Streamline Reports Small Firms Floored By Basic Web Errors
on: October 27, 2009, 5:37 am
Author: Fasthosts Internet
web hosting research finds the majority of consumers using SME
websites in the past year experienced usability faults.
of 1700 consumers found that 83% faced faults including unfinished
web pages, broken URLs and an out-dated design. A further survey
of 450 UK firms revealed that whilst half consider their website
to look 'professional', 1 in 3 owners admit that they are guilty
of 'neglecting' their sites. There is also a worrying discrepancy
between where consumers wish to find web addresses, and where
companies are displaying them. For example, 48% of firms still
do not make any efforts to optimise their URL on search engines.
Whilst 1 in 5 consumers took a web address from the side of a
small company's vehicle, only 10% of small firms currently display
theirs in this way.
data from Streamline.net showed that many SMEs are alienating
web users through simple web errors. 76% of consumers have now
used the website of a small business. Whilst 47% of consumers
consider their experiences of such sites to be overall 'good',
a further 1 in 4 Britons conclude such websites to be 'barely
usable'. In the past year, 83% of online consumers found faults
on more than one occasion. Web errors reported included unfinished
web pages (54%), broken URLs (52%), outdated email addresses (50%),
and missing contact details (31%).
design gripe with SME websites is an outdated website design,
faced by one third of users in the past year. 1 in 5 online consumers
have encountered superfluous descriptions of products and services.
20% have been confused by the use of generic corporate images
that bear no relation to specific company's.
findings are in contrast to another survey of 450 small firms
where 76% felt confident that the language on their website could
in no way be perceived negatively, and 84% saw the images on their
website as fit for purpose.
Holford, Marketing Director at Streamline.net, said, "As
with many areas of business, if the basics of a website are not
sound, customers will be deterred from purchasing".
half of companies (48%) made no attempt at optimise their position
on search engines, when 77% of consumers call upon these. Many
enterprises are prioritising the display of their URL in places
unpopular with online consumers. 43% of companies publish their
web address on industry websites whilst only 15% of consumers
use this source. Remarkably, only 9% display their web address
on signage or windows of their premises, when 1 in 5 Britons have
made use of a domain
name taken from here in the past year.
added, "Every opportunity to capture online custom must be
seized upon, which means promoting a web address in every possible
environment - online and off-line".
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