Why Online Marketing Works
If you’re a small business, having a local presence is a necessity. Making your potential customers aware of the services you offer is how you draw in your business. However, attracting customers beyond word-of-mouth is an extremely challenging prospect: how do you reach them?
There are, of course, numerous ways to market your business; whether it’s through leaflets, flyers, posters or radio commercials, the options available are many, and can be very expensive.
But one option you might not have explored yet is right in front of you: online marketing.
Maybe, you’ve already begun thinking about it. After all, if you’re reading this, you’re already a willing participant in online marketing. But perhaps you’re unsure of whether it’s worth the effort? How is online marketing going to benefit a business like yours? Where do you even start?
Hopefully this article will help answer some of those questions.
Having a website can, and will, bring in some seriously good benefits to your business. First and foremost, with a website your business now has a visible online presence. If your customers search for your business name, or even the services you provide, they’ll have visible confirmation that you exist.
Search engines such as Google or Mozilla FireFox now become pathways that lead potential customers straight to you. Even being able to say to someone “Visit our website”, can instantly improve their opinion of your business. Having a website makes your business appear both more professional, and far grander than it might actually be.
Once you have a website it can become a major selling point of your business. How a website is laid out, how it looks to potential customers, could convince them to spend their money with you. This doesn’t necessarily require you to have the snazziest website going, but providing a visually accessible and easily navigable website can go a long way.
How you go about obtaining a website is entirely up to you. It’s now easier than ever to create a website yourself: choosing a platform to build your website on can be a daunting prospect, after all, there are so many options, but if you’re new to the process, WordPress.org can be a good place to start.
But what if you don’t want to build the website yourself? If not done properly, then the results can range from embarrassing to disastrous. With website development and coding becoming one of today’s fastest growing industries, hiring someone to create a website is dead easy. The expense itself is entirely dependent on what you want: if you’re after something fancy, be prepared to pay for it, but getting a simple and effective website is definitely an affordable prospect.
However, it is advisable that you are aware of the going rate for developers, as those charging less may be cutting corners that will back-fire on you at a later date; there’s nothing worse for potential customers than a website that doesn’t work.
Deciding what to include on your website can also be an overwhelming process. Therefore, it’s important to remember not get too bogged down with what is possible, and focus on what is needed. For your first website you’ll want to include the features that will benefit your business the most; so obviously things like contact details, addresses, services provided and opening hours are essential inclusions.
But do consider adding any personal touches you can; such as a page outlining who you are, maybe anything that makes you stand out from your competitors or any company logos or pictures you can provide. Little things like this can make a seriously good impact on the right customer.
I could go on for another 10 pages about this. With new avenues like social media, videos and blog spaces being explored more and more every day, the subject of having your own website is a large one. But for now, I’ll leave it to you and your business. The advantages to having your own company website are many and the possibilities for expansive marketing continue to grow, so the only thing stopping you now is the decision itself.
The world of online marketing is your oyster, go and eat it!