the amazing range of epoxy sealants you sell but listing everything – from fixing sanitary ware to anti-vandal sealants -on the home page isn’t terribly clever and now it’s going to annoy Google too [Remember, relevant content is king].Read More
The – now rather inaccurately-named – search engine optimisation (SEO) business has been very hard at work for the past few years generating content to populate the internet and thereby raise search engine ranking. This is how it works.
A manufacturer of, for instance, vapour barriers and damp-proofing membranes writes an article containing all the relevant keywords. This is submitted and published by third party web sites – in this instance construction industry web sites and ezines. Prospective customers searching for the keywords “vapour barrier” or “damp-proof membrane” find the article, maybe they even click on the link to the manufacturer’s web site. But that’s not the only benefit of writing the article. The manufacturer’s web site is also rewarded with additional points towards its search engine ranking because the link is from a highly-regarded web site.Read More
Search is changing fast – and I mean fast.
Google has now started providing real-time search results. So that means that if you post something on a social media platform you could expect to see it appearing almost immediately in a relevant search. Google’s real-time search which provides a stream of data within Google’s normal results page. It’s all suddenly very exciting again.Read More
If you’re selling building products online there are several things you can do to help your customers to buy and help your search engine rankings at the same time.
Start by using the words that your customer will use. Yes, you might have your own jargon and especially in the area of the construction industry you work in, you will probably have your own jargon. But all the time there will be new entrants into that business or industry space. They won’t know your special language. So don’t alienate them. Think – what words would they use to search for your products? Use those words in your meta data, H1 and H2 tags and description text. Also, use those words in page content and product descriptions and if you can, for file names too.Read More
You know, it is the simplest things that are sometimes the most effective. I received an email the other day from a friend who’s recently moved job.
I have some inherent interest in what my friend is doing because it’s a move sideways into a slightly different world of work, so I read the email signature with great interest.Read More
There’s no doubt that email marketing does work – we’ve got many customers who will testify to this. But apart from using our awesome email broadcaster ‘Shortburst’ what else can you do to tear down the barriers of resistance and improve chances of marketing success?
Make sure you use a sensible email address for a start. One prominent business advisory organisation I know sends out emails from “Information” others use “info” or variations thereof – a sure way to have them consigned to the spam bin!Read More
Orange is a quality colour.
Red is good and yellow is alright, but there is something more inspiring, warm, energetic and intriguing with orange.
Orange – A real cad of a colour.
One minute charming, witty and successful, the next warm, sexy and sociable. Orange mixes with the colder more serious, traditional business colours with ease – Blues and greens, greys and blacks. Orange is talented, broad and welcoming, it’s all the colours between pure red and pure yellow. Orange stimulates you into activity, it appeals to your appetite and it encourages you to communicate and engage. Orange is the Tony Robbins of colours.
Orange – The colour of the people
On the one hand Orange is the colour that welcomes millions of the decent hard-working men, women and children – families – into DIY stores, supermarkets, electrical retailers and bike shops. On the other, Orange is flown and trusted by millions to whisk them efficiently and safely off to far flung places. Orange presents people with opportunities.