Online Store Standards | First Impressions Count

Online Store Standards | Remove the Chaos

Online Store Standards and creative web design is a term overlooked in todays design world. Too often the emphasis is on churning out the same images and textual content to get an average looking website. There is more to creating the right look you think your business needs. Instead the focus should be on how you want to make your customers feel, when they enter your website. If you ran a high street store would you leave wet cloths on the counter or mops strewn over the floor? The answer is no. Just as owning a physical presence in a high street store, the same applies to selling your products or services online.

Good HousekeepingOnline Store Tips

True there aren’t cloths or mops in an online store or website but there is the crucial attention to detail which is required. In this article, I will focus on the user experience, to improve online store standards.

The user experience begins at your front door; in online terms this is your snippet or Meta title and description. This is the link a customer would find while browsing in a search engine. The description should be representative of what you offer and with a title that clearly defines your business.

But wait…your door is really creaky, difficult to open and the handle are covered in jam. Not a good first impression for any customer. Of course I am talking about the time that your front page loads onto your customers browser. So while wiping the jam from their hands distracts the customer your front page is still loading. So far not a good experience and that’s before any browsing of any kind is done.   The business should have a spotless front door, which glides open and is free from 3rd party sticky materials on the handle.

Built for Speed | Online Store Standards

Server response time is absolutely crucial, your front page and indeed all your pages should load quickly. Google’s latest research cites that the average mobile landing page takes 22 seconds to load; further research confirms that 53% of people will leave if it takes longer than 3 seconds. So before customers even get through your front door, they are leaving…more than half of them.

So what can you do, to improve online store standards?Online Store Standards

Ask the right questions when you are getting a website or online store created and make sure that your front door is beautiful, clean and glides open to reveal your business.

First impressions count, make sure that your business is ready for e-clients.

Make sure it is tested thoroughly and check the results for yourself.  It’s your business and making sure the details are taken care of will make sure that customers are prepared to come through your door and browse your products or services.

 

Want to find out more? Contact Us.

Mobile Friendly Website | Mobile versus Desktop | Why Mobile Is Needed

Mobile Friendly

Why a Mobile Friendly Website?

In 2014 an interesting thing occurred. Mobile devices, smartphones & tablets use have overtaken traditional desktop and laptop computers, and since then have progressively increased the gap. This is not just in the UK but across the world, the trend for browsing the web on a mobile device is ever increasing. Why not? The technology is increasing, the quality of screens and investment from manufacturers into the sonic quality of these mobile devices is phenomenal. Couple this with the easy accessibility, no more waiting for 10 mins while your desktop boots up to find that latest gadget, ebook or download. Just swipe your phone and in a few seconds your task is done…enter the mobile friendly website.

So when you have a business with an outdated website…a non responsive product. Any potential customers will just click off and look for one they can actually browse, read and find the contact details with ease.

Mobile-Friendly | Enter Google

At the beginning of 2016, Google began tagging websites which were ‘mobile-friendly’. This was in preparation for the release of a Google Update in May 2016, which changed the algorithm and now promotes mobile-friendly websites in  search results, which indirectly penalises any website which is outdated, unresponsive and non mobile friendly. This is bad if your business hasn’t yet updated.

User Experience

The website should be all about a positive user experience, not a series of squinting, zooming and scrolling. Browsing should be effortless, if it is effortless this translates into sales and a positive experience when promoting your brand.

Not Sure Yet?

Look at your website on your smartphone and ask yourself if this is how you want customers to view you? The investment on your digital marketing will pay dividends and aid business growth. Can you afford to stay behind?

Online Store | Own Your Store | Sell Your Products Easily

E-Commerce

Sell Online

Have you dreamed of owning your own shop, online store or wanted to expand your business?

Business Sculptor have created an affordable way for new businesses to turn your dreams into reality.

As well as creating beautifully managed e-commerce solutions and showrooms for clients, we have just released a brand new product! It is a fully functioning online store, however the shop is vacant and it’s up to you to fill the store with stock. Once you have filled up the store simply activate and launch online.

