Building Business Credibility
Make your website an asset to your visitors. If you are an accountant, your website should be an educational tool. Communicate tax code changes, and explain how the changes might affect them. Provide relevant content that may be of interest to your clients. Talk less about how great you are, and more about your customers’ needs. Provide hints, articles, interviews, podcasts, or even short video clips about relevant topics.
Write articles about your expert area. If you have a dry cleaning business, you might write articles about the benefits of the earth friendly chemicals you use. You can post the articles on your website. In addition, you can encourage other website owners to post your article on their sites. In exchange, you could post an article about their services on yours.
Update your website content regularly. Your customers will appreciate a website with relevant content. A stagnant website communicates neglect. Have a professionally designed website. Gone are the days when any website would be acceptable. If your cousin built your website, you might make him very proud but your customers will be less amused. Amateurish websites communicate a message that you are a hobbyist, and not a real business. You wouldn’t want your cousin to do your corporate taxes, or remodel your office, so don’t ask him to build your website either. The right website will require a professional company with expert designers, programmers, and Internet marketers. Your website is your business, treat it accordingly.
Having a website with spelling errors, bad images, and poor design is worse than having no website at all. Avoid errors of all types. Encourage your customers to bring errors to your attention. Your customers can provide you with feedback as they browse your site, and you can quickly make the necessary changes. Clearly, explain what security measures you take to keep client information safe. If you pay for a third party security logo such as HackerSafe or ControlScan, make sure your customers understand the benefits. I would recommend ControlScan as opposed to HackerSafe because the word, Hacker” may have more of a negative effect than positive.
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