ABCs of Internet Success
Achieving meaningful online results for your business takes more than just the latest technology and programming gimmicks, yet this is where most Web Development firms choose to focus their sales pitch. If you’ve ever been hit with a flurry of terms like HTML, PHP, Java, Dynamic ASP, FTP, .NET and MySQL without a practical explanation on how these products will help your business then you’ve already been a victim of this tactic. The truth is, access to these technologies is the price of entry in this business; every Web Developer should have them – if they don’t, they have no business working for your business!
The bottom line is there’s a lot that goes into a successful Internet Solution and we like to sum it all up with what we call the ABC’s of Internet Success.
The Internet offers unlimited opportunity for business and new website technologies are being developed every day. It can be a lot to keep up with, which is why you need an expert you can rely on to see that you’re getting the most of what the Internet has to offer. Rather than listing off a bunch of meaningless acronyms, your WSI Internet Consultant can give you examples of real business benefits offered by Internet technologies. Here are just a few:
- Full e-Commerce, allowing you to sell on the web with automated inventory tracking, credit card processing and shipping calculations
- Collaborative online work environments to share ideas, documents and files – you can reduce or eliminate courier fees, unreliable fax transmissions and long distance telephone charges
- Targeted email marketing based on customer demographics and buying preferences – to promote your business products and services.
- Automatic delivery of information to customers on-demand – no more trips to the post office for stamps
- Inventory management systems easily accessible to your employees.
Putting a website online is a great first step, but without visitor traffic your investment will never reach its full potential. You wouldn’t open a store in a deserted neighbourhood, so why put a website online that nobody can find? Unfortunately, this is a common problem and is where many businesses fail with their websites. The good news is an WSI Internet Consultant cannot only help you get your business online, but also drive a continuous stream of profitable traffic to your website. This is done in a number of ways including: search engine optimization and Pay-Per-Click strategies, link building, directory submissions, referral marketing and they will also help you integrate your offline promotions with your in-store activities.
The importance of being found cannot be overstated as consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet as their primary method of research during their buying cycle. It’s a safe bet that if they can’t find you online then they’ll find your competition. By conducting a Internet Business Analysis your WSI Internet Consultant can develop a program that ensures your website is found when your customers are looking to buy your products or services.
Consultation and Education
It’s an accepted fact that business changes fast and the Internet changes even faster. With everything you have to do in running your business you don’t have time to stay on top of it all. Fortunately, your WSI Internet Consultant has you covered. Ongoing analysis and advice for your online business strategy is another advantage of working with a WSI Internet Consultant. They bring a vital business focus to what is generally looked at (incorrectly) as strictly a technical process. Your Internet Consultant will always be available to answer questions, provide you with relevant information and offer recommendations for ensuring you’re always getting a maximum return on your investment. Your business deserves no less.
So there you have it; Advanced Technology, Being Found, andConsultation and Education. Each of these components work together to form the basis of effective Internet Solutions. Leave a piece out and your website will be like a car that isn’t firing on all cylinders. It may run, but it won’t perform the way you need it to, and that poor performance will end up costing you money. Insist instead on a high performance solution by following the ABC’s of Internet Success.