Announcing WordPress Essentials Webinar

Announcing WordPress Essentials Webinar

As we mentioned in a previous post, we are going to host several webinars throughout the year. The purpose of these webinars is to help you learn more about websites and digital marketing. Our purpose as a company is to help you grow your business and do what you were created to do. We believe that these webinars will be a great tool for you and your business.

WordPress Essentials

As we began working on the new version of our website, we decided a great way to kick off our webinars would be with a series on WordPress Essentials.

Building great, responsive websites is the core of who we are and what we do. At ShoesOptional, we work exclusively on WordPress. All of our sites are built on WordPress and we believe it is the best platform out there. But, we also know that WordPress can be confusing to someone who isn’t used to working with it. 

Our WordPress Essentials webinar is a 6 week course where we will be going over the basics of working with WordPress. We will explain why it is our favorite platform and give you all of the basics you need to work well with WordPress.  

What We’ll Cover:

We will start the course by looking at how to effectively build your presence online and then move into how WordPress works. We will look at things like:

  • The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
  • Right and wrong ways to use WordPress
  • Different hosting options with WordPress
  • Why free is never a good idea
  • And more

If you are a current client, a new client, or just someone wanting to learn more about how WordPress works, we highly encourage you to take advantage of this webinar.

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

What We Do and Why

There is a lot going on at ShoesOptional right now.

As we’ve started 2019, we have been thinking and talking a lot about who we are, what we do, and most importantly why we do it. Remembering why helps us confirm what we are already doing. Our goal as a company is to help businesses share their story. We want to help our clients be what they were created to be. You, our clients, are why we do what we do.

And a huge part of that is creating amazing websites. We will always be here to help with your website needs. Whether you need a brand new website, need maintenance on your current site, or your current site needs to be rescued, we are here to serve you. We will always be working on, building, and creating awesome mobile-friendly websites for our clients. That is our bread and butter, so to speak. It’s the foundation of what we do.

And we love it. We are grateful that we are able to serve our clients through their websites.

Our New Website

All of this discussion of who we are and why we are here has also led to some new things. As we’ve been discussing our identity as a company, we realized that our own website has been in need of a makeover.

So, along with working on client sites, we have also been working very hard on our own site. We wanted to make sure that our website reflects who we are and what we do. We cleaned up the design and rearranged a few of the pages so that they are easier for you to find what you need.

It has been a lot of work. But we are excited to show you the results later this week!

Webinars

 We have a lot of plans for 2019. Along with our new website, we have some exciting new things coming this year that we hope will enable us to serve you better. Of course building websites will always be our main thing. But, we also want to help you be able to do some things yourself. We want to teach other people what we know. We want to use our experience and knowledge to educate and coach others. 

The digital world can be intimidating. If you’re trying to run your business online it may be hard knowing where to start and what to do. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by social media and keeping your website up-to-date. You know you need a website, but you’re not sure how to get started. You know you need to be on social media, but which platform is the right one for your business?

Well, we want to help you out. We want to come alongside you in your business. So, we plan on hosting several webinars throughout the year. The goal of these webinars is to help educate you on what you need to run your business well online. They webinars will range in topic from WordPress Essentials to How to Simplify Your Social Media to understanding the Why of your business.

We look forward to seeing how these webinars will serve you and your business!

How to Become a Leading Digital Agency

How to Become a Leading Digital Agency

It’s no secret that the world of business today is extremely competitive. Everyone is looking for a way to make their business more appealing to their customers, and to do that, they need a digital marketing agency to plan a spectacular ad campaign for them. But with so many agencies out there, which one do they use? More importantly, how do you, as a digital agency, bring these businesses to you? Digital marketing is no different from any other business sphere…it’s just as competitive. In order to bring customers to you, you need to make your agency more appealing than your competitors. But how do you accomplish this task? In order to become a leading digital marketing agency, you are going to need the following three things.

Brand or Identity 

In order to become a leading digital marketing agency, you need something that they can identify you with, i.e. a brand or an identity. Customers need to know who you are and what you are about. Otherwise, why should they even give your business the time of day? Customers want to know exactly who they are going to be dealing with. They want to put a face behind the name. The identity of your agency provides them with exactly what they are looking for. If they know you and know what your goals for their company are, they will be more inclined to take their business to you digital agency because they will trust your vision. But you can’t bring in clients on your brand alone, you need to give them information on what the focus of your agency is. To do this, you need a great website.

