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For all those who are still considering Magento Go and ProStores solutions for their E-commerce problems, I have some bad news for you. Ebay has decided to close those divisions of their department citing they are going to focus more energies on Enterprise and Community editions of their products.
We all have heard the story about businesses who open one year and by the next year they are no where to be seen. I have spoken to countless business owners who say that they are hardly getting by but when you look at the broader picture, you realize that these men and women don’t do anything new to bring in the customers they need.
To grow a business you always need to be adjusting your plan on a yearly or even on a monthly basis to achieve your desired outcome. So do you want to know more about what successful business owners are currently doing?
1. Don’t let outside factors influence your business.
The only factor which should influence your business is how your clients. Don’t worry about the state of the economy and how it affects your business. Once you have a product or provide a service which is essential to the general public, you will always have customers regardless of the state of the economy.
2. Reinvent business products / services
If the last time you adjusted your product or service was in the year of dark ages its time for a change! People change and so too should your products and servcies. Always try to reinvent your products or services as the need arises. Approximately every five years there will be a trend. Look for it and follow it
3. Do your research
Many business owners think that they need to hire expensive marketing firms to conduct research on their customers. That is an incorrect notion. You can inform your staff members to ask your clients as they shop simple questions before they leave or during their shopping experience. The information collected will be vital in deciding if there will be a wind of change coming up.
4. Technology is your business’s BEST friend
Websites, Phones and computers are your business’s best friends. They help your business push forward in the world today. Websites help bridge the gap between long distance communication. No longer are there different countries. Its now known as one world. The online world.
5. Build your relationships
Lets face it. Successful businesses are that way because they build their relationships. They take the time to collect information about their clients such as name, age, email address, physical address etc. This helps them gather information and analyze that data to be in a better position to customize their products or services to suit each client. Always remember the money is where they relationship is.
6. Value trumps Cost
Would you buy from someone who offers the lowest price only? No. So why try to sell your customers that? Your customers seek out value for their money always. Before you send out that email about cost, think to yourself if you would buy that offer just because of the price or will you look for the value in the product or service.
7. Outsourcing isn’t a bad idea
If you run a small time business in a small time area sometimes doing it all your self is not a good plan because you tend to have dissatisfied clients when you can’t live up to your promises. You always have to remember that a client’s time is valuable to them. More valuable than you doing your business at your time. You need to be able to decipher if you should consider outsourcing certain projects to different companies and focus on what you do best.
1. Seriously outdated Website
Above all else, if your site hasnâ€™t seen a good scrubbing in years, you need a website redesign. Websites need periodic updates to remain relevant. So if you havenâ€™t updated your site with new product images, service information, graphics, photos and other content in the last few years, you need to redesign your website.
2. Helplessly Trying to keep up with Competitor’s advances
Just because you arenâ€™t web savvy, certainly does not mean your customers arenâ€™t. It is mission critical you provide relevant content that is continuously updated and differentiates you from the competition. Take a look around at the content, graphics and branding of your competitorsâ€™ websites. Is your site at the top of the heap? If your site doesnâ€™t stand out and brand your business, itâ€™s time for a website redesign.
3. Does not represent your company’s brand or image
For many small business owners, your website will create the first impression customerâ€™s have of your business. Itâ€™s crucial you present a strong visual image for customers to connect with. Play into the emotional needs, dreams and goals of your audience. An amateur small business website or template site is a sure way to crater your image. If your website needs a brand image overhaul, you need to redesign your website.
4. Template designed using Tables
Sure, free and cheap website templates can save you money on the front end, but itâ€™s going to cost your dearly on the back end. Small business websites using FrontPage, Publisher or clipart graphics need to be redesigned. The above technologies will seriously damage your credibility and professionalism. Step up and run with the big dogs! Web design advancements have leapt past these templates and made them virtually obsolete. If youâ€™re still using a starter website or free website template, it is definitely time for a website redesign.
5. Website is not flexible with your business
If your website is not flexible with your business you will end up with alot of problems later down the road. For example, if your business decides to later on offer consulting services to larger firms in addition to IT support services and your website was too poorly designed to incorporate that into its current design you will either have to leave it out or substitute that service with another service listed on your website
6. Is your small business website built like a catacomb?
We all hate the moment when we realize, â€œIâ€™m lostâ€¦ I havenâ€™t a clue where the hell I am!â€ The same holds true when it comes to your website. If customers canâ€™t find what theyâ€™re looking for, quick and easily, you need a website redesign. Unlike the offline world, if a potential customer leaves your website because they got lostâ€¦ theyâ€™ll leave with their wallet and never come back.
Your company’s website helps your customers find out relevant information about your business and its operations. If it is outdated and seriously old, your customers will also think the same of your business.
Host Ultimo Ltd is doing it again. We are giving away 2 free pre made website designs to two lucky contestants. All you have to do is submit your contact info to our promo email address and the names will be randomly selected on Friday 16th March 2010 at 3:00 pm.
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