Are you promoting your Website on all Places?

About the author

Dr. Hitesh Sharma is a technology expert having 16 years of experience. He owns a software company “Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. ” and few ecommerce businesses in the USA, Canada & Europe including a tapestry ecommerce portal for US- Bless eStore. He is also an author and has written the book 12 Secrets To Retire Young, Healthy, Wealthy & Happy”.

Do you have a Facebook Page?

What about Twitter or Instagram?

Are you getting enough traffic on your website?

If you have answered a Yes for the first two and a No for the last one, there is a lot more you need to do in order to promote your website.

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Here are a few more sites you should focus on

YouTube

Did you know YouTube is the number two search engine? This is exactly why you should be promoting your business on YouTube. You will find more than a billion users on YouTube. If you want to reach out to all of them you will have to create and upload your own video content. Make it funnier, edgier and better. You could even upload a tutorial to teach something new. A few useful tips could be welcome too. The moment you start getting a few views and shares, Google will start indexing your content. This will start driving a lot of traffic to your site.

Question and Answer Platforms

Many a times people end up asking a lot of esoteric questions on Google, which points them to discussions happening on Q&A forums such as Quora, Wikihow and Yahoo! Answers. These sites are highly optimized for search engines because of the keywords they use. Also, they are updated regularly and engaged by users. However, one thing to note is that this is not a place to promote your product. You can engage with the users here and subtly drop in your URL in the comment you make. While increasing your backlinks, this will start driving targeted traffic to your site.

Snapchat

If your target audience includes the Generation Z, you will have to sign up for Snapchat. You can start by sending a few evocative and fun snaps to your prospects. Do a bit of research and build your brand awareness here. You are sure to get many followers.

Social Bookmarking sites

These are sites such as Digg, Reddit, Delicious, Stumbleupon, Pinterest, Scoop it and Newsvine where like-minded people browse, explore and even share their most favorite blog posts, web pages, videos and articles. Joining up such sites can help you spread your URL in the fastest way. It can also help in promoting your website through other people’s shares, likes, mentions and votes. The result would be some invaluable backlinks and a lot of traffic to your site.

Industry Directories

While Yahoo! Local Listings, Google My Business and Bing Places for Business are a must, you should also list yourself on industry specific business listings that pertain to your niche. For example, if you are into real estate, you could run an online search on “real estate listing directories” and join them for a big payoff.

Your Visitor’s Inbox

One thing that will never go out of style is email. To be a successful brand, you should always keep connecting with your visitors by sending them tips, ideas and inspirations through emails. Don’t just write when you need to say something; you can even write to wish happy birthday and maybe send in a coupon to show your concern.

Blog

Through blogs you can provide authentic, inspiring and original content to create awareness and trust for your Brand. Upload regular content, using long tail keywords to optimize your blog in a better way. You can also try guest blogging.

Whatever place you choose to promote your website, make sure you give full details including your website URL, social media pages, email ID and phone number. This will make it easier for your prospects to get in touch with you.

 

To your success!
Dr. Hitesh Sharma
Director
Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. & Bless International Exports
info@digitizesoft.com

 

Tracking and Increasing the Conversion Rate of your Website

About the author

Dr. Hitesh Sharma is a technology expert having 16 years of experience. He owns a software company “Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. ” and few ecommerce businesses in the USA, Canada & Europe including a tapestry ecommerce portal for US- Bless eStore. He is also an author and has written the book 12 Secrets To Retire Young, Healthy, Wealthy & Happy”.

The main thing that determines the performance of your website is its conversion rate.

So, how exactly do you measure this conversion rate?

Before we find this out, let us understand this:

What exactly is that action you want your site visitors to take, when they visit your website?

Do you want them to purchase something?

Are you expecting them to book an appointment with you?

Do you want them to download your ebook or music?

Is it about signing up for a service or subscribing to a newsletter?

Whatever your objective is, it is basically called a “primary action.”

Your conversion rate for a specified time frame would be the number that you derive by dividing the number of primary actions performed by the number of visitors who visited your website.

