Your URL is W-R-O-N-G! (Steve Olenski)

23404887 Drew’s Note:  As I try to do every Friday, I’m pleased to bring you a guest post.  Meet another  thought leader who shares his insights via the blogosphere. So without further adoSteve Olenski.  Again. Enjoy!

Welcome to my first guest post. Have a seat. Please make yourself comfortable. If you’re anything like me, your attention span is as short as… where was I again? You get the point, and now let’s get to my point.

For my initial Guest Blogging foray, I want to talk about something that burns my branding britches.

Everyone and their mother and their mother’s mother knows that having an effective website is vital in ensuring success for any company. Yet for all the bells, for all the whistles and for all the groovy Flash intros – many companies have forgotten one minor detail: If your potential customer cannot find your website, what’s the point?!

Case in point: Driving home the other day when a radio spot comes on for a local home remodeling company. The spot sounds great; the VO is good, the music, the script is fine… that is until they get to the part where the URL is referenced.

This establishment in question has a very ethnic sounding name (lots of vowels and syllables), which is fine in and of itself. Hey, you own a business and want to put your name to it, go for it, that’s why we live in America.

But just because your name is on the door it does not mean it should be in your URL! I heard the URL referenced three different times in the spot, which from a marketing/branding standpoint is good. However, if I were to try to type the URL in, I would fail miserably and eventually give up.

If you asked me right after the spot was over what the URL was I would have said something to the effect of "For information, log onto BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH dot com."

It’s a shame too because the spot was very well done from a production standpoint; kept my attention (no small feat) and I was at the very least curious to learn more.

So what’s the lesson here? Easy. Unless your last name is Smith, Jones or some other household name, resist the urge to put your phonetically challenged name in your company’s URL!

Instead, get creative and come up an easily remembered AND easily recalled URL. In this instance, something such as HomeRemodelForYou.com or even something like CustomRemodelDoneRight.com would have been much better.

Steve Olenski was born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love. He is a Sr. Writer at a major East Coast ad agency, well versed in all mediums: TV, Radio, Print, Direct Mail, cereal boxes. He’s a huge sports fan who has never thrown snowballs at Santa nor booed him. He’s been married since 1992 (best 8 years of his life as he puts it) and has two children, one dog and a goldfish. He blogs at Inside the Eagles, but don’t let the name fool you. He writes about much more than his beloved Iggles. His online portfolio is also available for viewing.

Every Friday is "grab the mic" day.  Want to grab the mic and be a guest blogger on Drew’s Marketing Minute?  Shoot me an e-mail.

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8 comments on “Your URL is W-R-O-N-G! (Steve Olenski)

  1. Max Entin says:

    I completely agree. An easy to remember site name is much easier to remember than a phone number. I’m not talking just about hearing it on a radio. Imagine you are driving by one of those bench ads and the ad is for a local plumber. You are much more likely to remember http://www.newyorkplumber.com than a 10 digit phone number. If your potential customer misplaces your brochure or a business card chances are you lost that customer, but with an easy to remember website name they can still find you.

  2. Steve Olenski says:

    Hey Max, GREAT point! Bench ads, bus stops, even signs on the back of buses or on top of cabs. Nowadays, there is not much “white space” left in the world so there is no shortage of places to advertise. Moral of the story is, make sure your customers can find you! Thanks again, Max. Steve O

  3. A good company or product name with an url that cannot be mistake (Dummy-proof), has become a big asset.

  4. Steve O says:

    Amen to that!

  5. DR Wright says:

    Many of us have URL’s from wayy back in 2000 or 2001 when we didnt know the rules. Some are just clueless!
    Simple URL’s are not hard, referral URL’s are not hard, however, no one ever sits down and just does it.

    We need to sit down with our teams and get simple URLS~ period

    Dr. Wright
    The Wright Place TV Show
    http://www.wrightplacetv.com

  6. Steve O says:

    My good doctor, an excellent diagnosis for sure. I was about to say your use of the word “clueless” was a bit harsh but then I realized… you’re right! clueless (adj Someone who is sans-clues or clues-free.

  7. Ken Burgin says:

    I agree, when it comes to domains, less IS more. A few years ago, I was of the opinion that all the good domain names were taken. Wrong! Although I always say that good old “dot com” is the brand name for domains, and there are still a lot of good dot com domains available (be creative), the addition of “dot biz” and all the other appendages has made the creation of simple, memorable domains, that can be communicated effectively via radio ads, a whole lot easier!

  8. Jack says:

    Wonderful you guys discussed on URL.

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