Digital Marketing to Seniors

ByKevinD

Digital Marketing to Seniors

SEOThere is a huge hole in many branding strategies, SEO techniques and internet marketing agency targeting. That hole is the senior market. This market represents a vast resource that is largely untapped by otherwise savvy internet entrepreneurs, as well as internet marketing agencies.

This may be due to the fact that most of the highly successful and famous names in the web, or social media are themselves comparatively young.  Search the internet for a picture of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook or Jack Dorsey, who started Twitter. You are going to see relatively young-looking faces for people who have a net worth of billions of dollars. In fact, both Facebook and Twitter were ideas that occurred to their inventors when they were college students, not that long ago.

Most of the people working today in the field of digital marketing are at most in their 40’s. In Silicon Valley, there is a code word for the age group born after 1985; they are called “digital natives.” The name implies that these young people have a natural affinity for the digital world that older individuals just cannot develop. This is false.

In fact, younger seniors (age 65 to 70) have digital use patterns that are very similar to the population in general. Recently, a Pew Research Center study found that 82% of Americans aged 65 to 69 and 75% of those in the 70 to 74 year old group are online. When they are online, they are reachable. The people who develop branding strategies, SEO techniques or any form of digital marketing solutions, must take note of this digital reality.

The most common use that seniors find for digital media is simple: the web search. This means that they look to the net for help finding a doctor, an attorney, real estate, travel advice or a good pizza. Beyond that basic function, 69% of seniors (according to Pew) visit social media sites. This market is a huge opportunity waiting for digital marketing solutions directed specifically to its constituents.

Search engines are now the primary way mature consumers are gathering information. To be effective, your digital marketing solution needs to include strong search engine optimization (SEO techniques) and branding strategies, ensuring that you are being seen and remembered by your prospects. One of Axiom’s clients, Ourseniors.net, is directing its focus straight at this under-served market. Its website covers a range of the subjects that are of concern to seniors.

Ourseniors.net offers seniors a website that is rich in useful content and engaging in presentation. Because it is focused on senior issues and concerns, it is followed by a market segment that has specific needs. It concentrates on putting specialized professionals like elder-law attorneys, senior real estate specialists or senior financial planners in touch with their natural consumers. Its printed publication, OurSeniors.net Magazine, is also made available online.

If you are a small business operator, a professional practitioner or an entrepreneur, maybe this is a way to put your products or services before the senior market. Axiom Administrative Services can put your branding strategy and existing digital marketing solutions into this already functioning web vehicle. If you would prefer to create your own web presence aimed at this rich market, Axiom can do that as well.

Axiom is more than an internet marketing agency. Axiom understands the needs of small businesses, professional practices and nonprofits. Our digital marketing and business marketing teams are able to combine traditional marketing techniques like printing and direct mail with creative web services. Please visit us to find out how Axiom Administrative Services can fill your digital marketing needs, or call Axiom at 800-888-6348.

ByKevinD

Putting Sound to Work

mobile phone with headphones
Axiom’s blog articles have often ‘spoken’ of the increasing importance of graphics, audio and audio-visual material on the web. Various fortune-tellers of the web’s future have told us that by this or that year, the web will be nearly all graphics, animation, live-action webcasts or video presentations. The internet of the future will be watched or listened to far more than it is read like a book or newspaper.

Right now, this is beyond the technical or time resources available to most amateur webmasters. If they are running a small business, professional practice or non-profit, they will have little time to devote to producing video material. However, there are ways to put sound to work on your website without a lot of technical skill. You have almost certainly seen someone listening to an audio presentation on their smart phone or mobile device. Producing an audio version of a blog article is within the technical ability of most people.

If you are not familiar with Audacity, the free audio recording and editing software, you can download it from audacityteam.org. Many people feel that Audacity is the best piece of free software available anywhere. There are numerous free lessons available on YouTube and the Audacity site to teach the basics of making your own audio material.

