Turning your website visitors into customers
Getting people to visit your website is one thing; persuading them to part with their cash once they are there is a different challenge entirely.
Most businesses with an online presence understand the value of search engine optimisation and pay-per-click advertising as ways of getting potential customers onto their site. Both may be part of your online sales 'pitch', but neither actually earns a sale by itself.
You must make sure your site has 'stickiness' that makes people want to stay there. It needs visual, compelling content, and has to be easily navigable so the consumer can find their way around.
Keep it simple
When a potential customer clicks through to your website from a search engine, they should arrive on a page that gives them what they are looking for.
It's no good advertising a promotion if the consumer clicks on that and lands on the homepage. Send people to the relevant page. Or, if they find you via your homepage, take them to the proposition and the product in as few clicks as possible.
Once there, offer suggestions as if you were face to face. Try to sell on your site as you would in a store, If you were a customer in a shop looking at a dress an assistant might say 'These shoes would go well with that'. You can have that communication with your consumer online, by offering alternatives or complementary products.
If you're only operating online and you're a new business, it's important to give the consumer confidence about who you are by signing up to a trust mark scheme, such as Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) 'Internet Shopping is Safe' (ISIS). It has a recognisable symbol and reassures potential customers that you're trading in an ethical manner.
Publishing comments by customers can also build trust that you can translate into sales. The big buzz phrase at the moment is social commerce. Many businesses are allowing people to review products and services. If you show the bad reviews with the good it says that you are honest and open about how you conduct your business.
Give sales information clearly
Delivery costs and timescales should be clearly stated before customers reach the online checkout. Some people may drop out after choosing what they want and how they're going to pay for it because they find the delivery charge is high or the delivery time is a week, rather than the 24 hours they were expecting. It is also essential to stick to dispatch dates promised on your website. You've got to make sure you get it delivered on time, and that you send an email out to make sure the customer is satisfied with their goods. Good customer service is important to get people to come back.
Our website is at the very heart of our business and everything about it, from looks to functionality, had to be right. XTmotion provided us with a comprehensive solution from concept through to launch, with continuous back-up and support. The level of service and professionalism has been second to none, and XTmotion provided us with the flexibility which we needed to get our business online to the tightest of deadlines.
XTmotion have proved to be very reliable and helpful with not only the design process of the website, but also with help and advice on issues surrounding the development of a new website. They work with you to reach a solution, not just reacting to your requests if these prove to be not in your best interests. Moreover, they seem to take pride in their work, which is re-assuring.
City Speakers International