Forbes Agency Council members offer their best tips.

1. Video That Turns Websites Into Channels

Video has been used in website design and development for years, but it’s quickly becoming a more prominent component. Why? Storytelling. Your website has 10 seconds to grab a visitor’s attention and engage them with your site’s content. Video helps you tell your story in an emotional and engaging way. Plus, 65% of people are visual learners; people want to watch, not read. – Mike LiebermanSquare 2 Marketing

2. SEO Landing Pages

Historically, SEO landing pages were large blocks of text, which were meant to satisfy the search algorithms. We are seeing more SEO landing pages with advanced design elements. Now that Google is favoring user experience more, marketers can no longer expect these text-heavy pages to rank. People only read about 20% of a page, so use design elements to choose that 20% and guide the visitor. – Adam DraperGladiator Law Marketing

3. Google Fonts

Google fonts are free and open source. They allow you to bring unique typography in over 135 languages to websites. Integrating these fonts into your websites will go beyond bringing out your brand’s personality; they will also improve your site’s load time and performance. – Ahmad KarehTwistlab Marketing

4. Mobile-Friendly Design

Mobile technology is revolutionizing the way we do business today. From mobile app strategies to customer preferences favoring mobile commerce, innovation is creating the future of worldwide commerce. For e-commerce websites, responsive mobile designs ensure maximum accessibility to mobile device users while delivering a seamless digital experience. – Solomon ThimothyOneIMS

5. Buy Buttons 

With the expiration of Amazon’s one-click-buy patent, there will be an opportunity for marketers to implement more seamless shopping experiences. The “buy” button and order flow will become even more important in capturing a sale. – Kieley TaylorGroupM

6. AMP Pages

Whether you’re a publisher or local business, your website should have Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). It will assist you in getting more traffic, as AMP pages are rendered first for mobile experiences. – Tom La Vecchia, MBAX Factor Media

7. Big, Bold Hero Images

We are seeing more companies gravitating toward big, bold design elements including hero images and videos accompanied with geometric typography. Even B2B companies in manufacturing and embedded technologies want a clean but bold design. – Lisa AlloccaRed Javelin Communications

8. Active Chat Sidebars

Live chat and chatbots have entered the market, and the right-bottom corner of a website is becoming a predictive location to place a chat interface. Many tools are actually incorporating ongoing communication records when a sidebar opens up, making it easy for visitors to see who they spoke to last with a history of the conversation. – Douglas KarrDK New Media

9. Interactive Experiences

Consumers have high expectations. So, be prepared to deliver from the moment someone visits your site all the way through the sales funnel. The experience someone has with your brand should be interactive and provide ways for consumers to engage and connect in a meaningful way. The more demanding and impatient consumers become, the more design will trend toward an experience that sets you apart. – Katie HarrisSpot On Solutions

10. Minimalist Design With Useful Content

The concept of “clean” design has been popular for years, but clean has recently reached new depths, with many sites bordering on minimalism. Sites such as MailChimp and Apple are great examples with ample white space, pops of color and simple fonts. Marketers need to balance beautiful design and useful content for the best results. – Mario Medinamadison/miles media

11. Web Content Accessibility

Thankfully this is finally getting the attention it deserves. Websites have so often ignored users with hearing impairments, vision impairments and other disabilities. If your site isn’t compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), prioritize this in your web development queue. An added bonus: Many of these updates, like alt text, will also help your SEO efforts. – Julie HowellPostali

12. HTML5

It’s taken a while for teams to truly embrace it, but there’s no question that HTML5 has effectively eradicated Flash. It’s powerful enough to make 3-D games work in your browser, play a video with no actual file loaded or just make an incredible interactive web experience. An easy way to integrate this trend might be to create a simple mobile game – something a user can actually engage with. – Michael Africkinmoji.com

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