Tracking and Increasing the Conversion Rate of your Website (4)For instance, let us suppose you are selling a sports bag on your website, which is a kind of a souvenir for an event that you are going to host shortly. Let us say you are trying to calculate the conversion rate for the month of June 2016. During this month, about 1250 people visited your website, out of which  about 256 purchased the sports bag. To calculate your conversion rate all that you need to do is divide this 256 by 1250 people who visited your website. Your answer would be 0.2048.

Therefore, in order to calculate the conversion rate of your website you will have to keep track of the number of visitors who visit your site each day and the number of people who actually take the primary action. You can find many tools to track this for you.

Google Analytics could be your best bet as it can provide extensive data that can prove to be invaluable for your business. Apart from giving you real-time information about number of visits, this excellent tool also helps you set your conversion rate goals and evaluate your performance against them.

You may even try Web-Stat, which gives you a comprehensive breakdown of the statistics of your site. The Store Metrics App would be a good one for online store owners as it can directly track the visitor-to-customer conversion rate. With Visitors Analytics you will be able to present the stats in a simple and straightforward way.

Once you have your conversion rate, you should find out if this rate is satisfactory enough. However, this could be quite complicated.

Conversion rates are based on many factors such as target audience, geographic location, nature of primary action and so on. Your experience and your industry research have a major role to play here. You will have to choose your goal wisely and treat your conversion rate not just as a metric but also as a motivational factor that helps you work harder.

So, how then can you boost the conversion rate of your website?

Here are a few things you need to focus on:

  • Enhancing the User Experience on your website
  • Making it easier for your visitors to complete the primary action
  • Giving just the right information in the right way
  • Tweaking Your Call to Actions
  • Creating Newsletters that are Enticing
  • Optimizing your website for mobiles
  • Engaging Your Visitors and turning them into your endorsers

It is very important to track the performance of your website every now and then. Do a bit of research and find out what your competitors are doing. This should give you a fair idea of where you stand and how better you should be.

 

To your success!
Dr. Hitesh Sharma
Director
Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. & Bless International Exports
info@digitizesoft.com

 

Creating CTAs That Actually Convert

About the author

Dr. Hitesh Sharma is a technology expert having 16 years of experience. He owns a software company “Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. ” and few ecommerce businesses in the USA, Canada & Europe including a tapestry ecommerce portal for US- Bless eStore. He is also an author and has written the book 12 Secrets To Retire Young, Healthy, Wealthy & Happy”.

One factor that is crucial in determining the success or failure of your website is CTA or Call-to-Action. This is therefore something that deserves your undivided attention.Call to Action

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind if you wish to ace your Calls-to-Action:

Start defining your Goals

Before you go ahead with designing a CTA, it is important to understand the very purpose of your online presence. Ask yourself what exactly you are trying to achieve by setting up your website? The answer to this question will help you determine how you need to use your CTA.

Understand the Expectations of your Audience

Unless you are going to give your audience what they expect, you cannot achieve your objectives in business. Find out why they landed up on your site and what they were looking for. This will give you a fair idea about what their expectations are. Accordingly you can customize the content and phrase your CTA.

Make it Clear and Visible

The importance of visibility of a CTA cannot be stressed enough. However well you may have phrased your CTA, if your visitors cannot spot it, it is an absolute waste. Pay utmost attention to:

Your Color Palette: The color combination that you choose should accentuate your CTA.  Instead of going for clashing colors, use a contrast that will make your CTA stand out.

The Size: While too big a CTA may lead to frustrated visitors, a very small one can destroy the entire purpose of using a CTA. Do some trial and error and choose an appropriately sized CTA button with correct proportions.

The Location: Make sure you choose a prominent spot on your Web Page to place your CTA. Include a lot of white space around the button so that visitors do not get distracted. Use the right content to prepare the visitors to be ready for your CTA.

Keep It Short and Simple

The CTA that you use is not something that has to describe the benefits that you promise your users. It is an action that you describe in a straightforward way. A few examples include – “Register for a Free Trial,” “Buy This,” or “Download This.”

