Reviews are coming to VolleyCountry. It is completely new for us, but I will do my best to give you honest reviews of volleyball websites.
I will focus on club websites and social channels. They are very important for every fan. Positive online reviews should also be crucial to every volleyball club that wants to keep control of its good online reputation. This is why I decided to help you. I want to show you which club sites and social channels are worth following.
Why you should trust me?
I created VolleyCountry.com in 2004, built (and rebuilt) the site by myself 3 times. I was in charge of an upgrade of the Czech Volleyball Federation’s page. I know and follow every major volleyball website. Want to know more about me? Check my LinkedIn profile.
Why is it important to have a great website?
A website is a club’s face on the Internet. Every club should (I would rather say MUST) have one. It takes more than just to have it, it should be GOOD. Why? Because you do not like bad websites 🙂 Why we do not like bad pages? I will give you an example.
Imagine a new visitor comes to a club’s website. He/she has found a link on the Internet, on Google, for instance. The club had made some good work, the visitor found their website. Good work 🙂
Now the visitor (a potential new fan) is opening the club’s website. It is a critical time since the club will never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s why the club’s homepage is the most important page on the website. In a few seconds you decide if you like it or not.
In a span of a few seconds you can decide which website is good and which is bad. A good website does not mean you are falling in love with it, but it grabs your attention and helps you get the information you want. A bad website is a website you do not like. And you know you will never come back to it. The club will lose you. This is VERY BAD for them.
So what can you expect from my reviews? What will be taken under my microscope?
1. Overall design
This is the first thing you will see and judge once you open a website. You will know from the very first moment if the website was made by a professional or an amateur. Another thing is if the website is responsive or mobile-ready. At least 40% of all visitors could open it on mobile devices or tablets.
2. Ease of use
Most people today are incredibly computer savvy, but sometimes that works against us when examining a new site. When you open a new site, your reactions slow down dramatically.
The next step is to read the content. How fresh is it? Is it well-written? Is it interesting? Does it provide good photos? These are questions you will ask yourself.
4. Information for fans
What is a volleyball fan looking for? Game schedules, tickets, hall location, contacts, etc. Will he find all he wants?
5. Social sites
Last but not least are social sites. I am not speaking only about links to them. I am speaking about regular updates, entertainment on them, value provided, followers and fans.
All that and more I will cover in my upcoming reviews. Did I miss something? Let me know via Twitter.
See you soon 🙂