It’s Back! Best Website Contest

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August 15 is the last day to submit your suggestions for the Best Website Contest. Please add your suggestions below in the blog comments area.

It’s that time again! The best website contest has become one of our most popular blog features. We’re looking for websites that have all of the key marketing components.

Here’s our list:

_0007_ribbon3blankClear promise: We can tell within 15 seconds how you are going to help your prospects.

 

_0007_ribbon3blankInteresting brand: Does your brand or language pull us in? Is it sticky? (memorable)

 

_0007_ribbon3blankSimplified: Is your website easy to navigate?

 

_0007_ribbon3blankExpert Focus: Does your website say “here’s how we can help you” or is it old school and says “hire me, I’m a speaker”.

 

_0007_ribbon3blankPazow: Does your website have a great vibe or feel that makes us want to do business with you?

 

_0007_ribbon3blankVideo: Although a strong video isn’t mandatory, it would certainly give you extra
marks.

 

To nominate a website, simply post a comment below with the URL. Tell us why you like this site. It’s okay to nominate your own site. You have until August 15th to summit your nomination. 

We’ll pick the top 6 and then have you vote.

_0007_ribbon3blankP.S. Note my comments after each submission, many of them are universal. Take a look at your own website and ask the question “do I have these things in place?” Of course it’s not one-size-fits-all, take what you want and put it through your own strategy.

 

  • Robert Richman

    What a great contest! I’d love to contribute my own: http://www.robertrichman.com as well as Steve Shapiro’s http://www.steveshapiro.com

    • Robert Friedman

      Robert, nice site!

    • speakerlauncher

      At first blush, I am totally intrigued Robert!! Simple, cool, I like the headline. When I got into your topics page there seems to be quite a selection. I’d concentrate on “culture” related presentations so you don’t look like a “jack of all trades”. The promise on the interior pages might be a bit slim “culture architect, keynote speaker” consider putting more outcomes of your work in that spot.

      • speakerlauncher

        As for Steve Shapiro, I love that it’s so clear that it’s about innovation. Videos are super strong. I know Steve well and it reflects him. I suspect he’s thinking about an update. Maybe less busy would be good.

      • Robert Richman

        Great feedback. Thank you so much!

  • Cher Holton

    I would like to nominate http://www.holtonconsulting.com/ The site is still in progress, but I feel it is clean, easy to navigate, and packed with good information. Our promise is helping leaders transform ordinary people into extraordinary performers. Would love to see how it measures up against other sites. Thanks!!

    • speakerlauncher

      Hi Cher, for the sake of this contest, I have to disclose that we already have some time booked to talk about your website. So I’ll be giving you some feedback one-on-one. The promise is clear and strong which wins you points!!! But I do see a few things that we can improve upon. More to come…..

  • Scott K. Crabtree

    Thanks in advance for considering http://www.HappyBrainScience.com. And thanks for all the good work you do for and with speakers. 🙂

    • speakerlauncher

      Scott, we have some serious potential here!!! Great promise statement “Fostering productivity, creativity and happiness through the application of cutting edge brain science”. Really well done. Love the happiness quiz. Drawing people in with a quiz is terrific. Do you have video of you speaking Scott? If so, post the link here, I didn’t dig much since this is my first blush review.

      • Scott K. Crabtree

        Thanks Jane. I do have a video; it’s “below the fold” on the main page. Perhaps the fact that you had to ask indicates room for improvement there?

        It’s great seeing your expert comments on various sites here; thanks for making this comment process transparent.
        –Scott Crabtree, Chief Happiness Officer, http://www.HappyBrainScience.com

  • outtheretoo

    Jane: I nominate http://www.militaryfamilyvoices.us because it is transformational, and you cannot say that about many things. I believe the folks who value your integrity, insights, drive and passion will enjoy MFV.

    Best regards.

    • speakerlauncher

      Can I just say on behalf of myself (and perhaps my American friends) thank you for the good work that you are doing! I don’t know that your site will win our contest, but I applaud you.

