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5 Advanced Methods to Promote Your Startup in 2019 (+ Bonus Tip)

So you’re starting up your business! Congratulations. While you must be thrilled at what lies ahead for your business, you also are probably a little nervous. I know that there is a lot to think about, but don’t forget the most important part of owning a business: marketing and promotion.

While this might not be on the top of your list, you need to make promoting your business a priority. The best thing you can do to promote your business is by creating engagement as well as trust. Here are five advanced methods to promote your new startup.

1. Create A Website That Sparks Conversation

The most successful businesses have websites that are filled with landing pages. Don’t just create one landing page for your website, create many.

Each landing page is a source to create new conversions and leads, so create as many as your site allows you to without looking spammy.

Here are more reasons to create (many) landing pages on your business’s website:

  • Landing pages help organize a website.
  • Landing pages spark conversation.
  • Landing pages create an increase in leads.
  • Landing pages allow more variety in your website which will lead to more conversions. This can also lead to longer time on site, which helps SEO in several ways.

Overall, creating more landing pages will lead to more conversions as well as a higher rank in Google.

2. Create Valuable Content With An Authoritative Voice

The only reason anyone goes on Google is to search for something. Maybe they want a recipe, or perhaps a personal chef. If your business has a website (which it should), you need a blog that publishes regular content that is valuable to its readers. It needs to have some relativity to your business and needs to have an authoritative voice.

If your blog posts are written by experts who have an authoritative voice and lots of valuable insights to share that are backed by statistics, your content will surely rank higher on Google. Not only will you have valuable content, but your trust score will also go up as people trust experts in their field to provide accurate information.

When reading an informative piece of content, you can always tell if the writer has confidence in their writing or not.  You can take an educated guess on if they actually know what they are writing about and if they took their time writing the article for their readers.

Look at it this way:

When you see a piece of content that is generic, short, and quickly thrown together are you going to waste your time and finish reading it? Probably not. When you have generic content, website visitors will leave your site quickly, which means that bounce rate will skyrocket and your website won’t rank well. Make sure all of your content is valuable and well-written.

One more tip when creating content:

It’s incredibly important to select the right keywords! Certain keywords are very hard to rank for, especially when you are a startup business just making your way into the online world. Find keywords that are easier to rank for but still relevant to your business.

3. Always Question Your Promotional Ideas

The best marketers go against the grain and come up with fresh, new ideas. Before doing what everyone else does, make sure that your idea right for your business. Don’t be afraid to take (small) risks and be different from everyone else.

For Example:

If every commercial during the Super Bowl was the same, would people look forward to the Super Bowl commercials? Probably not. Get (a little) risky and you have a bigger chance of getting noticed. Come up with new, fresh ideas to get people to come to your website and stay on there.

4. Develop Genuine Relationships With your Customers and Potential Clients

Trust score, personal touch, and user reviews will still be important in 2019. In fact, being personable will be more important than ever in the business world as people are having a harder time trusting businesses, especially when purchasing online.

If potential customers have “trust issues” when they visit your website, or if you aren’t getting personal enough with your current customers, your business could tank fast.

To measure your website’s “trust flow”, you can use Monitor Link’s  Free Backlink Checker tool

Some ways to earn a higher trust score:

  • Gain backlinks from websites with a high trust score.
  • Make yourself available to your customers by phone, email and social media. Add a chat feature if you can to your website.
  • Don’t hesitate to make customer service your #1 priority. Do not use chatbots to answer questions.
  • Ask your customers for reviews, testimonials, and suggestions.
  • Make sure your emails are professional.
  • Most importantly, be yourself.

5. Choose The Right Social Media Networks and Define When The Best Time To Post Is

Social media is important and will always be important. However, social media trends are constantly changing. This section will help you choose the right social media platforms and advise you on how to use social media to your business’s advantage.

Depending on your business, here are the (popular) social networking sites that you should consider marketing your brand on:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Youtube
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Other Sites You Should Consider Branding On:

  • Google+
  • Google My Business
  • TripAdvisor
  • SnapChat
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Yelp

Once you choose which of these websites you would like to create a business page/listing on, the next step is to start creating excellent content to gain new followers. Most of these websites also offer ads for your business to purchase to help build a social media following.

