Websites for Coaches: Everything you need to know

In today’s episode, we sat down with James, a Freelance Web and Graphic Designer based in Bedford, Bedfordshire, who brings a wealth of experience in creating websites for Coaches.

During our chat, we covered a lot of useful topics that can really help you level up your coaching website. We started by demystifying the differences between graphic and web design. Then, we dug into how to make sure your website truly reflects your coaching services and personal brand. James shared some great tips on planning out your website content effectively, and how to present your services in a way that resonates with your potential clients.

We also explored how your website can connect better with your ideal client and the strategies you can use to keep them engaged and interested. Ever wondered whether you can change your website once it’s up? We talked about that too. Plus, James shed some light on the ongoing maintenance that websites might need, and what to look for when choosing a website host.

Whether you’re a seasoned coach or just starting, this episode has something for you.

"I realized that part of what we do is working with the coaches and having copywriters on board to help them create a copy that is great to go on the website" – @JamesMallDesign @sarahsantacroce #humanemarketing Click To Tweet

In this episode James and I discuss about:

  • The difference between a graphic and web designer
  • How a website represents your personal brand
  • How to plan out my website content
  • How to position my services on my site
  • What strategies can I use to engage potential clients and encourage inquiries?
  • Is a website a static thing or can it be changed once I get it back from the designer
  • and much more

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Ep 170 transcript

[00:00:00] Sarah: Hello, Humane Marketers. Welcome back to the Humane Marketing Podcast, the place to be for the generation of marketers that cares. This is a show where we talk about running your business in a way that feels good to you, is aligned with your values, and also resonates with today’s conscious customers because it’s humane, ethical, and non pushy.

[00:00:23] I’m Sarah Zanacroce, your hippie turned business coach for quietly rebellious entrepreneurs and marketing impact pioneers. Mama bear of the humane marketing circle and renegade author of marketing like we’re human and selling like we’re human. If after listening to the show for a while, you’re ready to move on to the next level and start implementing and would welcome a community of like minded, quietly rebellious entrepreneurs who discuss with transparency what works and what doesn’t work in business, then we’d love to welcome you in our humane marketing circle.

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[00:01:16] We share with transparency and vulnerability what works for us and what doesn’t work so that you can figure out what works for you. Instead of keep throwing spaghetti on the wall and seeing what sticks. Find out more at humane. marketing. com And if you prefer one on one support from me, my Humane Business Coaching could be just what you need.

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[00:02:10] And finally, if you are a marketing impact pioneer and would like to bring humane marketing to your organization, have a look at my offers and workshops on my website at humane. marketing.

[00:02:29] Welcome back to the humane marketing podcast. Today’s conversation fits under the P of Promotion. If you’re a regular listener, you know that I’m organizing the conversations around the seven P’s of the Humane Marketing Mandala. And if you’re new here, then you probably don’t know what I’m talking about with these seven P’s and the mandala, but you can download your one page marketing plan with the Humane Marketing version of the seven P’s of marketing at humane.

[00:02:58] marketing [00:03:00] forward slash one. page, the number one and the word page. And, uh, humane is with an E. So not human, but humane with an E at the end dot marketing. It comes with the seven email prompts to really help you reflect on these different Ps for your business. So humane marketing is not prescriptive.

[00:03:21] It’s not a six. step approach. It’s a reflective approach. It’s, uh, where I ask you to question all your assumptions that you have about marketing. So that’s what you get with the one page marketing plan for the seven piece of humane marketing. Today I’m speaking with a new friend, James Mall, who’s a web and graphic designer.

[00:03:44] Uh, but before introducing you to James, I want to remind you that I’m talking to potential participants for the Marketing Like We’re Human program, also known as the Client Resonator. This three month program is my main offering and it’s connected [00:04:00] to this podcast and based on the seven Ps of the Humane Marketing Mandala because we’ll dive deeply into these seven Ps during the program to help you discover your true self and passions so you can bring more of your.

[00:04:16] into your marketing. It’s really about marketing from within, marketing authentically. It’s also much more than marketing. It’s really about business building. And I do bring in kind of this different. business paradigm. While the main goal is to connect with your ideal clients, it goes beyond marketing. It forms the foundation of your life’s work.

[00:04:41] We’ll start by focusing on things like passion and personal power, your why, and then move to other aspects like people, product, pricing, promotion, and partnerships. The program is in a small group setting, ensuring therefore a meaningful experience that aligns your business with your values. [00:05:00] It’s a mix of videos, 20 to 30 minutes, uh, video per week.

[00:05:05] Uh, beautifully designed workbook with lots of questions. My program is for deep thinkers, those who want to really roll back the sleeves and think deeply about, um, how they want to market, how they want to run their business, journal prompts. And then of course the live group calls in which I facilitate the conversation to take us even deeper into the topic of the week, who’s this program for?

[00:05:32] It’s for entrepreneurs. Uh, who are quietly rebellious as well as change makers who have different levels of business experience, whether you’ve been in the game for one year, five years, or even 10 or more, it really is never too late to build a strong foundation for your business and your life’s work.

