Answers to some questions you are probably thinking about
and some you probably aren't
Why bother having a Website?
In business, a website is expected. It is widely, if subliminally, regarded as a validation of stability. Without one, your competitors will gain an advantage. The more professional the site, the more professional the business will seem.
A website is the single most cost effective and fundamental marketing tool. It can be as local or as International as you like.
Customers and Clients can engage with your business from anywhere, and if you’re selling, they can buy 24/7.
Irish homes that have access to the internet
Irish businesses that have a website
40% of the world population has an internet connection today.
In 1995, it was less than 1%.
What does it cost? And why
At college I studied Architecture, and I have been a designer all my life.
The one thing all designers discover early on, is that most of the time, you are not designing at all, you are compiling facts and figures and gathering information.
With Web sites that bit is called content, and Content is King.
As with all media, it is the written word, photographs, video and sound that make up those essential ingredients.
I typically spend 80% of my time researching, writing copy and sourcing images, 10% organising them into a meaningful and relevant format, and just 10% on the style and aesthetics.
Time is money.
If your site requires very little content, or if you have already assembled relevant, quality text and images, it will cost just a few hundred Euro.
How do I get started?
Firstly, we need to talk, it will cost nothing.
The complexity and diversity websites requirements is endless, and I need to arrive at a clear understanding of what your objectives and expectations are.
From there we may move straight to a complete sample site, or for more complex projects, I will compile a design document of agreed development, possibly in several phases or iterations.
Contact me here..
Will I be able to add to my own website?
Some clients need to add news items, products etc. which are usually straightforward functions.
I can give training on that at handover time.
Can I be top of the list in a Google search?
relevant, interesting sites that do what they say on the tin, and that people want to visit.
As it happens, that is precisely what we want also!
The most popular activities on the internet in the last three months of 2012
- Email 66%
- information about goods or services 63%
- travel or travel accommodation 46%
- social networking 45%
Thousand Million users in 2005
Thousand Million users in 2015
Here are some interesting facts about Google
Google processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average
Sites that took Google a month to index in 1999 now take less than one minute.
At the start of 2013 Google had 65% of world web searches, Yahoo 4.9%, Bing 2.5%
2.3 million e-mails are sent per second
87,000 Youtube videos are viewed per second
billion searches per day
of web searches use Google
of queries have never been asked before
computers used in 0.2 seconds to retrieve a single answer
About Social Media
The use of Social media to promote businesses and products has become an essential component of web design, it can be extremely targeted and exceptionally quick in getting your message out there.
- Social networkers who use Facebook 52%
- Facebook users who are active every day 70%
- talk about offers and promotions 74%
- Irish consumers seek purchasing advice on social media 44%
- report approval of service or goods 15%
- use it to report dissatisfaction 15%
Figures taken from eightytwenty.ie April 2013