Your website is your online presence. When potential customers are searching online, it may be the first impression of your dealership so you want to make it a positive one. Here are eight tips to creating a great website to win over future customers and increase your sales.
Do you have a company logo? Make sure you put it on EVERYTHING – website, Facebook page, marketing materials, outdoor and indoor signage, and all local advertising so it becomes cemented in the consumer’s mind. Your logo should appear on every page of your website, preferably in the header area. The color scheme of your website should reflect the colors in your logo – so that it all ties together. Keep it simple by limiting your website design to no more than 2-3 primary colors.
Make it Simple to Navigate
An easy-to-navigate website directs visitors to the pages and information on your site in the shortest time possible. It encourages visitors to stay, read your content, and have a positive experience. Easy navigation can lead to more sales and brand loyalty for your business. When designing a site, this needs to be this first thing you decide. The rest of your site will flow from here. Having a search box in the header is a great practice - it helps visitors locate what they want to find quickly.
OED elected to have 5 main options with drop down lists in our navigation bar when we created our new site in 2019: Products, Place an Order, Dealer Resources, About Us, and My Account. While our list is geared toward business-to-business encounters (namely dealers who are our customers), yours needs to be geared toward business-to-consumer encounters.Learn more.
Your website is your online presence and it has two functions:
attract new customers and tell them what products and services you offer. CTAs
or “Calls to Action” should be
considered when building your site.
You want to make it easy for someone to book a demo, sign up for monthly specials you may run, or contact you. Consumers
shouldn’t have to search your site to request a product demonstration, it
should be immediately known how to do that when they first access your site. Your
contact information (phone number and email) should be present on every page –
in the header and footer.
Be Fast Loading
Best practice is less than 3 seconds for each page of your website to load, especially the home page. The longer it takes for a page to load, the greater chance the consumer will move on to someone else’s site. Everyone’s attention span is getting less and less – they want immediate results, especially if they are looking for something. Images are a concern since they take longer to load then text. You should also be careful on the number of plug-ins your site has – the greater the number, the slower the loading process.
Do you spend more time on your smart phone, tablet, or computer? Today, most consumers spend far more time on their smart phones or tablets than on a standard computer. A site doesn’t appear the same on the different formats and can be difficult to navigate if it’s not mobile friendly – losing you potential customers and sales.Regardless of the format consumers access your site, your site needs to be responsive enough to fit their preferred format. If you don’t, they will choose a site that does.
Remember, it's not about you, it's about reaching them.
Link to Social Media
Whether you connect on Facebook, share on Instagram, or tweet on Twitter, make sure you add links to all your social media accounts on your website. Everyone communicates differently, make sure you let consumers know how they can best communicate with you. Your website’s footer is the best location for these links to reduce the chance of losing traffic (i.e. keeping them on your website and not directing to another site when they’ve just arrived).
You should add pictures of the brands that you carry, services you provide, and images of the outside and inside of your facility. Staff pictures can be helpful to humanize your dealership, plus the consumer may recognize "John" when he visits for the first time, giving him a more personalized experience.
Photo selection should include high quality images that are reduced to 72 dpi or reduced in size at a higher dpi for faster loading .
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Link requires a login, but images can be accessed with no login at www.walker.com under each individual model series. More marketing assets are available at the Walker Images link above for stocking dealers.
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