[00:05:52] So. If you want to know more, check out humane. marketing forward slash program for lots [00:06:00] of testimonials and case studies from past participants. And if this program feels like it might be the right fit for you right now, let’s talk. There’s a button on that page to schedule a call with me. So, uh, yeah, please do that.

[00:06:15] We’re starting on August 24th. All right. Thank you so much for letting me share about this. Now let’s go back to today’s podcast and back to James. So James is a freelance web and graphic designer based in Bedford. Bedford Shire, uh, that’s the UK. And having worked with a variety, variety of clients, his portfolio includes fashion, swimwear, academics, coaches, property, charities, and photographers.

[00:06:47] He now specializes in building websites for business coaches, and he loves and believes in helping coaches to build a better web. experience for their clients and themselves. In our [00:07:00] conversation, we talked about the difference between a graphic and web designer. I think that’s really key for, uh, clients to understand.

[00:07:09] How a website represents your personal brand, how to plan out. Your website content, how to position your services on your site, what strategies you can use to engage potential clients and encourage inquiries, uh, whether a website is static or whether it can be changed once you get it back from the designer and so many more topics.

[00:07:34] So let’s dive in with, uh, James Moll. Hi, James. I’m so happy to hang out with you. Welcome to

[00:07:42] James: the show. Hi, Sarah. Thanks very much for having me. Thank you.

[00:07:47] Sarah: Yeah, I’m delighted to have this conversation about websites. So let’s see all the different topics we could get into. Um, we tried to beforehand, right?

[00:07:57] Come up with some, some questions. [00:08:00] And so I do want to ask you one that you’re like, Hey, maybe not this one, but I’m like, well, I’m going to ask you anyway, because, because actually, you know, in the bio that I just read about you, um, I did say you’re a, uh, uh, web and graphic designer, right? So website designer, graphic designer.

[00:08:19] And, and I know that quite a lot of people sometimes get confused. Well, what is what, who does what? And so I’d like to start us off there so that you can kind of give us a good Um, distinction between what does a graphic designer do and what does a web designer do? And if I need a website, who do I look for

[00:08:44] James: then?

[00:08:45] Yeah, sure. Um, yeah, it’s actually quite a good question, I think, for people that are not aware, obviously, the difference between a web and a graphic designer. Being in the industry, um, a lot of people are aware. So, so a graphic designer is someone [00:09:00] that designs, uh, graphics. It could either be print based or digital based.

[00:09:04] So it can either be. Uh, brochures, leaflets, um, billboards, um, and they could do digital design as well. So they could design adverts on social media. Um, there is crossover between that and websites. So they can design graphics that specifically go on websites as well. So they can sit on a, on a, um, a website, but how they differ from a web designer is that they’re not techie.

[00:09:29] So they’re not able to, most graphic designers are not able to develop, uh, and build websites. So web designer is. actually more technical in terms of they’re able to either code, uh, build a website with code, HTML, um, WordPress, um, software like that, or they can, uh, use no code software as well, which I, I worked with as well.

[00:09:52] So I worked with a program called elemental along with WordPress. So I’m able to kind of use drag and drop software. Um, some like I’ve come, I’m [00:10:00] coming from a graphic design background to a website background. So there is some crossover, um, but generally. Graphic designers tend to design, um, the graphics either for print or digital.

[00:10:13] Um, and they don’t really tend to do websites. So they differ in that instance. I hope that kind of clears

[00:10:20] Sarah: up things. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. And I guess. A graphic designer can learn to be a web designer and then be both, which is your case. And a web designer can also, or that’s a question, do web designers sometimes also go into graphic design?

[00:10:40] Or maybe that direction is less common. What would you say?

[00:10:45] James: Um, I’ve actually met quite a few people that have gone both. So from like myself on graphic design into website design, and then vice versa, website design to graphic design. And I think it just [00:11:00] matters on your technical ability and what you enjoy.

[00:11:04] If you enjoy graphic design, if you enjoy sort of creating. You know, anything from logos to branding, you know, brochures, um, graphic design is so wide as well. Um, and then it easily crosses over onto, um, website design. Um, it’s kind of similar to coaching in a way, I guess, because a lot of sort of business coaches, for example, that I work with tend to do, you know, personal coaching as well, life coaching, um, and vice versa.

[00:11:36] So there’s some crossover there as well. So, um. Yeah, they can be cross over as well.

[00:11:41] Sarah: Yeah. Yeah. In my, um, sense of understanding this is the graphic design has to do with the beauty. It has to do with the aesthetics, with the art, with the colors, with the logo, uh, you know, with the, yeah, the word says it graphic, right?

[00:11:58] And so [00:12:00] the web designer would be probably more, um, oriented towards the functionality of the site. Uh, of the website. So being like, you know, all of these click funnels and lead generation things that, that is more tech related. So, uh, in a way, I guess it’s a good idea to look for someone who has an understanding of both.

