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Show a Header Announcement on Every Page of Your Website

Show a Header Announcement on Every Page of Your Website

There are times when you have to broadcast an important message to visitors on your website, or there may be a requirement to make information known before you're able to assign the appropriate effort into creating formal content. To enable this quick communication we provide a few different features, with the most basic being a simple message shown at the top of your website above your header.

Transient Page Messaging: Other methods of including time-limited content on your website is by way of a larger and more prominent featured box above post content, custom campaign messages shown to a user that arrive on your website by way of email marketing, or the post type-specific floating footer banner at the bottom of your page.

This article introduces the very basic Yabber Tag: yabber feature that renders a message at the top of your website with a defined expiry date.

The Result

What we're achieving is pictured below. The stylistic components may all be modified.

Website Broadcast Message

Pictured: The Announcement as shown on our demonstration website. The background color, text colour, call-to-action, and font-size, is all customisable. An expiry date is set should you choose to include the message for a short period of time (normally the case). We've seen these messages shown on various sites to announce various Coronavirus rules that apply to different businesses but it can be used for anything.

A little larger this time:

Broadcast Message Black

Pictured: A little larger, this time with a black background. Note that the 'home' icon is applied by default but we may update the system to provide an icon option. A lot of where this feature will end up depends on feedback and requests from business owners. The banner is 'fixed' in nature so it doesn't obfuscate the upper navigation bar.

Usage

Any message that attracts attention and directs traffic creates a website funnel pathway. It's expected that whatever page you're directing traffic will include appropriate conversion opportunities (easy task, really, since every page of our mortgage broker website includes an integrated calendar and emulates the conversion-based objectives as any purpose-built landing page). The point is that the link can't be wasted; if you assign importance to something the end result should live up to the expectation - wasting the time of your website visitor will alienate them, degrade their interest, and lose their attention.

Rate Placeholders: Note that if the rate or comparison_rate placeholder is used in your message it'll be replaced by the lowest available rate available to you via your panel of lenders.

A primary advantage of the Yabber-managed system is that we can send messages to your website on your behalf. If you have engaged BeNet we'll update the banner for 48-hours after an RBA Board Meeting and link directly to an article on your website (assuming you have enabled the article system). For larger aggregation of franchise groups we can update all sites and link to internal web resources or an off-site destination.

Creating Website Announcements

Not unlike the in-post content" and email campaign messages, the message that appears on your page is created independently before assigning the appropriate styling and sending to your website. The website message itself may container shortcode - ideal for link shortcode and interest assignment (you don't have to use the point-and-click CTA fields).

Broadcast Message Send

Pictured: The Broadcast Send Panel. The link can either be a URL or a phone number, with the latter taking on a direct telephone link. Note the expiry date - the message is one that is generally expected to be short-lived.

All the stylistic elements of the banner may be altered, such as font size, text colour, background colour, and padding. The message should generally be short to avoid line-wrapping simply because it looks better.

The header banner is not shown on landing pages because it presents as a distraction that might interfere with our primary landing-based conversion objectives.

All messages are part of your website library and must be maintained for compliance purposes, and an archive is maintained with links to various edit pages.

Conclusion

The feature is a simple one but it's also highly effective. Once again, any link that is intended to redirect a user from their expected website funnel experience needs to add value to their funnel excursion and create a valued pathway, particularly if a promise of value was made.

Featured Image: Australian Joint Stock Bank, Gulgong. Central Tablelands of NSW, 1872. The Mudgee Guardian, 26 September 1871, recorded the following: "Through the courtesy of Mr. Stewart, the Manager of the Joint Stock Bank, at Gulgong, we were yesterday shown a nugget weighing 38 oz 3 dwts 20 grs [12 kg]. This is the largest nugget found at Gulgong. It was found in a block claim between No. 1 and the Prospectors' on Happy Valley at a depth of 130 feet; it is of pure gold without any admixture of quartz" (source: State Library of NSW). It was common for miners to store their gold at banks, and the gold rush gave rise to the prominence of new banks in Australia. The Australian Joint Stock Bank was a bank in Australia. It operated from 1852 (by an Act of the New South Wales Parliament) to 1910, after which it became the Australian Bank of Commerce and then was taken over by the Bank of New South Wales in 1931. In 1931, the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) acquired the Australian Bank of Commerce. [ View Image ]

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