Here are some more ideas to build/maintain great social media profiles:

  • Offer a free trial/service/small product in an ad.
  • Post at the best time of the day for that social media site. You can find the best times to post on social media listed by website on Hubspot.
  • Use the correct hashtags to gain followers. You can even use one’s for various days of the week such as #ThursdayThoughts.
  • Pick a branded website hashtag.
  • Hold a contest to get brand awareness. Make sure they have to participate somehow much as follow your page in order to be entered in.
  • Reach out to influencers and like and share their content often. The more you do this, the more likely that eventually, they will return the favor.
  • Get a persona! Share pictures of your office, even your pet! The more personal you get, the more people will trust you and “like” your business.
  • Link to your social media accounts everywhere such as your website and newsletters.
  • Connect with similar businesses and cross-promote each other’s content and products.
  • Use humor and share fun games! Ask riddles, share jokes and create fun content like books and crossword puzzles.

Bonus Tip: Don’t Leave any Rock Unturned

No businesses can survive without customers.  You probably have all sorts of processes in place to ensure a customer emails are all address in a timely manure but missed phone calls typically don’t have any procedures in place.

The Bottom Line: Startups cannot afford to miss any customer. Cross-checking who called from an unknown number is a daily routine for most startup owners.

Summary

Now I want to turn it over to you: Which of these steps from today’s guide are you going to experiment with first?

Are you going to develop a relationship with your customer or connect with fellow business owners on social media?

Leave a comment below and let us know if you have any advanced startup tips you want to share!

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Basic Tips to Hire Mobile App Developers to Create App for Your Business

Mobile app industry is becoming competitive day-by-day. Every new day a new app is being developed and launched. In fact, mobile apps have become a necessary part of every conceivable business. Be it a salon chain or a local coffee shop, today every brand and business has its own app to let their customer book an appointment or order a latte.

Reason? – Well, right now, mobile apps are the easiest way to attract & engage customers, new as well as old ones. Plus, mobile app offers such a platform where you can manage a variety of your business processes at your fingertips. For example, you can earn extra revenue through in-app advertising, offer promos & discounts to attract a whole new audience, and more.

In short, creating a mobile app for your business, no matter small or big can be definitely beneficial. And since you’re reading this article, I’m assuming you already made the decision to make an app for your business.

So, in this article, I’ll be sharing the basic tips on how to hire mobile app developers and create an app for your business.

Basic Tips to Hire App Developers

First of all, there’s no shortage of mobile app developers for hire around the globe. But, finding the right ones will still seem like finding a needle in a haystack. And let’s be honest! – You just cannot allow any random stranger to develop your business app.

So, before you start your quest, you must keep in mind the following tips.

1 – Know The Basics

First of all, check which platforms are there and decide on which platform you would like to make an app for your business? Find out how much will it cost to develop an app (even approximately) and who would be the users of your mobile app?

Knowing these things beforehand will definitely help you have a clear vision and goal for your mobile app.

2 – Experience Matters the Most!

You wouldn’t want a doctor, fresh out of college and with no experience, to perform your knee surgery. Similarly, you also don’t want to hire a mobile app developer with no experience to work on your critical app project.

Experience matters a lot in this arena, especially if you want to develop an app for iPhone. And if you’re targeting the iOS platform, you need to hire iOS app developer who has at least 4-6 years of experience. Though he or she doesn’t need to be the top-level expert, they must have worked on a couple of projects. 

3 – Check What Their Past Clients Have to Say

Whether you hire a freelancer or an agency, you must seek feedback on their work from their previous clients. While you won’t be able to connect with every client personally, but you can still peep into their websites for client testimonials or better yet, get on the B2B review platforms for details.

Clutch & GoodFirms, for example, are the best market research and review platforms available today. And the process that they follow makes sure that no fake review is given and a transparent profile is shown to the buyers.

4 – Discuss & Decide about the Engagement Model and Payment Method Beforehand

Do not hire mobile app developers either freelancers or from an app development agency that does not have a proper engagement model. After all, you want to know why are you being charged a certain amount of money and not just how much.

Therefore, prefer to hire an app developer or a company that has multiple engagement models that allows you to either pay in monthly installments or pay per milestone completion.

5 – Lastly, Make Sure Your App is Delivered After Relevant Testing

You don’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on creating and launching an app that is buggy, right?

So, cross verify that your hired developer or agency have fixed all the bugs before final delivery. And if they don’t provide proper mobile app testing services, simply move out!

Also, in case the bugs are discovered only after the launch either by you or your users, have the developer fix it immediately. In fact, it’s best to prefer a developer or a team who provide post-launch support for a considerable amount of time.

Conclusion

There is no clear evaluation process for hiring mobile app developers. And whether to hire a freelance app developer or a mobile app development company completely depends on your preferences, budget, complexity, and urgency.