[00:12:24] Because then you get an aesthetically good looking website that also has the functionality behind

[00:12:30] James: it. Right. Yeah, that’s right. And that’s why people like to hire me. Yeah. Because, uh, yeah, because I’m able to do, to do both. And, um, you know, from a UX and UI point of view, I’m able to kind of wireframe, uh, create like a blueprint and a map of, uh, the user experience as well, which is quite key.

[00:12:51] I think a lot of web designers. Don’t tend to think of that as well. Um, so it’s not just making sure the website looks pretty, but also the [00:13:00] fact that you’re thinking about calls to action, you know, your call to action buttons, getting people to book discovery calls or sign up to your mailing list. Or,

[00:13:09] Sarah: yeah, so let’s get in all of that because there’s a lot to, to uncover.

[00:13:13] So, so basically, yeah, we now know that there’s both, right. There’s the aesthetics and then there’s the actual user friendliness and the. The functionality behind the site. So, so maybe before we go into the functionality, like what I, this is embarrassing, but like more than 15 years ago when I started out, I actually also designed some small websites for, for clients, you know, WordPress was like really new back then.

[00:13:43] And so I quickly noticed how difficult of a job it actually is. Not so much big because of, you know, I was using WordPress. So it’s pretty simple to put a website together, but where I always got stuck is with the [00:14:00] clients and their content, like the, the, the design of the site and their actual understanding of what needs to go on a site.

[00:14:09] So I think that’s also why there’s. A lot of people, I don’t know if that happens to you, but I know it happens to me that come with baggage and they complain about their website designer. They’re like, it just didn’t work out. Uh, and oftentimes it’s because there is a miscommunication of who does what and in what kind of timeframe.

[00:14:31] And so how can we help or, or, uh, to which level do we as the client have to be prepared? Uh, when we go to a website designer in terms of our content, in terms of knowing what needs to go on this website.

[00:14:50] James: Yeah, so the content is, um, is a key thing in any website. And before, when I kind of started out, I used to kind of [00:15:00] rely on the client giving me the content and it doesn’t always work out because what you’ve, you know, you designed a website and you put everything together and you made it look nice and you’ve put stock images there and you’ve put some.

[00:15:12] Laura Ibsen text to kind of fill the gaps and you create a nice looking website and then the client either They do two things that either hand you Very little content. So there’s hardly any text or any writing that they’ve put together themselves Or they can either give you too much Content so there’s a lot to kind of pick pick out and put on the website And the information is is key because the information is what’s gonna Sell your services.

[00:15:40] So it’s it’s one of the most important things On a website and before when I started out, I used to always think about the design side and coming from a graphic design point of view as well. I used to always think about looking at making the website look pretty and probably less on the content, but as I’ve developed as a web designer and working with with coaches.

[00:15:57] Now, I realized that, you know, [00:16:00] part of what we do is working with the coaches and having copywriters on board to help them create. Copy that is great to go on the website. Um, and that, you know, it’s talking about their target clients, um, addresses, um, their pain points, um, and sells their services in a way that, um, reflects them, uh, in a, in a positive light, really.

[00:16:25] Yeah. Yeah.

[00:16:26] Sarah: Yeah. So, so you see the same thing is like, it can really be a, this idea. Oh, I need a website. But then once they talk to you or talk to any website designer, then they tell them, well, have you thought about, you know, who’s your ideal client? How are you going to describe it? So it’s like, it’s this basically box of worms that all of a sudden gets.

[00:16:52] you know, discover is like, Oh, I thought that was going to be quick and easy. And then I have, you know, all these other things that I now [00:17:00] need to look at and write about.

[00:17:01] James: Yeah. Yeah. I mean, the planning stages is key with any website. Um, you know, sometimes clients will come to you and I used to have this a lot when I was starting out, you know, they’ll say we need a website done in a week or two weeks or, you know, unrealistic deadlines and they’re kind of rushing and they’ve got.

[00:17:19] content ready and they’re trying to create a website and they think that, you know, you can very easily create a website, you know, in a matter of a few days or a week and you can, but you know, it’s like with anything, it’s good to sit down and plan out, you know, the user experience, uh, wireframe and on paper, just, just even sketch out what, what kind of number of pages, the menu structure, uh, the calls to action, uh, what kind of information you’re going to have, testimonials, um, All of that kind of stuff, social proof, um, and then layout, what kind of, what goes where, and think about that and spend time thinking about that [00:18:00] before you’ve done any kind of development or design.

[00:18:03] That is a, is a must, I think now working with clients because we spend, we spend a good couple of weeks actually just, just on that. Um, when I work with clients now, uh, before we do any development work.

[00:18:16] Sarah: Right. So take us into this user experience because you mentioned it a few times now. So, so what does that mean?

[00:18:24] Take me on this journey. So let’s say, you know, I’m landing on a website for the first time. Uh, I’m on the homepage. What needs to happen next? So take me through that journey.

