So you’ve started a business, but business hasn’t really taken off as you had hoped, or has slowed way down, so what can you do?
If you haven’t already done so, you need to create a great online presence to further your marketing reach.
Word of mouth is great, but is usually not enough to sustain a business and allow for continued growth.
Obviously, the most important factor in creating an online presence is to have a website built for you by a professional web developer. This should be your number one priority. In addition to this, other options include getting your business set up on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Google Plus, and so on.
The problem with relying solely on social media websites to advertise your business online is that not everyone goes to these websites, and not everyone that does go on them thinks to look for businesses.
These social media websites are a great way to add to your online presence, but should not be solely relied upon on to be successful with your marketing.
You become limited and are never able to fully show what your business is made of on these social media websites.
We do recommend using them, but we strongly recommend a website specifically for your business where you will also have the option of adding a direct link to your social media pages. These two marketing tools definitely go hand in hand.
Why else is having your own website crucial for the success of any and all businesses?
Well, for one, it is because anyone can find you that has the internet or access to the internet, and you become available to the whole world.
Every minute there are thousands of people using the internet and guess what they are doing?
They are searching for specific needs, and if your website is built by a professional web developer that incorporates great SEO, aka search engine optimization, your business will be found easily on the search results. Another great reason to have a website is so you can market yourself much easier and more effectively than just a business card, flyer, or brochure. When you meet a potential customer or client you can then direct them to your website so they can scope out your business from the comfort of their own home and really see what you have to offer. You can only fit so much information on a business card, and who wants to listen to anyone ramble on and on about your services? Pretty much no one likes sales pitches being thrown at them unwillingly.
When you truly want success for your business, you will work hard to market your business as much as you can, but most people don’t have enough time to do it as much as it needs to be done.
So again, a great web presence is very important because once it becomes established, it will do much of the marketing for you.
You will save time, money and energy by utilizing the internet to market.
You will save money in many ways by doing so, but it is always a great idea to continue marketing through traditional ways such as through word of mouth, flyers, brochures, business cards, and so on and so forth.