So much of our world is online these days. I have discussed here on the blog about how shopping online has impacted on the high street and it got me thinking about how important it is for businesses to have an online presence in this day and age.
Creating an online presence has never been easier
I recently talked about how my husband has finally bitten the bullet and trained to become a Personal Trainer. He has passed his exams and is now in the process of setting up his own business, and of course, along with this comes the need for an online presence.
I don’t know about you but when I need something I always turn to Google. Gone are the days where I would turn to the local paper to check out any advertisements that might help me. If I’m honest, I rarely pay any attention to the adverts on the television anymore, but one thing I always do is use the internet. It is just the way of the world these days and so one of the first things we did when making business plans, was buy a domain name for the business and set up social media accounts.
The hubby is a lucky man. He asked me to set up his website. Building a website isn’t for everyone though and thankfully you can instruct a digital agency these days to help. It’s never been easier to have your own site and begin building your reputation as a business.
Why is an online presence so important?
Obviously, I have already mentioned that the online world is a part of the modern age. But what are the other reasons why being online is so important?
Because of the internet, people do their research. Businesses need to be found so that people can look them up and find out how good they are. If not, they’re only going to find their competitors. They need to be up there with them to begin with.
If a business isn’t online yet, there is a likely chance that their customers will be. Social Media is the first place consumers often go these days to air their views of a good or bad experience. Businesses need to be there to bask in the glory or, implement damage control if something goes wrong.
It’s a no-brainer. Just by getting their business name out there via the web and on social media, they are already doing half the things the local advertising magazines used to do. They may need to work hard on their social media presence or employ a social media manager to do that for them, but it is certainly a cheaper option than any of the more retro ways available.
Email is a fantastic tool when it comes to a return on investment. Pretty much everyone has it these days and it’s cheap, quick and easy. And a lot of the time it can be more convenient.
Even if a company doesn’t conduct their business online, customers and potential customers will be expecting to see them online. If they’re not present, they could be losing out on the amazing opportunity to increase a customer base and get the word out about their brand. It’s one of the most important investments any business can make.
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