[00:18:39] James: Yeah, so when you’re, when you’ve landed on a, um, homepage, for example, which is a, um, land, another word for landing page as well. So a landing page could be any page really on the website.

[00:18:49] It’s the first page that you’re directed to. And often that is the homepage. But often you’ll see a homepage and you’ll see, you know, you’ve got the menu at the top. You’ve got your, um. [00:19:00] Items below it. So you would have like a hero image and you would have welcome to the website or whatever the company or person does on the website.

[00:19:09] And then you’d have, you know, testimonials below it and you would have services, uh, what the coach does, for example, calls to action. Um, but it’s. really mapping out clearly what goes where in terms of the information. So you want to be, for example, you don’t want to be telling people about you necessarily what you do and how great you are.

[00:19:33] You want to be talking about how you’re helping them with their, with their problem, this problem solution. And you’ll, you know, you, you’ve got a list of. your ideal client, you know, what kind of issues they’re going through. Uh, for example, if they’ve, um, if you’re in a corporate kind of coach, um, that’s helping people that are coming out of corporate, the corporate environment, you want to say that, you know, uh, here’s a, [00:20:00] this is what I do.

[00:20:01] You know, are you coming out of a corporate job? Are you looking to start your own business getting into coaching, for example, and As soon as they see that at the top, you know, they know that this site is for them because people would immediately turn off in the first, you know, couple of three to five seconds.

[00:20:18] If they don’t see any benefit in, in, um, in the website and they’ll just click, click off. So you have a high bounce rate as well.

[00:20:27] Sarah: Yeah. It’s actually in what we’re just talking about this today in the humane marketing circle is the unique value proposition. You know, what it is you are offering To me, as the visitor to your website, how is it different from anybody else’s offer?

[00:20:44] And, uh, yeah, do I feel concerned? Like, yeah, do you speak to me or, you know? Yeah. Instead, do you just speak about yourself? And then I have to figure out if you’re actually the right [00:21:00] fit for me. Um,

[00:21:01] James: yeah, yeah. I think a lot of people make that mistake because. They want to say, you know, how great they are, you know, how many qualifications they’ve got, certifications, um, testimonials.

[00:21:12] They want to, you know, literally tell the whole world about how great they are, but they forget about the client that they kind of helping. And what their problems are and really speaking to the client, you know, everything that you should be doing should be speaking towards your ideal client. And again, that’s tied into the marketing side of things that you’re aware of.

[00:21:33] And a lot of web designers or graphic designers don’t tend to think about that because it’s a shame because a lot of web design and graphic design is quite separate from marketing. So coming from a background of both, I’m able to kind of use have both sides and think. You know, from a customer user point of view and think from a technical point of view, uh, and also from a design and colorful and making [00:22:00] everything look pretty kind of point of view as well.

[00:22:02] So that it’s a problem that I think we have in the industry where. In the whole kind of design industry where there’s a miscommunication often between the marketing message and what you’re trying to portray on an advertisement or a website. Um, there could be a misalignment there. Yeah.

[00:22:24] Sarah: Yeah, I totally agree.

[00:22:25] I think that the, you know, it’s often a case in corporations as well, where they separate marketing from sales and, and here it’s the same marketing should be part of it because that’s essentially what you’re doing with your website. You’re not wanting to talk to yourself. You’re wanting to talk to your ideal clients and everything you just said about the homepage.

[00:22:48] I learned it’s the same thing about on your about page, uh, on your about page, of course we think, Oh, it’s about me. And yes, it is, but only in a second instance, it really [00:23:00] is again. Uh, people come to your about page because they want to find out if you’re a good match for them. So they’re really looking at the about page as a mirror much more than, you know, I’m so interested in this person that they don’t know yet.

[00:23:15] Right. And so it’s kind of like just more like a checklist. Okay. Yes. This aligns this lines. Uh, and so it’s the same thing for the about page. Um, so talk to us a bit more about the, uh, engagement. So. You know, it could be perceived that a website is a static thing because, you know, it just sits there. So how do we make it engaging, um, that actually people stay on it, first of all, you know, read our information and then maybe even go a step further.

[00:23:50] How do we get them to stay in touch?

[00:23:53] James: Yeah, I mean, One of the key things is not to put all of the [00:24:00] information out there in terms of content. So if you want to create engagement, for example, um, FAQs are a good example of this. So you don’t want to frequently ask questions that you have. You don’t want to sort of list them all out on the website.

[00:24:14] You want to have options where people can click on a, on a question and they have a drop down and it tells them a little bit more about it. So anything that kind of people can interact with and engage with buttons that lead them on to another page, for example, that tells them a little bit more information.

[00:24:31] So if you’ve got like a book, for example, that you’re selling and you said, you know, do you want to buy this book right now? And then you clicked on the book and it just went to the purchase page. And it was just like. selling you the book, you know, from a buying point of view, it’s not a great sales experience because you’re not really giving them any more information about the book that they’re buying.