Make it Compelling

Your CTA should start with a powerful verb that determines what is going to happen next. It is this kind of invitation that compels your visitors to take the desired action. It helps them justify their decision by increasing their confidence levels.

Add in a Sense of Urgency

You can add in words like “Today,” “Right Away,” “Here” or “Now,” towards the end of your CTA text. This will strengthen the impact of your CTA and prompt the users to take immediate action.

Use Incentives

Rewarding your Users with an incentive every time they take the action that you desire is a good way to increase the effectiveness of your CTA. For instance your CTA could be something like – “Download straight to your Device,” “Start your Free Trial,” or “Create your Own Blog.”

While CTAs are a very important aspect of your website, you cannot neglect the rest of your site. Through your site design, textual content and images, you should focus on creating an atmosphere that motivates the visitors to follow the CTA. Also, keep tracking the success of your CTA and improve upon it whenever possible.

To your success!
Dr. Hitesh Sharma
Director
Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. & Bless International Exports
info@digitizesoft.com

 

Improving User Experience through your Mobile App

About the author

Dr. Hitesh Sharma is a technology expert having 16 years of experience. He owns a software company “Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. ” and few ecommerce businesses in the USA, Canada & Europe including a tapestry ecommerce portal for US- Bless eStore. He is also an author and has written the book 12 Secrets To Retire Young, Healthy, Wealthy & Happy”.

With almost every online business coming up with its own mobile app, it is very important to adopt the right approach to make your mobile app survive and succeed in the market. Focusing on enhancing the user experiences is definitely one such approach.

mobile appThe better experience that your app provides its users, the more popular your app would be!

User Experience in mobile app is all about making it easy-to-use and giving something of value to the users. For this, there is a crucial need to understand the requirements of your target audience. A mobile app with an improved UX can be extremely beneficial for your business. Here are a few benefits you can expect from the same:

Loyal Users:

Many apps come with a lot of errors and bugs that cause too much of frustration to the users. There is nothing like a poorly designed application to cut down on your customer loyalty. In order to establish a long-term relationship with your customers, you will have to focus on offering a better user experience. By doing so, you will be luring your customers to come back to you again and again, which will increase their engagement with your brand. This gives them a reason to be extremely loyal to your brand.

Lower Support Costs:

Through a well-designed mobile app, you are empowering your customers to resolve issues on their own, provided these issues are of a simple nature. They also get all the information about your company and products right from the app. This can save you a lot of time and money. You can save on your help desk staff and focus more on improving your business.

Better Customer Satisfaction:

It is customer satisfaction that is the goal of every business in today’s world. Once you start providing better user experiences through your mobile app, you will start gaining more and more satisfied customers. They will in turn refer you to many of their friends, increasing your customer base in a remarkable way. Positive reviews will help you create a position for yourself in the market and even maintain it.

Increased Sales:

Excellent mobile apps would mean more traffic to your website, which obviously means more conversions and improved sales. Apps make it easier for customers to buy your products, which will increase their satisfaction and make them convince their friends and family members to download your app and start doing business with you. Not only will a good mobile app increase your customer base, it will also help you in retaining your existing customers.

Competitive Edge:

Most of your competitors may not have invested in mobile apps as yet. Even if they might have, the apps may not be focusing on enhancing the user experiences. This will put you clearly at an advantage and help you enjoy the competitive edge in the market.

The mobile app that you provide needs to be user-friendly and should offer an unmatched and seamless user experience. Through exclusive content and perfect functionality you have to give your target audience that which they actually want. Not being able to offer top-quality mobile experience is like doing harm to your reputation and that would be the last thing on your list.

To your success!
Dr. Hitesh Sharma
Director
Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. & Bless International Exports
info@digitizesoft.com

 

How to improve your existing PPC Campaigns?

About the author

Dr. Hitesh Sharma is a technology expert having 16 years of experience. He owns a software company “Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. ” and few ecommerce businesses in the USA, Canada & Europe including a tapestry ecommerce portal for US- Bless eStore. He is also an author and has written the book 12 Secrets To Retire Young, Healthy, Wealthy & Happy”.

