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Is Your Website Design in Keeping With Your Target Audience

by DiTesco

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This guest post was written by Tom Walker who is a writer and designer working with a specialist provider of CartridgeSave. You can read more of his writing on the topics of design and print media on their blog. Over to you Tom.

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It is critical when designing your website to understand and recognize your target audience. Many websites lose sight of this fact or never really have a true target audience in mind to begin with. The loss of this most fundamental aspect of any website may lead to a meandering design that tries to appeal to everyone, thus lacking focus and in actuality appealing to very few. Being too broad in scope may draw occasional visitors, but risks being so vague and bland that it connects with only a very small readership.

However, some websites take it in the other direction, choosing to focus so strongly on their target audience that they narrowly pinpoint too particular a demographic or segment in their design, therefore ostracizing other possible audiences. This can in turn leave their audience too small to support the site.

If you’re concerned about focusing your website’s design toward your target audience, here are some crucial areas you may want to consider when doing so.

Think Like Your Audience From the Beginning

When you write or post items on your website, to whom are you writing? Who do you think will see what you are posting? Will the design and information contained on your site have the desired effect upon this audience?

These are the types of questions you might want to ask yourself when it comes to envisioning who will be you target audience. If you don’t have a clear idea before you begin designing your website, the sooner you can get one, the sooner you can begin to design a website that is better geared toward your target audience.

Profile Your Target Market

But sometimes it isn’t that easy to pinpoint an exact target audience. Knowing who or what kind of people you want your site to appeal to, may not be so cut and dry. Let’s take the design of a financial website for example. A financial website could appeal to a huge variety of audiences, each with their own needs when it comes to design. There could be the personal finance audience who is looking for articles teaching them how to save money. Maybe the stockbroker and investment analyst audience is looking for hot stock picks and fancy charts. It could be that the baby boomer, retiree audience needs retirement calculators. Or are you catering to the stay-at-homers looking to clip coupons to save on diapers, baby food and household items?

Therefore, when you are considering your target audience, consider breaking your possible audience into categories of people most likely to be in tune with your site. Categories such as age, sex, profession, income, interests, hobbies and geographic location may all come into play when deciding if your website’s design matches your target audience.

Cater to Varying Abilities & Skill Levels

You will also likely need to consider the abilities of your target audience when it comes to your website design. Is your target audience going to have the skills, education or capability needed to understand, navigate and properly use your website as you have designed it? Just because you’ve created a beautiful website doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be conducive to your target audience’s needs. If your website isn’t useful to your target audience, you may find yourself with a site that is incredibly designed, but used by no one.

Will They Return?

Finally, you might consider whether the design of your website has made it worth your target audience’s while to return. If not, maybe this isn’t your target audience after all, or maybe you need to adjust the design of your website if it is not conducive to your audience’s needs. Consider the balance between design and usability on your website to better ensure your target audience will visit again. What do you need to do to attract and keep your target audience? Is it your site’s design that you may need to adjust or your theory behind who your target audience may actually be? Being open and honest when answering such questions will allow you to focus on how or if your website’s design and your target audience are compatible.

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Dave Doolin

April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Staying tightly focused has always been a bit of an issue for me.

On anything, really.

So what I’m doing now is keep my focus bounded on topic areas, but covering the material at a range of skill levels, from very basic to highly advanced. That seems to be rewarded with readership, search results and page rank, so I’m going to keep on doing it.
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2 Gautam Hans April 28, 2010 at 4:02 am

I think flashy website design lose the point that they need to be targeted to the audience and I think that website designs should target audience that they want to target and also make a good impression with the design, as a good first impression alwaus works
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7 Arafat Hossain Piyada April 29, 2010 at 9:40 am

Design really matter most. There are many site which I leave after my first appearance due to their odd looking design. I recently update my design and I believe that was good. Need to spend some time to know is that really? Thanks for this excellent tips Tom.
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8 Aswani April 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I like this post. More so because I am myself a design enthusiast. Web designing is an art which is very difficult to master. It may seem easy but it never is. Requires a great deal of understanding of the subject. Not to mention, creativity too. Anyways, I agree to the points above. Yes, you need to think it from the audience point of view. Just cannot keep thinking anything and everything. Must have a theme of the site which matches with the target audience. Plus you need to be innovative at each step of the designing part. You have to make sure that the content presented is well matched with the design part. Failure to do so may result in unusual circumstances which may badly hurt your online reputation. There are many things to be care of and most of these has benn nicely mentioned in this guest post. Great post !
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9 DiTesco April 30, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Thanks for leaving your input Aswani. I agree with all your points and having a design targeted to your audience will provide them most certainly with a better experience.

10 Harsh Agrawal April 29, 2010 at 9:23 pm

New bloggers usually don’t care about design part a lot, but I believe this is the first thing to look for while creating a blog. Your design become your identity in a while…
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11 DiTesco April 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm

No doubt Harsh. Blog design is important and if one can decide on it earlier, the better. It helps in spreading your identity indeed. Thanks



April 30, 2010 at 8:17 am

I for one really looks at the design of the site/blog, as for me the design also speaks of what the site is worth and how serious the site of what its articles are talking about.
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13 DiTesco April 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Agreed Elmot. Both what you said does transmit the seriousness of a blogger and helps a lot in identifying what the blog is about

14 pratish August 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

For the past some months, I was frequently changing the website design which cause some confusion among the daily visitors of my blog. They were thinking that they have landed on some other website. Many have complaint me about this. So now I decided not to change the entire theme or design of my blog further. Instead I will do some modifications on the current theme only. If we are frequently changing the theme, it can hurt our traffic in many ways.
If your website is about a specific topic, you can choose ordinary themes, but if your website is having different subjects like my website, your front page must be divided into different sections that show recent post for each section like a magazine or a news website. Or else your website visitors might be confused in navigate from your front page.

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