If you’re building a coaching website and are aiming to build up your guru image so that people will see you as smart, intelligent, caring, authentic – essentially a great coach, your website header should include these three elements.
Before I go into them, let me remind you that when clients hire coaches, when they are wondering if you’re the kind of person they want to work with, two of the big-ticket things they want to know are:
(1) that there are big worthwhile reasons for investing their time and money — Results.
(2) that you are the kind of person they could, would and should work with — You.
The first thing – A big ole benefit
People invest their time, money, energy or attention on things that bring value. We all want to improve, fix, change, grow, experience things in life that enrich it.
There must be something worthwhile, a promise, a possibility, an ideal to strive for. If your site says, “I’m a coach. I do coaching. Hire me”, you’ll have a tough time.
Unfortunately, your website domain name, business name or even logo may not highlight big enough value. You’ll need to dig deeper into what your clients really want.
If you’re a general coach, mix in a few benefits. A client of mine works as a health coach and her benefits include “feel great, eat well, and lose weight”. She combined a few key benefits to make coaching with her worthwhile.
In your header, get a big ole benefit in there – or a few that spell out something people really want. Here’s an article to help, Coaching Website Mistake: No Big Benefit.
The second thing – Your face with a big ole smile
Part of your marketing and branding is “you”. Like it or not, the decision to work with you as a client will have loads to do with who you, the coach, are.
Don’t get too hung up on trying to come up with a “core concept” or “business name” that’s sooo cool people will hire you. It doesn’t work well. I’m referring to you coaches who are busy trying to sell “true self coaching” or “enlightened life coaching” as your main benefit. While these concepts help teach and communicate, they don’t replace “you”.
So, when it comes to your header, get a great shot of you in it. Get a face that has a smile, eye contact, nice hair-do (unless you mentor young Albert Einsteins ;). You want a face that says, “I care about you. I’m serious.”
With your face, include your name and title (business coach, success mentor, etc) to go with it so people know it’s you. How to Take a Professional Coaching Photo that Connects.
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Let’s go beyond your header and create a guru-like website – the kind that clients love!
There are all kinds of strategies for getting a compelling message across to your website visitors.
I put them all in the sweet guide that I wrote, The Coaching Site Guide.
You’ll get my best tips for everything from content creation, to visual design, to technical setup, to generating new leads.
You’ll be pleasantly flabbergasted when your site goes up and people start contacting you. 😉
The third thing – your business or website name
This is less important from a marketing point of view, but important from a reference point of view. People need to know they are the website they intended to go to. Your website address and business name (ideally the same) are clearly findable at the top of your page – in the header.
You should keep your header consistent through the various pages of your site so people know they are still at the same, right, place.
You may have landing or sales pages with one main call to action that won’t have a header or menu, so that you can convert more sales. If so, go for it, test it out, and see what works best for your pages.
But, the main point, is to make sure your header indicates where people are.
As you can see, this has the benefit of “Eat well. Lose weight. Feel great!” and has Shaunna’s face. She’s got a great smile that says I love what I do and I’d love to help you too. Also, here website name is clear so I know where I am, “Canadian Health Coach”.
Dave’s got a great header too. His face is prominent, with good eye contact, a subtle smile, and a benefit statement that many men want – control over blood pressure and health.
In conclusion …
If you want to attract clients, positioning yourself as a great coach (guru, expert, mentor, leader, etc) then make sure your header supports that – that it stands for something big and you stand right there with it – ready, wanting to help.