[00:24:51] So you want to create, um, almost like a sales funnel where you’re, they click on, uh, to find out more about the book that you’re selling, for example, [00:25:00] uh, how it can benefit them. Um, maybe give them like a free sample or demo, uh, That they can download like a PDF and then an option afterwards to then click and purchase.

[00:25:14] So it’s very much thinking about that user again, thinking about the user journey and experience rather than, you know, people are so desperate to kind of, you know, sell stuff, for example, or book a discovery call. And it’s very much that you’ve got to kind of educate people. You’ve got to create that. Um, That trust, you’ve got to build that up, I think.

[00:25:33] And you can’t just rush into it. It’s, it’s, it’s again, it’s like us talking for example, now, and if we were at like a networking event and we met for the first time, for example, when you often meet people at networking events and, you know, they’re just telling you how great they are and they’re just like, do you want to buy my stuff?

[00:25:47] Do you want to have a, let’s book a call. Let’s let’s talk by my stuff. It’s all me, me, me. And they don’t really kind of create that opportunity where they, you know, you, you kind of. Meet them or add them on online or, um, go [00:26:00] to the website, find out a little bit more about them. And then a little bit later on, in the, in the kind of buying decision, you kind of decide that you want to work with them, um, rather than sort of rushing in.

[00:26:13] It’s kind of people kind of rush in. Um,

[00:26:15] Sarah: yeah. Tell us how this would apply to the discovery call, because I like that a lot. So, so, um, and, and I’ll share what I have in place, but yeah, I’d love to hear from you. Like, Okay. So I get it for the book. Yeah. How would you apply it to a discovery call?

[00:26:34] James: So for a discovery call, for instance, you will, um, you’ve also got call to action on the site.

[00:26:40] So I’ve got call to action. If people do want to book a discovery call straight away and they can click, you know, book a discovery call. So that’s for people that have already made their decision. Um, so they’ve looked at your website, they’ve seen your homepage senior about page. Um, What you offer us is, you know, problem solution.

[00:26:58] You can [00:27:00] help them with their, um, what their, whatever their problems are, issues are, and they’ve already made the decision to work with you. And they, you know, just click book a discovery call. So they’re those kind of people are, um, sort of warm leads and they kind of, they’re in that sort of. Uh, they want to buy from you and they want to buy what you’re, what you, what you’ve got, but people that are, um, maybe need to be a bit more educated, for example, um, you’d kind of maybe I’ve got a few landing pages, for example, um, I’ve created for coaches where they could find out a bit more about me.

[00:27:36] Uh, about what I do, the kind of clients that I work with. So it’s kind of testimonials, social proof, um, talking through people, through, through the discovery process that I go through with clients. Um, and then they can, from there, they can decide to book a call at the end. So they can scroll right down to the bottom and then they can decide to book a call.

[00:27:59] So those kinds of [00:28:00] people need, um, probably a bit more. educating and kind of getting to know you. Um, it just depends. I think if people are coming from online and if they’ve never met you before, then they’re going to need a bit to know a bit more about you and probably add you on social media as well.

[00:28:13] Follow you on, on LinkedIn and Facebook and Instagram, um, for, you know, at least a couple of months or, or, or whatever time period. And before they start working with you, uh, people that you’ve already met from online or networking or face to face networking, and they kind of know you and aware. The problems and solutions that you kind of solve.

[00:28:36] Um, they’re a little bit of more of a warmer lead. So they, they can, they just want to book a discovery call and they just want to talk to you. Right. Yeah.

[00:28:44] Sarah: I would say the quality then also of this discovery, discovery call is, is very different. Um, if Someone comes to your site for the very first time and then just books a discovery call to me, those are often the clients [00:29:00] who just want to discover about, you know, website design.

[00:29:04] Uh, so it’s not like they are necessarily already. Um, on the gentle sales paths, like I call it that, that they don’t know about you. They’re not buying into you yet. They’re just buying, they just need a website. Right. And it’s like, Oh, this is one of them. Okay. Let me book a call. And then you’re basically spending your whole time on this call, educating them, uh, instead of actually them, them educating themselves on their own time.

[00:29:33] That’s how I look at it. I’m like, well, I have all these things on my website. Spend some time there, you know, listen to the podcast, read the books, whatever, you know. There’s a lot of information there. And then let’s get on a call because otherwise, what often happens is we can spend our days on these discovery calls and then kind of end up being frustrated because, you know, people are just not there yet in [00:30:00] terms of where they are in their, um, sales decision.

[00:30:04] Uh, and so that’s, that’s why often people who come to me and say, you know, I’m not closing. I’m like, well, you know, what do you have on your, I call them signposts. What do you have on your gentle sales path? Like your, um, like your templates that you’re going to share with us for the landing page, right?

