Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How to Revamp Your Small Business Website

Have you ever visited a website and were absolutely bored out of your mind?
Unfortunately, way too many small business websites are just monotonous sales brochures droning on and on about the accomplishments of the business.
Always remember that your website needs to be about your customer, not about you. Your customer doesn’t care that you received a degree from “Awesome University.” All they care about is finding a solution to their problem.
Boring, static websites are much more common than websites that work. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that most small business owners need to do a complete overhaul of their website in order to bring it from “blah” to “ta-dah.”
The good news is that there are simple and immediate solutions that you can implement in order to keep prospects on your website and convert them to paying customers.
Here is a list of five simple and proven ways to transform your website:
1. Create a clear purpose.
When a visitor comes to your website, your purpose needs to be crystal clear. Do you want the prospect to enter their name and email into a website opt-in form? Are you trying to sell a product or service? Are you interested in educating the prospect over time? Your website should be designed to efficiently guide visitors to the information that they are seeking. It must have a clear and direct purpose.
In the overcrowded world of the Internet, you only have three seconds to capture the attention of your prospect. If your visitor is confused (even a little), they are going to leave your website in order to find a more obvious solution.
2. Highlight your benefits.
A prospect visits your site in order to solve a problem or improve their lives. It’s your job to convince them that your product or service will accomplish this. You can succeed in doing this by highlighting the benefits that your prospect will receive if they purchase your product or service.
Will your product make your prospect happier? Will it save them time? Will they be healthier or wealthier? It’s imperative that you convey to your prospect that if they purchase from you, they will receive an obvious and important benefit.
3. Keep it simple.
Time is a precious commodity in today’s world. More than ever before, your visitors are looking for a solution to their problems in a quick and timely manner. They don’t have hours to browse through your website looking for the answer.
Keep your web copy concise and to the point. You should use short paragraphs, bulleted lists and bolded and underlined text to highlight items of importance.
4. Give your visitors reasons to trust you.
As soon as a visitor comes to your site, it’s crucial that they feel that they can connect and trust you. There are a number of ways to increase the trust factor. Make sure that your contact information is prominent and easy to find.
Your website should be free from grammatical and spelling errors. Your site should have the look and feel of a well-established and successful company.
Research suggests that trust must be established for a prospect to either give you their information or make a purchase.
5. Offer something irresistible.
No matter how spectacular your website may be, we know that visitors rarely make a purchase on their first visit. In fact, it can take up to twenty-seven exposures to your brand before they’re ready to buy.
That’s why it’s essential that you capture your visitor’s name and email address so that you can continue to communicate with them.
However, you can’t just throw up a form on your website expecting your visitors to hand over their personal information.
You need to offer your visitors something irresistible in exchange for their name and email address. Ideally, it should be something they would gladly pay money to obtain. It might be an entertaining special report, educational ebook or engaging quiz. (Let’s face it, a long-winded whitepaper or subscription to your newsletter isn’t too irresistible.)
By giving away a sexy and irresistible “freebie” to your first-time visitors, you’re able to market to them over time.
There are numerous ways to keep prospects engaged in your website and convert them to happy clients and customers. If you revamp your website with a clear and specific purpose, keep things simple, create a sense of trust and offer something irresistible, you’ll soon find yourself with an abundance of new sales, clients and happy customers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Biting into a 3D printed Oreo

Laurie Segall visits the SXSW festival and takes a bite out of Oreo's latest project, a 3D printed cookie.


Monday, March 10, 2014

3D Printing Your Next Dining Room Table

Wired says it takes about $150 in plastic and five days to print a full-sized end table, as seen in the video below, so there’s still a lot of work that could be done in terms of cost and speed.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

TEAMSESCO Wind Industry Services

TEAMSESCO provides efficient, cost-effective repairs of all major brands of wind turbine equipment, including GE, Vestas, ABB, Siemens, Allen Bradley, Mitsubishi, Converteam, Gamesa, Nordex, Clipper, REpower, Alstom, Balluff, Second Wind, Kenetech and more! Our engineering experience and highly trained staff enable us to provide OEM-quality service and non-OEM prices — all in as little as 24 hours!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Next-gen artificial limbs help amputees grab onto a better life

Even when Adrian Albrich sits still, you can hear the motors in his hand whirring. Bzzzt. Vrrrt. Zyyt. Little more than a month after doctors outfitted him with a new prosthetic left hand, Albrich still fidgets with it, clenching and unclenching, alternating grips, acclimating to the way it feels and reacts.

Introducing the WAVE concept truck