Web sites add to your bottom line.

June 02, 2012

A distinctive, informative and search-friendly Web site can deliver many opportunities to drive your business and expand your client/customer base.

With the Internet being used on a regular basis by millions of people worldwide, the incredible growth and development of e-Business over the past few years has made it clear that the Internet has become an integral part in the way business is, and will continue to be, conducted.

Without a Web site, you are not doing all you can to promote your products and services. In fact, it could be costing you more than you think.

business Web site can boost your bottom line by:

  • Increasing sales
  • Reducing operating costs
  • Improving customer service
  • Getting a jump on your competition
  • Increased market reach

Increasing Sales

A business Web site offers the possibility of increasing sales through a number of ways. Not only can a Web site represent a new sales channel, it can be used to support more traditional means such as business cards, business stationery, print ads, and other media.

As a sales channel, it also reaches out to the growing number of people comfortable with making purchases online. Because your site works for you 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, potential clients and customers can find out about your products and services at their convenience.

Reducing Operating Costs

One of the clear benefits to having a custom business Web site are the inherent cost savings. From the reduced need for customer service personnel, to saving on printing and advertising costs, the dynamic nature of Web technology allows you to operate at a cost-efficient level.

Products and services can be advertised online without the usual huge costs and delays of printing, publishing and distribution. Information, through the use of CMS applications, can also be updated quickly and as often as needed.

Online forms, email, electronic newsletters, and downloadable files (like PDF documents) also reduce considerable distribution and printing costs. The Internet transfers the cost of printing onto the user instead.

With e-Commerce, the power and flexibilty of automated business processes can reduce administration costs. Automation can also result in obtaining better prices with suppliers.

Improving Customer Service

Through a Web site, you can serve your clients/customers at anytime… at their convenience. Your customers have instant access to the information they need.

Your Web site also becomes a means by which clients and customers can obtain answers to their questions. Links to manufacturer Web site, technical information, product images and other customer-centric services give prospects a feel for your business before contacting you.

If someone has a question about your product and services, answers can also easily be provided though email. Real-time help sessions via Internet messaging provide a form of personalized customer service that also adds value to your offering.

As a result, your clients and customers experience a higher level of satisfaction.

Getting a Competitve Edge

The competitve advantages of a business Web site can work in two ways – to enhance your business image and provide an edge over your competitors.

The Internet “levels the playing field”. It allows businesses of all sizes to easily access new markets and take advantage of an extensive and relatively cheap form of awareness. With a professionally-made Web site, you can give the impression yours is a long-established business that is larger than it appears.

Businesses can also gain a competitve edge through the financial benefits they achieve from increased sales and reduced costs.

In addition, the sooner your Web site is up and running, the quicker your site will be indexed and appear on the major search engines. Further marketing efforts using search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click marketing (PPC) will increase your ability to stay on top of your competition.

Having a business site is more common than running a Yellow Pages, television or radio ad. If your competitors have Web sites, people will wonder why you aren’t doing the same.

Increased Market Reach

A Web site provides a gateway to a far wider market than previously possible. No longer constrained by geographical barriers, businesses can now venture into more regional and international markets… with ease.

Along with attracting new customers, new business opportunities can be had, as links with new business partners can be made through industry Web portals and hubs.

Both of these new relationships can substantially change the marketing activities of some businesses, as they try to provide products and services that will cater to these new markets.

Given the opportunities it provides, a distinctive, informative and search-friendly Web site can only help you surge forward in today’s competitive and global marketplace. As the Internet continues to grow and evolve, the importance for businesses to not only own, but to nurture and develop their Web sites, cannot be understated.

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