But before you choose, make sure to agree on a clear set of payment terms and communication tools you’ll use to interact on daily basis. And remember, hiring in-house mobile app developer(s) is a costly affair, and opting for an outsourcing agency will be definitely more reliable.

Lastly, if you feel that your app idea must be confidential, don’t hesitate to ask to sign an NDA contract. Don’t let anything slip. Good luck!

Author

Shahid Mansuri Co-founded Peerbits, one of the leading Software development company in USA, in 2011 which provides Blockchain app development services. His visionary leadership and flamboyant management style have yield fruitful results for the company. He believes in sharing his strong knowledge base with concentration on entrepreneurship and business.

Web: https://www.peerbits.com
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Hi-Tech is Making its Way into High-End Rentals

The concept of IoT is no longer foreign to the most of us. While homeowners have had the liberty to experiment with house automation, latest gadgets, and voice-activated devices, renters have been more restricted when it came to their living space. But leave it to investors and developers to come up with intelligent ideas that cater to the increasingly bold housing needs of a new generation of smart renters. While some smart home technologies were in development even before Bill Gates published The Road Ahead in 1995, The Internet of Things has enabled many aspects of the smart home to become reality.

Shifting focus to automation and a new generation of renters

Hi-tech rentals have now become reality due to increasing demand in home automation from a fresh demographic entering the real estate market. With 20-somethings looking for apartments for rent, the spotlight is no longer on classic amenities like indoor swimming pools and gyms. The housing industry is rapidly catching up with the new wave of smart amenities that any tech-savvy young renter finds appealing when looking for their first home.

It comes as no surprise that developers now focus on innovations designed to rethink residential amenities that match the lifestyle of potential renters in the current market.

Mobile apps at the front and center of the IoT landscape

IoT has come a long way from long tangled wires and hard code. The increasing use of mobile apps has drastically changed the entire connectivity experience in a relatively short time span. Millennial-geared apartment technology is slowly becoming the norm when incorporating smart home systems to rentals. Cities like New York, San Francisco or Portland are already offering smart alternatives to those looking for a rental in an app-controlled apartment building.

A good example is Portland’s IOTAS, which is based on an adaptive system that allows the app to better understand your habits and create patterns based on your personal preferences. Through the app, renters have the possibility of controlling lights, outlets, switches and motion sensors around the house. Other app-based technologies like Dwelo allow renters to adjust their thermostat, close or open doors, turn lights on or off and operate appliances throughout the house. It’s a matter of selecting the right mobile app that suits each renter’s daily needs.

Voice-activated devices experience surge in user popularity

Voice-activated features are becoming the standard for the rentals of tomorrow, especially in urban hubs. This trend can be attributed to the popularity of devices like Amazon’s Alexa, particularly among the younger demographic. Virtual assistant-type devices are in high demand and are already featured in recently-built luxury apartments. For example, 120 luxury units in Jackson Park come with voice automation for lights and switches, a smart thermostat that can be adjusted through voice command, and smart appliances and entertainment systems controlled through Amazon’s Echo Show. All this smart comfort comes at a price – the monthly rent for one of the 1,871 apartments that showcase such features goes up to $10,000.

At the core of all this drive for innovation lies a new type of renter for whom convenience goes hand in hand with aesthetics and efficiency. Technological developments are moving at such a rapid pace that it’s essential for the real estate industry to keep up. As they evolve, smart apartments incorporate everything new and dynamic that the housing sector has to offer, while also proving to be cost-efficient. And we are here to witness it.

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How Your Business Can Introduce A Multi-Cloud Strategy

As we head towards 2019, most businesses will continue to use the multi-cloud strategy approach and will harness the exceptional benefits of available cloud service providers to drive their business forward. With this trend only set to grow, this will be a decision that many IT decision makers will be looking to take. However, businesses need to understand what these clouds can do for them as this will allow you to better manage your strategy effectively to use each cloud’s amazing benefits. Here, we are taking you through how your business can introduce a multi-cloud strategy and its benefits.

Business Benefits To A Multi-Cloud Strategy

There are lots of amazing benefits to be had from implementing a multi-cloud strategy with the main one being that you will no longer be constrained by just one framework across your whole business. When you invest in multi-cloud strategies, every department will have the ability and flexibility to choose the service that is going to work best for them and what exactly they need. This also means that your business does not have to worry about being locked in with just one single vendor, as this can potentially leave your business at risk of being exposed to lots of different problems such as changes in their service or price hikes. When you invest in lots of different multi-cloud providers the business will the choice about where they are going to run cloud workloads, and this will give them the tools they need to try and minimize extra costs.