Once produced, this material can be placed on the web in a number of ways, each contributing to your overall branding strategy and digital marketing solution. The directions for doing this are available at various social media platform sites, including Facebook and YouTube. If you are using the most common web content management system (that is WordPress, by far), you can find extensive instructions for uploading and embedding audio into your website at WordPress Audio Instructions. The WordPress content system will produce a neat looking player app that can be embedded in your website.

If you are not up for recording your own material with Audacity, there are a number of free or reasonably priced applications for converting text to mp3 or other audio format files that can be uploaded to your site. Check out the free on-line service, fromtexttospeech.com or the downloadable software, “Dragon NaturallySpeaking,” both of which convert text to mp3 files. The free or inexpensive programs use the standard Microsoft voices of “Microsoft Mike” or “Microsoft Vera.” Other software provides a range of natural sounding voices, but the quality of free programs has improved dramatically and the extra expense may not be worthwhile.

There are some cautions to using this technology. Axiom does not think that it is a good idea to have an audio presentation load and play automatically when you download a webpage. The unexpected sound can be annoying to the user and those around him or her. Also, audio is not a substitute for quality content. Quality content is still the heart and soul of a good webpage (see Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines, Axiom 9/10/18).

Audio can easily become a key part of your branding strategy, helping your website to achieve the digital marketing solution you need. Unlike professional video, most people can master this technology in a few hours and post their first audio in a day or two. Nevertheless, any effort like this requires time and effort. If you do not have the time or inclination to devote to this, Axiom can provide digital marketing solutions that work and branding strategies that make your business stand out. Your business deserves more than a cheap web design, and Axiom is more than an internet marketing agency. Axiom Administrative Services has the professional skill and small business SEO skills needed to get your web presence the ranking it deserves.

Our business marketing team can combine traditional marketing tools like direct mail advertising with local SEO services to build your branding strategy. Please visit Axiom’s small business services page by or call Axiom at 800-888-6348.

ByKevinD

We will always remember

Remember 9/11Today is the anniversary of September 11. We pay tribute to the people who gave their lives in the terrorist attacks and to those who died trying to help them. Take a moment today to pray for them and their families.

ByKevinD

Google Updates Its Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines

Google searchThe algorithms that Google uses to rank search engine results are closely guarded secrets. It is said that those procedures are changed almost daily to insure the best possible response to the “search intent,” producing exactly the information the user wants. You have to admit that they are usually pretty good at this. A user located in Birmingham, England, searches for “football scores” and gets a list of British Premier League teams. They play a game we call “soccer.” The same search term issued in Birmingham, Alabama, will surely return a list of real football teams like the Crimson Tide or the Auburn Tigers.

Google’s ranking algorithms take into account user location, search history, local meanings and numerous other factors. As searches narrow down by location or subject matter, it becomes harder and harder to discriminate between (and rank) web pages. How does a website get to be at or near the top of a Search Engine Results Page, the famous SERP?

There was a time when Google was very mysterious about this, but it has adopted a more enlightened and open policy. In fact, anybody can now view these guidelines at this link – 2018 Page Quality Rating Guidelines. The big news for 2018 is that there is no change, at least for the types of websites which most business and professional people need. Content is still the king. Good content has been, it still is and it will continue to be the key to high ranking.

Google’s page quality guidelines define a special set of websites known as “YMYL,” Your Money or Your Life pages. YMYL pages give advice or information about life changing decisions or important economic topics. They ask you to spend money, invest time, make a financial decision, choose a surgeon or take some other action of consequence. Evaluators are asked to look for useful and accurate content, as well as high levels of E-A-T (Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trustworthiness).

There are many websites that are not in the YMYL category.  Here is an example – Cute Cat Names for Girl Cats. While this page may be entertaining to some people, it does not ask the viewer to make a YMYL decision. The quality of the content is not critical to the entertainment value of the site.

Websites that give tax advice, medical information, ask for donations or help to choose a senior assisted living facility are all examples of YMYL pages.  For those pages, a very high standard of content is required. Choosing the wrong name for a cat has little consequence, but opting for an unproven diabetes treatment could be disastrous. Most of Axiom’s clients are professional practices, non-profit organizations or small businesses. These are certainly YMYL pages, and they must have high-quality content to rank well. Here is what the Google manual says –

“The quality of the MC (main content) is one of the most important criteria in Page Quality rating, and informs the E-A-T of the page. For all types of webpages, creating high quality MC takes a significant amount of at least one of the following: time, effort, expertise, and talent/skill.”

