How Professionally Designed Website Can Boost Local Businesses?

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Henry10

Mar 11 ,2024

As of 2024, many businesses that understand the importance of having an online presence now have a working website that tells customers what they need to know about their business.

However, due to the influence of the digital age, most people have learned to do most things themselves without consulting a professional.

For instance, you can easily go on YouTube or buy a course and learn most things you need to know about domain names, local business web design, and what to do to own a website for your business.

However, a time will come when you need to either hire a professional to work on your site or consult a professional to know how to do the advanced stuff on your website.

It could be a professional freelancer or website development agency

While DIY is cheap and affordable, hiring a professional can be a worthy investment.

A professionally designed website is extremely important because it is the first impression your clients have of you and your business.

It helps to give the impression that your business is credible, trustworthy, reputable, and reliable.

If you want your brand to reach a wider audience in your location and the surrounding area you cover, a professional website will make your products and services appear more professional.

Now that I’ve gotten your attention, if you would like to know how a professionally designed website can boost your business, then read on.

Benefits of a Professionally Designed Local Business Website

  1. Enhanced Credibility and Trust
  2. Improved User Experience (UX)
  3. Increased Local SEO and Visibility
  4. Lead Generation and Customer Acquisition
  5. Improved Brand Storytelling
  6. Measurable Results and Data Tracking

Enhanced Credibility and Trust

When you put your business online, it gets a certain level of credibility.

However, due to the high level of competition in the digital space, individuals are now going above and beyond.

What this means is that a professional touch enhances that credibility and solidifies the trust of your potential clients in you.

What a professional does to achieve the above is to create an official logo and use colour schemes that reinforce your brand identity.

They also place your customers’ reviews and testimonials at strategic locations so that visiting customers will feel confident about purchasing from you or making inquiries about your product.

 

Improved User Experience (UX)

One thing that you should try to reduce or avoid completely is the bounce rate on your website.

A source of frustration for users is not being able to navigate their way through your website.

What a professionally designed website will do for you is to make your website easy to navigate, so that your customers can easily find what they are searching for.

They will make your website adaptable to different devices (smartphones, tablets, and computers) so that your users can have an effortless experience on your site regardless of the device they are using.

The advantage of improving the user experience is that you have repeated visits to your site and your conversion rate skyrockets.

Increased Local SEO and Visibility

Between you and a professional website designer, there is a wide gap in your knowledge of SEO best practices.

They know all they need to do to ensure that your website ranks high in search results.

On your part, you may merely be doing trial and error, but a professional knows the relevant keyword that is needed to optimize your headings, meta tags and image alt text.

Local SEO, when optimized by a professional, now improves your ranking locally.

The secret is simple – these professionals input the right keywords based on what your potential customers are using to search for products and services.

Hence, when users input those keywords, your website will be among the first ten to pop up.

 

Lead Generation and Customer Acquisition

A lead generation expert captures leads for your website through calls to action (CTAs), popups, newsletter signups, online bookings, and contact forms.

They can nurture leads on your behalf by producing targeted content and communicating with customers on your behalf.

Having social media pages on various social media platforms and listing your business information in directories can also help to generate leads.

 

Improved Brand Storytelling

One thing about professionalism is that on the landing page of your company, there is a backup story that shows the journey of the company from startup to where it currently is.

These professional website designers hire photographers and videographers who will produce high-quality pictures and videos of the product(s) and service(s) that your business offers.

They then use these pictures and videos to tell your brand’s story uniquely and compellingly.

You probably have not heard of website copywriting – this is also another advantage of hiring professionals to work on your website.

They know the right messages that will communicate your business’s message and how to write it in a way that will persuade your customers.

 

Measurable Results and Data Tracking

After you’ve put everything in place, it doesn’t end there. You have to ensure that what you’ve done has yielded the result you were aiming for.

How can you measure website results? Well, you can achieve that by tracking website metrics.

Some popular website metrics you can track include – website traffic, page views, time spent on the site, click-through rates, form submissions and purchases.

Once you have captured this data, you can now know how much traffic your website has garnered, the behaviour of your website visitors and how many conversions you were able to get.

It allows you to know which marketing strategies to refine and what to change in your website to get your desired result.

Investing in a Professional Website

Now that you know the benefits of a professionally designed website, what are the steps to take to give your website the much-needed professional touch?

Either you hire a web design agency or you are looking for a freelance designer to work on your website.

Nevertheless, if you still have what it takes, you can professionally build your website by yourself – using website builders like Wix or Squarespace – especially if you already have a background in website development and design.

When you work alongside a professional for at least a specific period, you get to learn a lot about what you were doing wrongly.

You get to benefit from their expertise and experience, and they open your eyes to things that you would not have paid attention to ordinarily.

Nevertheless, don’t just approach anyone because they claim to specialize in website design.

Look out for certain things such as the quality of their portfolio, what previous clients have to say about them and their manner of communication.

Then ensure that the person you are hiring understands your aims and objectives, and will work towards that.

 

To End With,

The benefits of adding a professional touch to your business website cannot be overemphasized nor can it be exhausted.

Of course, it will cost you, but it is a worthy investment that will benefit you in the long run.