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What company has the best website hosting?

In today’s technologically driven world, it’s a fair statement to say that a well-crafted website can help your business maintain a competitive edge. But before you even get to design your website, the first part of the process is deciding where to host your website. Nowadays there is such a plethora of information out there about this topic, but it’s not easy trying to make sense of it all and compare one hosting platform against another. Since we started specializing in WordPress websites for our clients, we set out to do exactly this research for ourselves and the clients that we serve. 

In today’s blog post, I’m reviewing 3 popular website hosting platforms, so you can make a quick decision on what website host to go with. Let’s dive in!  

1. SiteGround

One of the most popular hosts is SiteGround! They are priced at $19.95 a month, which includes an unlimited number of websites. Each registered domain will run you $15.95 for the year. SiteGround claims to have 99.99% uptime meaning that your pretty much guaranteed to not encounter any down time with your website.They also offer a staging site so you can build out your website without affecting your live site. I have personally used SiteGround in my business. I am not in love with it, but I wouldn’t consider it to be a bad choice to go with them to host your website! 

2. GoDaddy

One of the other website hosts I’ve used is GoDaddy. It’s been about 3 years since I’ve hosted a website on GoDaddy, but in total I have hosted about 5 sites with them. They have excellent customer service and their monthly rate is $29.99 a month. The first domain is free and you can have up to 50 websites. Even though GoDaddy has great customer service, I didn’t find their platform to be very user-friendly. 

3. BlueHost

Another popular hosting platform is BlueHost. My team and I build WordPress websites, and we have found BlueHost to be the most reliable and and an overall  superior fit for our needs. Not only is BlueHost WordPress-friendly, but they also offer a staging site and 24/7 support. The service is reasonably priced at $12.99 per month, which includes unlimited websites and your first domain free of charge! Additional domain names start at $15.99 per year of registration. 

For anyone looking to rebrand or build a website from scratch, check out the link below if you’re ready to give BlueHost a try. Pro tip: They frequently offer promotional discounts that you can take advantage of to save some serious cash during your first year. 

I hope this post helps you make an informed decision about your choices for website hosting. Leave me a comment below and tell me what things you look for when choosing a website host. For me, I consider price, support, uptime, and whether or not the platform is WordPress friendly! 

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3 Things Every Effective Website Always Includes

We’re kind of geeking out over the Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller. This book has changed the way that we’ve structured not only our own website, but the websites of our customers. So I thought I’d share some of the takeaways from the book and provide you with the top 3 things you should include on your website. 

Creating a website has become much simpler these days with WordPress and builders like Divi and Elemenator. However, many entrepreneurs just starting out have not idea what to include on their website. They either end up putting too much information on their website or leaving off key features that help covert customers. 

1. Be clear about what you offer. 

The first is being clear on what you offer! An offer is a fundamental part of converting researchers into paying customers. The fact of the matter is that most people do not want to search your website trying to figure out what you do. As soon as a potential client reaches your website, it should be very clear what you do. A customer does not care if you’ve been in business since 1950–they want to know how you will solve their problem. Make your offer stand out by placing it at the top of your website so that it is visible to your potential customer as soon as they land on your home page. Keep it simple and short. 

2. Give your customers a clean call to action. 

The second item is a Call to Action. The Call to Action should be a button that is formatted in a different color than the other buttons on your website. It should also be clear. As a customer scans your website, it is highly unlikely they are going to read all of the copy of your website. So if your Call to Action is buried in your copy, your customer is not going to take action. And making your button stand out by using a different color is just the beginning. You should also make sure the verbiage on the button is descriptive. For example, “Download” just isn’t going to cut it. Your customer is going to be left wondering “download what?” A better option is “Download Your Free PDF” or “Schedule a Consultation.” This is much clearer and easier to understand by your potential customers. 

3. Keep it concise.

When writing your website copy, use very few words. Like I’ve discussed before here and in other blog posts, people don’t read words anymore. Instead, they scan them at a glance. So there is no need to try and make yourself sound smarter than you need to, just keep it simple and clear. Even if it takes you three paragraphs to explain what you do to your customers, try cutting that by 25%. Focus in on the results that you’ll deliver. Remember, your customer does not care about how long you’ve been in business or how what you did prior to starting your own business. All they care about is the bottom line! 

If you found this blog post helpful, leave us a comment below! Tell us how you plan to use the tips mentioned in this post. For even more content like this, check out my YouTube channel where I create videos to help you achieve a life you love and a business that thrives! 

Pick up a copy of Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller here: https://buildingastorybrand.com/

How to Use the StoryBrand Script to Resonate with Your Customers

At the start of 2018, I started my business with a website and the drive to be my own boss. Since that time, I’ve gone from growing my own business to coaching and consulting other business owners as they navigate the ins and outs of marketing their brands.