One of Axiom’s clients, OurSeniors.net, is an organization that provides services and information to the senior community in the central Florida area. Many of the topics covered by this site certainly fall into the YMYL category; they give advice or help people make life-changing decisions about matters, such as care giving, estate planning and senior housing. Axiom provides this organization’s web pages with the types of expert, authoritative and trustworthy material that viewers need.

This content includes links to trusted and knowledgeable professionals through the site’s Senior Transition Pro Team. The website is kept current with frequent blog articles on topics of interest to seniors such as “Preparing to Be a Caregiver.” Its material is original, not cut and pasted from other sources, and it is relevant to the viewer or reader. Those are the marks of a quality, rank-worthy web page.

There is a problem with this straight forward advice from Google: time. If you provide a service, operate a professional practice, business or non-profit, there is very little time to produce this material. This is true even for those who have some web programing knowledge. If you are struggling to find the digital marketing solutions and branding strategies that will make your web presence stand out, turn to Axiom. Cheap web design, will not get your web pages the ranking they deserve. More than just an internet marketing agency, Axiom Administrative Services has the professional skill and small business SEO skills needed to provide the content and create the SEO strategy you need to succeed.

Our business marketing team can combine traditional marketing tools like direct mail advertising with local SEO services to build your branding strategy. Please visit Axiom’s small business services page or call Axiom at 800-888-6348.

ByKevinD

Have a great Labor Day!

Labor DayToday is Labor Day in both the United States and Canada. The hard working, enterprising people who make our economy go, Go, GO deserve a pat on the back. If you are operating a small business, a service organization, professional practice or even a non-profit, at Axiom Administrative Services, we know how hard you work! That’s because we are in the same boat.

We work hard every day to keep our clients satisfied, and we don’t mind telling you that our Labor Day is important to us too. We will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for some R&R but back “up and at them” the next day. Please think of us when you need help with branding strategies, SEO techniques, local SEO services, logo design services or search engine optimization services.

Don’t struggle alone with your internet marketing and online advertising problems. Turn to a professional online marketing consultant. Axiom Administrative Services  has the professional digital marketing skills needed to guide your web presence to the rankings it should have.  Our digital marketing and business marketing teams are able to combine traditional marketing techniques like printing and direct mail with creative web services. Please visit our home page to find out how Axiom Administrative Services can fill your digital marketing needs.

Axiom understands the needs of small businesses because we are one! Please visit Axiom’s small business services page or call Axiom at 800-888-6348.

ByKevinD

Google My Business

This articled refers to “Google My Business,” not as a request or as a wish, but as an ‘app’ for managing how your website will look and perform in the Google search engine. The website for this app is https://www.google.com/business/.  After a small business, service provider or professional practice has set up a ‘Google My Business’ account, it can be used to optimize the way your website displays Google Maps locations, Google+ pages and organic search engine results.  It is a powerful tool for achieving the best possible SEO strategy.

How do you get started with Google My Business? We think the best way is to hire an internet marketing agency like Axiom Administrative Services, The professionals at Axiom can guide you through this process, merging the Google My Business optimization with your overall branding strategy and search engine optimization services. Briefly, this is an outline of what’s involved.

You or your internet marketing agency has to open an account and claim your business listing. You will be asked for the standard NAP information (name, address, phone number) that should be on any good business or professional website. After filling in details, you will get an old-fashioned ‘snail mail’ postcard from Google, sent to the address you’ve specified. This card is the physical proof that the owner of the organization listed is really at this address.

Once you are verified, you can fill in the details of your business, service or profession including terms selected to fit your SEO strategy. Everything you add must agree with the information you provide on your business website. When filling out this information, keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Claim a listing using your exact business name.
  • Choose a category as accurate as possible that matches a search term. For example, “sports bars”, “family practice” or “publisher”
  • Your profile has to be 100% correct including full phone numbers, operating times and exact address.
  • Review your website graphics and photos – can you improve them?
  • Create links and citations on other sites, business listings, review sites and directories.
  • Keep your data up to date

The example below shows one of the top results from a Google search for the term, “sports bars Daytona.”

