|Developing Your Website|
Integrate Business Into Your Website
By Integrating a Website Into Your Business
By: Kimberley Johnson, Web & Graphic Designer, 4WARD Marketing, Inc.
The days of flipping through a phonebook are long gone. The integration of the Internet has brought new and cheaper alternatives to both businesses and consumers alike. What does this mean for business owners? A website is an absolute must if you are going to manage your potential growth. However, not just any website will do; your website must be interactive, easy-to-navigate and most importantly, updated on a consistent basis.
Most small businesses that have a website do not maximize its potential. They use it to list basic company information such as contact info, location, products and services. What is missing from these types of websites is interactivity. Websites must engage the consumer in order to create customer loyalty and generate buzz.
There are a few strategies to increase your customer loyalty base and revenue. First, make an investment by hiring a web designer to professionally design your website. If you need assistance in creative copywriting, in addition to web services, a full-service marketing firm such as 4WARD Marketing, Inc.can help you with all aspects of your website development. A professionally-designed website conveys a sense of trust and sets the tone for your online business presence. It makes it easier to sell your products and services to customers.
Second, integrate news and videos about your products and services. It creates a good relationship between your business and your customers. It can also showcase you as an expert in your field. Imagine if you owned a car wash and you are switching to a new kind of soap or wax. You would want to discuss that change in the news section on your website so your customers can understand why you think it’s a better choice for your customers. Create an online forum or ask for feedback so readers feel their opinions are welcomed. The key is communication, and it can lead to word-of-mouth advertising and referrals; which are the best kind of marketing.
Lastly, a website is one of the best ways to reach other customers not in your immediate area. You can offer web-only discounts or coupons. You can measure how many users visit to your website, where they clicked on your website and if they were referred to you by search engines such as Google. You can extend your business reach by adding a shopping cart if you offer products and want to sell it nationally or around the world.
Growing your business is tough but it can be made easier by using these strategies and creating a website that offers all the tools you need today and will need in the future.
To make 4WARD marketing your personal Web Team, contact us today at 888.224.3324 or visit www.4wardmarketing.com.