Posted by: steve elson
10 Steps to Building Good Websites for Estate Agents
As a property specialist, you want a website design that meets the unique demands of your business. So every estate agent needs a solid, well-designed website.
To help you with the process, we’ve put together this list of steps to consider when building the best website for your estate agents.
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1. Start with a Plan (and a Budget)
Before you begin the design process, you need a plan. Treat this like any other business plan, outlining your company’s needs from the beginning. You also need a solid budget that includes covers the services you’re willing to pay for on initial design, implementation, hosting, support and any other campaigns you may consider soon.
2. Build a Dynamic Home Page
Your home page is your best landing page and should specifically market your services. You want to make this visually appealing as well as informative because it can make the difference between landing that client or losing them. We recommend looking through this list of good (and bad) examples to help you design the most effective page for your market.
3. Include Multiple Calls to Action
Your home page should also include multiple Calls-To-Action, prompting your potential clients to take a specified action. They also guide the customer down a sales funnel that leads to sales conversion. These take many forms and your page should have several of these sprinkled through the text in options like “Call Now!” or “Email Today for a Quote.” Be sure you are clear and precise in what next step any client should take.
4. Focus on Long-Tail Keywords
As you begin to build content on your site, focus on long-tail keywords to increase your SEO. These 3-4 word long searches generally have fewer searchers, they also have an overall higher rates of conversion due to their specific nature. Given how niche your own market is, tailoring your keywords precisely will only increase your conversion rates.
5. Update Your Website (and Your Blog) Regularly
Want to improve your ranking on Google? Update your website consistently. We recommend updating your regular content every few months while maintaining an active blog with weekly posts, testimonials, and photos. This is a good indicator to potential clients that you are active. Someone visiting a website that has not been updated since 2016 may wonder if the agent is still in business.
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6. Incorporate Mobile Users in Your Design
Do more than build a website that is accessible on a mobile device. Focus on a design that is both engaging and optimized for those users. Smartphones and tablets are becoming the primary device for many users. Make sure to incorporate that knowledge into your web design and you’ll stay ahead of the curve.
7. Make Your Site Usable, Not Flashy
It may be tempting to spend your budget on a big, complicated web design. In truth, grand ideas are often hard to implement and doesn’t always provide the best user-experience. Design your site with clients in mind first. A good estate agent website loads quickly and is easy to use. Make sure your services are easy to find and not hidden in complicated dropdown menus making sure each page has a clear way to contact you when the visitor is ready to take the next step.
8. Communicate Who You Are and What You Do Immediately
Building from the previous step, you need to make your brand the first thing people notice on your website. Potential clients should not need to scroll down for basic information about your business. It should immediately be clear who you are, what your skills & accreditations are, what your specialty is, where you are based, and the areas you cover.
9. Represent the Market You Serve
If you want to entice clients to use your services, it’s imperative to be sure you are representing that market. Professional photographs should be area-specific and invoke the best of those geographic markets. When choosing design elements for your website, make them geographically specific to the areas you cover.
10. Keep Navigation Simple
It’s hard to resist a clever pun or adding some additional playful flair. But you should, as those additions rarely pay off with potential clients. Keep your design elements clean, crisp, and easy to navigate. Maintain conventional titles to all your links and the sections of your pages. While you may find it funny, your audience might not be in on the joke or may struggle to understand them. Ultimately, you are running a business and your website should reflect your capabilities rather than your sense of humor.
Signature have produced appealing, functional websites for estate agents and letting agents throughout the UK including London, Kent and the South East. Our fast loading, responsive websites come fully loaded with the features and XML support you need. Showcase your portfolio of commercial properties, residential properties or development projects.