Just as you may already know, there’s a new world order and it’s called the DIGITAL AGE. A never ceasing innovation through science and technology has driven the world to a fast-paced, all access way of life such that it gets hard to catch up at times and if you don’t fit in you definitely fit out. It is no exception in the business universe; It’s a “survival of the fittest” phenomenon because of the nature of the otherwise known “online space”. Entrepreneurs are changing patterns of conducting business and are now going digital. In this article, you shall found out some of the basic and most effective ways to harness the digital space for your business.
Before we delve in, below is a highlight of the benefits of going digital with your business:
- Online connection with customers
- Access to mobile customers
- Increase in Return on Investments (ROI)
- Track-able consumer interactions
- Higher conversion rates
Most enterprises – established or start-up – have physical locations where day-to-day business is being conducted. However, one of the very first steps in utilizing the digital space for your business is identifying who your customers are, what digital platforms they use and what digital platforms are most suitable for your business to operate. For example, a food vendor or nutritionist will likely use visually enhanced social platforms such as Instagram or Pinterest to promote their craft. More often than not, customers interested in what your business offers will be present on social media platforms most suitable for you.
Having identified who is where in terms of social media, you may consider creating a website for your business. There are said to be over 200million active websites in the world today which speaks volume in terms of its importance. Why do you need a website? Simple, most consumers online always seek the best deals for whatever need they have thus, they conduct their own research to find out what’s best for them. Therefore, if you don’t have an active website and are not online, there’s the higher possibility that your competition is acquiring your prospective customers and in fact, existing ones. Let’s take a look at organising and running a business website.
AMBIENCE: You need to build your website in such a way that it looks and feels like your business when people visit. Features like colours, text style, navigation, icons etc. should all contribute to your business ambience. You want people that visit your page to already catch a vibe of what it will feel like to patronize your business.
COPY/CONTENT: Most people that peruse the web are highly impatient; this is why you need to be clear with your language. What you do as a business should be positioned conspicuously on your website. Call to action is a vital element of your website content you should encourage your visitors to “reach out” “call” “fill in their mailing details” etc.
For a service oriented business, you should invest your time in creating relevant content for the education and entertainment of your customers. This is important for clout; you want to be seen as a business that understands its field, so be it podcasts, articles or even videos, endeavour to create meaningful contents for the benefit of your customers.SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION (SEO): One of the major goals when running your website is to help your SEO. An effective way of doing this is by including key search words associated to your business in your content. This will help people searching for items around your line of business find you. When they find you, if you have great content, your ambience is good and you have what they need, there’s a great chance you could win them over.