  • Pat Yandell

    http://www.tashaschuh.com – This website is upbeat and inspirational – just like her message.

    • speakerlauncher

      Wow, Pat. Tasha’s story is another heart wrencher. See the previous comment though, there is some work to do!

    • speakerlauncher

      Hey Robert, this is quite a straight forward website, which I like. Same feedback as for some of the people above. Consider making your promise a Universal feature. Also, I don’t get the headline on your speaking page “The Art of Breakthrough Keynote” – I’d rather see the title of your presentation, ie: Leaders Competing and Profiting. Many speakers use the tab “speaking” (in the choices across the top) when I would prefer to see “Keynotes and Workshops”. That way when someone wonders how you deliver on your promise, they can see the choices right away. There’s more, let me know if you’d like a one-on-one.

      • Jane, thanks for the feedback. I didn’t expect it when I posted the link.

        I’ve purchased one of your packages that includes a Focus 40. Let’s say I’ve got major lane choosing issues and I’ll save the angst for our chat 🙂

        • speakerlauncher

          Sounds good Robert!

  • Roger Brooks

    We will throw our site into the mix: http://www.RogerBrooksInternational.com We are always trying to improve the features you mentioned. Thanks!

    • speakerlauncher

      Roger, nicely done sir! Your promise is clear on the home page “Guaranteed increases in local and visitor spending” and I see that it’s about Tourism Branding, etc. first and NOT you as a speaker. Nice! But once again, there is no promise on the interior pages. Consider making that a “universal feature” so that it shows up on every page. Also, by having drop down tabs (which gives us more choices when we scroll over them) you have roughly 30 choices for the visitor to make from the home page. I get that your site is rich and that you need to show the content somehow – but there is a saying “a confused buyer never buys”. Just my two cents! You might say “this site totally works for me” to which I would say “great, carry on!”

  • John Westhaver

    My website is a great one with many social media content. It allows those visiting to see my social media post. http://www.johnwesthaver.com

    • speakerlauncher

      Hey John, loves the colous and feel of this website. Take a look at the two comments above and consider how you can put something about “Choices” in the line right below your name. I know you might think “but this is about me and my story” but really, you offer people ideas about choices and consequences. That should be the focus of your site – at least the home page. Make sense? The social media element is strong, but it’s pretty common to have a feed these days. That said, the way you have done it is very, very good. Very unique. I think you have a terrific message John, keep up the good work!

  • Regina Clark

    I just spent a lot of time and thought launching a new website. I’d love to know what you think, like everything else in life, there is always room to improve. http://www.reginaclark.com

    • speakerlauncher

      Hi Regina, I had high hopes at first glance because this looks terrific. But your first line is “hire me, I’m a speaker”. Points were lost. Consider putting this line first:

      “Regina works with organizations that are focused on achieving world class results by developing leaders, engaging employees and creating work environments that embrace innovative thinking.”

      The site is also missing a clear promise. Notice how http://www.joecalloway.com says “Helping Great Companies Get Better” on each page. Even if someone googles Joe and lands on his “contact us” page, they will see his promise. Again, happy to help with a Focus 40 if that make sense for you.

  • Ellen Rogin

    Jane, we used your suggestions as we developed our site http://www.ellenrogin.com Thank you!

    • speakerlauncher

      Good looking site Ellen! It’s a bit “hire me I’m a speaker” vs. expert and I don’t see a clear promise. You might consider moving
      “Tools to Fuel True Wealth” more to the top banner in order to share the promise on every page. It does have a very good look and feel. Get in touch if you’d like the full Focus 40 review, its worth $147.

  • Robert Friedman

    Jane – Great contest. Your criteria are right on the money. And it has been fun to check out everyone’s sites.

    Please check out my site: http://www.Fearlessbranding.com. Also, please have a look at the Fearless Branding Manifesto: How to Build a Fearless Brand. You’ll see the link on the homepage.