Google searchYou can see how effective this is for people searching the term, “sports bars Daytona.” By clicking one of the search engine results, they have access to name, address, phone, hours of operation reviews and other useful information. If you have not claimed a Google listing for your business, you should do so as soon as possible.

The ‘Google My Business’ app is not the full digital marketing solution you need. Your website should be well constructed, not a cheap web design, it should be updated frequently with useful content and it should reflect a well thought out branding strategy and SEO strategy. This is what the professionals at an internet marketing agency like Axiom do best. If you are struggling to find digital marketing solutions that work and branding strategies that make your business stand out, turn to Axiom. Your business deserves more than a cheap web design, and Axiom is more than an internet marketing agency. Axiom Administrative Services has the professional skill and small business SEO skills needed to get your web presence the ranking it deserves.

Our business marketing team can combine traditional marketing tools like direct mail advertising with local SEO services to build your branding strategy. Please visit Axiom’s small business services page or call Axiom at 800-888-6348.

ByKevinD

Integrating Social Media into Your Website

smartphone useAxiom has often written about the growing power of social media as a critical part of an organization’s branding strategy and overall digital marketing solution. Across all age groups, Americans now turn to social media as a source of entertainment, product information, shopping advice and countless other applications (see “Updated Statistics for Social Media”) . Social media channels should be a seamless part of good digital marketing solutions and a successful branding strategy.

But how do you leverage the power of social media on your site? Most businesses, professional practices and nonprofits are probably missing out on potential contacts, referrals and sales that can come from social media sources. Here are some simple suggestions for integrating your website and social media platforms to fashion a digital marketing solution that works.

Place Social Media Buttons on the Home Page. This seems obvious but some cheap web designs ignore this basic rule. Social media buttons should be displayed in their own distinct section of the webpage, probably on the top, bottom or along the side of your home page. Ideally, they should remain in that same location as the user moves from page to page in the website. It’s a good idea to ensure that users don’t leave your website altogether by clicking a social media button, so create links that open in new tabs without leaving your page.

Choose Social Media Links Carefully. If you are the owner or operator of a business or professional practice, it is not likely that you have time for every single social media platform. You must choose the ones that will be most effective for your purpose. Do not link out to social media channels in which you are not active. By “active,” we mean that you post or update at least weekly. If you do not have the time for doing this across multiple platforms, then drop the least productive and delete the links or buttons.

Use “Share” Buttons. Share buttons make it easy for website viewers to seamlessly recommend or share knowledge about a product, service or idea. If you have resources like a blog or articles on your website, make it as easy as possible for readers to share it with others. Social media share buttons should be displayed in an easily seen location and they should be used across all of your digital marketing solutions. This means placing them on your Facebook and Google+ pages, as well as your website. If you do not know how to use share buttons, get the advice of a professional internet marketing agency.

Know the Platform’s Terms and Conditions.  A personal Facebook page should not be used for promoting a brand name, and there are rules to follow when running a promotional page. Likewise, Google+ and other platforms have a set of “terms and conditions” for use. Not adhering to these rules can get your page removed.

Do Not Overuse or Abuse Social Media Platforms or Share Buttons. The content you place on social media platforms should be compelling, useful information that is easily shareable. Littering your website with excess social media share buttons will detract from your overall branding strategy. When you post on a platform or include a share button, be sure that the material adds value to the viewer’s experience. Is it useful? If not, delete it.

Learn to Use Analytics. Tools like Google Analytics can tell you a lot about the ways in which individuals use your social media and share buttons. Google Analytics tracks vital statistics on a number of website elements, including social media and share buttons. If you do not have the time to track this for yourself, it might be wise to turn the job over to a professional internet marketing agency or an expert in SEO techniques.

