So you’re thinking of getting a new coaching website and you’re wondering why web design is important. In this blog post, I’ll explore key coaching website best practices.
Maybe you’re thinking of building a DIY coaching website. You absolutely could – IF you have the time, energy and tech skills.
Whether you decide to DIY or to hire a designer, I’d like to explain why web design is so important and point out some best practices that you mightn’t have thought about.
Of course, you’re going to want to have a beautiful website that’s attractive to look at, but you also need to think strategically about your aims for your website.
There’s no point in building a gorgeous website that potential clients click away from.
Here are some web design tips and coaching website best practices:
➡️Make sure that it’s instantly clear who you help
➡️Use an H1 title so that the search engines can identify what you are trying to rank for – “Stress Management and Anxiety Relief” in the example image above
➡️Your logo should display on the top left
➡️Keep your logo simple with a transparent background, so that it’s easy to use on other marketing materials
➡️A search bar is useful because it allows potential clients to quickly find what they’re looking for
➡️Make sure that the navigation bar is clear and uncluttered (the menu that displays the pages on your website)
➡️Avoid adding social links to the top of the home page as more than likely visitors will get distracted if they open up social media. It’s also not good for your website as if visitors click away quickly after landing on your home page it indicates to the search engines that your content isn’t very helpful.
➡️Use soothing, uplifting and positive pictures that conjure up an image of how clients will feel once they access your support.
➡️Don’t be afraid to use plenty of white space – break up the text visually with columns, short paragraphs and plenty of images.
➡️Add in CTA (call to action) buttons in a colour that stands out. Don’t give these obscure titles like “I’m in”, label them clearly, e.g. “book now”, “schedule a free clarity session”.
➡️ Add a photo of you smiling and looking approachable.
➡️ Add your title and again make it really clear who you help and with what.
➡️ White space is important once again to make reading your about page less jarring for the reader.
➡️ You can add in your qualifications, skills, experience, accreditations and anywhere that you’ve been featured, but don’t make it the first thing a visitor sees when they land on the page.
➡️ Remember that your About page is about helping potential clients to see themselves working with you, so think about what they’d need to hear in order to feel safe enough to get in touch.
➡️ Avoid jargon, use plain English to get your point across.
➡️ All else being equal, clients don’t pick a coach because of WHAT you do, they pick someone they can relate to, someone who helps them to feel safe enough to open up about what’s going on for them.
➡️ They want to get a sense of what it’s like to work with you.
➡️ When they feel like you’re the person who can help them, they’ll book in to find out more.
➡️ Give your offers or programmes names that are clear to the reader.
➡️ Include a description of what each offer is.
➡️ How many sessions?
➡️ Online or face-to-face?
➡️ 1:1 or group?
➡️ How does it work?
➡️ Why is it helpful? (evidence-base)
➡️ You can briefly mention each service with a picture and then make a clickable link where the reader can discover more about an individual service on a separate page.
➡️ If you are based in a centre, consider adding a Google map so that clients can easily locate the premises.
➡️ Add the street address and postcode and let them know if there is parking available nearby.
➡️ Remember that not everyone will feel comfortable picking up the phone to book an initial session.
➡️ Give potential clients multiple ways to contact you – phone, email and a contact form.
➡️ Don’t forget to test your contact form occasionally. Imagine how it would feel for a client to pick up the courage to get in touch and then wonder why you haven’t replied.
➡️ Set expectations about how often you check your email/voicemail/messages – give them an idea of how long it typically takes you to reply.
If you’re thinking of getting a new website for your coaching practice, comment below if you have any questions.