    • speakerlauncher

      The brand is strong (which might be expected because of your expertise) and I like that the promise is crystal clear! Well done, Robert.

    • David Lecours

      The personal story you tell on the About page is really effective. I appreciate the design restraint and limited color palette.

  • Zan Jones

    I’d like to nominate http://www.StopComplainers.com. It’s the website for Linda Swindling’s new book.

    • speakerlauncher

      This one has good potential, thanks Zan! Congrats Linda, that’s one of the best I’ve seen from you!

  • Patricia

    Hi Jane. Thanks for offering a contest – of course, I submit my site into the mix of excellent work out there! Again thanks and great job! Patricia Ogilvie http://patriciaogilvie.com

    • speakerlauncher

      Thanks Patricia! I often wonder about posting your latest blog on your home page – rather than some copy that really helps people understand your work better. I know there are pro’s and con’s with that – perhaps a combination of the two with the blog feed being further down the page might allow you more copy? That’s my two cents!

  • Hi Jane, this is great. I’d like to nominate my site. While speaking isn’t the main focus, it is on there. Plus, this site has so much strategy and love put behind it, it’s something I’m proud of. (Koodos to my design team who made the vision come to life of course). 🙂 Thanks!! Jennifer. http://www.jennifer-trask.com

    • speakerlauncher

      Wow, Jennifer. Branding and Marketing Strategies for Self Help Coaches – how focused are you girl? Well done! I like your “name squeeze” (where you ask for name and e-mail) it’s unique.

      • Thanks Jane! When I was ready to go really ‘big’, I knew it was time to get focused and this brand combines my two big passions, self-help + marketing! I’m sure I’ll be calling on you in another year or so. 🙂 Thanks again!

  • Kevin Burns

    Jane, new site, narrowed-focus, WIIFM identified. http://www.kevburns.com for the Safety Market

    • speakerlauncher

      Took a quick look Kevin and I knew (within 15 seconds) the benefits of the work that you do. Well done!

    • speakerlauncher

      I get it right away Kevin. A well place promise statement is so helpful! “Helping Companies Get Safety Buy in From Their Employees”. I see that you have a lot of components that I’m looking for – good job on the revamp.

  • Kevin Manning

    I’d like to nominate http://www.lookuptothestars.com because it’s simply “out of this world!” 🙂

    • speakerlauncher

      Thanks Kevin, science is such an important topic! Keep up the good work.

  • Dave Fleming

    Jane: Thanks for the fun contest. I would like to submit my site for your consideration among the many others: http://www.daveflemingspeaks.com

    • speakerlauncher

      Thanks for submitting Dave. I think humor speakers have a tough job because defining what they do (and what the benefits are) can be difficult. Improving Workplace Communication and Boosting Morale could be your promise – and if that works, then you might rise it to a more prominent location on every page.

  • Hal Bowman

    Hey Jane! Since I’ve read your book I’ve traveled from coast-to-coast and have had the honor and privilege of standing before over 100,000 of America’s most AMAZING classroom teachers. It’s been an incredible ride. Here ya go: http://www.TeachLikeARockStar.com

    • speakerlauncher

      Wow Hal! This is a really unusual site. Teach Like a Rock Star is a terrific brand, I’m really impressed and I love language like “tour dates” rather than “speaking schedule”. If I had to suggest something it would be that your promise “Turn up the Volume on Teaching for Rock the House Results” be placed on every page, not just the home page.

  • Susanne

    Thank you, Jane. After a few months of laborious revamping, heart and mental energy, I’d like to submit my new site: http://www.naturalhealthchat.com Your feedback is highly prized!

    • speakerlauncher

      Susanne, congratulations for making your website “them focused”. When I read your copy on the right hand side, I get exactly what the problem is and how you can help solve it.

