Charles Elena’s branding experts specialise in business to business branding. We explain how to build a B2B website – from sitemap, wireframe and concept to deployment.
B2B companies sell products from one company to another as opposed to consumers, which is why some companies may think business to business branding is irrelevant. What they might not realise, however, is that B2B companies are similar to business to consumer companies in the sense that the ultimate aim is to generate customer awareness while gaining and retaining clients. Business to business branding helps gain a competitive edge while unifying the look and feel of everything from the company’s corporate documents to websites.
Charles Elena’s Melbourne business to business branding experts explain the four key stages of building a B2B website:
Developing a concept
Our business to business branding experts understand that successful websites begin with a well-thought-out plan. Therefore, web designers first develop a few different concepts. These concepts offer the client different options when it comes to determining the look and feel of the website, as well as what colours and images will be used. Yet such choices must still keep in line with the business’ key ideas, messages, values and personality. The client will then pick one concept or choose parts of the different ideas presented to create an entirely new concept.
Drafting the concept
After the client has decided what concept fits best with the business, drafting begins.
- Sitemap: Developing the sitemap involves outlining what the site’s internal pages are. It basically outlines the website’s hierarchy – for example, what sub-headings and information will be found under which main page category.
- Wireframe: A wireframe sets out the structure of the web page. This includes determining where contact information and other messages are put to grab the most attention. Meanwhile, web designers will determine where the information is best placed to most effectively communicate the company’s key messages, values and ideas.
Once the client has seen the internal pages and wireframes, the project goes to build.
The building stage
Web developers start coding and applying the content and designs to web templates. This phase involves setting up a content management system, applying the designs previously created by the web designers to templates and deploying any functionality the website requires. Website builders will also undertake SEO analysis and populate content during this stage. Once these key steps have been successfully completed…
The site is nearly ready for deployment
Your B2B website isn’t ready to go just yet! Reputable web developers generally have a test list which outlines a number of components that must be checked before the website goes live. At this stage of the process, web developers undertake cross-browser checks (that is, ensuring the website functions correctly in different internet browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer) and checking for issues such as broken links. The website must also function correctly across a range of devices – from desktop computers to smartphones and iPads. If anything is not functioning correctly, developers will debug the site. Finally, the website is evaluated for security.