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Insurance marketing is more than website design

November 28, 2012

Your insurance website went live online with a huge fanfare, but weeks later, there are no conversions.

You are proud of your insurance website and put a lot of work into it. You did everything right, as far as you know, but in tracking your online traffic, you discover potential clients did not go past your home page. What’s up with that? By the way, this happens to a lot of insurance agents, so don’t worry too much.

What’s happening is this: your new website was designed to get attention from the search engines, but that alone is not enough. It needs to do more than just sit there and look pretty. Pretty might appeal to some visitors, but they are not visiting your website to look at how nice it is, they are there to get information and buy a product. If your site does not offer them what they need, they will leave – in droves.

While your website might be pretty nifty, or was done the way you asked for it to be done, the results are not making you happy. Here is something you can do to find out what is going on, and what you can do to turn things around: Perform usability testing. This means asking a wide variety of experienced online users to visit your site, and give you feedback. Remember, your site was not designed just for you and your staff, it is for customers who want to use your services and buy your products, and that is a different point of view.

If you can put yourself in your customer’s shoes, you have a better chance of designing something they need and want to help them make informed decisions about their insurance needs. When your users offer feedback, immediately fix what does not work, is vague or that no one seems to understands. Then stick with what works, and learn the lesson of seeing your insurance website through the eyes of your potential customers.

If you do not have the experience to design your own website, or even track the results when people visit it, then consider hiring an experienced search engine optimization company, with a proven track record. Find one with a track record in the insurance industry, and you have two birds in one bush, and are well on your way to having a website that does what you need it to do – perform and convert customers.

Ready to Quote is an insurance marketing company, ReadytoQuote.com. ReadytoQuote.com specializes in marketing insurance websites online. Learn more at ReadytoQuote.com.

Insurance Marketing Takes Two To Tango

November 21, 2012

It takes two to accomplish the search engine optimization (SEO) tango, website design and content.

Just because it takes two components to make an effective search engine optimized website perform well on the Internet, that does not mean you need two kinds on online companies, marketers and designers. Ideally, those two necessary components work as one to produce what you need.

There is a long-standing debate over making a website chockfull of words or making it pretty. Both are right, because if you design an ugly website with good content, visitors are not likely to convert. So, no matter how much traffic that website may get, it does you no good in the long run.

Check this out for yourself by surfing Google for your competition. The first page-ranked websites are well designed, clean, professional, and crisp and upload fast. They also have superior content. It is no surprise these insurance websites rank where they do. It is simple: clean, professional websites convert better and rank higher – period.

You may be wondering why many SEO companies don’t pay much attention to professional website design. SEO companies are typically run by analytical specialists, whose main goal is to get a website ranked well. They are not artists or designers. This is why it takes two to tango when performing SEO on an insurance website. Both factions make the whole shebang work seamlessly.

In the design phase, ask the designer what strategy they use to maximize your SEO exposure. Understand they do not deal with the analytical side of this equation, but they do understand what not to do to allow the SEO gurus to do their job when they are done. For instance, they strive for a clean look, with calls to action at the top of the page. This strategy converts well. You may see that in action by checking out insurance websites with instant price quoting available to consumers, visible the moment they land on a page.

Chose to work with a guaranteed SEO company? If you are shooting for a first page ranking, the company may require you to update your website design to make it more Internet and search engine compliant. So, as you can see, design makes a “huge” difference. With easy to read text, that is straightforward, clear and to the point, an easy to navigate site and simple vertical layouts, the search engines will love your site – and rank you better. Sweet.

Here’s the scoop. Find a SEO company with an in-house website designer. Now you are well on your way to a good Google ranking.

Ready to Quote is an insurance marketing company, ReadytoQuote.com. ReadytoQuote.com specializes in marketing insurance websites online. Learn more at ReadytoQuote.com.