6 Hacks to Keep Your Web Design Forever Young for Corporate Branding

Website aging is analogous to human aging. As you need to take good care of yourself, so does you need to keep your business site in excellent condition? Keep it refurbishing on contemporary standards. After all, this is from where you get money.

Every web design project, big or small, comes with specific considerations and contemplations. With the passage of time it starts appearing like an old chimney that needs renovation. The drastic consequences of not keeping your site updated are decreased user engagement, declined potential leads and, eventually, depleted conversion rate.

Make Your Corporate Identity Your Web Design Guideline

Often online retailers think once developed, websites will keep on rolling prospective users in the wake of a building of a loyal consumer base. It’s not true. You need consistent support from your hired web design agency in UK to keep your website a permanent source of revenue generation. Here you need to make the maximum benefit of your corporate business identity.

In the following, I bring you significant hacks to make your website design appear youthful with evergreen functionality.

1. Discard Data Junk & Profitless Content:

Don’t ignore data junk, dead files and also content that’s no more beneficial for your business growth and development. Regardless of your project size and whether or not your website is growing organically, remove abandoned content and data junk. The good reason to do this is to keep up with the excellent visual appeal and performance of the website.

2. Find & Fix the Outdated Functions:

To keep your site forever young, find and fix all the old functions. Abandon all unclear coding blocks that are different types of snippets present on the website for various reasons. If you want your site to work at a glance, then take good care of coding standards. For instance, you built a site in PHP and added responsible code snippets, but now they are the part of obsolete language versions which you should not continue anymore.

3. Defective External Links:

Over the years, you may find hundreds of broken links. Either close them forever or fix them. No matter what SEO potential you invest in brand marketing and sales, if you fail in dealing with this problem, you will be going to destroy everything you built – sooner or later. There is no second opinion in it. External links once get defective will leave a negative impact on your Google ranks. If you do not want to experience this suffering, then don’t delay in fixing the problematic links.

4. Broken Internal Links:

You cannot afford to ignore this problem as well. If you don’t pay attention and deal with side effects of broken links or 404 errors, it will hurt your business to the core. It may put you out of the competition because if not detected and resolved timely then it will affect your site’s ranking resulting in decreased search engine visibility.

5. Improvise CMS Nomenclature:

A robust content management system is the cornerstone of business sites. You can upgrade it whenever there is a new update. But, often you may not clear about updating the CMS or not. Today, it as a standard thing to do. Continues blending of different platforms is a plus.

Don’t allow your CMS turn wild; it usually happens when site’s clear structures turned into a maze. For example, if you want to add a database query and developer doesn’t know how to do that in the current CMS and flange-mount HTML coded website allied with an external MySQL database to deliver the required information. I doubt if it’s not going to trouble you while submitting your offer.

6. Go Latest with Mobile-First Index:

It’s good to stick to well-established web design trends such as responsiveness, parallax interaction, noticeable CTAs, convenient checkout process, and easy navigation, etc. But, as a web designer, avoid going through a wrong door. It means make well-informed technological principle decisions.

All businesses need barrier-free website designs since the year dot. Therefore, they should have sites that work properly on all types of mobile devices. But, at the same time, no business can afford missing out any trend such as Google’s recently introduced mobile-first index feature.

Verdict:

If you need a forever attractive, young and productive website, then keep its design overhauled at regular intervals – ensuring seamless user interface leading to the exceptional user experience. Keep your web design simplistic and responsive while supporting all devices, browsers and digital marketing platforms for boosted conversions and staying in the business lead.

Festive Ads – The More the Merrier

Come festivals and celebrations marketers hijack print, television and digital media with all that they have got. Be it major Indian festivals including, diwali, holi or celebration of special days viz, Independence day, women’s day, children’s day etc, every brand wants to do ‘something different’ to promote themselves.

Done-to-death:

From colourful ‘holi’ ads, ‘bright and dhamakedaar’ diwali emailers, ‘proud’ Independence Day & Republic Day ads or ‘joy-filled’ Christmas ads; newspapers and emails are filled with such ‘done-to-death’ marketing material. Instead of doing something different, most of them end up being a part of the clutter.

This ad by Toyoto sums up what I am trying to point out here…

You could argue that print medium has its restrictions and hence the lack of creativity, but then here are few examples of brands that got it right and how!

Force-fit:

I guess most of the brands suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and hence they wish to be everywhere… whether 0na Independence day ad is relevant or irrelevant, doesn’t matter…

Just link the words ‘relevant’ to the occasion to the brand and you are sorted, or so you thought…

Not all force-fit ads are bad though. Thanks to the social media and the viral videos, many brands use the ‘emotional’ tool to get a thumbs-up.

Rajnigandha Pearls played it rather well with its teacher’s day campaign #teachernebolatha. The brand’s product and the occasion have nothing to do with each other. It’s just the stories weaved in carefully with emotions that grabs the eyeballs. But then again, this story could have been told with any other brand in picture or without any brand and it would still work just as fine.

Follow the herd:

You already know it, when one brand announces a ‘Big’ Sale the others follow the foot-steps with a ‘Great’ sale. When a particular brand proposes ‘noise-less’ or green Diwali, all the other brands don the ‘save the environment’ cape as well; whether or not they believe in it is a different question. For all you know they are the ones lighting up the sky on Diwali with those spectacular fireworks.

When people do not follow the herd and take their own stand, they truly stand-out. Take for example these two brands that instead of ‘save water ‘proposal, this brand caught on to ‘eve teasing’ that is so prevalent during Holi.

On any given day not just the mail box, but the text box and WhatsApp also are spammed with numerous marketing messages wishing me Happy diwali, eid, teacher’s day, mother’s day, father’s day, chocolate day, rose day and many days I never knew existed. It seems the day isn’t far when every day will be a celebration, literally. Till then, Happy Blog Day. Look, I just invented one!

Why One Is The Most Dangerous Number In Business

Dear Friend,

Recently I had a client who came to me in desperate need of more business.

Here’s the story…

He had been in the construction business for only a short time, two years to be exact. And during that time he got off to a flying start.

He was inundated with a constant flow of work from the only client he had. He had a predictable stream of income and never had to worry about being out of work…

That was until his client decided to retire and drive off into the sunset.

In the blink of an eye my client was out of work and his income dried up.

What’s worse is that he had zero knowledge on how to market his business effectively.

That’s when he came to me and asked me to put things right… (which I did of course).

What does this have to do with you?

If you’re a business owner and you’re only relying on one freelance copywriter, then you’re making a massive mistake.

Here’s how it goes.

Any decent freelance copywriter will have more than a few clients on his books and will almost always be busy masterminding their next winner.

You see, creating copy takes an immense amount of time and research. And in order for us copywriters to keep our clients happy and craft copy that generates a bushel of money, we must give all of our attention to one project at a time.

And when the time comes for you to call on your copywriter to whip up a winner (because you’re in need of a fast cash flow surge etc)…

You’ll have to wait!

Meaning that you could be missing out on much needed business.

Listen, the business world is moving at a 100 miles an marawana hour and you need to constantly be moving and keeping up with your competition. Only having one copywriter on your books will severely handicap you.

The time WILL come when you urgently need your copywriter to bash out a winner.

You need to seriously consider having at least two top drawer copywriters on your books that you can call upon whenever you want.

This way you’ll never have to put anything on hold because of someone else’s work schedule and you’ll KNOW that your copywriter is going to get to work on producing a blockbuster piece of copy for you almost immediately.