      • Susanne

        Thank you, Jane! That is my goal. However, does it conflict with picking a lane? :0)

        • speakerlauncher

          It shouldn’t. When you write your website with one main user in mind, it can help with the clarity of your message. That said, the way that I reference your “lane” isn’t necessarily about target market, it’s more about your topic area. And your lane to me is empowering health.

    • David Lecours

      NIce site Susanne. The color palette and typography are excellent.

      • speakerlauncher

        Thanks David, perhaps you should submit your own site?

      • Susanne

        Thank you, David, for your technical and artistic eye. I appreciate the review!

  • Teresa Funke

    Hi Jane,

    How exciting! This contest arrives just one day after I launched my new version of my website. Though I’m not usually the type to nominate myself for something, excitement dictates that I do this time. http://www.teresafunke.com

    • speakerlauncher

      It’s no problem to nominate yourself Teresa. You work hard on getting a website launched and should get some recognition! Your site has a lovely look and feel. There is an ongoing debate about slide shows. (Three or four slides that rotate). I tend to prefer one message that shows me your promise statement. But that’s just me. Perhaps a slide show site will win – we’ll leave that up the voters!

  • Teresa Funke

    Hi Jane,
    Well, now I’m fascinated by your comment about slide shows on sites. i’ll have to delve into that more and take that comment seriously. all I know is that when I did my focus group for the site, everyone said their eye went first to the slide show and lingered there for a couple of slides before they looked anywhere else. So I figured if the slides sent good, clear messages that might be where I’d get the most bang for my buck. So now I’m curious.

    Incidentally, I’ve always loved your newsletter. Think it has the cleanest, most eye-appealing layout of any I’ve seen, and that the content is helpful, but not too long. I actually printed off your newsletter and took it to my designer and said, “This is what I want to do!”

  • Michele Lucia

    Hi Jane,
    I would like to nominate http://www.MakeSafetyFun.com. Richard Hawk’s clients are always commenting about how user friendly and helpful his site.

    • speakerlauncher

      I do agree Michele, it’s a good looking site. Often, I am looking for websites that are focused on the outcomes of the work, rather than the person themselves. This one is a bit “Richard focused”. Perhaps he is a celebrity in the world of safety so this makes sense for him, I’m not sure.

  • Jane

    Hey, Jane…I’d like to nominate Jane Jenkins Herlong’s web site http://www.janeherlong.com because she believes in voting for herself and that is how she won Miss Congeniality at the Miss Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Pageant.

    • speakerlauncher

      Ms. Jane, you are a riot! And, I want to point out to people (our judges) that you make people laugh on your video within 20 seconds. It’s very strong. Very good looking site!

  • Neil Everton

    Hi Jane. I’d like to nominate http://www.podiumcoaching.com – looking forward to reading your comments.

    • speakerlauncher

      Terrific website Neil – there are a lot of good things going on here!

  • David Lecours

    I’d like to nominate http://www.davidlecours.com

    • speakerlauncher

      Full disclosure as David is a client of mine. What I love about this site is that there is a clear brand and promise. Boom, it’s right there. Core Brilliance Culture: Helping Professional Services Firms Win New Business. This is a simple website, with a clear message.

      • David Lecours

        Thank you Jane for helping me gain clarity on my brand and promise. Even with my day job as a brand strategist, I “couldn’t read the label because I was inside the jar.” Separately, I am proud that the site features responsive design, meaning it is optimized for all screens (mobile to desktop). The custom blog illustrations are also nice.

  • Richard Tremblay

    As Alan Weiss would say:”If you don’t blow your own horn, there is no music.” So, I’d like to nominate my own website http://www.RichardTremblay.com.
    It’s in French and I aware that very few people will be able to understand what is written but I nominate it anyway. 😉

    I love the contest as we get to learn a lot from it. Thanks Jane!

    • speakerlauncher

      It’s very good looking Richard – although an option to translate would be terrific :). From when we last spoke, I’d say you’ve come a long way baby! Well done.

