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The ONLY three reasons you need a website

By David Lee

The only three reasons why you need a website are: 1) We are afraid of making mistakes, so 2) we research before we buy, and 3) we research online.

Learn why having a website has very little to do with the reasons you hear from marketing companies and has everything to do with how people make buying decisions.

Three Reasons you need a website

Let’s get real. Scoping, writing content, designing, building AND maintaining a professional website is a pain. Add in the online marketing strategy such as search engine optimization, content marketing, social media platforms, pay per click and the cost of having a web presence can consume a larger portion of your marketing budget.

So why do companies invest in building a website visitors?

Let's explore the real business reasons why companies invest so much of their marketing budget into their website, content and digital marketing.

It begins with understanding of a little bit of pop-psychology:

#1: People are afraid of making mistakes.

I’m sure you’ve seen this:

You’re driving down a street (or freeway) and suddenly, a car cuts over two or more lanes just so that he can make the right turn or reach the freeway exit .  He absolutely cannot acknowledge that he made a mistake and do a U-turn or take the next off-ramp. Instead he has to “win” and make that turn.

This psychological behavior of avoiding mistakes also applies when making buying decisions:

We do not want to choose the wrong product or hire the wrong company.

And that leads us to a conditioned response:

#2: We research before we buy

Can you recall the last time you bought something of material value where you did not research the snot out of it?

I certainly can’t.

Can you imagine walking on to a car dealership lot and not knowing the model, trim, option package, and color of the car you want? In fact, the only question you want to ask the salesperson is the only problem that can't be solved with an online landing page: “Can I take that one out for a test drive?

This behavior of researching before we buy applies in the B2B world where your potential customers are looking to solve a problem and if they find you, then they are trying to understand if you, your company, and your products or services are the right solution for them.

I can’t imagine buying a product or a service from a company without researching them.

Can you?  

This leads us to reason:

#3: People research your company online

Maybe I am dating myself, but back when I was growing up, "research" was going down to the library and into the card catalog to find, maybe, something of value.

Old School Search Engine - dewey decimal systemWhile some of you miss those "good old days" of the Dewey Decimal System. I don't.

Today, when people want to learn something, the vast majority turn to search engines and it goes something like this:

  1. Ask Google search their question

  2. Skim through the search engine results page (SERP)

  3. Click on the link that answers their question

Usually this click leads to a website that the search engine overlords (Alphabet Inc and Microsoft Inc) deems the most worthy.

Now fellow marketers, don't split hairs with me. Yes, that click can go to a lot of other places like a image, a map, a pdf, a social media posts, or video. But I think we can agree that MOST of the time all clicks to other destinations eventually turns into website traffic.

So in the end, when potential customers research, they go to your website. Don't take my word, for it: according to Forrester, 

  • 68% prefer to research by themselves online

  • 62% of B2B buyers develop short lists based solely on digital content.

If you don't allocate enough budget to your website strategy and marketing efforts, then it is likely that your website is not appearing on the search engine results pages, which means your potential new customers who are looking to solve their problems don't know you exist and will turn to someone else who can answer their questions online.

Next Steps

Some homework for you: Think about your own website and ask yourself:

  1. Does my company website help visitors solve their problems with educational content?

  2. Does my website reduce potential clients fear of making the wrong purchasing decision?

Don’t worry about the marketing fluff, SEO keywords, how pretty your pages look. or size of your logo.

Think about if you are guiding your prospective customer through their buyer’s journey and helping them make an informed decision.

Is your website doing that? 


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David Lee

David Lee

Leveraging 20+ years of experience with Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Beckman Coulter, and Deloitte, I craft data-driven website and content strategies to help companies compete and win in the digital age. Explore my insight articles to learn what works and how to craft winning strategies and tactics to move the revenue needle for your company.