although very little to no business comes my way via my company website, im
experimenting with a few changes and would like feedback from other hvac/r
professionals. if you use internet explorer (image in quesiton will not
show up on any other browser) please visit http://BighornRefrigeration.com
and tell me if the background image is distracting. if it blends i plan to
proceed with more changes, if it doesnt i plan to start over from scratch.
Nathan in Montana
Or larger lettering...........more images as to what equipment you sell and
then the watermark will not be over bearing...I didn't find it over bearing.
Here is mine...(www.jlbco.net) it has been up for 6 years and you can see
the counter at the bottom....just over 1000 hits and most are my friends or
Your own website is nice but not to responsive. I have found with my listing
with the 3 manufacturers sites has got more hits and customers calling me.
They will only look for a company in their immediate area. Although we
travel a great distance, customers don't think that.
We get calls from other recommendations and when the new customer calls and
asked where our shop is at...I tell them and then they say. ALL THE WAY OUT
THERE. I let them know about the customers we have already in their area.
Sometimes it helps sometimes it don't....it's the public and THEY are the
hardest to work with
Just my $.02
On Fri, 24 Nov 2006 11:10:46 -0700, "Nathan In Montana"
I would say it is..........."interesting." It is slightly distracting
but not unreadable by any means. It might help with larger/bolder
print? Maybe lighten the background even more. Maybe line up the
bullets and make the page longer and not wider?
You also need more pages, pictures of the techs with short
descriptions of them, office staff, more info about the company,
specials/deals, coupon page etc. An online application page, even if
you dont want/need more employees. Any community involvement you've
done with the local schools needs to be announced on a page. If you
want traffic, the site has to be interesting and interactive to some
degree. Put a counter at the bottom. Even if you dont get true
business fr0m it you may find that people are keeping tabs on you just
by visiting and will remember your name.
"Bubba" is on point with this one, Nathan. I couldn't have said it better.
I don't know what software (if any) you're using here... but it doesn't
work well with my browser Firefox. Stay away from Microsoft crap for
this kind of thing.
We run a customer site that has self-help tips and a bunch of
information (including manufacturers links). Use links a lot if you can.
I also have a nifty password protected deal that allows customers to
text-message any of our techs direct.... that's been popular.
Virtually ALL of this stuff is available as "open-source" (sorry Paul)
and will run on any good Nix hosting package. I use one in Atlanta
called "A Small Orange" and have been very happy with the results.
We also have a customer-only forum that's been quite popular. Don't be
scared to use the Web for databases and such....
The web is a resource we should all use. Although I'm in a different
business than you guys... explore the possibilities. Paul could help you
with that, I'm sure. Customer Q & A, scheduling, link management, and
whatever else... it's all about "connecting" with your customers or
potential ones. Anything you can do to add value to your own service
makes you stand out.
I like it. Really good how the background stays in place, and the text
scrolls. That way, if something is hard to read I can scroll up or
down a bit. I might suggest a few wording changes, but only small
Christopher A. Young
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