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Your business Website is probably one of the most important tools in your armoury for marketing your business effectively.
There is no point in doing any marketing at all if you are driving people to a Website that is just not working for you.
It is, in our humble opinion, critical that any business website is planned properly so that it really works for your visitors and, therefore, you.
With our comprehensive website planning service, we really take a deep dive into your business and map out exactly what your website needs to look like, and to achieve, to be your most effective marketing tool.
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Technology is a blessing and a burden. But it really doesn’t have to be. Dive in with a bit of knowledge and understanding and you can make it work for you – not get the better of you. Planning your website properly will ensure that it will work for you far better than if you don’t.
Authors of ‘The Smart Start Guide to Website Planning’ and with over 30 years of digital marketing experience in business and communicating digitally, the We Get Digital team and their comprehensive website planning service are well positioned to get to grips with your business and provide you with the support and training you need to succeed.
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WHY? So that your brand is visible and recognisable and therefore your visitor understand your values and that your personality matches theirs.
Sell – Grow sales (through wider distribution to customers you can’t service offline or perhaps through a wider product range than in-store, or better prices). But if you really do your website planning correctly this will all come naturally.
Serve – Add value (give customers extra benefits online: or inform product development through online dialogue and feedback). Read more about website planning in one of our blogs here
Speak Get closer to customers by tracking them, asking them questions, building relationships. Understand how your visitors want to feel when they visit your website.
Save – Save costs of servicing your customers and clients, sales transactions and administration, print, post and so much more by website planning and building a better website that it fit for purpose.
Sizzle – Extend the brand online. Reinforce brand values. The Web is excellent for creating brand awareness, recognition and involvement and really getting that engagement nailed.
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Website planning refers to the process of determining and organising the various aspects of a website before its development and implementation. It involves defining the website’s goals, target audience, content structure, functionality, and design elements. Website planning is crucial because it helps ensure that the final website meets the needs of both the organisation and its users.
Here are the key steps involved in website planning:
1. Defining Goals and Objectives:
The first step is to clearly define the purpose of the website. Determine what you want to achieve with the website, whether it’s to sell products, provide information, generate leads, or establish an online presence. Set specific goals and objectives that align with your overall business or organisational objectives.
2. Identifying Target Audience:
Understanding your target audience is vital for creating a website that meets their needs and expectations. Conduct research to identify your audience’s demographics, interests, preferences, and online behaviour. This information will guide decisions related to content, design, and functionality.
3. Content Strategy:
Develop a content strategy that outlines the types of content you will create and how it will be organised and presented on the website. Consider the different pages, sections, and categories that will be required to effectively communicate your message. Plan for text, images, videos, and other media elements that will engage and inform your audience.
4. Information Architecture:
Determine the structure and organisation of your website’s content. Create a sitemap that outlines the main sections, sub-sections, and pages of the website. Consider the hierarchy and navigation system that will allow users to easily find the information they are looking for. A well-designed information architecture ensures intuitive navigation and a logical flow of information.
5. Functional Requirements:
Identify the specific features and functionality that your website needs to have. This may include contact forms, search functionality, e-commerce capabilities, user registration, content management system (CMS), or integration with third-party tools and services. Define the desired user interactions and outline how these features will be implemented.
6. Visual Design:
Work on the visual aspects of your website. Consider the overall look and feel, including colours, typography, imagery, and branding elements. Create wireframes or mock-ups to visualise the layout and design of key pages. Ensure that the design aligns with your brand identity and appeals to your target audience.
7. Technical Considerations:
Determine the technical requirements for your website, such as the choice of a content management system (CMS), hosting options, and any specific development frameworks or technologies. Consider factors like website performance, scalability, security, and mobile responsiveness. If necessary, involve web developers or technical experts to ensure a smooth implementation.
8. Timeline and Budget:
Establish a realistic timeline for the development and launch of the website. Consider dependencies, milestones, and potential delays. Set a budget for the project, accounting for resources like design, development, content creation, hosting, and ongoing maintenance. Be mindful of cost constraints and prioritise features and functionalities accordingly.
By following these steps and thoroughly planning your website, you can ensure that it meets your objectives, engages your target audience, and provides a positive user experience. Effective planning helps streamline the development process and reduces the likelihood of costly revisions or modifications later on.
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