Why your business should have an online presence?
What happens when you search for a company name on Google? This company’s official website can be found on the first page of search results. If no official online presence is established, you may be forced to learn bits and pieces from the Web. Consider how many businesses in your neighbourhood are or are not online. Many of them will most likely avoid going digital. They may believe it will be costly and difficult to begin, or that it will provide no benefits at all.
In reality, these assumptions will almost certainly be proven incorrect. A traditional brick-and-mortar business that serves customers in person should attempt to establish an online presence. At first glance, this procedure appears to be very similar to launching an online business. However, it is not the same. It is neither overly complicated nor overly risky. So, here are a few reasons why you should establish an online presence for your offline business.
- An improved company image
- Better customer support
- Work from anywhere
- Target the local and global markets
- Low start-up costs
1. An improved company image
Assist customers in finding you. And if they are (at least a little) interested, they will look you up on the internet. Most customers learn about a company by searching for it online. The more people who learn about you and the services or products you offer, the better your online presence will be. Even if you don’t intend to sell online, a website, blog, or any information about you that can be found on the web can show people how serious you are about your business. To begin, keep your website simple by including:
- A bio
- Contact information
- A blog
The physical address of the company and other contact information should be visible, but this is not the only information that should be displayed on their website. A website should tell a good story about a company because it is a tool for completing and perfecting a brand image. When creating a website, you should consider what content to include in order to help potential customers form a positive impression of your company. In general, you should tell the history and achievements of a company. The main product or service being sold and what it does for customers should be highlighted, as should its impact on society as a whole.
Aside from that, a better company image is an excellent way to demonstrate that a company is growing and profitable, which is useful information for potential investors. You should also consider creating a mobile app to supplement your company’s online presence.
2. Better customer support
Having a web presence allows you to interact with more customers in real-time. It is not enough to simply have a website; it must also be well-managed. It is not an option for most brick-and-mortar businesses to provide 24-hour customer service. However, on your company’s website, your clients and prospects should be able to access any relevant information at any time.
People can contact you via contact forms or live chats. Create a space for them to leave reviews and comments, as well as to request and exchange information. Building relationships is part of your job, and one of the best ways to do so is to make customers feel at ease when using your website. It is acceptable to respond quickly and apologize if there is a problem. It can be difficult to communicate with customers who are new to your company or have complaints. Just stay upbeat and ask if they have any questions.
The best ways to improve customer service through a web presence are:
- make yourself available in real-time
- make it simple for people to contact you
- walk customers through your solution
- cultivate your customer relationships
- Invest in your customer service team
- provide upfront access to information
- connecting the online and offline customer experiences.
3. Work from anywhere
Brands are aiming to create and use multiple distribution channels in order to connect with customers more closely. The omnichannel bricks-and-clicks business model allows for online and offline operations. It benefits from the best of both worlds: a physical presence humanizes a brand and creates memorable shopping experiences, while an online presence ensures convenience and excellent customer service.
Furthermore, brick-and-mortar businesses with a strong digital presence can allow at least some of their employees to work remotely. As a result, they can work from anywhere as long as they have a reliable Internet connection. This increased flexibility has the potential to increase productivity, save time, and increase profits. Naturally, some tasks may be difficult or impossible to complete remotely. As a result, traditional offline businesses can start small and scale up later to support brand recognition, marketing efforts, customer service, relationship building, and other remotely supported activities.
4. Target the local and global markets
Increase the number of direct relationships with customers to broaden your company’s local reach. It depends on whether you want more people to know about you on a local level or if you want to target the global market. In fact, finding the right balance between the local and the global is one of the challenges of a localization-centric strategy. As your company grows, so does its local reach. As a result, there may come a time when your local reach is limited. In many cases, you may find yourself trying to attract more potential customers when your local reach is limited.
This problem can be solved by broadening the scope of your strategy. The first step in this journey is to establish an online presence. A website or an app will allow you to tap into new markets and attract new customers, increasing the likelihood that they will convert.
5. Low start-up costs
When you decide to create an online presence for your brick-and-mortar business, you may be wondering how much it will cost. To begin, read our articles on how much it costs to build a real estate website and a taxi application, as well as how a hospital can benefit from creating a website. Starting out online can be less expensive than starting an offline business. All of the costs associated with creating and managing an online presence for your own purposes, including marketing, are insignificant when compared to starting an offline business from scratch.
Physical presence necessitates a high fixed rental cost and employees to run the place, while the selection of goods and scope of services delivered are always limited to some extent. These disadvantages can be avoided by establishing an online channel. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars developing your dream website or mobile app. A sufficiently good site or application can be quickly built for a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Contact Getto to get an estimate on development costs for your project.
Whether your offline business is selling goods or providing services, you will benefit from having an online counterpart. It will not only allow you to meet customers and prospects where they are, but it will also allow you to provide better customer service, market your business more easily, and expand it internationally. You can use your online presence to boost sales and gain more exposure. It may take some innovative thinking and a willingness to take risks to get there, but it will all be worthwhile in the end.