Web Design and Marketing Solutions for Business Websites
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/29/2007 - friends of ED
By: Kevin Potts
The best business websites serve their readers with strong content, well-architected design, and a focus on usability, readability, and accessibility. This book covers the fundamental aspects of building a website that works for the company, not against it. It covers the essentials of strong copywriting, and then dedicates several chapters to designing user-centric About, Products and Services, and Support sections. Your visitors come to your site because they are interested in your business and are therefore potential customers. This book covers taking advantage of that traffic by expanding the companys story through a corporate blog and using testimonials, case studies, and other third-party validation to reinforce the marketing message. With this knowledge you will be able to create and maintain a highly professional, polished business site. While a pleasing website is essential for any modern business, creating it is only a small piece of the online strategy. This book also discusses search engine optimization, using e-mail and RSS to communicate with customers and prospects, and advertising the corporate domain with paid search placement, online banners, text links, and more. The primary theme is using your corporate website to market the business effectively, from designing intelligent product pages to writing compelling e-mail newsletters. This book explores those ideas and offers compelling advice on how to take full advantage of the Web as a marketing medium. In this book you'll learn how to: Implement best practices in corporate web design, with a focus on common sections such as About, Products and Services, Customer Support, and more Use e-mail and RSS marketing to stay in touch with customers and prospects Apply simple and effective search engine optimization techniques to push your website higher in search engine results Advertise the site through e-mail, paid search placement, banner ads, and more Write professional, accessible, and usable pages to make your site available to everyone Summary of Contents Chapter 1: Overview Chapter 2: Content Chapter 3: Accessibility Chapter 4: Architecture and Navigation Chapter 5: The Homepage Chapter 6: The About Section Chapter 7: Products and Services Chapter 8: Independent Validation Chapter 9: The Corporate Blog Chapter 10: Customer Support Chapter 11: Contingency Planning Chapter 12: Legalese Chapter 13: Search Engine Optimization Chapter 14: Outbound Marketing Chapter 15: Online Advertising Appendix: Resources