YOU’LL NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE
What’s perhaps more interesting is that a number of the elements needed to make a good impression in real life, translate to web too. For instance;
- Turning up on time = Page load speeds
- Introducing yourself = Clear branding
- Speaking clearly = Content that is easy to read
- Looking smart = Professional design
But how long do you get to strike a bit of rapport online? Lots of numbers have been banded about, with one report claiming it takes just one twentieth of a second to pass judgement. But this research by Nielsen Norman Group suggests users often leave after ten seconds, so let’s work with that.
But it appears they wouldn’t be the only ones. Rather worryingly, Google also discovered 53% of people will leave a mobile page if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load.
Your website has 3 seconds to load, a split second to make a good impression and then around ten seconds to convince them it’s worth hanging around or doing business with you.
So here are ten things your website can do to help…
10 ‘GOOD IMPRESSION’ WEBSITE TIPS
1. Fast load speeds
Slow loading websites annoy real people and seo bots alike. Keep it under 3 seconds bro. We can show you how.
2. Clear branding
Just like in real life, it’s reassuring to know where you are and who you’re dealing with.
3. Be visual
Plenty of images and video help make the page more attractive, enticing and engaging.
4. Include images of people
People respond well to pictures of other happy people, don’t overdo the stock library stereotype though.
5. Prominent contact details
Often the number 1 reason people visit websites, but also a reassuring accountability factor. Who ya gonna call?
6. Professional design
Look the part and reap the rewards. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”
7. Smart colour and font choices
Apart from in very exceptional circumstances, wacky colours and a bunch of fancy fonts are not the way to win
8. Appropriate tone of voice
Instantly connect to your audience by using language and storytelling that is relevant and appealing.
9. Content that is easy to read
People read differently online. Use simple language. Write in short sentences. Read more about writing for the web.
10. Use https
Get an SSL certificate, and secure your site data. Avoid the ‘Not Secure’ warnings in Google Chrome that can panic visitors.
For more on building trust and credibility, read our building trust cheatsheet.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO IN 10 SECONDS?
1. Run 100m
Well, if Usain Bolt can do it… (9.58 seconds, Berlin, 2009). Just remember to stretch before you try this in the office.
2. Just chill
Take 3 deep breaths. Breathing deeply sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.
3. Find your nearest Nettl studio
Give it a try now. It’s super easy with our new studio locator.
4. Micro workout
Do ten sit-ups. urrrrrrrrgghhr, okay, three sit-ups!
5. Send a message to a loved one
Love conquers all. No seriously, let someone know you’re thinking of them. Not in a weird way.
6. Make your website secure with SSL
7. Drink a glass of water
Staying hydrated improves your mood, cognitive and motor skills. Vroom! Oh, wrong motor.
8. Update your to-do list
Completing tasks on a list releases small amounts of dopamine that encourages us to do even more #productivityaddict.
9. Run an SEO audit on your website
Request a free SEO audit from one of our Nettl SEO certified studios.
10. Send an animated gif to a colleague
Is there a better way to share your reaction to Tony’s latest faux-pas by the fire extinguisher?
HOW DOES YOUR WEBSITE DO ON A FIRST DATE?
Not sure where to start?
Well, if you have a minute, grab a glass of water and find how to contact us. While you’re there, ask us about SSL and SEO. Then you can cross it off your to-do list and just chill.