Home Builder Website Success Story With Michael Grant
Client Michael Grant and Joe Dixon
Original Design Date Feb. 2017
Updated Jan. 2021
Skills Branding, Web Design
Products Customer Journey, Exclusive Web Design, WordPress Management, SEO, and Customer Qualification
Home Builder Website
When I met Michael his website was already underway. However, he soon ran into challenges with getting it finished. Organizing content and figuring out what to do next can often times be difficult. We assessed the condition of Michael’s website then began to formulate a plan that would get us to launch as fast as possible. Working together, Michael and the Shepherds Loft team completed his website, often times sitting side-by-side. Some of the technical challenges included integrating his email program and real estate search capabilities.
Other things we had to consider before launching the website was all of the prior search engine results that he had obtained. We made sure that we used the same URL structure as he had before and redirects on any pages that changed.
Web Design Update
In the 2021 update, we worked on the customer journey and updating images. We simplified the content on the home page to engage with the customers more. We wanted to do more… we wanted to inspire them.
We also wanted the visitor to know the experience that Michael, Joe, and their team bring to the table when it comes to designing and building a dream home.
In addition to the content changes, we update the photography and design. Professional photography of more recent projects was used on the home page. We also changed the color scheme to complement the colors in the photography and added dimension with gradients and textures.
Web Design Benefits
When the website was launched it was partially custom and the other part used our preferred design and layout framework. So we proceeded to rebuild the website completely on the framework so that we could ensure upgrades to the website would happen smoothly.
With a solid framework/foundation in place we have now turned our attention to optimizing the websites conversion capabilities. We have outlined a user experience based on modern rustic homes audience. One of the key benefits of the website is the integration of the email and customer relationship management software.
Moving forward we will continue to assist modern rustic homes with adding new content building there on line presents and tuning there lead generation machine.
Michael’s new website focused mainly on his published works using a gallery page as a portfolio, allowing his customers to see his extent of his completed design and build projects.
Michael’s Home Builder Website Success Story
Hello, I’m David Grubb from Shepherds loft we’re doing an exclusive interview with Michael Grant from Modern Rustic Homes we built his home builder website a few years ago, but we want to go back and ask him how the website is performed for his business.
Home Builder Website owner Michael Grant
“Well again I’m Michael Grant I represent the design portion of our design build business here. my business partner Joe Dixon is responsible for all the construction and I hand all the creative work in this office.” says Michael.
Please give us an example of a customer that has found you through the internet.
“There’s a great example of the couple from Memphis, Tennessee that found me on the website. Very coincidentally they were building within a 50-mile radius of Ellijay and we were able to work with them to design their home as well as contract the house which is now under construction. But it was the website and the way it was presented that made them pick up the phone and give me a call. And as I said we’re building that home right now.” says Michael.
Marketing strategies changed to online
We were talking earlier about how the website has changed your business so perhaps tell us a little bit more what are some things that you stopped doing that you were doing before that was maybe you were spending a lot of time on that’s that what used to be marketing strategies.
So some of the marketing strategies that you stopped doing and then tell us some about the new strategies that you’ve taken over?
“I think having a well-designed website that tells your story really has improved marketability because people are going to the web to create their short list of companies that they wish to consider doing business with.
It’s no longer necessary for us to do four or five trade shows a year to find the clients that are appropriate for our business here. It’s reduced our travel time and our overall marketing expenses. We’re not wasting time with people that just want to be entertained for the afternoon by going to a trade show.
Now we find people that are very much interested in what we do our capability to deliver them a finished product that is what they envisioned. And, I think as we have structured this website the message that we have conveyed is this is about you the client it’s not about us this is about helping you get the house you want, not the house that’s in a catalog.” says Michael.
How have the 90 pre-qualified leads from the home builder website influenced or changed your business?
“Well that’s one of the main objectives of our website was to really qualify people that we were going to spend our time with. The website has done that for us so. We find ourselves really focus much more on clients that have the wherewithal to do business with us. It gives us a comfort level that we’re not wasting our time.
The website doing the job that we intended for it to do it’s telling the story that needs to be told, to help guide a client through the process of all the decisions that have to be made to piece together a house. But again, the website has really focused in on those clients that appreciate that process you know well ready to engage with us they’re not just dreaming there they’re ready.” says Micheal
How does the colors the brand and the layout influence your customers?
“Well that’s critical I mean we go to websites or we go to the web to eliminate companies we don’t want to consider so we’re really creating a shortlist as a consequence of our web presence. And we want that to be attractive you know the expression of pictures worth a thousand words could not be more true. People want to see the end result they want to know what the quality of your product looks like.” says Michael
You have many published articles in magazines and you use professional photography, so tell us how the gallery section with that professional photography influences your customers?
“The gallery section is critical to people’s, creating the interest when the people viewing the website and it really helps to sell our services what they’re seeing although the homes in most cases are very different in terms of architectural style.” says Michael
Does your homebuilder process page describe the different styles and methods of construction?
“It’s really helped me weed out the people that are not right for us so that we can focus our time and attention on those clients that have an interest in the services that we provide and the synergy that we’ve created with our design-build process.” says Michael.
Home Builder Website WordPress Management
Michael overall what’s the overall impact that the website has had on your business the last two years?“I think the greatest benefit we’ve had, what I mentioned a moment ago, we really focused in on the type of clients that we are best suited for. We want the process of building a home to be just as pleasant as it can be. It really starts with qualifying the client which is what the website has help us do, tremendously.”, says Michael. Thank you to our Sponsor and partner for helping us.
"After being in business for 22 years, I engaged Shepherds Loft to create my 5th generation website. I needed a site that was intuitive, visually stimulating and agile.
They hit the ball out of the park! We have been getting very positive feedback from our viewers and have seen an appreciable increase in traffic. Just what I was looking for…"