Website

The Internet is the nucleus of all the information in existence. That’s why it is important to have a piece of territory on this giant terrain. The first place that anyone will look to find information on your business is the Internet. In most cases, what they find is what will be the deciding factor on whether or not they invest their time and resources in you. You want customers to be impressed by what they see. The quality of your agency’s website is a great place to start. But what does a great website look like?

A great website has four components. It must be simple, it must be professional, it must be clean, and it must be clear on what products and services are offered by the company it’s advertising.

Simple

First off – it must be simple. Your website cannot be overly complicated. If it’s too clustered with all of the information about your agency, potential customers won’t be able to understand what your are trying to say and will be turned off by it. But, if your website is designed in a way that gives all of your business’ information its own space, it will be easier for customers to understand what your company is about.

Professional

Next – it must be professional. Your website cannot look like it created by an amateur web designer. Customers want to work with the BEST people that they can. One of the best ways to determine the professionalism of a digital agency is to look at the agency’s website. If your website looks unprofessional, customers will assume that your business is the same way. Your website is often times the first glimpse of you that customers will see. You want it to reflect you. If your website looks professional, and it gives clients a sense of who you are, they will feel more comfortable bringing their business to you, because they will already have a sense of what their website will look like as well. In addition to being professional, the website must also be clean.

Clean

Thirdly – it must be clean. What does being a “clean” website mean? The term “clean” is referring to the design of the website. Your website has to be visually appealing. But how does one go about making their website design alluring to customers? One way is to utilize a color scheme.

Color Scheme

You want the colors that you choose for your website to look good together. You cannot just randomly choose colors and throw them onto your pages. One thing to remember is that you don’t want loud and obnoxious colors. Instead, try to go with a blend of some subtle, darker colors along with lighter tones. Clients look at your website to be able to get an idea of what their website might look like, so you want them to be impressed by yours.

Line Spacing

Another way to add to the quality of the design is through the line spacing on your pages. The information about your company should not be clustered together, but the lines should not seem like they are hundreds of miles apart either. Make sure that there is enough space to differentiate the lines. But not so much that you have to scroll down the page just to get from one line to the next.

Images

Other ways to make your design clean include adding large images to your pages and putting borders around the them. You want images of things that will reflect your company’s identity. If you are wondering how to go about finding these images, there are many online sources that offer downloadable images that are either free or very inexpensive. You also want the images to have borders around them so that they don’t completely blend into the page. One way to create borders is to use white space.

White Space

One last tip to making your design as appealing as possible is to add white space throughout your pages. Adding white space will break up the color scheme that you have chosen. If you put white space around important points or pictures you want clients to see, it will help them stand out more.

While the design of your website is a huge part of drawing customers to your agency, it is not the largest part.

Clear

Finally – it must be clear. Clients want to come to your website and know exactly what they are getting. In order to know what they are getting, your website must clearly state what your agency is about. It must contain all of the information about your company that is pertinent to your clients. As previously stated, your clients are going to come to your website for information about you first. Your want your website to entice them to you, and for that to happen, you need to tell them as much about your business as possible. Clients need to know what services you would offer them. For example, you could list what you include in your ad campaigns. Customers can look at this and determine if they want to use your agency. The more specific you are, the more people will know about you.

Now that customers have seen your website and know a lot about you, they have decided to bring their business to you. But what do you do now that they have come?

Relationships

In order to be successful in working with your clients, you need to develop relationships with them. They need to know that your care about their business as much as they do. They are relying on you to bring customers to them. In a way, the future of their company rests on your shoulders. It’s understandable if they are a little nervous. It’s hard to relinquish control of something of this magnitude of importance to someone that they barely know. This is why relationships are important. Customers will be more relaxed if they know you. They will feel like their company is in good hands. All of your customers need to feel this way. An important thing to remember is that you need to continue the relationships with your previous clients, as well as grow the relationship with your new clients.

Contact Us

At ShoesOptional, we are committed to giving our clients the very best we have to offer. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a leading digital agency, or if you want us to design a great website for you, feel free to email us at info@shoesoptional.com or call at (864) 688-9262.

Top 5 Things Your Digital Marketing Agency Should Provide

Top 5 Things Your Digital Marketing Agency Should Provide

Every business owner wants to find the best way to get their product out to the public. To do that, they need a good marketing campaign. However, marketing can be a difficult field to navigate, and with the advent of the Internet, it has changed a lot. That’s why it’s best to find an agency that is well versed in the newest forms of marketing. In today’s time, a digital marketing agency is the way to go. But you don’t just want to jump in and do business with the first digital agency that you find. You need to make sure that they are going to provide you with the following five items.

