Why Your Business Won’t Survive Without A Website

So, you still have no website for your business? Keep reading to learn 5 reasons why you need one today!

If you’ve entered into the new decade and your business doesn’t yet have its own website, the ONLY resolution you should have for 2020 is – “Get A Website, Today!”.

Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Customers Are Already Looking For You Online

The first, and very often the only, place that potential customers will go to check out you; your products; and how to get to you, is online.

You may be thinking “you cannot buy what I sell online”. Well, that’s not the point. Even if people want to visit your premises to buy your products or use your services, they’ll want to check you out online first. No-one gets their hair cut online, but they’ll still look up the phone number of the barber online. No-one does a gym workout online, but they’ll first check out the facilities of the gym online.

If you have no website, it is more difficult for potential customers to find out the information they want about you and they are likely to go elsewhere.

Let customers find you with your business website.

2. The Competition Is Already Online And Taking Your Customers

The truth is that you are in an ever decreasing minority if your business does not have a website. You can be sure that your competitors have got one.

Potential customers could be minutes from your location with cash burning a hole in their pockets, looking for YOUR product. Where will they go to buy? To the nearest website that pops up on their phone’s map application, that’s where. One sale lost; one potential lifetime-customer lost.

Stop losing sales and customers through having no website.

3. Added Credibility and Trustworthiness

Having a website is no big deal; not having one, is. Nowadays, it is just one of those things that are expected of a business. It’s like a shop sign, or a business card, or a leaflet; it is just simply expected by customers. Not having one makes your business less credible.

Having your own website will not only increase your credibility, it will give people greater trust in you. You can use your website name to have your own email address, thus enhancing trustworthiness.

Receiving emails from a free email provider address like Gmail, Hotmail or Live.com does not inspire trust. Anybody could make up an email address with your business name in it. If you have your own website, your email address can be linked to that site ([email protected]) and be unique to your business.

For credibility and increased trustworthiness, get your own website and email address.

4. You’ll Be Open For Business 24/7

You’ve heard the expression ‘Open All Hours’, well in today’s world that is not just the norm, that is essential. Now, we’re not talking about you having to camp out in your business premises selling your goods to passing-trade in the middle of the night; of course not.

But, you need to have the facility to give information, answer questions and deliver value, even while you sleep. The only way to do this is with a website detailing your business, your products & services, and your contact details, at least. You’ll find that there is so much more you can offer potential customers too.

Really be ‘open-all-hours’ by getting a website for your business.

5. You’ll Have Better Communications With New and Existing Customers

With a website, you will have much better communications with your customers, both new and existing. You’ll be able to keep them informed of new products, special offers, or any upcoming events.

More importantly, you will give your customers more opportunity to communicate with you. The days of calling the office and waiting to be connected to the right person to get a query answered are long gone. Customers will want to send you a message when they want, generally by text, email or website contact form.

What about the great job your business is doing in terms of customer service? It might be nice that the people in your local community know about your wonderful reputation, but what about the rest of us?

Wherever you are, you’ll get people from outside your area visit; many of whom may be looking for the exact product or service you offer. Your website can get you reviews and feedback on a host of 3rd party sites that will expose your business to the whole world.

Start to really talk and listen to your customers, and the many potential ones, with your own business website.

Having a website is no longer a nice-to-have business tool. Your website is the first thing that most customers will turn to find out about your business; locate your business; and ultimately buy from your business. Don’t lose sales because of your lack of a web presence; get your business website, today.

Technological components have replaced large-scaled finances as mandatory factors for running a business. These days, you don’t need to get tons of pamphlets printed and convince the customers. A well designed professional website can do the trick for you. People are tech-savvy, and they search for information online before buying anything. Hence, brands that do not have up to the mark website cannot survive in the current time. A robust online presence can take a business to the highest levels, even if limited finances are available.

Signs that your website will meet expectations

If you are unaware of the constituents a professional website should have, there are high chances that your money would go to waste. From the business point of view, these are some necessary qualities your website should have.