[00:30:23] It’s education like that, that then also leads to a better quality, uh, sales call. So, so yeah, I totally see that. Um, I also have an intake form. Where I didn’t actually ask, you know, have you read, uh, my blog posts? Have you listened to the, so that I also come to this conversation knowing where they’re at, because there’s nothing worse than to be on a sales call and feel like being sold to, and, you know, and then.

[00:30:52] After I do all this talking, they’re like, actually, you know, I just want to talk to you and see how we can get started. [00:31:00] And so it’s really good to pick them up

[00:31:01] James: where they’re at, right? Yeah. And also you don’t want to be in that position of convincing them kind of thing as well. I think in my earlier days, I would often have to convince clients because, um, before I kind of niche down and work with.

[00:31:16] Coaches and consultants and mentors and, you know, speakers and authors. Um, I used to work with quite a large variety of clients and I didn’t really niche down in anything, so I didn’t specialize in anything. So, um, I was seen more as a commodity. So, um, you know, it was all about price and it was all very much, um.

[00:31:38] Yeah, fix it on price. So I’m kind of like, I lost track of where we were. Right. Checking around. Where were we? Sorry. Yeah,

[00:31:46] Sarah: it’s so important. Um, yeah. Any, any other things about the, you know, engagement and, and how to get more inquiries? Cause I think that’s something that, you know, people [00:32:00] are really. Yeah, wanting to know more about, like, which part is content related and which part then is, like, we didn’t talk about newsletter signups, right?

[00:32:11] What are some mistakes you, you see there that, um, on websites related to that?

[00:32:18] James: Um, I think a lot of times I think people have a newsletter signup and they don’t really know what it is or, um, they don’t really have a newsletter in place. So I think one of the key things is to have a just a mailing list.

[00:32:34] Or a newsletter in place and tell people like, I’ve got one that’s coming soon at the moment. So I’m just taking emails at the moment. So I actually don’t have a newsletter at the moment. But a lot of the times people are just having a newsletter for the sake of having a newsletter. And I think you could have some sort of strategy behind it and know, because it is another way of bringing in leads.

[00:32:54] Um, but it’s not going to be straight away. Like, it’s not going to be a, like, So today, tomorrow or next [00:33:00] week, you know, you you’re still educating people about what you do. And it’s again, it’s the same with a blog on your website, you know, people come back and they will read your blog newsletters. So people are aware of, you know, your services, what you’re offering, and they can see you on social media as well.

[00:33:19] And if they’ve signed up to your newsletter, for example, as well, they see you quite active. So the more you’re kind of, they’re aware of what you do and who you are as a person, um, they, they have you in mind. So even if it’s not for them, um, they will have you in mind for someone else. So as long as you’re like that person that they think of when they think about sort of, um, You know, humane marketing, for example, um, and, uh, me being a web design consultant, working with coaches, um, you know, want to be like the first person that they think of.

[00:33:55] So you want to have that, the newsletters were part of that sort of, that sort of [00:34:00] marketing strategy. Um, I think people don’t often look at that hand in hand, like together, they just sit kind of separate. Um, but Anything that you do, if it’s even if it’s, you know, social media posts, um, uh, newsletters or blogging, you should always have like an end goal when you should always think about it from what, you know, what benefit are you giving to your clients?

[00:34:27] Um, and it shouldn’t really be just, you know, bragging about how great you are again with the website. A lot of times, you know, people are bragging about what qualifications or what things they’re getting up to and what they’re doing. As opposed to, um, how they’re benefiting their clients and what kind of problems they can solve them for their clients.

[00:34:44] Sarah: Yeah. Yeah. Thank you. So let’s say, okay, we have designed this, this website, we have the content, uh, everything is in place. And then, I’m sure you’re used to that, the client’s like, Oh, I need to change, [00:35:00] you know, this copy again and, and, and this and that. When, when do you hand the site over and is there, you know, can we still change it?

[00:35:11] I think that’s probably a question that people wonder is like, okay, uh, I’ve heard of WordPress, uh, you know, how easy is it to then change the site

[00:35:21] James: myself? Yeah, so it depends. I mean, if the client either wants content or design changes, um, I have a, um, maintenance, uh, package that I offer clients that for the upkeep of the site and, uh, updates as well.

[00:35:41] Um, so that could be an ad hoc kind of basis, um, or, or they could, yeah, pay as and when they need it. Um, but ideally, um, I also do videos as well. So I do a video to show clients how to edit the [00:36:00] site themselves. So they’ve got like that on their dashboard, um, how to upload images and text and change all that stuff.

[00:36:06] But it just depends on the client. If they’re You know, it’s like a lot of coaches are too busy, so they don’t have time to update their site themselves. So they either fall into two categories, the one that, you know, they do have time and they would like to do it themselves, or they’re too busy and they don’t, they would like you to do it.

[00:36:23] So it depends on, on the, on the, um. So basically

[00:36:27] Sarah: it can be changed, it just needs time. Yeah, yeah. Or you can do it for them and, and well, it takes money. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s always that equation.

[00:36:38] James: But it should always be changed. I mean, I would do recommend for, you know, keeping a site regularly up to date, um, helps with your SEO, um, search engine optimization.

