A thriving coaching practice needs to have a marketing plan and online presence in place in order to remain competitive and successful. Your online presence and practice marketing are among your most valuable assets to your growth.
We’ll go over the basics of what your online presence needs to have in place to build a thriving online presence and a thriving practice.
Page One of Google Search Results
If you’re not showing up in Google search results, your practice might as well be invisible. Even if you have the best website out there, it won’t do you much good if prospective clients can’t find it. But how do you climb the search result ladder?
The best way is to remember that search companies want to be helpful to their users. If your online presence and content are created to help people, you’ve already done 80% of your job.
There are many hundreds of search ranking factors, but a few are especially important and do most of the heavy lifting. They include:
Fast Loading Times: Many people will leave a website if it doesn’t load within four seconds (and two seconds is ideal).
Relevant Content: If a visitor loads your page, but doesn’t find contact information, your biography, and key information about your services, they might click somewhere else.
Modern Website Design: Having an outdated or unprofessional website design will distract visitors. This is especially true in the coaching field, where a high degree of professionalism is expected.
Mobile Responsive Design: Most of your visitors access your website from a mobile device. If they have to scroll, pinch, and zoom, they’ll get frustrated and go somewhere else.
Clear Next Step: Visitors should be able to quickly determine the next step after loading your website. Often this will be contacting you for more information about your services.
It’s also vital that you optimize your practice for local search. Many visitors often contact a business within a couple hours of finding it in a local search result.
The best way to do this is to claim your Google My Business profile and complete as much information as possible on your profile page.
Secure and Mobile Responsive
About 51% of all your website visitors come to your website from a mobile device. These include smartphones and tablets. Modern websites account for this by using mobile responsive website design.
This is a type of website design that automatically adjusts itself for the screen size and technical capabilities of the mobile device.
If you’ve ever had to pinch and zoom while using a website on your phone, that website was likely not mobile responsive. Usability is important, but so is security.
Google has been making changes to help its users understand the need for a secure internet. A secure website keeps personal information safe while it’s being sent through the internet.
Many web browsers and search engines have begun to label websites that don’t use secure communication as “insecure” in search results and in the browser.
If the first thing visitors see when they visit your website is a prominent warning that your website is not secure, many will not continue forward.
Accurate Business Listings
Besides your website, visitors use online directories and reviews to find a coaching practice. These are among the top channels in the decision-making process. There are some positive and negative aspects to consider in relation to your online directories.
Inaccurate Information: There’s a good chance your practice appears in many online directories, even if you didn’t create them. This is because much of the data in those listings are filled in by automated “bots.” Keep your information accurate for a positive experience.
Quality Means Better Search Results: Accurate information signals to search engines that your practice has a higher level of credibility than one that has not maintained its data.
Accuracy Affects Online Reviews: Many online directory listings let people leave an online review, but inaccurate online listings may result in duplicate listings being created. People may leave reviews in scattered locations, instead of your genuine listing.
The result is that you may experience a drop in search results because your best online reviews point everywhere except your primary listings.
A Positive Online Reputation
91% of visitors read online reviews for local businesses. They are an important part of the decision making process. When a person writes a great review of your business online, it says volumes about your standards of service.
Online reviews from real, genuine people are just as influential as an in-person referral. They can become one of your most powerful marketing assets and a valuable tool for driving new leads to your website.
To Sum It Up
A thriving online presence has:
- A website and content that are optimized to climbs towards page one of search results.
- A website design that is mobile responsive and easy to use on all devices, in addition to being secure and protecting personal information.
- Accurate information everywhere people search for you, even outside of your website.
- A positive online reputation with online reviews and testimonials.
If you have any questions about the status of your online presence, contact CoachingWebsites. We’d be happy to answer your questions and work with you to build a thriving online presence.