5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Consider Going Online

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Creating an online presence (i.e. website) for your business is no longer a buzzword, and instead has become an important necessity to expand the business reach to a wider number of consumers. But, research demonstrates that many small businesses still don’t have a website, as they feel that they can run their business phenomenally well without having an online presence at all. However, that is no longer true in today’s digital age where running a business isn’t an easy task; and it’s imperative to create a strong online identity that helps create an impact on your customers and convince them to do business with you.

Here are a few reasons that will make you understand the importance of building a web presence, by creating a website for your small business:

Increases brand visibility

It’s no more a secret that the majority of consumers today prefer shopping online, and so not having a website means you might be losing a lot of potential customers. In fact, according to an online survey, it was found that 89% of consumers favor online shopping.

Brand Value

So, if you don’t have an online presence, you won’t be able to show up your brand to expected number of users. On the other hand, having brand visibility on the web can help you reach out to your target audience, located far and wide as well.

Helps in creating a strong first impression

At present, we live in a world where most of the consumers search on Google, before they begin shopping for their choice of products. Many of the customers, in fact, browse online review sites such as YELP and others prior to making a purchase and so on. This is why, you need to ensure that your first impression should be good enough to encourage your visitors to turn into potential customers.

And creating a good-looking and well-structured website can help you reflect your business and what it offers in a better manner.

Serves as a powerful sales tool

A website will serve as a powerful sales tool, as it enables you to address your audience needs, by providing them access to the required information about products they’ve been searching for over the Internet. No doubt, any small business not having an online presence can rely on placing advertisements in the Yellow Pages in a bid to generate customers. But, chances are that your users may fail to notice you, among other business entries. However, you can create something that inspires your users to take an action.

And, you can build a website from where your customers can seek trusted information regarding your company and products. This will help them engage with your business on a more personal level, and thereby build confidence in buying your product(s).

Help build your business as an authority

Gone are those days, when small business owners were able to reach their audience, simply by using yellow page ads, emails, and word-of-mouth. But, today having a website and social presence has become the major factors that consumers depend on when looking to access products and/or services of a small business. As a matter of fact, people will research to know if your business has a stable web presence or not. This means, they want to know if your business will flourish or may boom to failure.

Lead Conversion

Building a website give your users access to the place, where they can come and find information about your business and its offerings. And this will help you build authority over the web.

Helps in building your email list

Even though, you may still not be in favor of taking your business online, but you may still like using email. You may even collect emails from your customers, so as to keep them updated about what’s new you’ve to offer. But, as your list of customers grow, you may find it difficult to maintain your email list.

Create Online Presence

Having a website, however, makes the process of creating an email list easy and quick. You can even provide benefits to “repeated customers” or the ones who sign-up with your site for the first time, by referring to your email list. This in turn will help you motivate your customers to remain loyal to your site and visit it time and again.

Final Words

So, hope that reading the aforementioned reasons will make you understand the significance of having a website for your business. You’ll miss out opportunities to create a good audience base and may even fail to make your customers recognize you as a brand, if you don’t own a site. But this doesn’t mean that you can do well, simply by having a website designed for your business. In fact, such kind of site may ruin your brand image among your target audience.

With a plethora of website themes available over the web, giving you the ability to modify your website looks, there’s no excuse for your site to look bad. Simply put, it is better not to have a site rather than having an unprofessional one.

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Written by Edward

Edward Jones is a a blogger cum Magento developer working with OSSMedia.OSSMedia a well known Magento web development company. He has delivered interesting write-ups on Magento development tips and tricks for novice and professional Magento developers.

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