The 8 Most Important Website Development Trends and Tips of 2021 | Part 1

The 8 Most Important Website Development Trends and Tips of 2021 | Part 1

Nowadays businesses, organizations and instructions of every kind need to stay up to day with all the website development trends in order to be able to communicate effectively, to engage, and to build relationships with their audiences.

Some of the fastest-changing fields out there related to the websites creation and website development are website design, UX, UI and functionalities, content marketing strategies and digital marketing trends implemented in the web development processes.

Not only does websites development involve the functioning of an online portal that attracts visitors (no matter the service or products offered) but also it is about what users visit the website for, what they need, want, engage with and expect from that experience and value available on a certain website, landing page or web portal.

It all comes down to how they engage with and “consume” the content available on your website, your digital assets, resources and digital presence.

We live in times when competition for user’s (market audience) attention and engagement levels has never been so difficult and intense. Towards that end, there are seven major trends emerging in 2021 that we’ve identified to help you take your website development to the next level as well as keep it on-trend.

Visual Storytelling – Show, Don’t Tell

Show, Don’t Tell – that is everything this point is all about. Overcomplicating, overwriting and bombarding the users with written information is not always the best one can do with the 3-5 seconds available (on average) for the website to catch and keep the attention of a new website visitor.

Choose images that connect with your audience and also don’t be too direct in self-promotion with the overall key content and messages on your website.

Visual storytelling elements for websites development and in digital marketing activities are more important now than ever before.

From storyboards to Instagram stories to YouTube videos, conveying your brand’s identity, purpose, and end goal through visual storytelling utilizes the vast digital media resources at your disposal thanks to social media and the Internet.

Whereas commercials and other visual elements were massively expensive to produce in the past, now they are quite common with digital agencies specializing in helping tailor-made content to a website’s needs too.

Mobile & Responsive web design

On average, people are spending 5 hours on their smartphones a day. And some others even more.

More than half of smartphone users have discovered a new company service or product when searching on their smartphones, so the conclusion is that having a mobile-friendly website in 2021 isn’t just a good idea – it’s imperative. A study carried out in 2020 shows that on average 67% of all web traffic is done on mobile devices.

One of the best things about having a mobile-friendly website is that you can reach a wider audience. Responsive websites make online sharing simple and so your web visitors are more likely to share on their social platforms. Additionally, mobile-friendliness is a ranking symbol on Google. That means that mobile-friendly websites appear higher in search results and is good for your website SEO.

Brand, Value Proposition and Core Message alignment

In many ways, digital marketing efforts have treated website development, marketing campaigns, and social media initiatives as largely separate elements of an overall package.

Yet, in 2021, brands are realizing the massive potential of harnessing a unified approach through these various channels to not only tell a story, as described above, but also to craft a company’s public persona and image.

Once you build your sales or marketing funnel you inevitably need to plan where all the campaigns will lead to – most probably your website or a landing page. There should be a fine consistency between all that and it should not be only the marketing campaigns but also the website that “convert” the traffic into quality leads once you have worked on the branding, offer, CTA, engagement, value proposition and the core message alignment.

UX/UI

User experience and user interface design considerations are moving to the fore in 2021 as more and more people use websites for everything from video conferencing to online education and beyond.

One noticeable area where this trend is prominent is the shift on the part of many websites and apps to offer a “dark-themed UI.” This basically inverses the colors and tones down the white and blue light emitted on-screen thus making for what some users feel is an easier and friendlier reading experience.

The quality of your content, the beauty of your graphic design, and the reputation of a company matters little if a website is clunky and hard to navigate.

Your homepage is the first opportunity to engage consumers. While you don’t need to include everything on the homepage, it does serve as the main access point for your message, branding, and site navigation.

Try to keep any written content as simple and concise as possible. Some web designs work well with a screenshot of information, while others are gravitating toward long scroll designs. Choose the homepage design you need, but always place the most important content (sales language, CTAs, etc.) near the top where users will see it immediately.

We will reveal the next 4 most important trends and tips for website development in part 2 of the article. Stay tuned… 

 

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ExpandX named top marketing and web agency for 2021 | by Clutch and the Manifest

ExpandX named top marketing and web agency for 2021 | by Clutch and the Manifest

ExpandX Marketing & Web named top agency for 2021

It is with great joy and appreciation that we have just been made aware that our company has been named as a top marketing and web agency for 2021 by Clutch and the Manifest. We are beyond grateful for the recognition from such a widely respected and recognized company.

This comes for a second year as in 2019, ExpandX Marketing & Web became the winner of the 2019 Global Leader Awards by Clutch.

Clutch is an established B2B review and rating agency from Washington, DC. It’s a market research firm that publishes credible content relating to the IT, advertising, marketing, production, and financial services industries. Every year, they hold an awards round to commemorate the best service providers from the aforementioned sectors.

While we stay humble and thankful wee would like to take this opportunity to thank out clients, and of course to our outstanding team! 

You can learn more about our services here or read our blog with our most recent articles dedicated to digital business, e-commerce, marketing, web development and other trends of the online businesses.

