With the recent launch of Neuron, Iceberg Digital's AI-based website product, we thought it would be helpful to discuss website content strategies and best practices.
A solid content strategy in today's digital age is vital to driving engagement and conversions, so this article will explore the theories and methodologies behind it, focusing on user stories and information architecture to help you create a winning strategy for your estate agency website.
What is a Website Content Strategy?
A website content strategy is the process of planning, developing, and managing the content on your website, including everything from the written copy to its placement and delivery. A good content strategy will meet the business's and the user's needs. In addition, creating engaging, informative, and valuable information for your visitors will help drive traffic and conversions.
Why is Content-Driven Design Important?
Content-driven design is the practice of designing a website with the content in mind. This means that the design is created to support the content rather than the other way around. By focusing on the content first, you can create a user-friendly, engaging website that is easy to navigate. One of the most significant benefits of content-driven design is that it makes a website intuitive, aesthetically pleasing and highly converting.
When your website's designed around the content, it becomes easier for users to find what they're looking for and engage with it meaningfully and effectively.
User Stories and Information Architecture
When it comes to building a content strategy, user stories and information architecture are two important concepts to understand.
- User stories are a way of understanding the needs of your users and creating content that speaks directly to their interests and pain points.
- Information architecture is organising and structuring the content on your website to help users find what they're looking for quickly and easily.
Tips for Building a Strong Website Content Strategy
- Define your target audience - Understanding your target audience is key to creating content that resonates with them. If you attended our 'How to find your perfect customers workshop', you will have this readily available. If you didn't, subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events and workshops. Secondly, read this article on Forbes.com: Seven Ways To Identify Your Ideal Client.
- Conduct a content audit - Take stock of your existing content and identify any gaps or areas for improvement.
- Develop user stories - Understanding your customer's needs and creating content that speaks directly to those needs. We'll elaborate on this more below.
- Create an information architecture - Develop a clear and intuitive structure to help users find the desired information quickly and easily. We'll elaborate on this more below.
User stories are a powerful tool to help you understand your customers' needs so that you can create content that speaks directly to each of them. To develop your user stories, follow these steps:
- If you have yet to learn this, start by identifying the different types of customers you have and which ones you want more of.
- Once you have your customer personas, understand their needs, pain points, and goals. What questions are they likely to have when looking for an estate agent or property?
- Write user stories that capture the needs and goals of each customer persona.
- Once you've written your user stories, use them to guide your content creation process. Ensure that each piece of content speaks directly to their needs and goals.
Creating a clear and intuitive website will help customers find the information they need quickly and easily. To develop your information architecture, follow these steps:
- Start by taking stock of all the content on your website relevant to your customers to help you understand what content you have, what gaps there are, and where you need to focus.
- Use your content inventory to create a sitemap that outlines the structure of your website, including all the pages, subpages, and navigation hierarchy.
- Create, and use your sitemap to organise your content into categories that make sense for your customers.
- Once you've created your information architecture, test it to ensure it's intuitive and easy to use, and make adjustments as needed.
Once you have established your user stories and information architecture, you must improve the effectiveness of your content by researching and using relevant keywords. Doing so can help your website rank higher in search engine results pages (SERPs) and help you attract more targeted traffic to your website.
Use keyword research tools like Google Keyword Planner, Ahrefs, or SEMrush to identify relevant keywords and phrases. Look for high-traffic, low-competition keywords that align with your content and goals, and choose a primary keyword for each piece of content you create. Ensure it is a relevant keyword accurately reflecting the content. Add it to your title, heading or body text, and remember to use the keywords naturally and avoid keyword stuffing, as this can hurt your search engine rankings.
With this website content strategy and focusing on user stories and information architecture, you can create an engaging and easy-to-use website. Then, with the right approach and a commitment to quality and relevant content, you can drive traffic and conversions to your estate agency website.
Neuron, Iceberg Digital's AI-based website product, launched at Estate Agency X 8 and exclusive to Lifesycle customers, will provide clients with a website that gives its visitors a personalised experience based on their profile, offering market intelligence and tailored content through an interactive journey to make browsing an intuitive, intelligent and pleasurable experience. If you are a Lifesycle user, you can join the waitlist and stay up to date on the progress of this new project. However, if you are not a Lifesycle user, what are you waiting for - book your demo today!