      • Richard Tremblay

        Thanks Jane. In fact, the language option is there and it automatically recognize the language of the visitor and adjust accordingly. I disabled it as everything is not translated yet.

  • Suzannah Baum

    I’d like to nominate my newly-created website, much of the inspiration of which came from your website contest last year.
    http://www.suzannahbaum.com.
    Thank you Richard Tremblay for providing the right justification to nominate myself. 🙂

    • speakerlauncher

      Kudos for a clear promise statement Suzannah. Bring Power to Your Words – I get it! Once you have a video of you speaking live, that would be the best one for the home page – if I’m hiring you as a speaker, I want to see you live, in action.

  • Carla Beck

    I’d like to nominate http://www.KeynoteCarla.com because I was building the site while reading your book … so let’s see how well I listened. 🙂

    • speakerlauncher

      This website has some terrific features and really great energy Carla. A piece of feedback might be to make it more about “them” (you’ll see this is a running theme during this contest).

  • Jane, I’d like to throw this in the mix: http://decog.me

    It is certainly not standard, as it speaks more toward helping others than it does speaking. But if all goes right, and people are drawn in, the speaking will come.

    • speakerlauncher

      Very interesting Kevin. You really had me at the home page, I was curious. And I love the head shot of the guy. But after browsing around a bit, I’m really not sure how you help people. Perhaps curiosity is what drives your opt in’s? Not sure.

  • Geo Derice

    I would like to nominate http://www.geospeaks.com. It’s not 100% complete but definitely would love the constructive feedback.

    • speakerlauncher

      I’m always happy to see people out there shaping the youth of the world – good work Geo! I think my best feedback would be to think about the one thing that you are trying to teach and promote that on the website front and center. Make it about them, rather than you. Your Personal GPS is a good start as a brand. And then, you’ll want a promise statement. The promise would answer the question, “if I follow my personal GPS what will that give me?”

  • Jimenez Bailey

    Hi Jane I would like to nominate http://www.jimenezbailey.com I’m having my website redesigned and would love your constructive feedback.
    Have an Awesome day!

    • speakerlauncher

      On the next go round of your website Jimenez, I would have you focus on the “promise statement”. What is your angle on customer service, is it about retaining customers, etc.? Make that be one of your focal points. And, you’ll want to have a tab called “Keynotes and Workshops” if speaking is going to be one of your offerings. You might want to consider a Focus 40 session with me and I can give you a longer list.

      • Jimenez Bailey

        Thanks Jane, I appreciate your feedback so much. I will take a look a focus 40 session with you Asap!

  • David Deeble

    I will humbly re-nominate my imperfect but, I hope, improved website http://www.daviddeeble.com. Thank you, Jane, for providing the framework and encouragement!

    • speakerlauncher

      David, your website is terrific. Really well done how you managed to balance both corporate work and theatre. The site has a great vibe, very fun.

  • Freda Chaney, D.D.

    How exciting! I would love some feedback on my own book website, so I will nominate: http//www.7daysmanifestingthelifeyouwant.com.

    • speakerlauncher

      Freda, while I can appreciate the work that you do, I’m afraid your website needs some help. I might guess that you built it yourself and the term “you get what you pay for” comes to mind. I’d recommend you hire it out.

      • Freda Chaney, D.D.

        Thank you, Jane, for your candid evaluation of my book website. I’ll get to work on it! I’m learning from reading the other comments here as well.

  • Leela francis

    I’m excited to nominate http://www.VividlyWoman.com. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • speakerlauncher

      Very interesting topic area – I can appreciate that women need help accessing their power. Definitely unique.

  • Red

    Since I just worked with Jane in revamping my website, I may as well nominate my own. http://www.redinspires.com. Love feedback. Thanks!

    • speakerlauncher

      Red, what can I say as we worked on this together! I love the look and feel and now the test is to see if people are drawn in by the message.