 

 
 
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How digital marketing helps businesses recover from Covid-19 | Part 2

How digital marketing helps businesses recover from Covid-19 | Part 2

It is super important to determine the right mix of activities on organic content, SEO and paid digital ads

Organic marketing activities are essential when a business is building up on the whole set of marketing activities mix. This is a long-term strategy that includes various aspects of content marketing and digital assets creation that will at a later stage turns out to be the fundamental pillars of your marketing.

Depending on the stage of your brand and business development as well as considering the audience you service key messages to there is of course the strategic aspect of running paid digital ads campaigns. How those are executed depends on a lot of factors. Some of the most used platforms are Facebook Ads, Google Ads, Instagram ads, and others.

The most important factors while and if working on activities on those two (organic and paid) activities is to synchronize in fine synergy the whole marketing message, the 4Ps, the business goals, the marketing goals, your digital assets, website, landing pages, audiences, buyer persona, geo-targeting, remarketing, retargientg and other key elements which are as already said part of both marketing activities.

In June 2020, eMarketer reported that 69.6 percent of U.S. respondents used social media to complete their purchases online. So no matter if organic or paid, your marketing efforts can not neglect that communication channels.

Research from Crowdtap also showed that almost half (46 percent) of social media users are now using social networks before or during shopping. Hence based on the social platform/s your business performs well, once you also run an analysis on the organic marketing activities you can enhance those with better performance, and drive more valuable traffic with the right strategy for paid digital ads.

Video content can reach best engagement and ROI levels

People love videos. Videos are now (easily) accessible from kind of device from anywhere in the world. 85% of all internet users in the United States watched online video content monthly on any of their devices. Data by Statista, 2018. People prefer to search, find and consume information via videos than reading long and sophisticated articles.

So here comes the question of how to utilize it in the best way possible all this for your business? Well, there are many ways and it really depends on the business goals, marketing stage of product ot services development, audiences, type of the video ads or video production, etc.

According to the Wyzowl report for example, videos on the landing pages can increase conversions up to 80%. Google also encourages video content and more likely to show your website on search results, if you have a video embedded on your site according to Moovly stats.

And most importantly, end-consumers (B2C) are constantly on mobile and consume video content. While Youtube reports how video consumption doubles each year, now it is time to present your product/service/brand in appealing video ads and also stay engaged with your audiences via this ever-growing communication channel.

Visual Storytelling

Visual storytelling is super important, super useful, and often neglected in marketing strategies. Visual storytelling in other words is saying a lot through visuals, graphics, images, visual content and even animations infographics.

Marketers often use visual storytelling to keep engagement levels at premium levels and work on the optimization of marketing or sales funnels.

Photographs, visuals, maps, and data… These are tools used in effective visual storytelling. MIT researchers state that the human brain is capable of processing an image in 13 milliseconds.

Visuals (in videos too) grab the attention of the reader, increases readability, and creates a connection right away. So, users become more open to navigate to a different link/page or product detail. The application of visual storytelling can be found in the whole landscape of marketing activities.

Being clear, consistent, and aligned with your brand

While all of these approaches and trends we outlined in our articles are crucial to utilizing effective marketing campaigns and bring you the best out of digital marketing in hard times like the current global pandemic, all of them work most effectively if aligned with your brand identity, corporate culture, value proposition, unique selling points and key marketing messages.

As a business, you should first know the mediums that your audience is present at, the resources they use, understand their expectations and what is important for them.

Then carry out extensive market research and based on that data received you can then build on your marketing strategy and set of marketing activities.

You need to find which social media platform, content strategy, and marketing tools work best for your business. Because each brand/company/product is a niche on its own, and the executives should carefully curate the possible methods and solutions.

 

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Facebook vs. Apple: Here’s what you need to know about their privacy ads battle

Facebook vs. Apple: Here’s what you need to know about their privacy ads battle

Maybe you have heard or may you have not but in recent events, Facebook has called out Apple Inc. for its privacy changes that restrict advertisers from running personalized ads. Here you can read more details on the topic.

So the details here are that the iPhone maker will in the coming months roll out an update to its iOS 14 operating system that prompts you to give apps permission to track their activity across other apps and the web. That change may seem small at first glance. In fact a lot of apps already track our web activity through default settings we accept when we install them.

Facebook, however, has been fuming about the change, which actually threatens the source of its $86 billion in annual revenue: targeted ads.

What will be the effect?

The social network has waged a months-long campaign against Apple, running full-page ads in newspapers and media outlets and testing pop-ups inside the Facebook app to encourage users to accept its tracking. It’s also alleged that Apple’s changes are designed to help the iPhone maker’s own business, rather than protect consumer privacy.

The facts however are the following: the app tracking transparency in iOS 14 will require apps to ask for permission to track user activity and will give users the option to limit apps from collecting data.

If users opt to restrict app tracking, Facebook claims that this will affect small and mid-sized businesses that rely heavily on targeted advertising to reach customers.

Without personalized (targeted) ads, Facebook states that “small business advertisers could see a cut of over 60% in their sales for every dollar they spend.” Facebook also pointed out that the updates can affect the measurement of campaign performance, making it difficult for advertisers to gauge the effectiveness of their campaigns.

