Content Quality Strategy for Financial Advisors Websites

By now, most business owners understand that blogging is vital if you want to attract customers. Via blogging, you also create opportunities to engage with people, both new and existing customers. In addition, there are significant opportunities to have your content shared. This will increase your brand awareness. Done right, it could help establish you as a thought leader, too.

It’s not enough to blog to achieve any and all of these outcomes, however. You not only need to blog regularly but you also need to blog well.

If we consider how Google examines pages, and we should, every piece of content you create should help to establish your expertise, your authority, and/or your trustworthiness. Google ranks Page Quality by considering how much time, effort, expertise, and skill went into making the content, so don’t hold back.

Creating quality content means creating content that your potential customers want. Therefore, your first step should be to find out what your target audience wants to know and how they want it.

Here are some content ideas and types to think about as we move through 2017.

YouTube

This video sharing platform has more than one billion users. That’s a lot of potential customers. Video is an increasingly popular form. It allows businesses to be personable, which makes it is ideal for building relationships with clients.

You might try using video to introduce your business. Perhaps give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at your day, or answer frequent financial questions in one or more videos. Keep your videos short and to the point, and they can be high-quality products. Their popularity makes them great aids to SEO and they make it easier for you to connect with clients.

Live Streaming

Like video blogging (or vlogging), live streaming offers you the opportunity to engage directly with clients, only in real-time. Facebook Live and Periscope are still relatively new on the scene, so they may present a good opportunity to be among the first financial advisers to use the technology to reach an audience. This could set your company apart from the crowd, positioning your business as innovative, forward-thinking, and in-touch with what customers’ demand.

Animated Videos

These videos are a great way to engage with your audience. They can be fun – something that might not normally be associated with financial advice, but nonetheless welcome, as long as you maintain your authority. They are also good for presenting complex information in an accessible and digestible format.

As ever, your video should be brief. Keeping it to the point will make it more shareable and you won’t risk challenging the attention span of potential clients.

Infographics

Like an animated video, a quality infographic can present useful information very effectively. They are attractive, communicate messages quickly, and are immensely shareable.

Podcasting

If you want to increase the visibility of your brand, podcasting is a popular medium. Since a podcast is a solely audio medium, allow your personality to come through and keep energy levels up to maintain the interest of listeners.

You don’t have to do all these things, but incorporating a few of them will help you reach more customers and provide them with value. Don’t fill your site with these elements just because you’ve heard that they are popular. Every piece of content you create should have a purpose and it’s not finished until you’ve nailed it.

Whatever content types you prioritize, focus on your customer and their experience. Make your content unique and specific. And take the time to explore your subjects thoroughly. While you need to keep one eye on your search rankings, try to create content that will give your visitors a valuable user experience.

Using these types of content will help you to make your content more engaging. A website is not a digital billboard. You want your customers to interact with you. If you are a financial advisor, this is especially true. Encouraging interaction will give you the opportunity to provide added value that your visitors are not receiving elsewhere.

A checklist for assessing the quality of your content

When what your customer wants matches the purpose of your content and its type, you have the core ingredients for quality content.

Use the following checklist, which is based on Google’s quality assessment priorities, every time you create content for your financial services website in 2017.

  • Does the information presented appear to be trustworthy? Why? Why not?
  • Does the content appear to have been created by an expert or is it shallow?
  • Does this content already appear elsewhere on the site, even with slight keyword variations? If so, can you differentiate it further?
  • Would you feel comfortable giving your credit card information to this site?
  • Are there spelling, stylistic or factual errors? Eradicating these whenever you spot them is a good way to boost your site’s quality overall.
  • Does the content address customers’ needs or is it geared more towards search engine rankings?
  • Does the content contain original information, research, or analysis?
  • Does your page provide good value when compared to other pages suggested by search engines?
  • Does the content present both sides of any discussion or argument?
  • Is this the sort of content that you’d bookmark, share, or recommend?
  • Could the content stand up to being printed in a magazine, encyclopedia or book?

The old saying that content is King still rings true. In today’s marketplace, however, it’s worth extending this sentiment.

