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Your Small Business Web Site
A website is a crucial ingredient of your marketing strategy because it can widen your target market to include anyone who has access to a computer and the internet. So, how can you reach some of those internet surfers, and how can you capture some of the billions spent in e-commerce?
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A website is a crucial ingredient of your marketing strategy because it can widen your target market to include anyone who has access to a computer and the internet. Almost 60% of Canadians had access to the internet at home in 2003, and around 8 million had regular access to the internet from somewhere, either at home, at work or at school.
And that’s just in Canada. Ecommerce sales from Canada were $7.2 billion, and we only captured 4% of the global e-commerce market! So, how can you reach some of those internet surfers, and how can you capture some of that $7.2 billion spent in e-commerce?BUILDING RETIREMENT WEALTH
First, you build it
The first step is designing your website. If your company already has business cards and letterhead, it’s best to design your website around them. A matching corporate identity and website helps with branding.STARTING A BUSINESS
I like uncomplicated websites, with a simple layout and easy navigation. A nice, simple layout, with good graphics, a balanced look, and good color combinations is my #1 goal when designing a small business website.
Remember to use graphics sparingly and to optimize them for your website because internet surfers are impatient. If your page loads too slowly, they’ll leave.
Navigation should be easy to find and to use, and it should be consistent from page to page. I’ve left more than one site frustrated because I couldn’t easily find their navigation.
Small business websites aren’t static. They evolve. You need to start somewhere, and starting with an introductory website is probably the easiest. All you really need to start is five pages. You can always add pages later.
The important thing is to just do it—take the plunge and get it out there.