Sometimes a business professional will come to me and ask if we “do websites”… and if we do create websites, “how much?”
My answer is “Yes” and “It depends.”
To me it’s much more important to make sure the marketing strategy and marketing program aligns with the objectives of the sales department to support the overall company’s strategy than it is to “do a website.” Otherwise, a new website is created, looks, and works great, but the actual impact on the profitability overtime doesn’t improve. I don’t recommend doing a new website unless it’s part of your overall program. You want it to positively impact your overall sales & marketing goals. Tactics without strategy are wasting your marketing budget. If improving an existing website is something that will benefit the business, it could be as simple as doing a quick google search into something like Sacramento web design (location varies), for example, to get in touch with a professional web design company, who will be able to help with creating a better website for any company. Hopefully, with these changes, this will have a positive impact on the business.
I’ve heard it called “Ready, fire, aim.” You know what I mean.
As far as how much does it cost… well, the reason I say it depends is that I really have to work with the client to find out their goals and objectives. It’s all about meeting their needs.
We can create a small 5 page website that acts as a tri-fold brochure. That may be enough for some company’s needs. Other websites may be much more involved, e-commerce, on-line catalogs, interactive with reader… and what the reader actually sees is only like the tip of an iceberg. Sometimes so much of the website is in the back room, deep under the surface.
So a better set of questions than “do you do websites?” and “how much?” might be:
- Who should we try to attract to our web site?
- How will we attract them?
- What do we want them to do after they get here?
- How will we get them to do that?
- How do we measure success?
Now we’re getting somewhere!!
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