Not all get to benefit from Pay-Per-Click Campaigns and the ones that do usually are very analytical. These are the ones that don’t mind trying out new things when it comes to advertising. Yes, there is a price to pay; but without experimenting there is no way you can grow your PPC campaigns. The longer you wait, the faster you are letting your competitors grow.

In case you have already jumped into PPC, here are a few steps that can help you grow your campaigns and improve your returns:

Try shifting the placement of your Ads

If you are thinking you will do well by placing your ad right at the top of the Google Search Page, you may not be completely right. Most ads tend to do well when placed in other positions too. The only way is to experiment with your ad positions and find out how well they perform.

Improve your ads with long-tail keywords

Many internet users tend to use long-tail or descriptive phrases to search for information. It is these people who are likely to convert much more easily. You can target your audience better by using long-tail keywords. Although you might be reaching a smaller audience, you will see a definite increase in your conversions, while reducing your cost-per-click charges.

To give an example, a person who is looking to shop for a television, might enter a search phrase like ‘HDTV’ or ‘HDTV Reviews,’ while a person who might actually be interested in buying a television may look for something like ‘Panasonic 43” Plasma TV HVD3002 best price.’ Focusing on such long-tail keywords may bring to you people who are actually willing to convert.

Focus on Facebook Ads

PPC campaigns on Facebook can prove very successful too. It is not about keywords here; but more about layering your customers. In fact you can go one step further and delve deeper into the demographics of your audience. Try to target their purchasing habits, specific behaviours, interests and employment types. Create buyer personas and layer them one on top of the other. The conversions for your PPC ads will improve dramatically.

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Use your PPC Strategy for Remarketing

PPC campaigns are not all about creating new audiences; they are about remarketing too. In fact by remarketing your PPC ads you would be targeting people who are already your customers. Therefore re-selling to them would not take too much time. You can use the AdWords feature called RLSA or Remarketing Lists for Search Ads, through which you can customize your ads for your existing customers. There after you may tailor your ads and bids to target those people whenever they enter their searches. With RLSA campaigns, you can achieve twice the click-through rates, while reducing your cost-per-clicks to almost 50%.

There is a tracking pixel that you may install on your website for Facebook Ad Platform. This pixel will gather detail about the behaviour of your visitors and help you generate customized Facebook ads according to those behaviours.

Rolling out newer ads continuously is not exactly the answer to grow your PPC campaigns. Instead, focus on improving your PPC ads that are already performing well.

 

To your success!
Dr. Hitesh Sharma
Director
Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. & Bless International Exports
info@digitizesoft.com

 

How to Choose the Best Web Design Firm?

About the author

Dr. Hitesh Sharma is a technology expert having 16 years of experience. He owns a software company “Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. ” and few ecommerce businesses in the USA, Canada & Europe including a tapestry ecommerce portal for US- Bless eStore. He is also an author and has written the book 12 Secrets To Retire Young, Healthy, Wealthy & Happy”.

If you have run an online search on Web Designing firms, I am sure you would have found many. However, not all of them may be good. When you want a website for your business you would want only the best web design firm that can understand y our requirements and give you exactly what you need, without making a big hole in your pocket.
website designDoing your homework well is of extreme importance while choosing a web design firm to design the website for your business. Building one yourself may not be feasible as it would take a lot of time and efforts, without giving you a professional outcome. Here are a few things that can help you decide on the best web design firm:

Experience of the firm

Here, not only do you have to focus on the number of websites the firm has designed but also on the kind of websites they have designed. Make sure they have the relevant industry experience. See what content management systems they use.

Portfolio for review

A good web design firm will always have an impressive website with an excellent portfolio of the kind of web sites they have developed for their clients. You can go through such portfolios and get in touch with the firm only if you like what you see. If a particular style appeals to you, you can tell the firm to do up a similar design for you.

