Friday, March 4 2016

Why Small Businesses Should Run Online

Your website is a powerful marketing tool. A well maintained website can give one a competitive advantage and improve your business image. Developing your web site offers many benefits including helping you get more leads and prospects, increase sales, enhance your professional brand, and improve your customer service.

1. Improve Your Advertising Effectiveness Placing your website address on all of your promotional material will help you gain additional exposure and encourage the visitors to first check your site for the information they are seeking. This platform allow clients to get information about your information quickly and first

2. A website saves you money. As a small business owner you probably think you can't afford a professional website, but you can't afford NOT to. Although it is costly in the beginning, once it's up and running, the website will be much cheaper as compared to the cost of a newspaper, television or radio advertisement, printing and distribution costs. When you consider the potential market you can reach with a website, it is a very cost effective way to promote your business. A website can act as your online brochure or catalog that can be changed or updated at any time. If you employ a content management system you can make changes quickly and at no charge.

3. Easy Access to New Customers You can have your existing customers refer you to their friends and relatives using only your web address or URL.

4. Easy to Use and Update If maintained properly your website will always be up-to-date and current. Easily make updates, changes and deletions of any products or services of your business or changes in pricing.

5. Improve Productivity A website increases your company’s productivity because less time is spent explaining product or service details to customers because all this information is available 24 hours a day on your website.

6. Educate Your Customers and keep them informed. Your website can offer free advice about your products and services. This information can be delivered at any hour in a well thought out and consistent way. Think of your website as being your online brochure or catalog. It is much easier and quicker to update information about your products and services on your website than in print material, making it an effective way of letting your customers know about the arrival of new products, upcoming events, special promotions, or any new services you now offer. Unlike print ads which quickly become outdated, your website can provide current information and news.

7. Expand Your Market The Internet allows businesses to break through the geographical barriers and become accessible from any of the world by a potential customer that has an Internet connection. Selling products online is cheaper and easier for you and your customers.

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