The health of your practice now depends on your homepage more than ever before
As the world adjusts to a life of voluntary or even mandatory self-isolation as a result of the current pandemic, you’re probably thinking that elective surgical procedures are the last thing on consumers’ minds. Not true!
As the Panic Phase subsides, internet usage has surged. It will only get busier online during the Boredom Phase as websites become the de-facto primary medium for interaction between you and your audience.
People are about to become starving for engagement, education, and entertainment that distracts them from current events and enables them to feel connected to the outside world. Those that are interested in your service are likely to continue with their online research. They will be looking for one thing – a compelling website that communicates exactly how you can serve them and is responsive to their requests for interaction.
If it wasn’t already, your homepage is now your strongest marketing tool
Because the times call for it, I’m going to be blunt – unless your homepage is getting a 5 out of 5 on every one of our measures, it’s not going to cut it.
The time is now to stop viewing your website as just a website. Instead, view it as one of the few available doors to your practice during a time when most of your colleagues are likely to go into hibernation mode. Your website, right now, is the key to the money you believe you’re worth, the money that enables you to once again do the things you enjoy with the people you love. It’s your ticket to freedom and opportunity. It’s the difference between merely surviving and thriving. It’s your future, and it’s your legacy.
Ignore me now and stagnate tomorrow. Even if your business was doing well before COVID-19, it won’t be long before your smarter colleagues up their game and leave you behind in the dust.
It takes 0.05 seconds for users to form an opinion about your homepage
Yes, that’s 5-centiseconds fast. Here are some other massively relevant statistics:
- 88% of consumers will research product information before they make a purchase online or in the store.
- 75% of consumers judge a business’s credibility by the design of its website.
- 88% of online consumers are less likely to return to a site if they’ve had a bad experience.
Your website is the destination hub for everything else you might be doing – whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok. If a fast, interactive and persuasive website doesn’t greet your audience at some point in their journey, it won’t be long until doubt and uncertainty creep in, and they start looking elsewhere.
For prospective patients seeking benefits that elective medical procedures provide, the stakes are even higher. If your homepage doesn’t demonstrate a clear and reliable solution to your prospective patient’s problem within the first few seconds, they will leave quicker than you can say “cataracts”.
So what can you do?
Audit your homepage
For many of you, the only way you will protect the practice that will give you the life you want is to take your web presence to the next level. I’m not talking about a meagre website make-over, a lick of paint and few new pillows strewn about the place, I’m talking about a full-blown tear-it-down and start again situation.
Sound terrifying? We get it. If you’ve spent years building your website or hundreds of pounds outsourcing the job to various “professionals”, these words won’t be very nice to hear. The good news is, with the right guide, this process is much, much easier than you think. If you don’t have a website yet, then count yourself lucky, because you’ve just saved yourself a heap load of time and energy.
We’ve adapted DigitalMarketer’s 7-point homepage audit to enable you to do just that. Get your editable copy here.