It doesn’t matter if your business is small or you own a large enterprise. The truth is, you need to scale up your game. Now, many people are asking, ‘Do I need a website for my business?’ In this post, I’ll be sharing with you 7 practical reasons why you need a website for your business.
So, you have probably read a lot about this for I suppose you are searching on this topic because you are confused about whether you need to have a website for your business or not. No worries, without further ado, here are the 7 super practical reasons why you need a website for your business. Here we go.
7 Practical Reasons Why
You Need a Website for Your Business
1. Around 2.05 billion people worldwide purchase goods online
The growth of online shopping is simply impressive. The projections of Statista, a leading global business data platform, in the rise of eCommerce, online shoppers are expected to hit over 2 billion, this year, 2020. This number is so crazy. Why won’t you take of this market advantage?
The world’s population is expected to rise by around 8 billion by 2021. So, the 2 billion online shoppers make 26.28% of the world population. It means that one out of every four people you see or your friends is an online shopper. Yes?
2. Website creates confidence to your customers
Think about it. Would you trust a business without a website? Supposed you have social media pages – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin – but many people don’t just rely on their trust on these platforms. Especially when these platforms are a den of irrelevant information and fake news. A website breaks these norms.
The 1.8 billion websites shown in Statista data (from 1993 to 2019) are projected to surge at 2% by the end of 2022. Thousands of this websites are your competitors. This data is enough to convince business owners, like you, to settle your business in the digital arena.
In today’s digital-savvy consumers, businesses should take a leap to adapt to the evolving behavior of the buying market. For some uncertain reasons, many customers don’t just give a damn to products from businesses without a website. I have a friend who is addicted to online shopping and I asked him, “Do you buy from Instagram or anywhere else?” He said, “No. I always buy directly on the company’s website.”
3. Your business will show up in Google search
Today, everyone uses Google to search products or companies on the internet; and or pretty much everything. Let’s say, for instance, a friend recommended your product to another friend because it’s great but he forgot the name. The tendency is, that friend would type into Google about his possible guess about your company. The problem, you don’t have any business presence online, his search turns to 0 results. Instead, he found something similar. You lost the opportunity.
Study confirms that around 81% of online shoppers try to do some research before buying a product online. Seriously, I’m also doing this myself. I’m not an avid online buyer but when I do purchase online, I make sure I carefully studied the product including the company to see if it has a good reputation.
See? A website is not just a “www” and your business name with “.com.” It’s your face on the internet. It’s the virtual body and soul of your company where customers can find you when you’re far from them. It’s where customers can reach you when you’re literally out.
4. The Website delivers strong marketing messages
You can be pretty much of your own. You can control your own narratives with your website. In business, we can’t deny the fact that there are some people who want to malign the reputation of your business, especially in social media. Whether it’s about your product, your services, or your staff. How will you counteract these circumstances? Blogs.
By blogging, as I said, you can control your own narratives. You can tell the world your real stories. You can even create an empire of your customers who love your products or services.
Reports say that B2B companies that regularly blog receive around 68% more leads monthly than those companies that do not. A research found out that 57% of marketers gained customers through their blogs and you can only do blogs if you have a website.
5. Website promotes goodwill among your customers and prospects
Your website can be a bridge of a solid community within your market. There are many companies that have turned their website into a social machine where customers can create an online profile and interact with other customers. For owners, this serves as a strong signal to potential buyers.
With a website, you can position your self and stay in control of your brand. It acts as a channel of communication and it can help shape the online perception of your business in a way that other social media platforms cannot provide.
6. Website is not expensive and it’s not hard to have one
The reason why many business owners hesitate to get a website for their business is that they think it’s expensive and they think they need to have a degree in computer engineering to have one. This is wrong. In my previous blog, I wrote Small Businesses Think Branding is Expensive, It’s Wrong. I explained there why it’s wrong.
There are many web development companies that offer minimal cost for building your website. Some agencies offer flexible prices. And if you think of hiring a web developer, it’s not as high as you think. Most companies, especially in the US, Australia and Canada hire web developers remotely so they have the option to pay the cost according to their planned budget – hourly or full time.