What’s more, using this type of strategy also means that you can get added geographical flexibility when handling data. When using all the leading cloud providers, they will have data centers across the world and many will require data for specific workloads is stored in specific national boundaries. Using the multi-cloud system, you will be able to meet these requirements but still, use the global cloud platform.

However, you do need to ensure that these are effectively managed and that you are minimizing any risk of widespread data loss. If this were to happen, you would need to implement disaster recovery as a service, which is also commonly known as DRaaS. DRaaS allows you to recover your data with minimum downtime and data loss. It will reproduce and recuperate virtual machines to the cloud and it does this by failing over from your data center to UKCloud’s trusted, value for money and well-connected cloud.

Security

GDPR is now in effect and data security is not more important than ever before unless you want to face a very hefty fine! New technology including machine learning and serverless computers are becoming more and more popular due to the extra security benefits that they bring to the cloud. We predict that there will be a continued big rise in serverless computers as they allow cloud instances to be scaled and patched instantly. This can then massively reduce your cyber risk. Using a multi-cloud system means that it is easier to prevent big scale data loss if you are hacked, as your information will be spread out across multiple clouds and platforms. However, you do need to make sure that these clouds are all being effectively managed.

The multi-cloud sector is making advancements rapidly and so this is something that you should definitely consider for your business as it quickly becomes the new normal. Adopt a multi-cloud strategy today to get all of the amazing benefits for your business that it has to offer.

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Update Your Dealership Website For Holiday Sales

The holiday season is upon us once again and that means a huge boost to sales in every industry. Of course, the auto industry is no different. Whether it’s for a gift, due to sales promotions, or because of a big yearly bonus, people seem to welcome any excuse to purchase a new vehicle at the end of the year.

Every dealership manager knows that this is the time of year to ready their location for what could be their busiest selling season – usually that week between Christmas and the New Year. It takes weeks of planning to deliver successful holiday promotions aimed at driving up foot traffic to gain an advantage over the competition, but one massive part of today’s market that’s easily overlooked is a dealership’s website.

Passive Versus Interactive Online Presence

A website can be much more than an advertisement meant to lure customers to the door. If all you’re offering is a selection of photos or digital flyers meant to entice customers to keep on clicking – or leave home and physically travel to your dealership – then your strategy may be holding you back. Why should your website just sit there waiting for clicks when you could employ a technology that allows your sales team to interact with new customers?

24-hour Live Chat Services

The simple addition of new dealer chat software can open up a satisfying range of experiences for anyone browsing your website. Within seconds of finding your site, a small window will appear in the lower corner of the screen, immediately connecting that potential customer with a live operator.

Better Customer Service

In today’s world of automated customer service, it’s nearly impossible to avoid annoying chatbots and connect with an actual person in real conversation. Live operators on dealer chat software can give your customers the rare satisfaction of feeling respected and assisted online. They’ll also have access to your dealership’s local inventory while allowing your sales team to jump into chats to provide enticing incentives and further information about individual vehicles.
The major benefit of this personal interaction is that it allows operators to help customers find exactly what they’re looking for, at a price range that’s tailored to suit their budget. This may not result in instant sales online, but it will allow you to generate excellent leads for your in-house sales team.

Customer Information

With the ability to track analytics on your website, operators can keep a personal profile on any customer that registers. You’ll get well-informed documentation on every potential buyer based on information gathered by live operators and data collected from their browsing habits. This dual strategy allows you to make informed suggestions for your clients and increase the potential of leads.
If you’re holding out on updating your dealership’s website with more interactive technology, you’re giving the competition an enormous advantage on the online market. All it takes are a few clicks for online customers to find a competitor with more attractive online services and you’ve lost them for good. Instead, update your website with the latest features to increase your holiday sales and jump to the top of online automotive sales.

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4 Apps that will help you stay away from any and every brain related problem

Studies conducted by various institutes have proven the importance of brain stimulation. It’s no secret that cognitive functioning declines as the brain ages. An active brain has a higher chance of surviving against age-related neurodegeneration than a slouchy one. Keeping your mind busy is vital when it comes to fighting off diseases as damaging as dementia.

Your brain needs the right nutrition and stimulation to keep working at its best. The human brain strives on challenges. It requires complex situations and problems to solve. Research reveals that problem-solving makes the brain healthier and assists in strengthening nerves. It helps generate new brain cells and makes the present cells stronger.