Client References

If you have selected a good web design firm, they might give you a few customer references you’re your request. You can get in touch with these clients and find out what kind of experience they have had while working with this web design company. You can also ask relevant questions like how long it took for the website to be finished, how much did they end up paying and how satisfied they are with the design.

Prices

Of course money does play a huge role when selecting a good web design firm. Make sure all the costs are included in the pricing so that you don’t face any unwanted surprises at the end. Find out when and how you will have to make the payment so that you can arrange for the funds accordingly.

SEO experience

Many web design firms today also offer Search Engine Optimization as a package deal. This will save you a lot of money. Find out how much experience the web design firm has in SEO. Web Design and SEO are co-related and a good web design firm will be aware of this fact.

Social Media Marketing

The only way to connect with your customers at a personal level is through social media. A good web design firm will know what are the things that are to be kept in mind while setting up a Facebook Fan Page and customizing a Twitter Profile. The firm should also make sure your social media pages are aligned with and complement your web site.

Good web design firms are often difficult to find as they get hired by bigger clients. They are often overloaded with work and may not have the time to promote themselves. Therefore, it becomes even more important to do your research thoroughly while selecting a good web design firm.

 

To your success!
Dr. Hitesh Sharma
Director
Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. & Bless International Exports
info@digitizesoft.com

Why Orkut Failed? – A Case Study

About the author

Dr. Hitesh Sharma is a technology expert having 16 years of experience. He owns a software company “Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. ” and few ecommerce businesses in the USA, Canada & Europe including a tapestry ecommerce portal for US- Bless eStore. He is also an author and has written the book 12 Secrets To Retire Young, Healthy, Wealthy & Happy”.

Orkut was the first ever social networking site that introduced the idea of socializing with friends online. In fact, it was launched way back in 2004, even before the term ‘social networking’ was invented.

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Those were the times when Orkut had become an addiction for most of us. Everyone that we knew had to have an Orkut profile and it was fun connecting with them through the site. It was a fad that would keep us in front of the screen for hours together.

However, with the introduction of Facebook that obviously offered better features, the popularity of Orkut came down. The name was nowhere even in remembrance after a while. The result was a close down that no one probably even objected with. The reasons for the failure of Orkut were many; yet the major ones included:

Technicalities

While Facebook used the simple web language PHP, Orkut was based on two languages – ASP for the front-end and Open Social and JavaScript for back-end. This made it difficult to introduce apps that so easily came up on Facebook. Also, Orkut would take a very long time to open up which led to a lot of disappointment for the users.

Sharing Options

Social networking is all about sharing which Orkut probably never understood. It didn’t include any of the social sharing modules or plugins that are so common in all other social networking sites. So, if you had to share something on Orkut, you had to open it on a new tab and then copy paste the content there, which became too cumbersome for many.

Searching

You had to logon to Orkut to look for people. When looking for a person, the results would never show up a list of people with the same names. This could have been a security issue; but there was always the option of helping people view details in a protected way without hiding the entire information.

Promotions

There was no option on Orkut for businesses to open and promote their pages. This made many promoters lose interest in using this application. There was option to create communities; yet the updates would never appear on the home page. You had to go into the community page to look for updates if any.

Entertainment

The major reason behind the survival of so many social networking sites is entertainment or the fun quotient. Orkut totally missed out on entertainment. It had hardly anything for users to hold on to.

Launch Timing

The timing that Google chose to launch Orkut was totally wrong. There was hardly any gap between the launching of Orkut and Facebook. Moreover, Orkut was still in a testing phase. It never ever got finalizedtill it was brought down. Google always treated Orkut as an application while Twitter and Facebook are companies that are completely dedicated to social networking.

The major reason for Orkut’s failure was in all probable Facebook ; yet Orkut took no steps to revive itself and match up to its rival. This made Orkut lose its grip on its users who made a rush to Facebook as soon as they started realizing the benefits.

To your success!
Dr. Hitesh Sharma
Director
Digitize Software Pvt. Ltd. & Bless International Exports
info@digitizesoft.com