your small business is essential to making it a success but you may ask
yourself whether the plus points of having a website are cost effective as employing
a web designer and developer to build a business website can cost anything from
a few hundred pounds upwards. If you are able to set up a business page on a
social media platform yourself this is usually free and quite easy to do.
media platforms such as Facebook have good marketing capabilities allowing you
to advertise and sell products, receive and comment on reviews and make money
from advertising revenue. Tracking of visits to the pages can be scrutinised
giving an insight into what is working well and what is not bringing in any
businesses prefer however to have their own website so that they can control
the content and any changes are made by them or their web designer but if you have a web presence on a social media
platform, it is possible that they can make changes which may have an impact on
your business. For instance, advertising links may be inappropriate for the
audience you are targeting, or negative customer reviews may be posted without
giving your business the opportunity to resolve issues.
past few decades there have been so many different forms of marketing
marketing has been around for years and for some companies has worked really
well. It is not always the cheaper form of marketing but is often more cost
effective than sending out postal marketing letters, flyers or brochures and it
is easily tracked. This allows you to see if it is working and what sort of
revenue it is bringing in. With this information you can then make an informed
decision as to whether to continue.
get bombarded with emails from companies trying to sell something and these
emails often get deleted with no action taken, so it is fair for business
owners and decision makers to worry about investing in this form of marketing.
Companies such as Wowcher, Amazon and Tescos use email marketing as a huge part
of their marketing strategy because it works for them. With many of us picking
up emails on our mobile phones, email has become a quick way to get in touch
with someone. In the current lick down situation, even more people have the
time to read their emails and are more likely to shop online so now may be the
best time to try it.
As a web
programmer you will hopefully have at least a basic knowledge of SEO. Its amazing
how many websites are built with limited or no SEO in them. SEO (search engine optimisation) is a
technique that includes a number of different elements that if done correctly
will help improve the ranking position of your website on the search engines
such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.
All web programmers
should be able to do the basic elements of SEO. They site needs to be built in
such a way that it is possible to add in the SEO elements. For example H1
(heading one tag) should be found once on every page and above the H2, H3 tags
etc. This is basically a title for a page and should be highly relevant to the
rest of the content on that particular page. Google often uses this title to
find out what the page is about. Other SEO techniques is to include meta date
unique for each page and having internal links to the correct pages.
If you find
that a website you have designed and programmed is not performing well on the
search engines, go back and double check that you have all the relevant SEO in
is a brilliant marketing tool if used correctly. It can work very well for a
large number of businesses who are looking to promote their products or
services. Most businesses large or small have some sort of social media presence
businesses struggle to know what sort of things they should be talking about
and how often they should be updating their profiles and this all depends on
what industry you are in and what information you are sharing. There is always
a fine balance that needs to be adhered to in order to get the most out of social
media marketing without annoying people by bombarding them with information.
comes to “what should you be writing about” then the answer is a mix, you need
to send out marketing messages and links to useful information that is relevant
to your business but a few updates regarding something funny or interesting that
has happened in the office is often a great way to keep your customers engaged.
You may want
to manage your social media accounts yourself or you may want to enlist the help
of a social media marketing company.
If you are a
business owner there may come a time when you want to start growing the
business and reach out to other geographical locations. Many businesses that
offer services, tend to start marketing to their local towns and villages and
then over time branch out further to the bigger cities and possible even other
countries. Depending on what business you are in will vary how easy or
difficult this is to do. There are many
ways in which you can do this, and ideally you want to explore a few different
marketing avenues to gain the best possible results.
should look at your website and find out currently which areas you perform well
in. This can be done manually by searching on Google and Bing etc to see where
you rank for your keywords or you may opt to buy some software that will do
these searches for you. It may be that you only have one location mentioned on
your site, in which case you will struggle to rank for other places. If this is
the case then you need to create additional content talking about the products
or services that you offer in other areas you wish to target.