Benefits of Online Store

  • You control the costs – our empty stores have fixed pricing plans.
  • You manage the content – create the descriptions and upload the photos.
  • Promote – via social media, Google and Ad campaigns.
  • Reduced Overheads – you control the budget and pace you grow.
  • Lower Marketing Costs – more cost effective than a physical shop but easier to target advertising to particular audiences.
  • Expanded Geographical Reach – Sell in the UK, Europe or Worldwide.
  • Open All Hours – Earn while you sleep as the orders come in.

Flexibility

If you currently have a physical shop, and are looking to expand your own goods online. Then where else can you provide customers with the biggest benefit of all…shopping at midnight in your pyjamas, prepare dinner or out on the bus. Your store will sell your goods 24/7, as long as you nurture, update and maintain a good reputation the customers will keep on coming back.

Business Sculptor takes care of the technical aspect and is your partner in providing ongoing support as you grow and flourish online. All the speed and certification is backed up by cutting-edge cloud hosting.

The choice is yours how you promote your new business, but you can contact us to get the best possible advice.

So what are waiting for?

It’s your move…

Empty Online Store | Own your Online Shop

Mobile-Friendly Websites | Google Penalties | SEO | Mobilegeddon

Mobile-Friendly Websites

Mobile-Friendly Websites | Ultimate Marketing Tool

Mobile-friendly and search results. It’s long been iterated, about the importance of a mobile-friendly website for your business. Then there’s the positive user experience of potential clients. However, now Google have rolled out an update to mobile search results and taking action on the mobile-friendly ranking signal they have adopted. These changes will affect every business with a web presence which does not have a mobile-friendly website. If you have a website which is outdated and does not meet the following criteria;

  • Avoids software that is not common on mobile devices.
  • Uses text that is readable without zooming.
  • Sizes content to the screen so users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom.
  • Place links far enough apart so that the correct one is tapped.

Search Engine Mobile-Friendly

Prior to these algorithm changes by Google a label was introduced to indicate if your website was mobile-friendly, this was dubbed “Mobilegeddon“.

If SEO (search engine optimisation) does not interest you, then these changes won’t be either. If however, you have a website for your business and are serious about marketing your products or services then investment in your online status is a priority.

Business Sculptor offers a no obligation website checking service, included in this are the following;

  • Meta Information Rating
  • Page Quality
  • Page Structure
  • Link Structure
  • Server Test
  • Security Vulnerabilities
  • External Factors

Traffic To Your Content

Your website is the store front of your business. Don’t take any chances on missing out on sales without a thorough and analytical provider providing the best support possible. So if your mindset is…no problem I have a web guy which looks after that…think again.

I would always recommend obtaining a second opinion in terms of technical structure, design merits and cost before settling with your current provider.

So get in touch and see what Business Sculptor can offer your business.

Website Speed | What Is Acceptable? | How Slow Is Slow?

Website Speed

What is Website Speed?

Website speed essentially refers to the speed with which Web pages or media content is downloaded from website hosting servers and displayed onto the requesting Web browser. Page load time is the duration between clicking the link and displaying the entire content from the web page on the requesting browser.

There are three core aspects necessary to understand page speed in context of user experience and website performance:

  • The view of time taken in delivering the requested material along with the accompanying HTML content to the browser
  • Browser response to page load requests
  • The view of end-users as the requested web page renders on the browser. This is the ultimate measure of page load speed.

Website performance subsequently impacts on search engine rankings developed under proprietary and undisclosed algorithms. Incorporating key factors including page speed, user experience, website responsiveness and a whole lot of other website performance metrics.

The absolute critical principle in maximising website performance is to focus on page speed optimisation from the initial stages of design. Plugins, server side scripts and final tweaks all impact on page speed and load times. Yet many Web developers tend to overlook page load times in their website development and design strategies.  Some of the biggest household names have overlooked this crucial element.

How Slow is Slow?

Any page which loads slower than the blink of an eye, which is approximately 400 milliseconds. Yep that’s right…Google have discovered that the barely perceptible page load time of 0.4 seconds is long enough to cause users to search less.

Online businesses have all the resources they need to deliver content instantaneously. To leverage and complement these resources, business need speed optimised websites that deliver the best user experience.

