How to generate more business for your web development agency?
How do you find more business for your web development agency? Is most of your business coming through referrals?
The answer is the same whether you're a web developer, a financial planner or a plumber. The applicable marketing principles cross all service industries. And you've no doubt heard them all before.
Accept there is no shortcut, no silver bullet when it comes to prospect attraction. If there were, everyone would be using the same idea!
Find your niche. You must identify your market, which means sacrifice. In other words, look for an opportunity to specialise. You have greater chance of catching the right sort of fish if you bait your hook in a small stream than the whole ocean.
I'm supposing that you want to sell web development to non-technical business managers / owners. Get really good at simplifying the benefits of what you do... volunteer to do a talk at the local Chamber of Commerce meeting, or similar meetup, but only use the space to talk about them and what they can get out of a professional website. Ensure they realise the cons of doing the outsourcing themselves or getting their 'cousin' to design it, and provide a set of screen grabs of a really nicely designed and navigable website of yours, right from the first click on the search engine to the contact form. In a small setting, just use your iPad to show them what a modern website looks like versus an outdated one.
Refrain from using the jargon of our industry, offer outcome-focussed information, and you'll make some new business contacts that think you're a really helpful person. Leave them your card/brochure and don't forget to follow up all interest.
All businesses are the same.
We use the KPI model (www.keypersonofinfluence.com.au)
- Pitch - How to tell people what you do
- Publish - Get your material out there
- Profile - If Google doesn't know you, you don't exist
- Products - Define what you actually do
- Partnerships - You can't do it all yourself
Every business needs these if they want to succeed.... as well as a lot more.... business doesn't just happen, you have to make it happen.... but the old days of marketing and sales are dying... and the new entrepreneur revolution is taking shape.
Have a great website yourselves with a solid portfolio. Any portfolio link should open a new window so your site is still there when they stop browsing the portfolio.
Don't try and be all things to all people. Be sure what your target market is. Information / lead generation sites versus e-commerce / transactional. Experienced with web versus small business just starting out. Push that strength on your website and in your portfolio.
Have a page on 'what to look for in a web development agency?' or a checklist of steps in planning a website. Pitch this to the level of expertise you expect in your target market. Run in conjunction with a blog / newsletter that people sign up to.
One newsletter I'm signed up to recently offered a 'free blog overhaul to increase conversions' for one lucky reader. In exchange, they got:
* I don't know how many enquiries from their readership who are now warm prospects with an identified need / desire.
* an excellent case study for future newsletter and web post (I think the conversion rate went up 300% or something)
* an evangelist!
Or free reviews to anyone for a limited time. (or maybe at $10 since a nominal payment may reduce tire-kickers...)