Social media platforms are an ever more important part of branding strategies. If you are struggling to find digital marketing solutions that work and branding strategies that make your business stand out, turn to Axiom. Your business deserves more than a cheap web design, and Axiom is more than an internet marketing agency. Axiom Administrative Services has the professional skill and small business SEO skills needed to get your web presence the ranking it deserves.

Our business marketing team can combine traditional marketing tools like direct mail advertising with local SEO services to build your branding strategy. Please visit Axiom’s small business services page or call Axiom at 800-888-6348.

ByKevinD

Under the Website Hood, Page Titles and meta descriptions (Important parts of a website you do not see)

Behind every webpage, there is a complex of code that controls both the page appearance and critical details of the site’s SEO strategy. Cheap web design often ignores these ‘under the hood’ details; as a result, a well thought out digital marketing solution may be wasted. A successful SEO strategy will make your site as easy as possible for Bing, Google and other search engines to find you.

A good SEO strategy is an important part of a branding strategy and essential to creating digital marketing solutions that work. The truth is that a clever amateur can outline an SEO strategy that will work, but cheap web design will not implement it correctly. For that, you need the services of an internet marketing agency or professional SEO services provided by a firm like Axiom.

Let’s look at two website elements that are very important to SEO strategy but not obvious to a casual observer: page title tags and meta descriptions.

Every time you use a search engine, you see page title tags but probably do not realize it. The search engine results page (SERP) will contain a list of results that match the term you have entered. Each of those results will have a headline bold tag and a ‘snippet’ of text below it. Clicking it will take you to the page whose title tag matches the search term you entered.

Here is an example for the search term, “bathroom faucets.” Entering that term will return a SERP with numerous suggestions, one of them for Home Depot. That result will look like this –

Bathroom Faucets for Your Sink, Shower Head and Bathtub – The …
https://www.homedepot.com/b/Bath-Bathroom-Faucets/N-5yc1vZbreo

Browse our vast selection of in-style and durable shower faucets and bathtub faucets. Shower fixtures can make a difference. Indulge in a waterfall showerhead …
Bathroom Sink Faucets · ‎Nickel – Bathroom Faucets · ‎Bathroom Faucets – Bath

Notice that the headline of this result contains the exact search term entered. The people who designed this page included the words “bathroom faucets” in the page title because they realized that this would be a common term entered in search engine queries. Professional SEO services would make certain that this common search term is included in the page title. Frequently, this is the first (and maybe the only) thing most people will see. That is one reason that page title tags are so important; the page title tag is a message to the world!

Clicking on the headline of that SERP result will take you to the Home Depot shopping site, but not its home page. Instead, you will be directed to a sub page of the site. In the HTML code for that page you would find this code-

<title>Bathroom Faucets for Your Sink, Shower Head and Bathtub - The Home Depot</title>

If the page title has been properly named using SEO techniques, the browser tab will look like this –

Home Depot - tabThe browser tab contains exactly what the user is looking for! The marketing team has not only devised a SEO strategy, it has applied an element of that strategy (the search term, “bathroom faucets”) to this subpage title. Keep in mind that there might be dozens, even hundreds of other subpages on this site with page titles like “kitchen faucets,” “luxury faucets,” or “shower faucets”; all of these are designed to attract the attention of a search engine looking for a particular product, service or idea.

A common mistake made in cheap web design is to give pages a vague or generic title, like “services” or “products.” If you are drawing a graphic map of your website, these titles make sense, but few people issue search terms for “services.” Better page titles would be “plumbing services,” “faucet installation” or  “shower installation.”

Title tags work with the meta description (the text below the title tag). In the case of the Home Depot search result above, this is the meta description — a sentence or phrase that adds more information about the page.

<meta property="og:description" content="Browse our vast selection of in-style and durable shower faucets and bathtub faucets. Shower fixtures can make a difference. Indulge in a waterfall showerhead or conserve with a water saving showerhead."/>

Again, you see that the website’s branding strategy and SEO strategy have instructed the designers to include likely keywords (search terms), such as “shower faucets” and “bathtub faucets.” This meta description works with the page title to help users find the product or service they want.

