If one more business owner tells me their website sucks because they're just "too darn busy to deal with it", I'm gonna hurl. That's like saying, "I'm doing business in my dirty underwear because I'm too busy to get dressed." Realize it or not, your website (or lack thereof) is very often the first impression your prospect or peer will have of you. Now, it's no longer a matter of having a website -- it's a matter of having a great one.
#1) Be Exciting
Most websites are informative, but dull. Not surprising. The Internet today is not
unlike TV in the early 50's when TV was the new media. Back then it was totally
exciting to have a radio announcer in front of a camera. It was revolutionary to
actually see the announcer holding the package of soap or toothpaste. What soon
followed was "The Golden Age" of TV when things took a major creative leap
There's a definite parallel today with the Internet.
Bill Bernbach, a great leader of that last creative evolution, stated;
"You can say the right thing about a product and nobody will listen. You've got to
say it in such a way that people will feel it in their gut. Because if they don't feel it,
nothing will happen. That's where the creativity comes in."
Applied to the Internet Bernbach's words resonate more than ever.
#2) Be Effective
So, what makes a website effective and creatively exciting? That depends on who
you talk to. A techie may say you need lots of flash animation. A designer may say
it's about the right layout and color scheme. Someone else may argue it's all about
blogs. When applied intelligently the latest design trend or technology is exciting.
But have you ever clicked on a site you're eager to see only to have to sit through a
self-indulgent 30-second flash intro? If the thinking behind the technology doesn't
respectfully address the mindset of the person viewing it, it doesn't matter how cool
An exciting, creative, effective website begins with a clear understanding of the
target audience and the marketing objectives you're trying to reach. Only then does
it take a fresh, simple, memorable creative approach that touches and moves that
audience on an emotional level. Accomplishing that takes strategically smart,
creative talent. So, if you don't have it, find it. The bottom line is that The Evolution
has begun. Don't be left behind.
John Follis is one of the 12 "Best Advertising Minds of New York" as voted by The
New York Ad Club. His campaigns are in 3 college textbooks, he has written for
ADWEEK, and he has taught at 3 New York universities. Currently, John works on
select projects, consults, and speaks. John may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For John's booklet: How to Attract and Excite Your Prospects: A Guide for Getting
the Best Marketing Results, visit: http://www.follisinc.com/booklet.htm
For consulting info, visit: Marketing Therapy: http://www.follisinc.com/therapy.htm
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