Similarly, people exercise to develop physical strength. Maintain their body, eat healthily and try to stay fit not only to look good but to also satisfy their self-esteem. The food you eat has a direct impact on your brain and the body. Lack of essential vitamins could be the main reason why you don’t feel like yourself. Longterm depression leads to a decline in cognition if left untreated.

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Brain fog, lethargy, and an inactive lifestyle are the problems faced by many adults. Sitting at a desk for long hours or staying immobile for more than 55 hours a week could cause mental problems. Minimal movements lead to a drop in oxytocin, a hormone that generates happy feelings and makes you lose your focus. The several hours spent in front of phones, televisions, and laptops is discouraged not only by ophthalmologists but also therapists. Continuous scrolling on social media apps can leave you isolated and cause feelings of depression. All these factors can eventually lead to brain damage.

Your brain is technically a supercomputer that performs multiple tasks per millisecond. It is the command center, and the tiniest malfunction could lead to a drastic change in your life. So how exactly can you keep your brain functioning properly and block the development of any brain-related problem?

You use the apps that improve your mind instead of those that damage it!

The claim that mental stimulation leads to enhanced neuroplasticity is the basis of the concept of brain training. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change and adapt according to the stimuli available. Human evolution from the hieroglyphs to algorithms is proof of how vital neuroplasticity is to us. Working on this surreal ability of the brain is precisely what you need. Here is a carefully curated list of 4 apps that will help you stay away from any and every brain related problem and keep your brain functioning at its best!

Lumosity

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Lumosity, a colorful and fun app, is thought of as the original brain trainer. The app has millions of user who can’t stop singing its praises. It focuses on the five, central cognitive functions of memory, speed, flexibility, problem-solving and attention.

The app was developed with the assistance of more than a hundred researchers who helped in the designing of each of the games. According to a citing on their website, 4700 people participated in a study, and their cognitive progress had improved monumentally by the use of this brilliant app.

Dementia statistic state that better cognitive functioning delays the onset of dementia. Crosswords and Sudoku are great games for your brain. But apparently, Lumosity is better for your mind than the said puzzles.

Duolingo

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Duolingo is a creative app that helps you learn different languages. The cute bird themed app helps stimulate language, memory, and attention. A boost in these cognitive functions can help you focus today and prevent brain damage in your later years. Learning multiple languages is closely linked with a higher level of intelligence and quick decision-making.

Being multilingual in the globalized world of today would benefit your image too. You could probably impress that french girl you met online with your stellar command on her language. And, you could get brownie points for being poetic in the language too!

Elevate

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Elevate is the app for everyone. It helps you improve comprehension, makes you solve mathematical problems and helps you speak and write. This app was voted the best iPhone app for 2014. But what makes it stand out is the ability to boost productivity, earning power and self-confidence. It has an overall adult feeling due to the focus being on text instead of captivating visuals. The serious tone and goal-oriented nature of this app have made it a favorite among its millions of users worldwide.

Braintest

Braintest is a scientific app that helps detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and dementia. It is a cognitive screening app that saves you from the hassle of visiting a doctor’s office when you’re doubtful about your mental health. The SAGE-based app provides an assessment and not a diagnosis. You have the opportunity to test yourself in the privacy of your own home. The results can be printed and used as the starting point of your conversation with doctors.

Wrapping up

People over forty should be vigilant with any changes in their behavior. Subtle signs of behavioral changes are the earliest sign of mental decline. Forgetfulness, irritability, hypersomnia or insomnia count among other signals.

Sharpen your mind with brain training and practices of productivity to have a better life today and also reap the benefits of this mindfulness when age-related neurodegeneration threatens you. Focus on your diet and try to consume foods rich in brain-boosting powers like berries, leafy vegetables, and nuts. Try to move around as much as you can.

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Set reminders on your phone to drink water at regular intervals. This will give you the opportunity to not only stay hydrated but also walk to the restrooms. Waking up at an earlier hour keeps your mind focused for longer. If you manage to limit your use of social media apps, then you are surely on your way to achieving all your health goals!

So, download these awesome apps and start testing the limits of your mind today!

About the Author:

Alma Causey is a Freelance writer by day and sports fan by night. She writes about tech education and health-related issues. Live simply, give generously, watch football and a technology lover.

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Can You Tackle The Web Design Trends For 2019?

Withthenever-ceasing tech revolution, we will see many new Web Design trends in 2019. This web design company shares the expert tips to tackle them.

It’s coming to the end of 2018, and we have been facing a lot more new in the Web Designs and the related trends.

2018 has been the year of many revolutions in the digital trends, and when it comes to website trends, they are never ceasing.

