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Does the INTERNET AFFECT MY BUSINESS The answer is almost certainly a resounding ‘yes’.
If you are not using the Internet effectively you are losing potential business, and not taking advantage of the many ways you could be saving money. This short article will give you a quick overview of why this is the case.
Using the Internet can be an extremely cost-effective way of marketing. Large numbers of people can be reached for a much lower cost than by using conventional marketing methods.
A website can be an excellent way of moving people through the sales cycle. Even if you do not plan to sell products or services online you may want to generate new leads by encouraging people to contact you, or to set up an appointment.
A well-designed website will encourage people to take the ‘next step’. This could simply be encouragement to ring a displayed phone number, an online form to allow people to get in touch with you, or an online registration form. The easier you make it for people to take that step the more likely it is that they will do it.
Customer relationships are the cornerstone to all businesses. The Internet can help you establish and build relationships. You can keep people up to date with all the latest news, events, special offers and new services – whatever is relevant to your business, simply by updating your website. Even better would be to incorporate a database of customers. This would allow you to build profiles of customer behaviour, and allow you to target them directly with your marketing – for example, encouraging people to sign up for newsletters.
A well-designed website optimized by a professional search engine optimization company, will save your business money. For example, you could slash your existing printing costs by sending updates or newsletters to customers by email, or by providing electronic versions of brochures and information sheets.
On average, a UK SME makes a saving 21 times the size of the initial investment into the Internet and Internet-enabled systems.