Building an Effective Web Presence
Once you realize you need a website, you need to make sure you get the right web presence suited to your business. Like all good marketing campaigns, a web presence must be properly targeted and convey the right image and message for your particular business.
A good web solution provider will design a custom web presence, without the use of ready-made templates. Your website should reflect the unique identity of your business instead of conforming your identity to fit a template design. No matter if you are a small start up business or an established market powerhouse, consistent branding that targets the proper audience is key to an effective marketing strategy and this should be reflected in the design of your website.
Another key to an effective web presence is to ensure visitors have a reason to return to your website on a regular basis. This can be as simple as ensuring you update the information on your site regularly, or you can collect email addresses and send out an email newsletter to your clients, drawing them back to your site to learn about new products or services0. Either way, in order to create return visits, you need to have an easy way of updating the website, preferably via a content management system that you have access to.
To understand the need for dynamic content on your website, imagine an evening newscast. You watch or listen because the program provides you with information on what has happened that day. Now imagine watching that same newscast two or three days in a row. The information is now stale and uninteresting, so why bother? The same holds true for your web site. If a customer visits your site and sees the exact same information each time, there is little incentive to return.
The final key to an effective web presence is to remember that a web site is only effective if people visit it. Once you get a web site, put the address on all your marketing material, such as signs, business cards, branded apparel, etc. And remember to incorporate it into your other marketing campaigns, whether it be print, radio, or television.
Part 3: So where can I get the right solution at the right price?
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