A website is an online presentation of a business and helps to bring new customers to the business.

Thus, it is entirely necessary for any business to have a website design that creates a lasting impact on customers and helps to convert the prospect into potential ones.

However, having a beautiful web design is not pleasing the visitors if the website takes long enough to load.

Google stats say that if your website takes less than 3 seconds to load the visitors will be staying, but if it is increasing then 3 seconds, they are supposed to quit the site.

Stats say if it takes 1 to 3 seconds, the bounce rate increases by 32 % and when it takes up to 5 seconds, the bounce rate hikes up to 90% and it is only going higher with the increasing load time.

The stats will only give you a nightmare, and if you still don’t wake up and understand the trends, you may fall behind the track.

Here, I come up with some of the known, but highly essential trends to tackle with web design in 2019.

1. No Compromise on the Speed

We read it earlier that the load speed of the website is not tolerable by the users.

They only wait for 3 seconds to check if they can visit the website; if it takes longer than that, the chances are they quit the site without seeing anything further.

It seems like centuries passing through the time of visitors if they have to wait and couldn’t get anything by that time. Which, in the result, leaves the worst user experience.

Whether you are a beginner or a completely settled business, it is entirely necessary for your business to maintain the best user experience for your users.

You cannot afford an attractive website if it is not helping any users to stay on your site and bother to see your services.

The websites with beautiful but heavy graphics are going to make the web page load slower and irritate the visitors because they will have to wait long.

It is going to cause a significant loss to the business if your visitors have to wait for the website to load and eventually leave your site with no fruitful experience.

Being an entrepreneur, you need to work on this aspect to shine among the competition in 2019.

If you don’t understand how to accomplish it, take assistance from a reputed web design agency for your website project.

2. Keeping designs flat and simple

Wait, what? Am I asking you to keep the design simple?

Well, Yes and here I will tell you why to adapt to this trend.

It can be seen from the recent past years’ experience that the web design created with heavy and beautiful graphics makes the website slower to load.

Also, it is visible that web designs with neat and straightforward graphics draw more traffic because of two reasons:

  • It is quicker to load for the desktop as well as mobile browsers
  • They help to get high SEO value

However, it does not mean that the flat designs are only limited to two dimensions. It is sheerly related to the austereness and usability.

It is an aspect that focuses on making your design clutter-free and increasing the reliability of the website.

However, simplicity doesn’t make it uninteresting. You can get the website design development service that is smart enough to make a web design which is simple but elegant at the same time.

You can get the graphics design services those understand the best contrasting colors and appropriately visible and beautiful fonts and settle them as per your business website requirements.

3. Making Mobile Responsive Websites

It is only unnecessary to describe how much have the mobile phones taken over the technology.

No matter what the age of a person is, he or she is engrossed in the mobile phones more than the desktop computers.

Thus, pointless to explain how important it is for the businesses to get the Mobile Responsive Website Design Services for their business.

This has been an ideal trend now that every business chooses to have responsive website design services to be able to cater to the vast population group regardless of the type of devices they use.

Responsive website design means that the site can adjust as per the size of the device screen from which the user visits it.

It adjusts the website to be able to perform with the same efficiency even on mobile with which it delivers on the desktop.

If you are a start-up business and are not keen to invest highly in the design, you can take assistance from many of the best website design companies for small business.

4. Grid Layout

Grid layouts are the ones that we have been using since ages of the outdoor ads.

A grid system helps the website design company to maintain the alignment of the images, content, headlines, CTA irrespective of the medium they are working in.

Grids were kept out of the web designs for a long time making them more sloppy. It made users only to focus on the essential parts of the page.

However, later with the time, Grids came more into trends because of their look being different from other websites and at the same time not appearing as sloppy.

The designers at any responsive website design company can achieve this by breaking the grid pattern and cleanly planning the asymmetry.

Smart web designing company sites use the grid layouts differently by unusual placements, different colors & textures, irregular patterns, white space, and creative content.

These designs easily catch the users’ eyes and keep them engaged with the website with the delightful user experience.

5. Shapes

When it comes to designing, how can we forget about shapes on the web design?

In the tug of war between the flat designs and grid layouts, we see a simple yet an elegant trend of shapes shining out.

While keeping the design simple, the geometric shapes still give it an essential beauty to differentiate from a simple flat design and not making it a heavy loading design.

It is like a bridge between the flat design and grid layout giving the users an eye-soothing experience yet keeping them on the track with the website to focus on the essential aspects.

Smart website design development service providers know how to use this design element and fit them according to the personality of the business.

