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It’s a hard pill to swallow that just because your website is growing in visitors doesn’t mean your business is growing in customers.

In order to be successful, revenue goals must be met and dollars must be made, and the only way to do that is if you convert your website visitors into actual customers. Here are eight simple ways to do just that!

1. Optimize Your Website For Mobile

If you don’t know this one already, go ahead and crawl out of the hole you’ve been living in. And after you take a nice long shower, do yourself a favor and read up on mobile-friendly websites.

Mobile matters in today’s world. If your site isn’t mobile-friendly, then start there.

2. Create An Engaging User Experience

So, your site is mobile-friendly, great! You aren’t losing any customers there. But you still have to engage your visitors.

Without giving your visitors a chance to act, or leading them through your website in an intuitive and interesting way, they will leave and forget that your business even exists.

You can engage your visitors by providing helpful links, clear calls to action (2 or 3 on a page is plenty), or a simple contact form where users can request more information.

3. Make It Easy For Visitors To Get In Touch

One of the most frustrating experiences a potential customer can have on a website is not being able to contact someone at the company. 

Imagine you are on a website and are ready to buy — you just need that last question answered to seal the deal. So you search for a contact form, and nothing comes up. There is no phone number or email address in sight.

It’s infuriating, and really rather saddening because you’re basically sitting there screaming, “HEY, TAKE MY MONEY,” but no one can hear you. So you and your money go somewhere else.

All because you couldn’t get in touch.

4. Make It Clear What You Actually Do

Equally annoying is not knowing or understanding what a company does. 

A key component of the buyer’s journey is education. Traditionally, if customers wanted to know more about your company, they would ask.

That’s not the case anymore. Buyers’ habits have changed, so you need to change the way you sell to them. And if you want some proof, check out these stats:

  • 93% of B2B buying processes begin with an online search [Pinpoint Market Research and Anderson Jones PR].
  • 82% of consumers who purchased viewed at least five pieces of content from the winning company [Forrester].
  • 68% of consumers feel increased positivity about a brand after consuming content from it [iMedia Connection].

Nowadays, buyers educate themselves. So don’t keep this essential information from them. Communicate what you do as soon as someone lands on your homepage. Here at Engenius, it’s the very first thing we say.

5. Make It Clear Other Customers Loved Their Experience

90% of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, and they aren’t just looking at product reviews. They want to know exactly what type of service they will get from you. Reviews now act as online “word-of-mouth” advertising. 

You want to make sure you have a plethora of reviews on multiple review sites (think Google, Yelp, and Angi). Don’t fret about negative reviews either, because when handled properly, they go a long way toward building trust and credibility with your customers. Get a good online reputation management system in place to help you keep a healthy stream of reviews flowing.

6. Provide Visitors A Way To Receive Regular Communication From You

This is one that a lot of businesses get wrong. They don’t give users a way to sign up to receive content that is relevant to their pain points. This content, which is directly tailored to helping solve the customer’s problem, fuels the buyer’s journey.

Use a service like HubSpot or MailChimp to create a mailing list and a signup form that you can embed on your website or blog. Do it, and do it well.

If you aren’t going to consistently send emails to your users, you might as well leave it off your website altogether.

7. Use Real Photography With Real People

If you can help it, do not use stock photography. Sure, you have to spend some extra money on a photographer, but when it comes down to it, between having photos of your people and having photos of not-your people, which one do you think will win?

I think you know the answer.

Remember, people do business with people, not companies (yes, even B2B). If you absolutely must use stock, make sure you use good stock.

8. Give Them Something To Smile About

This is the most critical point, which is why I saved it for the end. At the end of the day, none of these things really matter if you aren’t creating satisfaction. 

This starts as soon as someone starts loading your webpage in their browser (so make sure it’s quick).

And when does it stop? It doesn’t. Even after you convert your visitors into customers, you need to focus on delighting them into promoters.

Make it a personalized experience.

Thank them.

Smile. 🙂

They might just smile back.

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