[00:36:48] Um, you know, Google likes it when you’ve got up to date blogs and content on there. So a lot of times people will design a website, have it designed, and they [00:37:00] will just get excited and launch the website and make a lot buzz around it. And then within a few months or a year down the line, they’ve done nothing with the website.

[00:37:10] So they’ve not added to the website and there’s nothing new on their website. So from a search point of view, it gets ranked lower. Um, so the more engagement you’ve got on site, the more, um, people that are clicking on the site. So you want to constantly be putting content on the site and advertising on social media, for example, and plugging the site as much as possible.

[00:37:33] Um, but it should always be Up to date in terms of content as much as possible. Um, but yeah, again, it’s an, it’s an additional charge. So once the site has been done and handed over to you, it’s, um, it’s an additional charge, it’s kind of like. Decorating, for example, if this room that we’re in, for example, if, you know, it’s painted white, but if you wanted to paint it, you know, yellow or whatever, you know, there’ll be an additional charge to purchase paint and do repaint the [00:38:00] whole room.

[00:38:00] And then again, you want to pay it like orange or something or purple in a year’s time. It’s again, it can be done, but it’s an additional. It’s going to cost more time and money to kind of do that. Yeah, of course.

[00:38:12] Sarah: So you mentioned, um, maintenance to me, there’s two different things. There’s maintenance, uh, which is kind of like updating the plugins and making sure it’s the last, uh, and most recent WordPress, uh, addition, things like that.

[00:38:28] Um, Or, you know, even backups and then there’s updates, which is content updates or even design updates. So they’re separate things like so like how much maintenance so purely functionality oriented maintenance does a website take once it’s.

[00:38:51] James: Yeah. So once a website is published, um, no matter what kind of software you’re using, I mean, I build websites using WordPress.

[00:38:59] Um, [00:39:00] if you could be using Wix or, or another software, for example, um, but it may certainly needs to be maintained in terms of security, uh, any kind of bugs that can happen on a site. Um, so it needs to be all anything plugin related that you’ve got any software that you use to kind of build, for example, if you’ve got, um, Um, I’m trying to think now, uh, scheduling software, any kind of, uh, appointment booking software, any additional plugins that are required.

[00:39:29] If you’ve got Google, for example, or you’ve got Google site kit on there, uh, you’ve got Yoast SEO, um, on there. So you’ve got all these kind of different plugins, um, on there. They need to be kind of up to date and maintained. Um, otherwise they can kind of break the site as well. So if you’ve, uh, not updated a site after a while, if it runs into any kind of conflicts with plugin, um, Um, different plugins.

[00:39:51] It can actually break the whole site. Uh, so you’ve got that as one issue. And then also you’ve got potential any, any site is vulnerable, [00:40:00] uh, online is vulnerable to being hacked as well. So, uh, twice to me

[00:40:04] Sarah: already. So yeah. Yeah. So it’s not like this. Thing that never happens. It

[00:40:07] James: doesn’t happen. Yeah. Yeah. So again, um, software in terms of security wise, um, needs to be monitored, monitored.

[00:40:15] Um, so there’s all that kind of stuff to kind of think about. And that’s the more kind of techie kind of stuff. And that’s the stuff that A lot of people don’t like to kind of think about, but it’s very important because obviously in terms of the longevity of the site, it’s not nice to have a site that’s being, being hacked.

[00:40:32] Um, you know, so, um, it’s always good to kind of, it’s almost like insurance is always good to kind of just pay the extra to, to, to, to have someone do it. Or at least invest the time, you know, you could watch YouTube videos and learn how to do it yourself. But again, it depends if you want to spend the hassle time kind of learning that as well.

[00:40:53] But it’s the, it’s

[00:40:55] Sarah: the hassle of learning it, but it’s also then the hassle of finding somebody who’s [00:41:00] gonna fix your hacked site, right? Yeah. Where if you have kind of put aside some, uh, some for maintenance. Then that person somehow becomes responsible as well of, uh, having to fix the site or at least you’ll come up with a fair price where if you just come to a new person and say, Hey, please, can you fix my site?

[00:41:23] It’s been completely hacked. They’re going to charge you quite a bit to do that.

[00:41:29] James: Yeah, yeah. Again, obviously with the backups, um, you know, all our sites are backed up. Um, content and design is backed up regularly. So if there is a problem, we can get back to a backup. Um, uh, so it’s quite easily, uh, again, a lot of people don’t back up their site.

[00:41:49] So a lot of people, um, Sort of presume that’s really done. And I’ve seen it in the past with clients that come to me and they’ve had cheap hosting in the past where they said, you know, they can get hosting for [00:42:00] like, I don’t know, like 499, 599 or 10 pound, 10 or whatever it is a month or whatever it is.