Like colors, shapes also represent emotions which the best website builder for small business also understands and delivers the design that looks like the complete online representation of the company.

6. More Advancements

The first advancement I will talk about is Video Backgrounds.

You might be thinking that just a minute ago you read that load speed is such a significant issue in the website conversion, but again I am discussing the videos on the websites.

However, regardless of the speed issues, Video backgrounds have shown up as more promising to boost up the conversion rates.

Videos have proven to be more interesting than text or images ever and hence if you design a website with an impressive video background, it is going to break those glass ceilings for your business in 2019.

Second, I would discuss Bots on your website. This feature is a very new yet useful element bringing a huge curve on the Web Design graph.

A chatbot on your website is always intriguing and bringing high conversion rates.

These chatbots encourage the visitors to talk to you or submit their queries on your website; which in return can bring your business a potential customer.

The top 10 website design companies across the world have mastered this skill and are up with innovative ideas to include in this design trend always.

Conclusion:

Well, these are some handful of the trends that we will see in the coming year 2019.

No one knows what the future is about to present to us. However, being future ready is what a business should always do.

Thus, it is quite advisable to hire a responsive website design company which can help you with the required website design development services.

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How to Create the Right Customer Engagement Strategy

Every manager, entrepreneur or business owner is aware of the importance of winning over their target audience. Naturally, no prospect can be made unless there is a great product or service at a price the customers are ready to pay, but even that is no longer enough. To achieve all goals, a business has to engage customers and provide amazing service and support in return.

Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. To engage someone, you need to know them relatively well, i.e. you should be able to identify their needs. If they feel you’re catering to their needs, they’ll be more likely to form a long-term and loyal relationship with you and your company. So, how is that achieved best?

Communication is the key

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Engagement is based on communication. Luckily, social media platforms make it quite easy to establish and maintain such contacts with all your existing and prospective customers. This is also the preferred channel of communication, especially among younger generations. The key is to be consistent in this communication so that your audience doesn’t feel neglected or abandoned.

Take their needs into account

Although your ultimate goal is to sell your offer to customers, you have to understand that this communication is not a one-way street. If you respond to comment put forward by your customers, you’re showing that you’re listening to what they have to say. Also, every comment they make is invaluable feedback about how you’re doing. What’s more, you should encourage them to express their opinion by asking for it!

Quality of the content

There can be little or no customer engagement is there is no quality content offered by a company. It has to be informative, succinct and, above all, relevant. If you manage to provide such content on a regular basis, your customers will be much more likely to respond to it and your audience can only grow. Don’t underestimate the power of images and videos either. If you think this is all too much for you, you might want to consider hiring professionals, such as these experts in SEO from New York, who can help you with your digital presence.

Be flexible and available

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Modern people are not ready to wait long for a response. They even expect you to be available almost at any time and on any day. Since having someone always ready to answer any queries is quite expensive for most companies, many of them are using a chatbot feature. This is software that mimics human behavior and conversation. They have come a long way since they were first introduced to the world of marketing and customer care and they can now lead simultaneous conversations with many users.

Create brand loyalty

It’s a well-known fact that it’s much more time- and money-consuming to attract a new customer than keep an existing one. You want people to love your brand and come back to purchase from you again and again. Their satisfaction inevitably transfers into a positive word-of-mouth, which we all know is the best and cheapest form of advertising. In order to have a clear picture of how loyal your customers are, you should look into their engagement, among other features. The more engaged they are, the more likely it is they’ll be loyal to your brand.

Rewards pay off

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In this highly competitive world, it’s often not enough to simply provide great service and support, but your customers also expect to be rewarded for their loyalty. Whether you do it by acknowledging their loyalty or offering discounts and exclusive offers is up to you to decide. Just make sure they see you’ve noticed and appreciated their engagement.

Creating the right engagement strategy is not an easy task. It involves making the right calls and being consistent and persistent. However, it is absolutely necessary for every business if it’s to rise above the rest and grow. So, instead of deciding whether you need to get your customer engaged, you should be asking how to engage them.

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Four Tips to Increase Your Followers on Instragam

Who else thinks that since Mark Zuckerberg purchased Instagram, the photo-sharing app has transitioned from being an ordinary fun app? In fact, the number of active users monthly has been over 600 million with over 90 million photos shared and over 1.6 billion likes between them according to this infographic, now that’s amazing.

However, since Instagram has changed a lot since its conception and release, it has also become more difficult to get followers now than ever before. Now, to get Instagram followers some fresh strategies and methods of approach are required. These methods have been used repeatedly by Instagram professionals and celebrities and have been proven to work effectively. In this article, we would be explaining five of them.

