Websites are an infinite platform to fully explain your products or services. What information you cannot get into a 30 sec radio or t.v. spot, you can easily get on a web page. It is a great way to give the whole story of your business without a time constraint or having to pay for every second you are "up." Websites have become the standard for business information. This allows your customers to know everything you are willing to share with them about your business.
The accessibility of a website mainly means convenience. It is easier to look up a business online than by flipping through thousands of pages to find the right contact information. And then, only getting a phone number. Now they have to call and ask all the questions you could have easily answered on your site. But information is just one benefit.
Websites also offer expansion to your existing business. If you are a small retail clothing store, you can also add your products to the site for sale. You can also announce your upcoming sales and fashions before they are actually in your store. There are many ways to gather the information of people visiting your site who have interest, providing you with a list of shoppers who are already interested in your products. You can them send out email blasts promoting your store.
Many business owners are actual experts in their field or can at least help other people understand their specific field. A blog is a great way to not only beef up your content, but also offer helpful information to others that may be interested in learning more.
Bloggers usually host advertising on their sites to generate additional income. There are many affiliate programs out there to take advantage of for this purpose. This is a great way to generate income if you have a steady customer base. Otherwise the advertisers are just taking up space.
For advertising there are several programs out there to take advantage of but it is best to place advertising of the same interests to your site. That way you are reemphasizing your products or services. All of the major search engines offer advertising programs and some even offer a free start up program of $25 to $75 to sign up. Most of the programs are very easy to manage and start up.
What should I have on my website?
The information needed in a simple starter website is below:
1. Contact Information
2. Interactive map to your business location
3. Products and Services you offer and any other information associated with them
4. About the business, business owners, employees, etc.
5. Links to organizations or affiliations you may have
The more information the better, as long as it is useful information. Some of the other items that can be added for a more interesting site are rss feeds, slideshows and galleries, you tube videos, flash animations, audio player for music, contact forms, social networking, file uploads, etc. You have many options today for expanding your business. It is up to you to take advantage of them.
Feel free to email me with any questions you may have. firstname.lastname@example.org