For small businesses, you can start a standard plan at a hosting provider of your choice for as low as $3 per month. For medium to large enterprise, you can start with around $6-10 per month. However, these standard hosting plans are just basic. Many web hosting providers offer free domain along with your purchased plan. This is all you need for now.
If you need more advice on how to start a low-cost website, or if you’re confused about hosting plan and which provider is best for your business, please schedule your free assessment with me. Or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to help you.
7. Website makes more money for your business
A website is not just the virtual face and body of your business, it’s a money-making machine. In the rise of eCommerce integration to business websites, it’s an addition to your actual store.
PipeCandy, a global research analytics platform that tracks eCommerce landscape, estimated in 2019 that there are between 2 million and 3 million e-commerce companies around the world. The statistics show that more and more companies are turning their websites to eCommerce to make more money apart from a typical store income.
In summary, the 7 practical reasons why you need a website for your business are:
- Over 2 billion people are purchasing goods online every single day. It’s time to play the game.
- Your website is the face of your business in the online world.
- You need to show up on Google search results so when people key-in your business name you’re there.
- A website is your marketing machine. If you spend on flyers and posters, spend to have a website.
- Many customers do research about the product before they purchase, be ahead of your competitors.
- It’s not expensive to have a website. There are countless options in the corner.
- Your website can be a money-making machine with eCommerce.
Still not convinced if you need a website for your business? Here are some key points to think about:
- We’re already in an era where cars can fly. Why are you still on black-and-white?
- Business is a world of competition. You need to get ahead to win the game.
- Every business needs marketing, a website is the most effective and the best tool to have one.
- Maximize the power of the internet to leverage the potential of your business.
- The website is not as expensive as you think, but you still need to invest.
Bonus: Simple Steps on How To Have a Website
Having a website for your business is very simple. You don’t need to have a computer degree to get one. The steps below are for business owners who have little to no knowledge about websites. Please follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Get ready with your domain name.
A domain name is usually the name of your business. It’s the name you’ll register (let’s talk about it later) to have a website address. For example, your business name is “Sylvia Clothing.” When you register this as a domain it will become “sylviaclothing.com” Domain is very important in getting a website for your business.
Step 2: Choose a web hosting plan.
What is a web hosting plan? Web hosting is a service that allows businesses, like yours, to create websites or web pages onto the internet. After you’ve purchased a web hosting plan, your website will be stored or hosted in high-end special computers called the server. Once hosted, your customers or the public can now view your website on the internet using your domain name.
Step 3: Buy the hosting and register your domain.
Doing this, you need to choose which provider is best for you. My personal recommendation is to go with this top 3 hosting providers, Godaddy, Bluehost, Hostgator. (Not affiliate links). Each of these providers have different hosting packages. It’s all up to you to choose which one is best for you.
Please note that these are only recommendations and I hold no affiliation to these links. Actually, you can also have the option to choose other hosting providers where you’re comfortable with. To register the domain and hosting plan, just follow the instructions stipulated with your chosen provider.
Step 4: Setup your website. And boom. You’re done!
This is the tricky part. But don’t worry, most hosting providers like Godaddy, has built-in website builder on all their packages. The builders are usually drag-and-drop that a sixth-grader can easily follow. All you have to do is just prepare first all the contents that you want to put on your website.
Checklist: What are the contents you need to prepare when setting up your website?
- Your company logo. Prepare all necessary formats and sizes (JPEG, PNG recommended).
- Your company profile. This is for the about age.
- Photos and descriptions of products if you plan to set up a store.
- Necessary contact details and address, including social media and others.
- Others: Testimonials, FAQs, Employees’ Bio, Policies, etc. (Optional).
There you go, you’re all set and you already have the key as to why you need a website for your business!
I hope you find this post helpful and if you have something to add relevant to this topic please don’t hesitate to comment below. And also, suggestions for the next post are welcome. If you need someone to guide you through the process of getting a website for your business, don’t hesitate to contact me.