Here are four important ways to increase your followers on Instagram:

1. Have a complete Instagram profile

Nowadays, to get many Instagram followers, you must pay attention to what your Instagram page looks like. This includes having a picture, name, short bio and URL on your bio. This is very important if you want to get Instagram followers as it is the first chance you have to create that first impression and compel people to hit the “follow” button when they land on your page.

Your Instagram profile is now like your homepage, and it has become increasingly important to modify it and arrange it in the best way suitable as customers now look to Instagram to find new business.

2. Follow suggested users

One of the key methods of getting more followers is by actually following more people. One of the ways to do this is by going to the “Explore” section and start following some suggested users. About one-third of the people you follow will follow back if they like your Instagram profile. However, do not overdo this step as you don’t want to have more people you’re following than people following you.

3. Create awesome visual content

Getting people to view your page is half the job most of the time. When you get them to your page, the quality of your profile and more importantly, content will propel them to hit the follow button without thinking twice. To achieve this, ensure that your pictures are clear enough with good back up captions relating to those pictures. Videos are also important to pass clear messages.

4. Use Hashtags

Ensure you use hashtags that are related to your posts. For example, use hashtags like #WhiteHouse #DonaldTrump if you take a picture with the President in the White House. You can also use hashtags that are not totally related to your post to expose you to a wider audience.

Getting many Instagram followers in this day is the start of something big and important in your business and brand, so be sure to take the measures listed above accurately to achieve this step.

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The Importance of Marketing in Dental Industry

In the previous decades, dentists relied on the word of the mouth, if you pardon the pun, and community reputation to build their practices and business. However, today dental health practitioners need to adopt digital marketing in building their new image. By the year 2021, the total global revenue for the dental industry is projected to reach $36.8 billion, with strong indicators that the driving force behind such a revenue surge is going to be the shift towards digital marketing. If you’re not really sure about how to market your dental business, let’s take a look at the most promising trends.

The current situation

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According to the American Dental Association (ADA) reports, in 2016 there were more than 196,000 licensed dental practitioners in the country, including those in special fields like orthodontists and oral surgeons. The Australian Dental Workforce In Numbers Report published by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) shows that the number of dentists in Australia grows by 2% annually, increasing to 16,781 in the twelve months to December 2016. Such figures have prompted dentists, like many other businesses, to look for new ways to differentiate their practices from the clinics down the road.

High population mobility

According to the U.S. Census Bureau data, about 12% of people move to a new location every year. To take Australia for comparison, the data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that 350,000 people have moved between states and territories in 2015. When it comes to overseas migration, Australia is the only country that received more historic migration from the US than the US received from it. The ABS data shows, however, that Americans in Australia aren’t overwhelmingly retirees, but largely people in pursuit of work and schooling, motivated by the stout economic growth and shared language. So why are these migrations important for the dental industry?

Marketing based on location

Because with each person or family moving to a new community, there’s the issue of finding a new dental provider. The increase in mobile usage has driven more marketing strategies to optimize local marketing approaches. Optimizing your local SEO is an important move for staying ahead of the competition. One way of doing it is utilizing local keywords in your SEO strategy, or for example, if the client is browsing for the best Chatswood orthodontist, they can use a simple Google search or a specialized service finding social media.

Smart content leads to value

One of the ways that the digital world is changing the dental industry is, by the way, people value and choose a dentist. While in the past it used to be the respect and authority that win the industry and community, today it’s no longer the case. So, when you’re marketing your dental business, you need to appeal to a new mindset, which is more interested in what value you can add to their lives than 20 years of great service and experience that stand behind you. In 2018 and onwards, the dental industry is expected to make a strong turn towards providing value-based content, focused primarily on the customer, rather than on your dental business. A website that provides valuable information to the clients on their landing page is going to get a much higher response than content that only highlights your experience and success in helping clients with gum problems.

Optimize for mobile

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Mobile optimization today is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. Since more people use mobile devices than desktop and laptop computers for their daily searches, your site and SEO need to be optimized to reach them. This means replacing boxy lengths of text with a captivating homepage and an easy contact icon. Mobile users also love videos, so if you have one, your page is guaranteed to see a surge in visits. Finally, include the same-day appointment option and the appointment schedule calendar on your landing page.
These simple digital marketing strategies will ensure that years of your dental practitioner experience find their way to the new clients, who are always looking for the best value for their money but much quicker to make an appointment if your local SEO is done right.