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What are the best free design tools for B2B content writers?

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  12, September, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

As a writer with oodles of interesting ideas and creative flair you might be tempted to explore your artistic side every now and then and create custom visual content that will complement your copy. So, if you're in the mood for some light experimentation, what tools are available to you, and how easy are they to pick up and give a go?

Here's a short guide to the best free assets for your visual content toolkit.

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How to fold SEO into your website design

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  26, August, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Are your website designs sensitive enough to modern SEO tactics?

Incorporating SEO best practices into your website from the ground up will help you to increase the quality and volume of website traffic, and deliver a more pleasing user experience for your site visitors.

Follow these tips to build a business website that both bots and people will love.

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What's the secret to making a persuasive CTA in HubSpot?

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  17, July, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

'Call-to-action’ (CTA) describes a website element that is designed to promote an offer and guide visitors toward it. Typically, they come in the shape of a button, image or textual hyperlink. CTAs are a powerful marketing tool that help to increase awareness and invite meaningful engagement from potential - or existing - customers. They can be thought of as a directional cue that shows interested parties where to head next.

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3 videos people want to see on your B2B website

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  24, April, 2019  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

87% of marketing professionals use video as a digital marketing tool. And Cisco has predicted that by 2021, more than 80% of internet traffic will be video.

The demand is there, as is the accessibility and affordability. The big question is, where do you start?

Here's an introduction to the 3 most impactful B2B videos your business can create.

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Image alt-text: the good the bad and the ugly

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  12, December, 2018  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Images are a key component for almost every website - it’s hard to find a page online that doesn’t contain at least one. 

For this reason, image optimisation plays a vital role in B2B website housekeeping. The benefits are plentiful. Optimising your images helps them to rank higher on SERPs, makes them more voice search friendly, funnels higher quality traffic to your page and ultimately improves UX.

With that in mind, alt-text is one of the most obvious places to start.

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10 common website mistakes that could be costing you customers

Written by Nicola Risi  |  28, November, 2018  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Imagine you are a shop owner, selling to the general public. As the centre of your business, the building itself would be somewhere customers feel comfortable, at ease, guided by clear signage and top notch customer service advisors. Shelves would be stacked in an orderly and strategic manner, items would be priced clearly, and staff would be friendly, helpful and available.

What’s more, the store would be clean and warm (or cool, depending on your hemisphere...), with an engaging and attractive interior that is aligned with your brand identity. 

The reason I paint this picture is because your website deserves the same investment. 

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12 tips for a simpler, savvier and smarter UX

Written by Nicola Risi  |  31, October, 2018  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

“It’s not very user-friendly.” 

You've maybe used those words before, or heard them muttered in frustration as a friend, relative or colleague tries to navigate their way around a poorly designed app or a website.

But they are most certainly not words you want to be associated with your own website or app.

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How to optimise images for better B2B website speed

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  3, July, 2018  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

You might be missing out on an easy opportunity to improve your company’s website performance: image optimisation.

Google recommends image optimisation as one of the top three fixes for slow page load time. Images make a staggering difference and often account for most of the bytes downloaded on a page.

Including at least one image in a post can potentially double share rates, and help readers to retain more information than text alone. Images deliver the core message of your content.

Removing images from your site isn’t viable, but reducing their weight is.

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Does your professional services company need a website redesign?

Written by Katie Hughes  |  27, October, 2017  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Research shows that 80 per cent of professional services buyers visit a company’s website to evaluate them as a potential provider.

So, if you're a professional services company your website needs to be giving off all the right messages.

Your website is a product of your business, and therefore a reflection of your work. A poorly designed website gives the impression you don’t care for your customers and are ok with mediocrity.

The point is, your website can make or break your business.

Take Apple for example. As one of the largest global technology companies, you’d expect them to have a well-designed and responsive website, right? Otherwise, how could anyone trust their products?

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SEO Trends: What to expect in 2018

Written by Nicola Risi  |  6, October, 2017  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

Google is the master of user experience.

Tirelessly working to update their algorithms, analyse user behaviour, study intent, goals, and gripes to ensure the best experience possible.

And, they do all of this while keeping their staff well-fed and well-kept with ball pits, slides, and free lunches. What gives?!

It’s no accident that Google has cemented its reputation as the internet leader, seeing us through an unforgiving digital revolution.

They don’t get complacent.

We’re highly adaptable creatures, and the way we access and consume content is constantly changing in line with advancements in technology. Equally, the volume of online information is growing, and algorithms have a responsibility to present us with what they deem the top portion of content in a sea of endless web pages.

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3 simple reasons to love mobile first design

Written by Maddy Bogacki  |  4, October, 2017  |  0 Comments  Subscribe

It’s completely natural to want to approach your web design 'desktop first'. When you plot out your best content ideas the instinct is to go big. You're itching to impress with a great looking website that promotes the heart of your business, and for that you want a big canvas.

However, although a striking desktop presence is important, focusing on achieving that - rather than site optimisation for mobile - neglects the behaviour of a significant portion of website visitors.

An astounding amount of traffic is generated by users on mobile devices: 65% of all digital media time is spent on them. Arguably, desktop use is now secondary. The affordability of smartphones and popularity of tablets suggests this percentage is unlikely to decrease.

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