Most people can come up with a list of likely keywords. Taking advantage of those search terms requires careful thought and detailed planning. Each page and subpage in a website should have a well-thought-out page title and meta description; there may be dozens, hundreds, even thousands of such pages. That is one reason cheap web design is not going to produce digital marketing solutions that work.

If you are struggling to find digital marketing solutions that do work, turn to Axiom. Your business deserves more than a cheap web design, and Axiom is more than an internet marketing agency. Axiom Administrative Services has the professional skill and small business SEO skills needed to get your web presence the ranking it deserves.

Our business marketing team can combine traditional marketing tools like direct mail advertising with local SEO services to build your branding strategy. Please visit Axiom’s small business services page or call Axiom at 800-888-6348.

ByKevinD

What Do Members and Donors Want From a Nonprofit Website?

Social Media marketingLike any successful business, service provider or professional practice, nonprofit organizations must have a branding strategy, a search engine optimization strategy and even direct mail marketing solutions.  A professional website (not a cheap web design) is a key element in developing any branding strategy, including those of nonprofits.

But what do the viewers, the members and the donors who support NPO’s want from a web experience? To say the least, this is an important question; those members and donors are the ones who make an NPO’s existence possible. If the nonprofit or its internet marketing agency is wise, they will be aware of the wants and needs of members and donors. Nonprofit organizations need a web presence that will create interest, inform the members and donors and make the viewer confident in their integrity and ability to fulfill a mission.

The basics that apply to all web development also apply to nonprofits. A solid SEO strategy and professional SEO services are basics. All good digital marketing solutions will produce a website that is easy to navigate, user-friendly, and as visually appealing as possible. A cookie-cutter template will not do this and neither will a cheap web design. All nonprofits have a mission and their digital marketing solutions must fit and support that mission.

Here are some “musts” for a successful NPO website and a nonprofit digital marketing solution that is fruitful:

  • You Need Quality Content! Google’s ranking system recognizes a class of websites they call “Your Money or Your Life” websites. These are websites that ask the viewer to spend money (as in donate) or make a life changing decision, a commitment, an important choice. These websites are called to a higher standard of website content. They are not there to amuse or to distract, but to inform, inspire commitment and to recruit volunteers and members.

    Writing quality for a nonprofit is more important than it is for other websites. The viewers of these sites are seeking real information about an important subject. It might be a church mission, an animal rights cause, a political action committee or any other public interest topic, but it must inspire the viewer to take action, to donate or to join and volunteer. The website should be free of distractions with clear and concise writing. The graphic content (pictures, graphs, illustrations, etc.) should tell a story. The pictures should be real scenes from the NPO’s activities, not copied from other sources. The most important content should be “above the fold” when viewed on a computer or mobile device screen. Do not force the viewer to scroll down far to see the main point.

  • You Need A Social Media Focus. Social media is a perfect platform for nonprofits. The social media bring together people with common interests, even if they are widely separated on the map. “Save the Children” activists or “Free Tibet” campaigners can connect with one another and act in union. Social media has received a lot of negative attention lately (much of it deserved), but it remains a powerful tool for all nonprofits. Your website can be the center of social media activities that extend to Instagram, Facebook, Google Plus and others. The social media “Apps” you choose should be placed prominently in your homepage and throughout the subpages.
  • You Should Have An Email Sign-up. Do not make viewers search for a way to join up or volunteer. Even if they don’t have the financial resources to donate, their membership helps your circulation numbers and when they click on a link it helps your page ranking. Place a link to your newsletter in this section and encourage subscription, but do not start sending them unsolicited newsletters.
  • A Media Coverage Section. If your nonprofit is covered in any newspaper, broadcast or podcast segment, make this known to page viewers
  • A Donate Button. How could we forget this? A few nonprofits are lucky enough to have some funding source from charitable foundations or public interest groups, but many exist month to month on donations. The worthiest of causes cannot function without money, so make giving easy.