One of the tools that I use regularly has the ability to transform the way you communicate with your customers, and it’s the book “Building a StoryBrand” by Donald Miller. By applying these principles to my own brand, as well as the client websites that we design, I make it easier for clients to understand what’s in it for them!  

1. The Character—Your customer is the hero, so let your brand become the trusted guide or resource. A lot of websites make the company the hero and not the customer. But if you want to resonate with your potential clients, set yourself up as a problem solver! Let’s say you are an at-home baker. You bake birthday cakes for children and deliver them to the location. On your website and social media your tagline is “Fabulous Birthday Cakes.” You’ve done a good job telling your audience you make birthday cakes, but you have not asserted how this benefits the customer. So we have to address the problem you solve for your customer.

2. The Problem—We all have them. But what can you do to solve problems for your customers? Directly tell potential clients what you can do to improve their lives. We are motivated to solve problems that affect us on a personal level, so by speaking to those problems your customers will have an interest in your services. In a nutshell, identify the pain-point and make it clear what problem you solve. For your birthday cake business, you solve a big problem. You save your customers time by delivering the cakes to the birthday location. Most of your customers are busy parents who don’t have time to pick up a cake from a bakery or they simply don’t want to. They’d rather spend that time enjoying their kid and the birthday party. Here is a tagline that tells your audience what you do and what problems you solve. “Don’t lose a second with your kid on their birthday!” or “Let us deliver the cake!” For a secondary tagline “We deliver birthday cakes to your child’s birthday party, so you don’t lose time on their special day.” 

3. The Plan—Next you need to give your customers a clear path to make their decision to work with you as easy as possible. Consider what are the next steps from the customer’s point of view. The most efficient way is to have an online booking and payment option on your website so that busy mom can pick out the cake, pay for it, and schedule the delivery location, date and time with you. Make her life easier!  

4. Call to Action—Give your customers a first step that will help them solve the problem they are facing. Use active language and make them an offer they can’t refuse! This might be a “Book Now” button on your website so that busy mom can easily book your services. 

5. Success—One of the biggest takeaways from the book is to “Never assume that people understand how your brand can change their lives. Tell them.” You have to tell them and make it easy.

I hope you found this helpful! If you would like more information about the StoryBrand Script or how you can connect on a deeper level with potential clients, head over to our YouTube Channel where I post a variety of content to help you optimize your business operations.

Pick up your own copy of Donald Miller’s book here: https://buildingastorybrand.com/

5 Tips on how to write copy for a website.

5 Tips on how to write copy for a website

Have a website up,  but not gaining any traction?  Staring at the computer screen and not sure where to start when it comes to copy for your website, then keep reading to know exactly what to include and jump start those keystrokes.  With these five tips YOU’LL HAVE what you need to start plugging in copy that will get people clicking.  If you prefer, check out our YouTube video on the topic.

Homepage

The homepage is the very first thing people see when getting on your site.  This is where people are going to decide to go further or just press that back button on their browser.  This is where you’re going to need to grab your customer’s attention and fast. The best way to do that is to talk to directly to them.  And when I say them, I mean YOU’RE customer. Don’t sound like a monotone robot, but a person. Wait what, a person? Yes, have a conversation with them.  Talk to them how they want to be talked to. It’s important to talk to the customer you want, not Joe blow on the corner and everyone in between, but your ideal customer.  Tell them what you want them to do and get them where you want them to go.

Catch their eye.

In order to grab them, you’re going to need something to catch their attention with a title or a tagline.  One phrase that sums up what you do. Be creative, don’t be afraid to throw some humor in their…if that is what your ideal customer digs.  Don’t leave them wondering what it is that your going to do for them.

What do you want your customer to do?

Alright, you have them on your hook just dangling, now what is it that you want them to do?  Do you want them to signup for a newsletter…or maybe you have an awesome FREE “thing” to offer?  Whatever it is put it on your homepage where the customer can see it. Tell them what you want them to do, don’t hope they will just scroll to it and then click it.  Did I mention how important it is to talk to your customer how they want to be talked to…like they are having a conversation with themselves in their head? What you put inside of your button is just as important as what you have on the rest of the page…don’t slack off here.  

The why.

People want to know they are getting exactly what they expect…the best way to do this, is with customer testimonials.  This lets your customer know that whatever your selling or doing has worked for someone just like them. Let them know what to expect and the results that your going to provide.

Ask them again.

So they passed the box the first time and read the testimonial, ask them again.  For whatever reason, they needed a little more push, so don’t be afraid to make the offer again.  This time, include more specifics or details on your offer down below your home page. You can also setup for a box to pop up on the website after they have been on the page for 30-45 seconds.  Be creative and always keep your customer in mind.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, check out our Tech services that we offer, and our pricing!  You can also check out this amazing video to get some more tips on how to turn website visitors into customers from Marie Forleo.