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Becoming Mobile Friendly For 2019

The implementation of responsive web design techniques will ensure that your website will display and perform perfectly across a variety of different platforms.

Keeping up with the sheer number of different devices which can be used to a view a website is a difficult job. However, thanks to our ability to create responsive web designs, this is no longer the case. We can help your web visitors achieve the optimum experience regardless of how the visit your website.

As the user switches from their desktop computer to their iPad, the website should automatically switch to accommodate for resolution, image size etc. Essentially, we will ensure that your website has to the technology to automatically adjust to different devices.

What Are The Advantages Responsive Web Design?

  • Associated Costs: Responsive web design ensures that you only have one website rather than many.
  • Reduced Maintenance: Only having one website across all platforms ensures that you will not have to manage multiple web sites.
  • Consistent Experience: Visitors to your website should receive the same high level experience, regardless of the device they use to access it.

Other important advantages include the following:

Improved Search Engine Rankings

Search engines recommend responsive development for mobile website design and favour mobile friendliness in their search engine result page (SERP) rankings. Responsive sites have only one URL and the same HTML code across all devices which make it easier for search engines such as Google to find, index and organise content from a single company site than from two or more sites.  A higher ranking goes hand in hand with increased conversions. A single URL is also easier for users to share and link to.

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Reduced Bounce Rates

Today’s customer is nearly always well informed. They will only stick to your content if it’s engaging and if what you’re offering is easily and quickly found. If your web-only site doesn’t translate well to multiple devices such as smart phones and tablets, you can as well forget about sales from numerous potential buyers. Research has it that a website that is not mobile friendly will have an immediate bounce rate of about 40%.

All in all, there can be little doubt that the creation of a responsive web design is certainly beneficial. With Google even penalising websites which are not responsive in mobile search results, we certainly recommend the creation of a responsive website for all our clients.

Further Information

For more information on how Footprint Web Design can help you, or to inquire about a quote, please contact us on 01883 372488, or email us at: info@footprint.co.uk

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By | December 17th, 2018|Mobile|Comments Off on Becoming Mobile Friendly For 2019

Keeping Things Moving Forward At Christmas

Christmas is a busy time of year and, what with work and social commitments, you can guarantee that the last 2 weeks of December are not going to be the most productive!

So how do you stop your website’s SEO commitments from slipping, during this festive period? We know your online presence is one of the most important aspects of your business and the time of year should make no difference.

Footprint employ a dedicated team of SEO professionals, who offer bespoke solutions to our clients – all year round! We’ll make sure that your website doesn’t suffer the dearth of activity that so many others do; keeping you on top of the game (and the rankings) into the new year.

Business doesn’t stop and, in today’s economic climate, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your website is working as hard as possible for you.

Our team have been at the cutting edge of SEO since it came into play – and have a great understanding of all the tricks of the trade to keep you at the top of Google‘s (and the other major search engines) rankings.

Amongst many others, our team specialise in the following areas:

  • Social Media presence (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.)
  • Maximising Google Rankings
  • Creating Quality Content
  • Blogging
  • Maximising Online Visibility
  • Performance Monitoring & Feedback

Contact us today to arrange a bespoke solution for your business, and make sure your website is the star at the top of the tree this Christmas!

Further Information

For more information on how Footprint Web Design can help you, or to inquire about a quote, please contact us on 01883 372488, or email us at: info@footprint.co.uk

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By | December 12th, 2018|SEO|Comments Off on Keeping Things Moving Forward At Christmas

3 Reasons Why Your Business Must Use a Digital Agency

We understand that outsourcing work which you believe can be completed in-house may not seem like a good use of valuable resources. However, the question must be asked, if you decide to keep things in-house, can you dedicate the necessary time to be successful?

Let’s be honest, digital marketing isn’t easy. In order to succeed, it takes time and effort, something that few businesses can afford on top of their core work.