If you want your financial business to thrive, remind yourself that “Quality content is King.”

Use the ideas in this article to ensure that your content is as good as it can be. Your time and effort will be rewarded with more engaged customers, more conversions, and more business success.

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Dan Stark is the Managing Partner/Director of Business Development at AltaStreet Financial Websites & Marketing. AltaStreet has created over 1,000 Custom Websites since 1998. AltaStreet is known for their High Level of Custom Design, Development and Automation Technology for the Financial Vertical.

Get in touch with Dan by email: dan@altastreet.com

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How to Make a Strong Password for Internet Accounts!

Passwords are required for nearly everything now. I think they are so common now people tend not to keep passwords safe or strong. Here are a few tips that might make it a little easier.

Let’s start with what makes a password strong. A strong password, of course, is something hard to guess. Single words from the dictionary are easy to guess and easy for a computer to crack. Try using a combination of words, best if they aren’t commonly used together. Try mixing upper and lower case letters with numbers. If you use special characters also, your password will be even harder to crack. Here is an example of a strong password: 100Blue%Bananas!

Each email account should have a unique and secure password. You email address is the most important internet account you own. If the “bad guy” can gain access to your email they will likely be able to own the rest of your accounts. Your email address is used by most internet sites for resetting passwords. All the “bad guy” would need to do is request a new password from any site you might have an account on.

Having a different password for different types of accounts is important. If your Facebook or Twitter password is the same as your email password, change it! It happens all too often that a “bad guy” finds the password to one account and is able to get into another account with the same password.

Choose security questions and answers wisely. Security questions are meant to make it harder to reset passwords or gain access to an account. But, most security questions are easy to answer because we often put the answers to these questions in public view. Think about it, “What is your mother’s maiden name?” Could the “bad guy” check to see if you are friends with her on Facebook? Consider using an incorrect response on purpose, or if you have the option to write your own question, use it. The tricky part about either of those, is remembering the answers.

Putting these things into practice will help protect your online identity. Be smart and be safe.

How Much Content You Should Add in Financial Advisor Website?

Have you ever visited a website and been bombarded with information? You know what I’m talking about… a website that is so packed with content it probably could have its own episode of Hoarders.

writing content for your target audienceThe average website visitor won’t spend a large amount of time digging through all the pages of a website. Often, when a visitor is presented with a page with excessive content they become frustrated; they can’t quickly find what they are looking for and will leave the website.

When writing content for your website you want to consider the following:

Who will be reading this?
What is most important?
What should the visitor do after they’ve finished reading?
When writing content for your website, make sure you understand the audience. Write to them, and as a general rule, write to an 8th grade reading level. Try to distill the information to only the most important topics, then use that simplicity and brevity to your advantage. Encourage the reader to contact you or sign up on the website for something you have to offer.

Fine tuning your content will turn a website with too much information into an informative, lead-generating website.

Why Content is Important for Website & What Should You Consider Before Writing it?

There are a lot of things to consider when starting a new website. What should it look like? How much information should be on the site? Who will be visiting the site? All of these are important things to consider; however, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the options available for your website and overlook what is truly important – the content.

Think about the reasons most people visit websites.  Is it to be wowed by amazing design and imagery?  Perhaps some visitors come to the site to be amused by animation and interactivity? When you get down to the true purpose of a site, its main reason for existence is to deliver information to the visitor. Many times, people get excited about getting a website up and running, but forget this key element.  You can spend as much time, money and effort as you like on making the most beautiful interactive website in existence, but if you haven’t devoted the necessary thought to the information that will live on your website, you’re wasting your time.  So, before you start your website, consider these questions.  They will help you get off on the right track:

  • Who will be visiting your site?
  • What information will they be looking for?
  • What pages of information will be most important to your visitors?
  • Will adding more content to your site add value, or detract from simplicity?

Once you’ve thought these questions through, a good place to start is creating a site map.  A site map can be a simple outline of the pages you plan to have on your site.  Usually the simpler the map is – the better.  You can always add pages and information to your site later, but you’ll be leaps and bounds ahead if you can start with making sure the fundamental information is laid out, before you begin with design and setup.