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The Difference Between a $500, a $5,000, and a $15,000 Website

By Noah Britton | October 23, 2020

When it comes to most things in life, you get what you pay for. With televisions, cars, and clothing, you can see and feel the difference when you splurge for high-end items. With websites, it can be harder to understand why you would pay $15,000 for a website when you could get one for $500. Is the quality difference really […]

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5 steps to building a successful brand

By Noah Britton | October 20, 2020

A brand identity is not a logo. A brand identity is not a slogan. A brand identity encapsulates who you are as a company. It is the entire method that you use to convey your business and your story to the world. A great brand identity allows your customers to recognize you instantly. Building your brand identity doesn’t have to […]

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Winning Website

A Successful Website Project in Just 5 Steps

By Noah Britton | October 15, 2020

Really, you only need one step for a successful website project: clear communication between you and your web designer. The problem is that that is easier said than done. Guaranteeing great communication. Many projects have been derailed by poor communication whether in the form of muddy expectations, too many points of contact, or one of many other misunderstandings. But never […]

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How to get more reviews

How to Build Trust & Grow Your Business

By Noah Britton | October 13, 2020

The number one way to build trust online is through a robust suite of reviews. Not certifications. Not a slick website. Not even a service guarantee. (Although all those things do help.) Reviews. Reviews are the first thing that online consumers turn to when making purchasing decisions. They’re the first thing people see when they Google your business. They’re one […]

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12 Effective Digital Marketing Strategies in 2020 and Beyond

By Noah Britton | October 6, 2020

To paraphrase Madonna, we are living in a digital world. If you are not experimenting with different digital marketing mixes, you probably aren’t reaching all your potential customers. If you are serious about remixing your digital marketing mix, take a look at these 12 strategies. You may recognize some of them but now is the time to consider which ones […]

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6 things your website needs to thrive.

6 Things Your Website Needs to Thrive.

By Noah Britton | September 24, 2020

“If you build it, they will come” does not work with your website. If you don’t tend to these six areas on a regular basis, you risk losing valuable business for your company. 6 areas to focus your website energy. 1. Website design. Two words: Responsive Design. The average business website will get 40% – 50% of traffic from users […]

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10 Examples of Ugly Websites and How We Would Fix Them

By Noah Britton | September 22, 2020

In a world of 1.8 billion websites, not all of them will be winners. In fact, there are many websites that are notorious for how bad they are. If you’re not serious about your business or enjoy notoriety, a bad website could be fun for you to maintain. Just take a look at the Space Jam website that’s still active […]

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There are only 4 types of websites and you MUST know what kind you need, otherwise you will end up wasting money on ineffective design and marketing. Every website can be sorted into one of four types. By knowing what kind you want before making any design or marketing decisions, you can save yourself from a world of hurt and wasted money. Do you know what kind of website you have or want to have? If you answered “No”, fear not, that’s where we come in! This article goes over each kind, looking at their defining factors and sales structure. By figuring out what kind of website you need, you can effectively attract the audience you want. A well-defined marketing plan, coupled with strong design decisions, can lead to more money in your pocket. The Four Types of Website The Authority Website The Authority website serves as an online presence for your business. This is the place potential customers can go to see what work your company has done and how to get in contact with someone about receiving your services. Leads are generated offline. People visiting your site have already heard about your company and are looking for more information. Your website serves as an online placeholder, giving your business more legitimacy in the eyes of your customer. An example of an Authority website would be a construction company website. A construction company will be recommended to customers by other contractors and people in the field. The lead generation happens offline. Sales happen offline as well. Construction companies use contracts to make their sales, which are done in-person versus online. The website aids the company in “getting over the hump” and convincing their leads to become money-generating customers. The Lead-Generation Website As its name suggest, this site is focused on generating leads through its online presence. SEO and targeted marketing strategies play a huge role in bringing in new customers. Sales, however, still occur offline. These websites are found online by people who have “buyer’s intent.” This means the prospective customer is basically ready to spend their money, they just need to be convinced that your business is the perfect place to do this spending! A divorce attorney located in Seattle would use their website as a lead-generation tool by incorporating SEO for those looking for such a service. Their customers are searching online, through search engines, like Google. Successful leads then move offline for the final sale. The Sales Website This site is especially popular, as both leads and sales are all done completely online. These are the sites that sell products or services through e-commerce. If a site has a cart, then it falls into the Sales website category. Easy enough to understand, right? Not quite. A company’s website can still fall into the Sales category if that business utilizes online scheduling and payment, but provides the service in-person. The leads and sales are both still online, but the actual service itself is not. The Utility Website A Utility website functions more like a tool than a standard website. These are the companies whose business and website are one and the same. Airbnb and Facebook examples of Utility websites. They don’t necessarily generate leads or sales online, they just exist in the online space and are accessible to anyone that chooses to use them. Why is it Important to Know What Kind of Site I Have? First and foremost, marketing and advertising for each type of site should not be handled in the same way. Each site has different requirements that need to be met in order to excel in attracting new customers. An authority website needs excellent photography and content that positions the company as an expert in whatever services they offer. A lead-generation site, however, needs tons of SEO done in order to convert prospective customers into paying customers. As for sales websites, they need to ensure that their buying process is as streamlined as possible. What Kind of Website Do I Have? In order to figure out what kind of site you will need, ask yourself the following questions: ● Where am I getting my leads from? ● Where are my sales taking place? Online or in-person? ● What type of website am I looking to create? If you can’t narrow it down to just one type, that’s okay! Websites can fall into more than one category, just ensure you’re meeting the needs of each kind of site in order achieve greatest amount of success.

There are 4 Types of Websites. Which One Do You Need?

By Noah Britton | September 15, 2020

There are only four types of websites and you MUST know what kind you need, otherwise, you will end up wasting money on ineffective design and marketing. The Four Types of Website Every website can be sorted into one of four types. By knowing what kind you want before making any design or marketing decisions, you can save yourself from […]

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Split Testing WordPress

Data Driven Results: Step 5 of 9 for Dominating Online

By Noah Britton | September 8, 2020

The internet was not made for static websites. If you’re not adjusting your website (and tracking what works), you are just asking for your website to wither and die. Data, data, data. Your website is able to give you all kinds of information if you know where to look. This information can be used to tweak your website to better […]

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what is a lead magnet?

The Killer Offer: Step 6 of 9 for Dominating Online

By Noah Britton | August 28, 2020

Your website design is only as good as the leads it brings in. If it isn’t offering valuable content in exchange for a potential lead’s email, you’re leaving money on the table. That’s the subject of my sixth step for online domination: finding your killer offer. See Related: How Do You Announce a New Website Launch? What’s my killer offer […]

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how long does it take to build a wordpress website?

How Long Does it Take to Build a WordPress Website?

By Noah Britton | August 27, 2020

Your website is a crucial tool for your business. You want to build the best-looking, easiest to navigate website possible in order to attract users and keep them engaged. WordPress websites are our favorite tool to build websites because it’s so easy to customize and update.  Our clients who have never gone through a redesign process often have lots of […]

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how to add new website to google analytics

How to Add a New Website to Google Analytics

By Noah Britton | August 24, 2020

As helpful as Google Analytics is, it can be one of the least user-friendly tools in your arsenal. It’s even tricky for some experts to figure out all the ins and outs at first.  Thrive’s web design agency has your back. Our step-to-step guide to adding a new website to your Google Analytics will help you ensure that all of […]

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