Creating a presence online for your business is a powerful marketing tool. 24 hours, 7 days a week, your website can provide information on your products and services. Having this information readily available is valuable for maintaining existing customer relation, gaining new customers, developing strong relationship with the right distributors and vendors, or for even gaining potential investors as you work to continue your business growth.
Websites are cost efficient, require little time and investment to setup, and a sign of professionalism. In times past, most customers only expected to receive a standard business card with your name and phone number and possibly even a visit to your store. In times present, there is a greater demand, there are expectations for businesses to have not only a business card, but are expected to have an email address, a website or blog, and an online store, portfolio or catalog for easy review of the products or services - while affording the luxury of convenience. The possibilities for automating your business online are unlimited. I have provided some basic information that can assist you as you venture on your way to creating and running a successful online business.
Step 1. Find a Need
Find out what questions people are asking, what problems are needing to be solved, what products or services are needed, but offer very little resources that deliver. Business can launch from a variety of ideas, whether old or new, it is possible to find something that is needed.
Another idea would be to take an existing idea and find a way to niche that market into a business idea. You can even develop a business by re-defining or making better an existing idea or product; there are always needs to be met or products that can be made better, we just have to keep our eyes and mind open for the potential opportunities that cross our paths.
Finding a need and fulfilling it, is an age old success. Want to see your value as a an entrepreneur and new business owner change and grow? Start with reviewing the problems you see around you or affecting those around you and be willing to think through possible solution that may ultimately solve or at least minimize the problem.
Step 2. Content
Quality matters! Here are a few things to think about when building the content that will essential serve as the written face for your business. Whether you are adding text to your website, brochures, direct marketing campaigns or newsletter, the content will be a representation of you and the business you offer and you want to be sure you are writing for your customers and not yourself.
You want to be sure you are offering your customers and potential audience value for their time and money. Offering information about your business or service in the easiest manner possible, can prove valuable in generated revenue in the long run. Content that relate to your business should be clear, concise, and easy to read. Items such as business photos, upcoming events, newsletters, emails, discussion group interaction and forums are also valuable tools to incorporate in your business model. Is customer service important to you? If so, be willing to offer surveys and solicit feedback from those that do business with you for future development strategies, planning, and ways to improve. Short tidbits such as offering tips and suggestions through newsletters and articles is another way to add value to your service and importance in your customers lives. Remember, at the end of the day, its all about providing solutions to problems. For example, if your in the book selling business, as an added value to your customers, you may want to offer a newsletter that list the best sellers, hottest topics, or best and worst reviews. You could even offer a service that write reviews on books that are not well known, but offer a wealth of valuable information and are just hidden treasures in the wild. As a final note, if writing quality content or figuring out what you would like to say proves difficult for you, then consider hiring a professional content writer to help assist you with ironing-out the mystery in producing savvy and publish worthy masterpieces.
Step 3. Website
Websites can speak volumes about your business products or services. Therefore, it is a vital part of the development process for your business and online presence. Designing a website that fits your business model will take a combination of design, skill, and research. Before investing your money in hiring a website designer, take some time to write down some ideas on how you may want your website to appear. Research other websites and gather a general feel of what it is you may or may not want on your site. You could also do some research on the website designs of competitors and others that offer similar services. Find out what others are doing so you will have a better idea of what options that work and options that do not work within the online environment. Solicit constructive feedback from others that can approach the process objectively. Ensure the lines of communication are open between you, your web designer, and others that are a part of this development process to effectively obtain the final product you envision .