6 Keys to a Great Vet Rehab Website

by | Apr 27, 2023 | Business Skills

Most of us know the importance of having a website – it gives us credibility and a presence in the marketplace, and is a way for us to share information regarding our services and products. A website should do more than just supply information to potential clients – it needs to perform specific business functions.

How your website looks and feels is important to customers; it creates a first and lasting impression of you and your brand. So you’ll want to make sure you do it well.

The Anchor of a Website

The anchor is the first thing that catches the eye when someone looks at your website. It should instantly tell the visitor what you’re all about and how you will be able to help them.

The anchor should convey who you are, and what you do. It should give a potential client a quick and accurate idea of what you offer, and should highlight your unique selling proposition (USP) at a glance. This might sound like a tall order, but consider what it is that sets you apart from your competition. It may be that you are open 7 days a week, or that you see all animals. Use your USP to your advantage!

An anchor can and should include text – not just an image. It should be a short, well-worded sentence that tells a visitor how you can help them or what you can do for them.

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Here is an example of my website: www.drmegankelly.com

When you look at this page your eye is drawn to the text:

Simplifying Marketing for Veterinary Professionals

Maximise your time and impact with effective marketing strategies and social media tips.”

So if someone came to my website they would know that I can help them simplify their marketing. If this is something they are interested in, they will continue looking at the site. If they are not interested, they will leave.

Call to action

Next, you need a call to action. This is usually a button asking your visitor to do something. You could say MAKE AN APPOINTMENT NOW or FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOUR PET. These are just examples, but the idea is that the visitor is invited to do something that will connect them with you. I get my visitors to subscribe to my newsletter – it draws readers in and adds to my database of potential customers.

Eliminate clutter and noise

You do not want too much content on one page – visitors will get information overload. It’s tiring sifting through content, trying to find one or two useful pieces of information. If there is too much information, visitors will leave your site. Keep it simple, clean and to the point.

Is your site easy to navigate?

This is so important. If a visitor finds it difficult to navigate from one page to another on your site, they will get frustrated and leave the site.

Is your website mobile responsive?

I know that 93% of the people who visit my site do so on their mobile device. (I know this by checking out my Google analytics.) You design your site the way you want it, then optimize it for cell phones.

Great Vet Rehab Website

Do you update your website frequently?

Technology is continually changing and we need to make sure we keep up. A good website is updated on a monthly or even weekly or daily basis. Google ranks websites according to how often they’re updated, so updating yours frequently keeps it prominent and easy to find.

It can be so easy to let your website get outdated, simply by creating it and then leaving it. An enquirer would not easily find these websites, and once they did, they might not trust the information they found, since many were obviously compiled some years ago. Take a little time to tweak and improve – keep it interactive, change the graphics, add a section, add links to other sites, introduce a little humour – re-design if necessary. Styles and ideas change, and websites must reflect this.

6 Keys to a Great Vet Rehab Website

Are your social media platforms integrated?

Does your website make it easy for people to connect with you on your social media platforms? Are your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc buttons visible on every page? I recommend these go into the footer of every page.

Take a critical look at your website and see how it performs against this website functionality checklist:

  • Does your anchor tell your visitor what you can do for them?
  • Is your USP distinguishable?
  • Do you have a call to action button?
  • Is your website clutter free?
  • Is your website easy to navigate?
  • Is your website mobile responsive?
  • Are you updating regularly?

You’re a professional but you’re also a business, and if we want our businesses to thrive, we have to keep a lot of balls in the air at the same time; a great, regularly updated website is a ball you cannot afford to drop.


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