6 Reasons Why Every Business Needs A Website
In this new digital age, every business needs a website. The benefits are there; from physical businesses such as plumbers, dog groomers, restaurants and hair salons, to entirely online businesses selling digital and physical goods. Most any business can gain valuable traffic, sales and leads from having a website online.
Increase Foot Traffic To Your Physical Business With A Website
Did you know that physical businesses can even drive more traffic right to their door with a website? Think of it as the digital version of a window display, or those glass encased showrooms for cars. People walk or drive by, and their attention is grabbed by your display; if you have something they are looking for, they are more likely to stop by and take a look.
Well, your website is no different. It’s just online instead of in your retail store window, but the way to attract attention is still basically the same. And so is the strategy. Make sure your webpages display your prominent products or services clearly, and in an attractive way that will get attention…you know the drill.
This may actually be the easiest way to attract attention online, because of Social Networking. People in the city tend to gravitate to and join local groups, and view their friends’ posts in Facebook. So getting your website out there with Social Networking can be a great way to spread the word about your local business and start seeing more customers walk through your door.
Your Competition Is Selling From Their Websites Online, You Should Be Too
If you don’t have a website for your business, whether you have a retail store, physical business, or you are selling your hand-knitted caps, you can bet some of your competition is. They are successfully selling products and services just like yours to people who are eager to buy every day, and your slice of that pie is waiting for you online too!
Oh yes, people sell hand-knitted caps, candles, wedding supplies, t-shirts, dog coats, and endless variety of products every single day, 365 days a year. If you have it, odds are someone out there is looking to buy it – probably more than just one somebody. Don’t let your competitors steal all the sales right out from under your nose.
It’s Where Your Customers Shop
Regardless of your industry, niche, product or service, your customers are shopping online, or looking for information about the things they want to buy there. Products and services just like yours. You always want to be where your customers are. Years ago, that was the best spot on the busiest street in town. Now that spot is online. So if you are still sitting in your high rent shop in the mall noticing a steady decrease in foot traffic, that is probably a big part of the reason why. Perhaps it is time to go where your customers are.
Online Sales Just Keep On Climbing
Just a few years back, online sales overtook retail store sales for Christmas. Ever since then, online sales keep going up and up…and experts say this trend is only going to continue. And I don’t have to quote this, just take a look at what any expert online is saying.
This is mostly due to advances in technology; faster internet speeds have led to faster, better devices, especially mobile. And humans being what they are, which is to say, very social beings, they love to go online and communicate anytime they want with their friends. This gives you a chance to get shared for more visage of your brand, your business, products and services on the web!
In addition, consumers have also become more informed than ever before about the products they buy and the services they choose. Because all that information is now online at the touch of their fingertips. They have grown accustomed to being able to hop on their iPhone and instantly compare prices, or search for a local store or business to suit their needs with just a few taps on their mobile device screen.
Be sure they find your products or services next time they take to their mobile device…like just now.
Selling Online Costs Less On Average Than Sales At A Physical Location
Advertising costs not withstanding, selling online is far more cost effective than selling from a physical location.
Well, first of all, you don’t need sales people, or at least not as many, because your website does that for you. And with less employees come less workmens’ comp costs, fewer insurance dollars spent, less electricity and so on. Just think of what decreasing your sales staff by 50% or more, while still selling as much of your product as you do now, would do for your bottom line. And what if your sales increased by going online? It’s entirely possible.
Also, these days there is a good chance that your product supplier may dropship your product straight to your customers’ door for you. This means you may never have to pay for your product up front, or even lay a hand on it anymore. All you do is take orders on your site, and have your supplier ship for you. So how about decreasing your warehouse and stocking staff by 50% or more? Consider if you are still selling as much product as you do now, only online; what would that do for your revenue?
Either way, there have been lots of physical retail stores switch entirely to selling their products online in recent years, saving them all those costs associated with brick and mortar stores. They traded their physical retail stores for websites. And this removed the stress of all those employees, business insurance, space rent, electricity etc. completely from the equation. Meanwhile, operating a website is nowhere near as costly as a physical store. Just think about it; cutting down on your staffing significantly alone will save you a pretty penny.
And saving money, is the same as making money. Or at least the next best thing to it.
You Can Sell Globally Instead Of Just Locally
If you sell products that can be shipped, or services that can be delivered digitally, then you could be selling to a global audience rather than just a local one. People all over the world buy products and services just like the ones you offer. Maybe yours are even better. Either way, what would a boost in sales from all around the world do for your business, your lifestyle?
A website is your opportunity to advertise and attract customers worldwide, don’t miss out.
There are lots of other reasons Why You Should Have A Website For Your Business, but really, do you need more? If you have any other reasons that you feel should be added to this list, by all means, please leave a comment and share your opinion with others.
Until next time…look into getting your website online and get out there for the world to see. If you need help with that…