How could this change affect me or my business?

“Apple may say that they’re doing this to help people, but the moves clearly track their competitive interests,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in January during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. Apple CEO Tim Cook says the change is rooted in the company’s belief that “users should have the choice over the data that is being collected about them and how it’s used.”

As a very short summary and useful tip we would like to point out that if you run digital ads and optimize, target, or report on mobile and desktop web events from Facebook pixel or any of their other business tools, you can take certain steps to prepare your event setup, tracking and management for these changes:

    1. Plan to operate with eight conversion events per domain.
    2. Initial configuration and how to change it.
    3. Complete domain verification.

If Apple gets its way, Facebook’s Audience Network is “basically” finished and may throw its conversion tracking and retargeting options into a whirlwind.

After all Tim Cook has also pointed out that Facebook can still track users. It just needs to get their permission first.

If you would like to know more on the topic send us a message or contact the team directly.

 

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How digital marketing helps businesses recover from Covid-19 | Part 1

How digital marketing helps businesses recover from Covid-19 | Part 1

 

The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns around the world had a disastrous effect on many businesses of various industries like retail stores, hotels, restaurants, and others. As a result companies, large and small, have intensified their digitalization activities developed new or improved existing e-commerce websites, and sought new means to stay connected with their clients through various digital communication channels.

The pandemic has actually prompted the projects that would have probably been implemented in several years from now. We see more and more of the digital transformation processes that have been on the agenda for years now being urgently on the top lists of priorities for businesses, corporations, and firms. With the pandemic still in action let’s dive into why digital marketing is now everybody’s savior and understand the advantages of it.

 

Having a website is not only a must but may not be enough

 

Nowadays having a website is far from enough. It is very important to have an effectively working, content-rich, easy to browse, easy to find, and engaging website that actually serves the best way possible to all the visitors that land there. There are so many micro-details that make the bigger picture look “beautiful” in the eyes of the audience. Would it be tech, design, marketing and sales, UX, UI, and other important factors that are some of the key elements making a website to be a way above average.

And things are just starting once you have your effective and working websites. You need quality traffic to visit your website. To return there for more of what you have to offer. To stay engaged with the content, products, or services presented. And here comes the digital marketing and communication strategy you will implement.

A study showed that 43 percent of customers find it super comforting to hear from companies that they trust in these unpredictable times. This means that you need to reach your audience through a complex mix of digital communication channels that is precisely developed and fits your business buyer persona digital behavior – that could be social medial platforms, video content platforms, blogs, email, live streams, and so on.

The most important factor is that the content delivered matches your brand’s communication strategy, business goals, and audiences’ needs. Otherwise, it is just only digital “noise” and is some cases even “pollution”.

There are of course various ways you can interact with your audience. Those are also defined by the nature of your business. If you are a B2B business for example you should also consider utilizing LinkedIn for your digital marketing activities.

Other B2C products or services that serve an end-consumer may consider utilizing Instagram or even Tiktok? Or building an online shop on Facebook.

Giant brands like Oreo, Pepsi, and Maybelline now use Tiktok challenges and such digital practices go viral also on Instagram. Considering 200 million Instagram users visit at least one business page in a day, a robust digital marketing strategy should create a comprehensive online presence on several platforms. But again, not random ones and not with random content.

An engaging, valuable, easy to understand and creative digital marketing strategy is the key component of winning businesses nowadays. And it refers to their websites, digital assets, online presence, content, and digital image.

 

Digital recipes: the 4Ps marketing mix

 

Many company owners and executives often mention the marketing mix or the marketing 4Ps in their meetings, agendas, and interviews. But how is this actually put into practice in the real world?

A lot of firms believe they have a high-quality product or service and so people should buy it. No second thought about it. However, they often don’t put their potential end-user first. And how the end-user, the buyer-persona by definition will engage with and react to the product characteristics (are they presented in the best possible way), to the price tags and the purchasing options, to the offers available?

By outlining all this we mean having solid answers to a set of questions related to your product or service:

 

  • Do you firmly know your USPs?
  • Like not some clichés but the real competitive advantages?
  • Are they easy to understand?
  • Do you know what customers exactly like about your products or services?
  • Why are they buying it and do they come for more?
  • What are your price tag opportunities and how you can utilize them the best way possible?
  • Where does your product or services stand against your competitors?
  • Do you express the value proposition through effectively thought the right digital assets, digital platforms, and digital communication?
  • What are the levels of brand consistency?
  • What is your customer acquisition cost? Do you have an appalling offer to present?
  • The list of questions goes on.

Having an excellent understanding of the above is crucial when marketing your products or services online. People have developed zero tolerance the opposite.

In addition, using digital marketing tools and advertising platforms like Google Ads and Facebook/Instagram ads will result in far more optimal KPI measurements and ad-spent budget allocation than conventional TV or radio ads or billboards, for example.

Online networks and social media platforms have long ago become the Place in the 4Ps definition. Good businesses have researched and found the most effective digital places where they need to be present in order to serve best their audiences, engage with them and build loyalty up.

Next week we will elaborate more on the topic and will publish Part 2 of the article. Stay tuned…

 

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