  • Patty Jo Sawvel

    I’d like to nominate http://www.UnderTheInfluence.Org. It’s all about helping kids make healthy choices and based on a book too.

    • speakerlauncher

      Patty Jo, I love this story. Very compelling and of course, very important. Keep up the good work!

  • Darryl

    This is great! I’d like to nominate http://www.darrylrosslive.com Thanks so much for this opportunity Jane!

    • speakerlauncher

      Darryl, your video has some great energy and I think your “name squeeze” is strong – gathering names and emails is an important part of website. Working with youth is so important – love that!

  • Fay Coulouris

    I nominate ConnieMorgan.com. It offers a spectrum of practical help with a message that speaks to the heart and meets a basic human need for a purposeful life. It includes a life-changing workshop, a book with an inspiring story, articles that make poignant points, a Blog that keeps people engaged,

    • speakerlauncher

      Thanks Fay, I have taken a look at Connie with another nomination. Appreciate it!

  • I would like to nominate http://www.ronbroussard.com. And http://www.stretchyourself.org. It’s the website for my coaching/consulting, and my speaking thank you.

    • speakerlauncher

      Thanks Ron! I think your website has some great features – the “chat” box is unique, I like that. I’m not entirely sure what “relational expertise” is, so I think the promise could use some work. Your book title might be a stronger lead. Keep up the good work out there!

  • Kola

    I’d like to nominate http://www.betamotivation.com. Its Facebook and Twitter following has been growing like a weed over the past several weeks

    • speakerlauncher

      Well, my goodness, anyone who works with orphans has got to score points in our hearts. Kola has great energy and no doubt that is why her fan base it building – she’s a charmer! The site could use a clear promise – I think one line built in to every page that helps me understand the work that she does would be helpful.

  • Frank Wilson

    http://www.SweeneySpeaks.com – a speaker I recently heard and enjoyed

    • speakerlauncher

      Frank, you can so appreciate what a fighter pilot brings to the table as a speaker. Thanks for bring Kevin forward. Not sure the website has all of the features to win, but there are some captivating pieces.

  • Linda Jurgenson

    Hands down I would say Josh Shipp’s site is the best speaker site I’ve seen. I loved hearing him on your teleseminar and he practices what he preaches about focusing on adding value and capturing emails then selling.

    http://joshshipp.com/

    • speakerlauncher

      ** Thanks for nominating Josh Shipp, I interviewed him last year and think he’s terrific. And his website is so crystal clear.
      Helping adults understand teens & teens understand themselves. And the video is strong. This could be a contender!

  • Shelly Buresh

    I would like to nominate http://www.conniemorgan.com. Her website is well organized and easy to navigate. The colors are warm and inviting. Her video is motivating and the content is inspiring. She encourages you to live your life well, and is excited to help you get there! She even invites you to join her for a free workshop.

    • speakerlauncher

      Hi Shelly, you’re right, this is a lovely site. Very warm and appealing. The promise could be more clear – what will I get if I embrace empowerment?

  • The Urban Money Manager

    Hi Jane! I am brand new to the world of professional speaking, and would like to nominate my website, http://www.theurbanmoney.com, in your upcoming website contest.This is the headquarters for my speaking business, The Urban Money Movement – Crushing the Student Loan Bubble!

    • speakerlauncher

      Jamaal, I have to commend you on the topic – I think student debt is huge and you have some solutions. The website is really interesting! Perhaps a wee bit confusing as at first blush as I didn’t scroll down to see all of the content. Really well done and congrats on your own personal success in this arena.

  • Barbara May

    I would like to nominate http://www.barbaramay.com It is the new website for Stumbling Blocks: A Crash Course in Overcoming Challenges, Obstacles and Hurdles at Work.

    • speakerlauncher

      Barbara, this site is looking terrific! Congratulations on having a clear promise “A Crash Course in Overcoming Challenges, Obstacles and Hurdles at Work. It’s so clear and your site has improved dramatically over the years.

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