Relationship Building

When looking for a digital marketing agency, it is important to find one that will build a relationship with you. You want someone who is going to value your business as much as you do. After all, your business is your life. It’s important that the one who is advertising your company actually cares about your company. If they care, they are more likely to do everything they can to bolster you organization. You want an agency who is going to appreciate your business enough to get to know you. You have a vision for your company that you want others to know about. If the one who is supposed to tell potential customers about your vision doesn’t care about it themselves, they’re not worth your time. Not only do you want someone who is going to value you and your business, but you want great customer service from them as well.

Great Customer Service

With relationship building comes great customer service. It’s only natural that you would expect one with the other. The two go hand-in-hand. Now, this doesn’t mean calling at all hours of the day-and night-to update you on the status of your website (that would be incredibly creepy). Instead, it means providing you with regular updates on the success of the ad campaign, approaching you with any new ways of advertising, and listening to any ideas that you might have or want to implement. Remember, it’s your company, the agencies are here for YOUR benefit. With a relationship and great customer service in place, it’s time for agencies to tackle the third objective.

Expand Your Base

Digital marketing agencies are responsible for generating interest in your product or business from potential customers. As such, you need someone who will exhaust all options. Someone who is so committed to your success that they are willing to do whatever it takes to draw customers to you. But what does total commitment look like? One thing it involves is regular updates to your social media pages.

Social Media Management 

A large part of effective digital outreach is through social media. With the influence of the internet in everything today, social media has become one of the best ways to market products. Almost all companies today have Twitter and Facebook pages. Many of them have Instagram pages as well. Social media marketing is a major area that any digital agency should focus on. Because sites like Twitter are very popular, they make excellent ways to generate consumer intake to your business. In order to continue to bring clients to you, social media pages have to be updated regularly, which is where digital agencies come in. Digital agencies will monitor your pages and post updates to them. While social media management is an important area for digital marketing agencies to cover, there is one other that is just as significant to the growth of your company.

Reputation Management 

When it comes to business, people typically like to know what they are getting into. That’s why the reputation of your company is so important. When customers look up your business online, they will want to see reviews of your service or product. They want to know what others think about you. You may be thinking, “How do I handle what other people will think about me?” Believe it or not, a digital agency can help with that too. Their job in this process is to sort the good reviews from the bad to make sure that the good reviews will appear first. All you have to do is continue to provide the same great service or product that you have been.

How Shoesoptional Can Help

At Shoesoptional, the most important person is YOU. You know where you want your company to go, we simply provide the tools needed to get you there. We will provide you with all that you need to accomplish your goals. But we’re always open to any ideas that you have as well. Remember, it’s all about you! If you have any questions about a digital agency, or are looking to hire one, feel free to contact us at info@shoesoptional.com or (864) 688-9262.

Hidden Cost of Free

Hidden Cost of Free

The Hidden Cost of Free

Let’s be honest, everyone likes free stuff, especially in today’s world. It seems like everywhere we turn we are constantly bombarded with advertisements for free products or services. Free this or free that-it feels like almost everything is somehow free! But the question is…are these things really free? In terms of money, maybe. But when you really look at the big picture, you discover that nothing is ever truly free. The thing advertisers don’t tell customers about is the hidden cost of free.

What Is It?

What is the hidden cost of free? Really the question should be: what are the hidden COSTS of free, because there are a few. The biggest hidden cost is time. For instance, many website design companies offer free, do it yourself services. You don’t have to pay any money to them (which is always a plus), but there is one part that those “free” web design companies tend to leave out. Those do it yourself companies typically don’t tell you that it will cost you you’re time. Yes, money wise, it is free, but you are giving of your time to create your own website. Most people don’t like to spend large amounts of money on something like a website. So when someone tells you that something is not going to cost you anything, people tend to typically jump at that opportunity without thinking about other areas that might be affected. To a small business owner, not only is money valuable, but time is as well. There are only so many hours in a day. Small business owners have many tasks that they need to accomplish, but it always seems as if there is never enough time.

How ShoesOptional Can Help

At ShoesOptional, we understand how important time is to small business owners. We know that with everything else you have on your plate, the last thing you want to worry about is creating a website. That’s why we want to tackle that part of your “To Do List” for you. While we may not be free in terms of money, we definitely will help you free up some more of your time. If you have any questions about creating a website or are looking for someone to build a domain for you, contact us at info@shoesoptional.com or call us at (864) 688-9262.