Interesting content, fresh design and a good user experience invite participation
More often than not aviation component manufacturer websites are more like electronic brochures than conduits for nurturing customer relationships.
Aviation marketers that practice people-to-people marketing create vibrant websites with a clear vision of what the site is charged with accomplishing and the appropriate strategies to get there.
Vision examples may include:
- Customer portal to access account information and order placement
- Configurator engine for designing and ordering custom components
- News and announcement sections for public relations efforts
- Blogging platform to increase social media presence
- E-commerce site equipped to handle orders and monetary transactions
- Investor information for acquiring interest from Private Equity and Institutional investors
Each of the aforementioned examples requires specific navigation, design, content and programming to provide a superior user experience.
Vibrant website are responsive, easy to maintain and update
WordPress is a popular open source programing language that is quick to learn, requires minimal coding experience and provides a platform for easy content updates.
Elite WordPress theme developers license their website designs to individuals and companies. Usually the site designs come complete with page templates, coding files and Photoshop files for custom page design. In addition, many sites now are designed to be fully responsive – meaning they will automatically display on desktop, tablet or smart phone without additional programming. This is becoming increasingly important as usage trends are predicting that mobile platforms – smart phones and web enabled tablets will be more popular than internet desktop use by 2015.
The key to taking a WordPress theme site and making it your own is having the availability to customize the following:
- Color pallets
- Short codes for special features
- Banner graphics – slide, dissolve, etc.
- Blog page templates
- Page divider graphics
- Multi-column page format
One excellent feature when posting to the news, announcement or blog pages is the capability to short link the page URL using Bitly or Google and post updates to your Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages. The abbreviated post will link back to the site for a complete viewing of the release or article.
Another key feature is the comments section. This provides visitors and customers with an avenue to join in the conversation and start the relationship building process.
A word of caution about how different browsers may display the site content. Safari, Google Chrome and Firefox are pretty good about staying current with responsive website design. Microsoft Internet Explorer can be challenged to display correctly due to operating system version and configuration. It is best to trouble shoot the site on both PC and MAC and several mobile devices with different browsers to determine if corrective programing is need for proper site display.
A vibrant people-to-people marketing website contains your latest twitter feeds, pintrest postings, content about your industry, events you will be participating in, and links to your blogs and social media channels. It also visually tells customers and potential customers that your are active in social media and understand how to maximize the power of people-to-people marketing.
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