General Questions (3)
Q. How long will it take from the time that I sign the contract until my website is launched?
A. From the time that you sign on with Focus Web Technologies to the day that your website is completed or launched onto the World Wide Web, it is usually 8 weeks. During the course of developing a website there will often be items that we need to get from our clients. For example, if a client already has a company logo, we’ll need to get that from them so that we can be sure that their website is consistent with their other marketing materials. As long as these required items are supplied to us within a reasonable amount of time, we can launch within the 8 week window.Unconventional or unusually complex websites can take longer – up to 12 weeks, but this is less common.
Q. What type of training do you offer and how much does it cost?
A. Here at Focus Web Technologies, one of our primary goals is to put our clients in control of their websites. We will always be available to you for edits, but it is much more cost effective for you to get some basic training from us so that you can update and change your own website for free.You don’t need to have any special skills prior to receiving training. As a matter of fact, if you were able to navigate to this page, then you will be able to learn quickly how to edit your own website. Most of our clients are able to make simple edits and updates to their websites after a one hour training session with one of our expert trainers.
The best part about the training that we offer is that it’s included with the price that you pay to have your website developed! A one hour training session is included with all of our web development packages.
Q. What can I expect if I hire Focus Web Technologies to develop a web marketing campaign?
A. You can expect to have a web marketing expert focus on your business, your goals, and your challenges. Web marketing encompasses a vast array of tools and options. A web marketing specialist will work closely with you to help determine the best plan to increase your company’s online visibility.Increasing online visibility doesn’t happen overnight. Most web marketing campaigns require at least a six month contract. During these six months we will increase your ranking and will work with you to develop innovative and cost effective ways to help you connect with your loyal customers and cultivate relationships with new ones.
Web Development (4)
Q. Do I have to pay more for special features like flash, animation, a blog space, an online checkout for customers?
A. There are many web features that can easily be included in the package price and others that usually require an additional fee. If you know exactly what you want for your site, then the best way to find out the price is to call or email us for a customized quote. We’d happy to go over the pros and cons of different web features and applications to assist you in making the final decision about what to include in your website.
Q. Do you offer web hosting?
A. Not only do we offer web hosting, but we encourage all of our clients to host with us. Web software can get viruses and require updates just like any other software you use on your computer. To protect our clients from loss, every website we host will receive regular updates to keep it secure from web predators. We will also install the latest software updates so that users can navigate your website with ease.
Q. What is a domain name?
A. A domain name is the name that identifies a website. For example our domain name is www.focuswebtech.com. To appear on the World Wide Web, a domain name needs to be purchased, registered, and then the final website that corresponds to the domain name will need to be listed with the search engines. When we develop a website for you, we will work with you to decide on the best domain name for your business.
Q. What if I don’t know what I want, can you recommend colors, images, and layouts to me?
A. We have very creative graphic designers who can develop concepts that reflect your goals and objectives. We will utilize the creative elements of your company logo, website samples you like, and any other input to help determine the best designs for you.
All of our clients have the option of having our designers develop a concept for your website. An initial concept is included in the price of all of our web development packages. Additional concepts or changes will be billed at our normal hourly rate.
If you would like help with developing your brand and marketing strategy as a part of your web development, we can refer you to our parent company, The Mosaic Agency. The Mosaic Agency is a full service marketing agency that can develop a branding and marketing plan for your business.
Web Marketing (6)
Q. What is the difference between Internet marketing, web marketing and search engine marketing?
A. Web Marketing and Internet Marketing are the same thing. They refer to ways that businesses use the Internet to market their business. Businesses who market themselves over the web usually do so for the same reasons that businesses market themselves offline: to reach their potential customers, to reinforce their brand, and ultimately to increase their sales.
Web marketing offers a unique opportunity for businesses to connect with their loyal customers and to cultivate relationships with new ones for a very reasonable price. The Internet has drastically revolutionized what is possible in marketing.
Search engine marketing is a subset of web or Internet marketing. SEM is performed with the specific goal of improving a business’ listing or ranking by search engines. While many SEM tools and activities can be accomplished through creative web development, marketing tools and writing, some forms require direct payment to the search engines. Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is an example of a tool that requires payment to search engines.
Q. What is the difference between search engine marketing and search engine optimization?
A.Search engine marketing (SEM) refers to any and all activities that increase a business’ ranking and visibility on search engines. This would include Pay-Per-Click (PPC) campaigns, placing paid advertisements on search engine results pages (SERPs), working with the web code to make their sites more attractive to search engines, writing copy that utilizes likely key words, submitting articles to various sites, blogging, setting up accounts at social networking sites and more.
Search engine optimization (SEO) refers to a set of tools that make websites easier for search engines and users to navigate. Almost every search engine marketing plan will include some form of SEO. Depending on the industry, there are times when a website that is developed with quality SEO built into the code and the copy will be enough to get a business the rankings they desire.
Q. What is Pay-Per-Click advertising?
A. Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is a form of search engine marketing and it is one of the many ways that businesses can increase their website ranking on the major search engines. The basic idea of PPC is that businesses get to be listed as sponsored links above the regularly generated results or on the right side of the results page. Every time someone clicks on one of these advertisements, the business is required to pay a fee to the search engine.
Q. How do you provide real measurements in real time for your web marketing?
A. The answer to this question is one of the things that sets Focus Web Technologies apart from the competition. Marketing without measurement is like trying to run your business with blinders on. We don’t create and implement a web marketing plan, then wait 3 – 6 months to see how it turned out. We measure it from the first day to see how well it is working for you.
Every web marketing plan we develop includes specific tools for measuring your return on investment (ROI) in real time. You can see how our web marketing plan is working for you, anytime of the day or night. This allows us to adjust your plan along the way as needed.
Q. What is manual linking?
A. One of the ways to increase the visibility of your website online is to increase your web traffic or the number of people who visit your site. Manual linking is one of the many tools that businesses can use to increase their traffic. The basic idea is that a link to your website will appear on other websites. For example, if someone is reading an article about your industry, they may see a link to your website and click on it. Each click increases your traffic, and over time, your web rankings.
As with all forms of SEM, it’s important to build a manual linking campaign through authentic, quality channels. Sometimes businesses will agree to list illogical links on their sites for the sole purpose of increasing their traffic. The search engines have tools to determine when websites are trying to increase their traffic without building quality links. These sites can be blacklisted by the search engines. This means that when potential customers are searching online for you, they won’t be able to find you.
Manual linking is one of the most complex, yet most effective forms of search engine marketing. We have manual linking experts on our team who can work closely with your website to develop links that are high on both quality and results.
Q. What if I want more than web design and web marketing, what if I’d like to have a competitive analysis done of other companies in my industry or what if I need help developing an overall marketing plan?
A. Focus Web Technologies is a division of The Mosaic Agency. The Mosaic Agency is a full service marketing agency that specializes in developing marketing strategy and brand identity, performing market research and competitive analysis, and devising marketing plans that incorporate web and traditional marketing forms. If you’d like to learn more about The Mosaic Agency, please visit the website .