Has there even been a time where you were searching for specific information, and you get to a website that’s simply…unappealing? It has the information you’re looking for, even extra sources to use for reference. But maybe the level of vocabulary used is too advanced or vague to comprehend. Maybe the layout of information is hard to read or the graphics and colors displayed are unattractive to look at. At times like this where we have abundant access to information, it makes sense to dismiss the website in search for something “better”. But who can say that your definition of better matches the concept that the web designer had in mind. It could be, that instead of bad web design, the website was put together with a certain type of audience in mind. And that is how we will go into properly determining target audiences for web pages.
Start With the Web Page’s Purpose
Before searching for the best target audience, you must ask yourself what the web page would be for, and who would need it? Who would be interesting in the topic of your website? Was are you offering that they might need? You can’t expect professional business workers at a site that gives instructions for 5-ingredient meals. And even if they find interest in it, it’s not wise to format such a web page for professionals only. If you feel that your web page will mainly attract amateur chefs or college students, then narrow down your target audience from there. Once you know what your web page will be about and you get a basic idea of who’d be interested, then it’ll be easier to build up a definite target audience.
Look Up the Demographics
Now that you have a general idea of the audience you’ll likely receive, it’s time to research the demographics of the audience. Finding data on the demographics will better help you determine how to set up and design your web page. If your target audience is retired people, ages will range from their late 50s to early 60s. This data alone can already make you settle on a text in big and easy-to-read fonts, with colors that are easy on the eyes. But of course, don’t just stop at age ranges. Web designing professionals look into gender, location, hobbies, lifestyles, and current trends they may share. Of course, some of that information is closer to psychographics, but the more info the easier!
As simple as it sounds, it takes a lot of research and web page testing to ensure that the web page is ready for the public. It may take weeks, months, years, (an eternity), before you feel like you’ve matched your web page with your target audience. But even if it’s easier said than done, it can still be done. I hope this information (and unnecessary words of encouragement) can assist on finding and locking on your target audience. For more information, feel free to check out this website on identifying your target audience. Enjoy!