A Launchpad Website is the first phase launch of a core website. A core website consists of 20% your company’s website pages that produce 80% of the website’s results. The Launchpad website is produced using the data that emerges from a stringent and strategic 7-step research and analysis process. It is the first phase of a conversion-driven (growth-driven) design process.
In traditional website design, your website design team designs a scope of work based on the desires and needs of the client. If you are working with a company that has a strong background in inbound marketing and conversion-driven (or growth-driven – GDD) website design and campaign strategy, your website design process will start with a significant amount of very important research.
A website design company “fluent” and successful in inbound marketing and campaign strategy will likely use a process similar to ours before they ever start designing or developing your website.
Why does it matter?
Because without implementing a strategic research-intensive process to analyze, understand and develop your company’s critical and foundational user and competitor data, your website will not perform – it won’t have a fully user-driven design, and it will not attract and convert the highest potential of quality leads.
At a minimum, the following research should be performed prior beginning the design or development process.
With this process completed, your website design company will have identified the most important pages on your website.
Rather than wait months for the full website design, development and testing to be completed, a high-performance, lead-converting Launchpad (or core) website can be developed more quickly. This will allow you to begin getting the results you need, much more quickly.
Once the Launchpad website is live, it:
It all starts with the analysis we’ve described above. The next step is to create a prioritized wish list. Your company’s wish list is driven by your organization’s strategy and goals, as they apply to marketing and sales.
When a client has a large, comprehensive website or perhaps they have a newly designed, low-performance website, we’ll often recommend a second Launchpad website option.
This option involves all of the research and the wish list steps. However, rather than remove the existing site and launch a totally newly designed Launchpad site, we apply what we’ve learned to the existing site.
We create an action plan with prioritized target dates that drive the process to “refresh” the core pages of the existing site. The core pages are the 20% that produce 80% of the desired results. We apply what we learned in the 7-step research and analysis phase to the pages we have identified as the core pages.
Like the first option, the goal is to get high-performing pages in place so you begin getting qualified leads and new customer conversions.
Google Web Master provides website design and website development companies with Google’s best practice rules. Not following them can result in your site:
Not one of these consequences is desirable. In fact, they are downright expensive… really expensive when you consider the loss of opportunity for your company.
Whether you choose the traditional path or the conversion-driven design (aka growth driven – GDD) process – and whether you decide to hire a guy who proudly works from home in his underwear or a bonafide, qualified website design company with a track record of achieving impressive ROI and success on behalf of their client, your website must adhere to Google’s best practices.
It’s also important to understand Google’s current ranking factors. The most important ranking factors at the time of this writing are:
Is your website outperforming your best sales person?
Is your competition getting more quality leads and customer conversions than you are?
We’ll provide you with a complimentary Online Performance Analysis to help you identify the answers to these questions. If you are ready to learn more, use the form at the bottom of the page to schedule a live consultation.
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