User-Centered Web Design. Conversion-Focused Execution.

 

If you’re serious about your organization, you need a serious website. A templated website created from a free online tool won’t cut it anymore. Nor will $499 websites built by people who don’t understand your business or your goals. Real website design takes effort and insight.

 

Our website team will eliminate the cobwebs impeding your current site or deliver a robust new product to address your needs as they are today. If you’re in the market to convert prospects to customers or members, we accept the challenge.

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Start with the End in Mind

Every great website starts with a goal. What are you hiring the website to do for you? For almost all of our clients, the website’s job is to help produce revenue, and to do that we need the website to convert website visitors into leads or prospects. We start every website project as part of our ThinkFirst engagement, with an eye on what you want your website to do.

 

Beyond wanting more leads and conversions from your site, you might want a more mobile responsive site. You might want it to better reflect your brand values and key messages. You might want to better differentiate your company from the competition. We take all of this into account when building out your website strategy.

Website goal development

Know Your Audience

Do you know who visits your site? Do you know who should be visiting your site? This data tells us how your website acquires traffic and ultimately converts that traffic. We design websites for personas that we develop as part of our initial ThinkFirst process. We take into account your persona’s demographic characteristics as well as their technical competency.

 

We also spend time looking at Google Analytics for previous website traffic, and at data from other tools that indicate how your current site is performing against your competitors and peers. (And against your aspirational peers.) We use this data to build a path forward.

Website design strategy process

Develop a Great Plan

We ask so much from the content of our websites now; we want the content to apply to multiple channels. We want our users to find what they need. We want the search engines to crawl unimpeded to find the checks for their boxes. And we want credible, engaging content inspiring visitors to share it through social media. It’s important for your website to have a consistent brand message and voice, and to convey that across all written and visual imagery on the site.

 

The content development stage begins with the sitemap process. We want to build a new site (or a redesign) so that when prospects arrive on your site, they are moved through the sales process. Our goal is to do all this without losing any past domain authority you’ve built up over time with search engines.

Develop a website plan

Website Components

Home Page

A majority of your traffic starts here. Is it ready for conversion?

Main Pages

Every website needs to have pillar content to start the journey.

Category Pages

Search engines want to see your content in a well organized way.

Product Pages

Long-tail searches to individual product provide high ROI.

Blog and Resources

A centralized hub for your content marketing is vital for organic growth.

Conversion Mechanisms

Are there enough forms and CTAs in the right places on your site?

Make Your Website for Actual Humans

We want your website to show up in the eyes of Google but to be usable by the people you want to convert to customers. We build our websites with both of these goals.

 

“User Interface” (UI) and “User Experience” (UX) are almost used interchangeably today, unfortunately. The nuance is lost on many. UI focuses on the look and functionality of a product’s surfaces. UX concentrates on the ease and intuitiveness of the buyer’s journey to a sale or solve a problem. We firmly believe both are equally important and worthy of research, testing and evolution. 

Great website user experience design

End to End Web Development

The most bedazzled website in the galaxy showing off the flashiest plug-ins is useless if it’s hidden. Would you spend a small fortune getting dolled up for the big dance only to throw an invisibility cloak on top? No. We wouldn’t either.

 

Your website needs to be the marriage of creative design and content representative of your brand and goals to technical prowess. Sites must download in less than 1-3 seconds or you’ve likely lost your visitor.

 

The path through your site must be simple and intuitive, appropriately leading your buyer through his or her journey. Don’t create rabbit holes of frustration and opportunities for him or her to bounce elsewhere. Valve+Meter takes all these factors into account and develops a responsive site to achieve your goals. Let’s get started!

Website development process