A list of 10 benefits of having a website for your business:
With internet usage increasing, more and more people are looking for information online. People look for jobs, accommodation and even food online. The daily habit of the average human is changing to include spending more time online. This is why you should have a website for your business. People expect professional companies to have a website. So if you don't have one yet, why not?
Here are our top 10 benefits of having a website for your company:
1. Your business is always open.
With a website, your company need never be closed. All the information about you and what you do is available 24/7, 365 days a year. We know that this is such a cliché, but it is the truth. With a website, your company need never be unavailable due to strike action or public holidays.
2. You need never answer the same questions over and over again.
That's what FAQs, or Frequently Asked Questions, are for. With a page on your website devoted to answering all those FAQs your clients may have, your company will save time instead of having to deal with people asking you the same thing all day, every day. FAQs also allow people to get to know your company better in order to make an informed decision about whether or not to use your products or services.
3. A website gives the impression of stability.
One of the major obstacles in doing business today is the fear of fly-by-night businesses. By investing in a website, you automatically give your company the authority of your commitment to it. People view a business that has a website as professional and stable and so will invest their hard-earned money in your products or services.
4. A website opens new avenues for marketing.
Welcome to the world of online marketing. Online marketing has been proven to be more effective and cost efficient that traditional print media marketing. Online marketing allows small businesses to have a viable and profitable marketing strategy. Having a website allows you to create your perfect online marketing strategy.
5. A web address is easier to remember than a phone number.
People find it easier to remember a set of letters than a string of numbers. You can and should put your contact details on your website and since people are more likely to know your web address, they can access your details any time they like.
6. Your company name is your domain name.
By making your web address www.yourcompanyname.co.za you increase your identity. A website also makes you seem more professional and increases positive public perception of your company.
7. A website allows you to compete.
A website may not even out your playing field, but it does make your opportunities better. Having a website is a good way for you to compete with big companies or even your biggest competitor.
8. Having a website builds brand awareness.
By using the power of the internet to market your company, you can reach more people more often. A website is thus the perfect place for you to showcase a new product line and increase people's awareness of your company.
9. It allows for growth.
A website is the perfect place for you to sell those products that you just don't have space for in your brick and mortar store. A website can also increase our customer base by giving more people access to your products or services. A website gives your company global reach.
10. Increase your sales and profit margins.
By increasing your reach and your customer base, a website can also increase your sales and, by extension, your profit margins.
As you can see, having a website is good for you and your business, but remember, a website does require you to put in some effort. You can't just forget about it once it's up and running. You need to update your content regularly and monitor your site in order to increase your ranking on search engines.