Axiom Administrative Services understands the needs of nonprofits. If your ministry, nonprofit or public advocacy group is struggling to find digital marketing solutions that work and a branding strategy that makes you stand out, turn to Axiom. Your nonprofit deserves more than a cheap web design, and Axiom is more than an internet marketing agency. Axiom Administrative Services has the professional skill and local SEO skills needed to get your web presence the ranking it deserves. Our team can combine traditional marketing tools like direct mail advertising with local SEO services to build your nonprofit branding strategy. Please visit Axiom’s services page or call Axiom at 800-888-6348.

ByKevinD

Web Presence for Nonprofit Organizations and Ministries

internet marketingNonprofit organizations like church ministries, charitable enterprises and advocacy groups are a big part of the online world. Successful nonprofits understand the power of the digital world, as well as profit making companies and individuals. Nonprofit digital marketing solutions are no different from their commercial counterparts. Like all organizations, nonprofits need a branding strategy, a search engine optimization strategy and local SEO services to get their messages out to target audiences.

Today, these organizations have discovered the value of professional digital marketing solutions and many of them make expert use of tools like search engine optimization services, local SEO techniques and even coordinated direct mail marketing campaigns. Let’s take a look at an example – in any search engine, enter the simple query, “Catholic Churches in Daytona.” If your search engine is Google, you will get a search engine results page with a complete list of Catholic churches in the general area. Bing searches yield very similar results.

If you click on any of the Google Map icons, you open a view box that gives basic details like name, address and phone numbers. These are the basic N-A-P requirements that apply to nonprofits, as well as to Home Depot or Walmart. Obviously, this is the product of professionals, probably at an internet marketing agency such as Axiom Administrative Services. The day when a congregation member or a volunteer nonprofit worker put up their website is gone.

At Axiom, we believe that good nonprofit websites should always include several key elements:

  • A landing page that is easy-to-read and absorb. A visitor who sees pleasing, simple design is more likely to stay and to absorb and retain the information. The landing page should convey a message of, “Welcome!” or “Thank you for visiting us.” No matter how informative or convincing the rest of a nonprofit site might be, the landing page is the most important part. If it does not get the attention of the visitor, the rest of your site is for naught.
  • High-quality images that tell the visitor what the nonprofit is about. These should be important parts of the landing page and graphically convey a brief synopsis of the mission of a nonprofit. Blurred pictures or poorly pixilated logos will give a negative image. Your organization should have an easily recognized symbol, probably the product of a logo design service, such asThe YMCAThat logo symbol displayed prominently on the landing page tells the visitor they have reached the YMCA. Not many logos are going to be that famous, but it is just as important that yours is well done, so get a logo design service.
  • A “Call to Action” with a “Visit Us” or “Donate Button.” If viewers find your website and start reading the content, that is good, but there is a chance that they will neglect the purpose of your landing page: to stimulate interest, action, donations or joining up. Don’t let that happen. Put the call to action in a prominent place, where it cannot be missed.
  • Content that is well written, informative and frequently updated. Again, digital marketing solutions for nonprofits are no different from their commercial counterparts. Like all organizations, nonprofits need useful content, as well as a branding strategy, a search engine optimization strategy and SEO services. If your nonprofit is lucky enough to have a staff member who is able to write good content, all the better. No one knows your organization and your needs better than you or your associates. If this ability is not found in your staff, retain an internet marketing agency with the professional skill to do it.
  • Create outside links, have a SEO link building strategy. This is vitally important to page ranking. One of Axiom’s clients, the net organization, maintains a directory of community organizations, including nonprofits (see the OurSeniors.net Directory). Find opportunities like this directory and get listed in these important resources. Take a look at these examples:
  • Halifax Humane Society
  • Volusia Flagler Family YMCA

If your ministry, nonprofit or public advocacy group is struggling to find digital marketing solutions that work and a branding strategy that makes you stand out, turn to Axiom. Your nonprofit deserves more than a cheap web design, and Axiom is more than an internet marketing agency. Axiom Administrative Services has the professional skill and local SEO skills needed to get your web presence the ranking it deserves. Our team can combine traditional marketing tools like direct mail advertising with local SEO services to build your nonprofit branding strategy. Please visit Axiom’s services page or call Axiom at 800-888-6348.

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