New site--any tips or suggestions?

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You might have heard I started a NEW company...its called SmartWeb Marketing.

We create, manage and optimize Google AdWords advertising to get you hundreds, even thousands of new customers.

While my target customer is not the typical IMer or online startup , I always value the feedback at Warrior Forum.

Any tips or suggestion for my new site?

Should I add video?

Facebook or Twitter?

Thanks for your help!

Ralph
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Squid
    Use a video to get opt-ins.
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    • Profile picture of the author Verena
      Looks like it's built with WP. I would recommend using a premium portfolio theme though.

      You only need to answer 3 questions (thus 3 links) on the main page:

      1. Why Adwords?
      2. Why Hire Us?
      3. Who has used us...ie testimonial

      Link to your individual inner page and sell the visitors further.

      The squeeze page is the generic template from aweber. I would recommend creating a "sleeker" one.

      My 2 cents
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      • Profile picture of the author HeatMap
        My first impression was that this site could really benefit from a short informative and professional looking video which quickly sums up what your business can do, right under "READY To Get THOUSANDS of New Customers?"

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        • Profile picture of the author ralphalt
          Great idea about a video on the page--some of my competitors do it and I was holding back. THanks both of you!
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        • Profile picture of the author ralphalt
          Posted the Google Intro video!
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      • Profile picture of the author ralphalt
        Thanks for the tip about a better Aweber form
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  • Profile picture of the author darthdeus
    I'm going to be very critical here

    Red text on a gray background is a terrible idea and the gray background alltogether makes it look boring and very generic. It feels like you were trying to go the "safe way".

    I like the header, except that it says nothing about AdWords, I would close the site before I'd find it out.

    Menu is OK, but it just "gray black white", could use a little more work, but it doesn't look horrible. As for the sidebar, thats one big problem It's much wider than it's content. If you look at the "certified" image, it just doesn't look right as it has different margin on top and bottom.

    Probably worst thing about the whole site is the signup form. If nothing else, at least make it so it spans to 100% width of the sidebar. This way it just looks so bad, that I won't even consider signing up.

    "Email us today" has the same problem as "certified" image. It doesn't fit in the sidebar, and it's the only shiny green thing, which makes it stand out, but not in a good way.

    Last thing I don't like in the sidebar is the "call me" button, which isn't even aligned to the center (rest of the sidebar content is). It's good to keep some consistency in website design.

    As for footer, it's nice that it has the same "feel" as menu, showing some consistency.
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    • Profile picture of the author CarloD.
      I don't think the design looks "bad" per say, I do think that it looks a bit dated.... or there is something missing... maybe video? but I'm thinking more the colors.

      Maybe it's the Grey boxes?

      White with Grey boarder would have less impact.


      That's my opinion, overall good job though.
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      • Profile picture of the author ralphalt
        Thanks CarloD--I have not been to fond of the grey boxes...Just added a video!
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    • Profile picture of the author ralphalt
      That is much appreciated advice--constructive criticism is a great thing!
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  • Profile picture of the author chemashie
    I think is good just follow some advice from expert above and you are on top of your game. I may be looking forward to working with you in future on adwords.keep it up!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris G
    Site looks good but I have to agree with some of the above posts about "looks dated". Try a different font in your text. Personally like Georgia font. Also maybe instead of the bullet points, try check marks. I wouldn't obsess with making your site the best there is because it will take away from your goal. That is to get customers!
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  • Profile picture of the author mori22
    i would definitely add testimonials and a list of well known companies that have used your services
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  • Profile picture of the author newbim
    Hi,

    Overall, I think the site looks ok. I do like the title graphic. On first viewing, I can't really tell if it's a sales page, or a page selling services - there are aspects of both in it.

    It's good that you have a video, it appeals to more learning styles and more people will take the informaiton in.

    I'm not too sure if the Adwords Partner logo needs it's own dedicated section though. Did you have the site designed for your business or are you using a generic CMS platform?

    I definitely think you could do with some client testimonials - even if it scrolls through them one at a time, it takes up less space and you can have as many as you want doing it that way.

    I think with a little bit more work, it could be a really nice site.

    Good luck with it .

    Cheers,

    Newbim.
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    • Profile picture of the author csmcmanus
      i like the light blue colors. those are calming. perhaps this one is too calm though.
      i can see that you are using an image in your headlines, it appears to me as though they are not lining up correctly. and they are with a white bg and you are using them in a colored div. try applying an inline span class to those and it should help. if of course you do not find a better theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author ralphalt
    Thanks for the tips everyone--I am working with my web guy to make some more changes and REALLY appreciate the feedback, especially as relates to the inline image/sidebar lining up. This is a great forum and I wish all of you continued success!
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  • Profile picture of the author weatherdog2000
    The giant arrow is not necessary
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  • Profile picture of the author weatherdog2000
    Also , put the video chat further up
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  • Profile picture of the author weatherdog2000
    Or voice chat I meant
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