Being responsive is a mandatory constituent

How do most people use the internet? It is hard for many people to afford computers. Secondly, even the ones that do own one prefer smartphones. These compact devices allow you to check emails, visit shopping websites. You can also tag your social media friends while travelling on the bus, having lunch or performing other activities. If your site is not responsive, people who are using smartphones will face serious viewing problems. They would have to deal with distorted page sizes, unnecessary scrolling and stretched text. Such issues can irritate the user beyond limits. People have countless options, and they do not take a second before clicking the exit button.

  • Responsive websites have an auto view adjustment option which means that the device can adjust the resolution to its screen size. Hence, there would be automated modifications to the size, whether you are using a laptop or smartphone. Some brands work with an outdated approach, and they do not pay attention to this requirement. As a result, their online sales start dropping.

Is your website SEO friendly?

If you want to get customers through your website, make sure that it is SEO friendly and meets search engine requirements. To make your website SEO friendly, go with free SEO tools if you are out of budget or not ready to buy premium SEO tools.

  • Content redundancy is poisonous
    Most people are browsing online search for fresh, readable content. It is not about completing the needed word count only. If the same point has been discussed for one thousand words, readers would simply reject the content. Top-rated websites like Prepostseo have a dedicated department of experienced content writers. They carry out extensive research on the needed topic so that readers get exciting content. You would never see outdated information on any of these high ranked web pages. It is not a hard task to get customers if your website has state of the art content.
  • Effective site layout
    People do not like searching for links and subheadings while browsing. A good site layout helps in getting a high SEO rank. More than that, it acts as a complete tutorial for new visitors. They do not have to click links unnecessarily or search for connected pages. Through the site layout, you can check the sequence of pages and the information that each of them contains. How does it help people? It assists in moving between pages and avoiding unnecessary scrolling. If you don’t have enough awareness about the flow of the website, this feature will help you out.
  • Using the right keyword when needed
    Stuffing the content with keywords is counted as one of the worst SEO practices. Do not expect your website to get a high rank if you have used essential phrases unnecessarily. The readability level offered to the user is a factor of significant importance for Google. Writers should have a maximum permissible keyword density in mind as this will help them in striking balance.
  • Having credible backlinks
    How do people know that you exist? No one goes around searching for new websites even if they have slight information about the name. Therefore, having high-quality backlinks is very important. In this way, when people visit a popular site, and your link is inserted in a natural manner, they start visiting it. In SEO terms, it is quite essential to have credible backlinks. Apart from attracting traffic, they help in boosting their rank.

How do smartphone apps help in boosting business results?

The way of ordering things and buying products has revamped completely. Today, there is an app available for each and every purpose. If you want to buy food, there are ample apps available. Similarly, you can get your hands on countless e-commerce apps as well.

However, to make an app successful, the following points require focus during the development process.

  • Apps that crash are blacklisted by users because they take it as a performance issue. It can happen when the smartphone configuration is not good enough. It is not necessary for an application to be compatible with every low-end smartphone. However, you can survey and confirm the minimum configurations needed by checking the phones most people are using.
  • People should not find it hard to use your app. Some smartphone applications have a problematic interface which is why people download them and then opt for removal. Keep the features simple so that most people can adapt them.
  • It is essential to see which platform is being used by the targeted users. For instance, if your user count majorly used Android, the app should be developed accordingly. The same strategy will be applied to iPhone users. The best option is launching both variants so that the maximum count is targeted.

Conclusion

In the digital tenure, a well-developed website acts as the backbone of any business. However, to get good results, you need to focus more on improved usability and not unnecessary animations. For instance, the website should be responsive. This means that it should work correctly on all types of devices (smartphones, tablets and computers). A long loading span can turn off the user, so this factor should be taken care off.
The website should be SEO friendly, and important guidelines should be followed in this case. For instance, top quality content should be added with the right keywords on a regular scale.

Freelance Web Designer

By Tiago Lavis-Fernandes

Tiago is a Portuguese freelance web designer living and working in Manchester for over ten years. Fascinated by WordPress and the Divi Builder, he helps clients achieve success through UX/UI website design and search engine optimisation. If you're looking for someone to help with your online marketing, look no further.

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