What Happens When They Don’t?

1 in 4 visitors would abandon the website if your website speed online, takes more than 4 seconds to load. While 46 percent of users will not revisit poorly performing websites. Website owners have a mere 5 seconds to engage visitors before they consider leaving, while 74 percent of users accessing the mobile site would leave if it takes longer than 5 seconds to load. Every one-second delay in page load time could lead to $1.6 billion in annual losses for online merchants as big as Amazon.

47 percent of ecommerce customers expect page load times of less than two seconds before they consider leaving and 40 percent of users would abandon the site at the third second of waiting, before a performance analytics tool even captures their presence on the site.

Acceptable Website Performance

So what is the neuroscience and acceptable rhythm acceptable by users of websites? It is 100 milliseconds. That’s how long it takes the Occipital lobe in our brain stores visual information as Sensory memory.

Google researchers suggest page load times of less than 100 milliseconds give visitors the illusion of instantaneous website response as the visual Sensory memory processor in our brain works in bursts of 100 milliseconds. The memory store clears itself after o.1 seconds as photoreceptor cells in the eyes transmit more information to the Occipital lobe.

1 second of page load time does suffice in maintaining seamless flow of though, users feel in control of their Web browsing activities. The mental stress is not aggravated unless the website fails to respond as desired.

At 10 seconds of delay, visitor attention is barely kept. The sensation of impatience, frustration and feeling of abandonment is usually strong enough to keep visitors from revisiting such slow websites again.

The Psychological Conundrum

Abandoning a website due to a slow page. Is not always the quickest path to access the desired information on the Web. An average user would spend several extra minutes browsing fast-responding but irrelevant websites. Instead of waiting a few more seconds for sluggish relevant websites to respond.

Considering the vast library of resources on the Web. Users will eventually find the required information on another website. The eventual losers in this, are online businesses unable to deliver their message fast enough to hold a users interest.

Website Speed | What We Do

We make sure that every single page, image and text is designed with speed from the ground up. No missed opportunities or frustrated customers trying to access your business. Business Sculptor efficiently builds in speed as standard, so that you get the best results every single time.

Corporate Identity | Branding | Business Image | Stand Out

Corporate Identity

 Corporate Identity | Creative Ideas that Capture the Imagination

Business Sculptor are an innovative creative agency and will grow companies through branding and corporate identity development. We make your brand.  We promote the ‘promise’ that the product or service you offer has a certain quality or characteristic which makes it unique or special.

Business Sculptor enable companies to strengthen their brand positioning.   By successfully communicating the unique values and qualities which is at the very heart of your products or services.  It’s not always about how it represents your business.  Furthermore it’s about the customer experience.  Pointedly when they make the association with your brand and the services offered.  It must be flexible enough to use throughout your business and evoke a sense of loyalty for the business as a whole.

Corporate Identity | Choose Business Sculptor as your Creative Partner

Business Sculptor are the ideal partner to develop your branding and corporate identity. We develop your brand, as an online or offline business. Consequently, take the first step to promoting your business. Let Business Sculptor pave the way in creating the perfect identity.

“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” – Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon.com)

“Design is not what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs (Co-Founder of Apple)

and especially relevant…

“If people believe they share values with a company, they will stay loyal to the brand.” – Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks)

The brand is a symbolic embodiment of all the information connected to a company, product or service. It serves to create associations and expectations among products made by a producer. A brand often includes a bespoke logo design, font and typography structure unique to your business. It is this brand which must be used right across the board on all marketing materials.

Choosing the right partner is a difficult choice. Make the right choice, choose Business Sculptor.

Corporate Identity

Graphic Design | Logo | Business Headers | Marketing

Graphic Design | Business Identity

Business Sculptor are always on a passionate pursuit of graphic design and innovative design solutions for our clients needs.

We help you deliver your most important messages to your customers through innovative thinking, use of advanced design technology, and of course using the skills of our in-house talented graphic designers.  We at Business Sculptor go a step further and combine the latest and most advanced graphic design technology with proven marketing strategies, to make your business surpass any of the competition.

