ebsite trends come and go, however for professional service firms, where clear messaging and positioning is important, the following website features are a must. Follow these pointers below to ensure your website is compliant, accessible and does the job it sets out to do.
Websites should be designed with accessibility in mind to ensure that those with certain disabilities can still use your website. For developers this means paying attention to several components of the website including (but not limited to):
Marking up your website section properly with h tags
Using Alt tags on your images
Using focus states in navigation menus
Using enough colour contrast
Not relying on colour alone as a differentiator between sections or parts
Using labels in your contact forms
Allowing navigation of your website with a keyboard
Making sure your website features content and Calls to action that meet your visitors who are at different parts of their sales cycles. Are you promoting awareness and consideration through social media, sharing blog articles (your thought leadership) and offering clients the opportunity to sign up to a monthly newsletter? Does your website help improve your chances of appealing to those in the selection stage by offering free downloadable content such as ebooks? Contact forms and call back options will help those in the selection stage make contact with you.
Clear positioning and value proposition
Allowing you website visitors to quickly understand what you do, who you do it for and how this will benefit the client is the first thing the client needs to understand when they visit your website. What is it you do to help them solve their problem and can you give them an example? People want to understand what you can do for them, not how you approach doing it, meaning you should discuss the outcomes, not the process.
People want to understand what you can do for them, not how you approach doing it, meaning you should discuss the outcomes, not the process.
Hierarchy of important information via copywriting, design and navigation
Use graphic and typographic design to place the most relevant information for your client where is can be easily seen. Ensure navigation is intuitive, simple and easily accessible. Effective design and copywriting ensures good communication of your proposition.
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