[00:42:07] And they think they’re really happy with the hosting, but then they don’t realize the fact that there is no added security or backups in place. And when something does go wrong, they All their content, everything is lost on the site again as well. And if you’ve got no backup of that all, um, you’ve got, for example, your blogs, if they’re written in sort of Word documents and you’ve got them stored on, on your computer, it’s good, you know, that’s another backup.

[00:42:34] Um, but again, you’ve got to go for the hassle of. You know, republishing everything, republishing everything and that sort of thing. So it’s very, that’s a hassle as well, you know.

[00:42:44] Sarah: Yeah, yeah. All right. We want to end in a positive note, not in a, Oh my God, it’s so scary out there. Um, yeah, just like everything.

[00:42:55] Yes, everything can happen. It’s, it’s online and, and, and there is. That, [00:43:00] um, kind of tech stuff that, that happens. So, um, but yeah, like I said, let’s, let’s not end in a, in a negative note. Um, do you have a template that, um, you’re sharing with our listeners? So. Why don’t you tell us a little bit of what that is and where people can find

[00:43:19] James: it?

[00:43:20] Yeah, sure. Um, so I’ll provide a link. Um, it’s called the two week landing page challenge for coaches. So it’s, um, a lot of people, a lot of clients just come to me that used to have, you know, trouble creating a landing page. And, um, I realized that I didn’t really have. You know, if it’s stuck in my mind and I like kind of can do it, but I don’t realize that all this information was out there.

[00:43:44] So I put it create like a template for people to kind of for coaches to download and very easily kind of put together. So, um, I’ll provide the link for that. But yeah, it’s just anyone else kind of. in the coaching space that needs to create a landing page to [00:44:00] sell a book that they’re providing or um, a call to action, um, book a discovery call or any kinds of call to actions that they really just want to that specific key rather than providing it on the entire website.

[00:44:12] They just want to specifically one pager, one pager. So it’s a template that people can freely download. Um, and again, if you did want to book a discovery call with me and if you needed any help, I’m available to, um, help you out with any questions as well.

[00:44:27] Sarah: Wonderful. Yeah. Thanks. We’ll make sure we, we link to that.

[00:44:31] And, um, yeah, your website is also in the, in the, um, in the text, uh, jamesmall. co. uk. Right. Uh, where are you most hanging out?

[00:44:42] James: Sorry. And it’s forward slash coaches to go on the actual coaching landing page.

[00:44:46] Sarah: Okay. Great. And you’re mainly on which social media platforms? So I’m

[00:44:52] James: quite active on LinkedIn.

[00:44:53] LinkedIn is probably the most best place. It’s the best place to kind of connect with me and find out more about me and um, [00:45:00] just DM me and I’m always happy to talk. So.

[00:45:02] Sarah: Wonderful. I always have one last question that is, what are you grateful for today or this week?

[00:45:10] James: What am I grateful for today? Um, I suppose I’m grateful for feeling a lot better and being able to eat normal food again.

[00:45:19] Uh, cause I’ve had a ongoing, I’ve had an ongoing chest infection for the last couple of months. So yeah, I did kind of stop working for a little while and I couldn’t eat some foods. Um, so I’m, I’m glad that I got my energy back and, you know, I’m able to kind of, I’m out of breath and I’m able to enjoy food.

[00:45:38] Um,

[00:45:39] Sarah: which is a big deal. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. We don’t realize it until we don’t have it anymore.

[00:45:44] James: Right. Yeah. Yeah. And I’m actually going to a Retreat this weekend, helping my friend up, um, we were talking about it earlier. Um, so I’m going to be helping them out in the kitchen and there’s going to be yoga and meditation and sound therapy there.

[00:45:58] So yeah, I’m grateful [00:46:00] for being able to kind of take part in that as well. So, um, delightful. So yeah, I’m grateful.

[00:46:06] Sarah: Thank you. Awesome. Well, thanks so much for coming on to the show. Really enjoyed this conversation. Thanks, James. Thank you for inviting me. Thank you very much. Thank you. I hope you got some great value from listening to this episode, especially if you’re new to business and are needing to build your website.

[00:46:26] You can find out more about James at jamesmall. co. uk. And as he mentioned, James also has a gift for us. It’s a coach’s landing page template, uh, which you can get at jamesmall. co. uk forward slash humane marketing. Uh, this is also a page where you’ll find the two week challenge that, uh, James mentioned when he was speaking, James mainly hangs out on LinkedIn.

[00:46:57] So make sure to send them a message [00:47:00] there, connect with him and tell him that you listened. And if you’re looking for others who think like you, then why not join us in the Humane Marketing Circle? You can find out more at humane. marketing. com You find the show notes of this episode at humane. marketing.

[00:47:21] com 1 7 1, sorry, 1 7 0. And on this beautiful page, you’ll also find a series of free offers, uh, such as the Humane Business Manifesto, the free Gentle Confidence mini course, as well as my two books, Marketing Like We’re Human and Selling Like We’re Human. Thanks so much for listening and being part of a generation of marketers who cares for yourself, your clients, and the planet.

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