Research

The most important part of a correctly constructed logo is the research which is put into the project before any initial designs are put to paper. The process would typically involve a full consultation with the client, followed by research into competition, market analysis and trends in that particular industry. Initial designs would be discussed with the client before proceeding onto to the final design stages in Adobe Illustrator and rendered to produce a high quality image which will be used for print and within a digital project. These are 2 very different products and one cannot be crossed with the other.

Quality

The quality of our  service and commitment to total customer satisfaction is paramount.

We specialise in all aspects of graphic design
  • Corporate identity & Brand identity
  • Logo Design
  • Business Card Design
  • Letterhead Design
  • Brochure Design
  • Leaflet Design
  • Advertisement Design
  • Marketing Materials

Your search for graphic design stops here. Contact us for friendly and professional graphic designers in Fife.

Graphic Design | Improve | Professional |

Cold Kills iPhone

Cold Kills iPhone

Cold Kills iPhone | Shortened Battery Life

Cold Kills iPhone! So it’s winter and you’ve left the house and on your travels, you leave your iPhone in the car because you have a meeting or no need for the device for the next few hours.  On your return you pick up your phone to check your emails, texts or missed calls but alas the phone is dead with not a single drop of charge…how frustrating is that? You question why you chose an iPhone…has someone been on a Candy Crush marathon while you were in your meeting? Did you actually have a full charge…the doubt sets in…

Why This Happens

Yes you did charge your phone fully but the problem is the Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery which powers your treasured device, has a flaw. Although the design of these batteries ensure relatively quick charging, the downside is introduce sub-zero temperatures and the charge slips away faster than your monthly salary a week before Christmas.

How to prevent

Well if you venture out on the coldest days of the year…or if you’re in Scotland that’s most of the year, you would put a jacket on or something to keep you warm.  The same applies to your iPhone keep it warm, put it in a case or stuff it in a sock or keep it in your pocket, that way the charge will remain as will you the stability of any frustration levels and the urge to drive over your dead device.

Improve Sales | Conversion | CTA | PPC | SEO | Campaigns

Improve Sales

Improve Sales | PPC | Managed Campaigns

Improve sales with pay per click advertising otherwise known as PPC Campaign advertising is a useful tool for any business that wants to make an instant impact on search engines such as Google, Bing and even social media sites like Facebook. By using the right keywords, businesses can increase brand awareness, boost return on investment (ROI), and acquire new customers at a relatively low cost.

It is a fact that a good PPC Campaign should be able to provide immediate and measurable results, design, maintain and manage successful ad campaigns and on-going tracking of paid search campaigns. We understand that and it is what we strive to achieve for our clients on a daily basis.

 

Search Engine | Search Engine Optimisation | SEO | Google

Search Engine

Search Engine | Passionate about Performance

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a powerful method used to increase a website’s visibility for the products and services offered on search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Organic search results has the lions share of web traffic and SEO puts your business in front of the widest possible audience.

Your website will be competing with millions of other websites to try and get people to visit. It is therefore crucial to optimise your site through SEO so that your website will be found above your competitors. As a long established internet marketing and SEO company in Fife, we have the skills and capacity to ensure our clients get to the top of Google and stay there.

Why Choose Us as Your SEO Partner?

  • Leading SEO business with over 10 years experience
  • We only use ethical techniques to benefit in the longer term
  • Results driven SEO business in the heart of Fife
  • Excellent track record of delivering successful SEO campaigns

Our goal is not only to bring a consistent flow of targeted visitors each month but also to analyse your visitor’s behaviour and optimise their journeys to ensure maximum sales, maximum enquiries and promote your business.

We use tools to monitor customer patterns to further develop the web pages and improve your customer conversions to obtain sales. Every key stroke and movement of the mouse is incorporated in our analysis, to ensure the best possible results. Our experience in SEO and in business puts us in the unique position to provide the best possible partnering and support as your business grows.

Based on your industry, Business Sculptor offers bespoke SEO services . Every website is unique and we are dedicated  to achieve and sustain the necessary level of traffic you require in order to make a substantial return on investment.

Website Speed | Performance |