Below we have outlined 3 of the main reasons we believe outsourcing work to a reputable digital agency (such as ourselves!) is a great use of your finances.

No. 1 – Reducing The Workload

All businesses are faced with one insurmountable issue – there are only so many hours in the day!

Staying up to date with essential work can be tough enough. Adding additional work into the mix can be very time consuming and a distraction.

Outsource work such as website maintenance, SEO, Social Media management and content creation. You can then can focus on the aspects of your work which need your attention.

No. 2 – Reaching Areas Other Agencies Cannot Reach

Can you justify paying the money needed to access some of the more important tools relating to online marketing?

Simple economics highlight the fact that it’s nearly always far more economical for agencies to pay for the best digital marketing software and services.

Whilst any business can gain access to almost any online tool, digital agencies are able to offer the chance to tap into the best in class tools due to those same tools being used across a large array of clients.

No. 3 – Offering a Fresh Pair of Eyes

The truth is that your own personal perspective of your business and reality may not be the same thing.

Sometimes, a fresh pair of eyes and some outside input can help to take your business in new directions which can really push things forward.

An agency such as Footprint Web Design can help deliver a clear and fresh perspective of any business.

Further Information

Footprint specialise in creating bespoke websites designed to help take your business to another level. We have been providing web design Surrey since 1998 and if you’d like to speak to us regarding any of our services, give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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By | December 10th, 2018|Web Design|Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why Your Business Must Use a Digital Agency

The Top 5 Review Gathering Practices To Avoid

Google has recently introduced a fairly comprehensive list of ‘does and don’ts’ relating to gathering reviews from business. Whilst many fall under Google’s ‘Prohibited and Restricted Content’ guidelines they can also be applied to your review gathering practices across all platforms.

To help steer you away from practices which may land you on shaky ground, we have outlined the top 5 review gathering practices avoid:

No. 1 – Do not use review gating

‘Review gating’ is one of the more recent additions to Google’s Review guidelines and essentially means that local businesses can no longer use a third-party tool to filter out negative reviews. In the past, software has enabled businesses to cherry-pick positive reviews by using software to filter out bad reviews and create a false impression of their business.

As of summer 2018, this practice is no longer permitted, with Google guidelines stating:

“Don’t discourage or prohibit negative reviews or selectively solicit positive reviews from customers.”

No. 2 – Do not review your own business

The whole point of allowing customers to leave reviews is to try and gather honest and unbiased accounts of genuine customer experiences. Leaving a review for your own business (or asking a member of staff to leave one on your behalf) flies in the face of this and is against Google Review guidelines for obvious reasons.

No. 3 – Do not review competitors

Leaving false reviews relating to competing businesses is classed by Google as “posting content about a competitor to manipulate their ratings”. Whilst Google doesn’t specifically state in its guidelines what the penalty for this practice may be, we are very confident that at the lower end of the scale, the review in question will be removed, whilst at the higher end of the scale, your website may even be subjected to a Google penalty, which can lead to a world of trouble for your business.

No. 4 – Do not accept or offer money to leave a review

Google does not condone incentivising customers to leave a review for your business. By offering any form of kickback (money, vouchers, prizes etc) to leave a review, you are clearly creating an  environment where the reviewer is more likely to leave a review which may not be true in return for financial gain.

This goes very much against Google’s wishes to offer an unbiased overview of customer experience and one that may leave you liable for punishment from Google.

No. 5 – Do not encourage reviews in bulk

It is just simple bad practice to generate a large influx of reviews over a short period of time as opposed to a drip feed over longer.

Whilst it is always tempting to try and bolster your review count in one swift go, a consistent approach is a far better way to provide an overview of customer experience that is authentic, useful and accurate.

Further Information

Footprint specialise in creating bespoke websites designed to help take your business to another level. We have been providing SEO Surrey since 1998 and if you’d like to speak to us regarding any of our services, give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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By | December 3rd, 2018|Reviews|Comments Off on The Top 5 Review Gathering Practices To Avoid
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