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Business Growth Strategies Opportunities #008
June 11, 2013
|Thank you Margie Blackmon
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10 Reasons Why You should Be Online
10 Reasons Why You should Be Online
1.)It In-expensive. There is no less expensive way to open a business that to launch a website. While you can spend many millions of dollars getting started, low budget, remains a viable way to launch an online business.
2.)You cut your order fulfillment costs. Handling you orders by phone can become very expensive. There’s no more efficient cheap, fast, and accurate way to process orders than via a website.
3.)Your catalog is always current. Your customers can download any product information you want them to have from your website. You can focus your marketing efforts on e-mail newsletters and online advertising rather direct mail.
4.)High printing and mailing costs are history. Your customers can download and information you want them to have from your website.
5.)You can staffing costs. A website can be low manpower operation. With just a few free, easy-to-use tools, you can put your business on autopilot.
6.)You can stay open 24 hours a day.
7.)You’re in front of a global audience. Ever feel like you can sell big in another country such as China but feel clueless about how to penetrate foreign markets? The web is your answer because it’s truly a borderless marketplace.
8.)There are no city permits and minimal red-tape hassles. Small web businesses can be run without permits and with a little government involvement.
9.)It’s fast. You can build a website Saturday, open a Google AdWords account on Sunday, Create viral ad campaign to reach millions on Monday and have money from paid orders in your account by Tuesday.
10.)It’s easy to get your message out. Between your website and smart use of email and online advertising, you’ll have complete control over when and how your message goes out. You will be able to expand your reach via social networking sites and through marketing techniques.
Website: Building 101
Website: Building 101
A big and persistent hurdle is the belief that doing it is hard, technically demanding work. While that might have been true when the World Wide Web first took flight, web pages authoring is no longer solely the province of propeller heads plenty of easy-to-use software is on the market and web newcomer can usually get an initial page up within a few hours.
Better still, all this can be accomplished at very low cost. Know Your Purpose The starting point for putting up a website is to determine what you want it to do and know what is likely won’t do. You won’t get rich quick. Of course, persistence and ingenuity may eventually be rewarded with profits. But there are some other sound reasons for putting up a website.
Even if your home page is little more than an electronic billboard for your company, it’s still a powerful tool for building a business. Puttin’ on the Glitz Webexpress and Visual Site Designer come bundled with collections of free art textured page backgrounds, buttons, arrows, and other visual elements for helping readers navigate a site.
•Get Flashy: Add some flash to your site. You can create complex image and sound effects with just a few clicks of the mouse. A great starter for this is CoffeeCup Firestarter.
•Another Artist option: Forget trying to make your own images and just roam the web in a hunt for free art that has been uploaded by graphic artists who are happy just to get their work in the public view and gladly let others download their images.
•How about this great source? You can get very high quality imagery at IstockPhoto. You will find royalty frees stock photography, vector illustrations, Flash files and videos for as little as $1 and no higher than $20 a small price to pay for enhancements that will make your site much more polished.
•Keep it small: Another reason graphics take so long to load is that they may be too big. Graphics are measured in pixels and web page display sizes can differ. For maximum downloading speed, each web page including images and text should be under 45K
•Another caveat: Before uploading any images you didn’t create yourself to your website, carefully read fine print on the artist’s page. Some prohibit use on commercial sites. If in doubt, as for permission. That can assure you no future complications in that area.
•Something to keep in mind: Simple is best with a web page. Better an unglamorous page that loads rapidly that a state-of-the-art page that causes the browsers of half you visitors to crash.
When mania seizes you and you want to design pages with fancy looks and the newest bells and whistles, put that stuff on a personal page, not your business site.
Advanced Tools and Tricks
Advanced Tools and Tricks
Resist the temptation to put something on your sit just because you can. Never put up content that slows access to a page, especially if it doesn’t demonstrably improve your users experience on your site.
What works? Content that gives users reasons to linger, to absorb more of what your offering. You’ll find there are many ways to introduce this content and monitor user responses and then delete the ones that don’t prove their value. Be ruthless and never forget that simple is better. Here are so tools for you to consider:
•Polls: Polls are where surfers register their opinion on an issue, are at the heart of the net because this interactivity in its most basic form. You can use surveys to improve an aspect of your business and everything and anything can b surveyed. Writing a survey from scratch is a tricky bit of coding, but free polling templates are readily available for insertion into your site.
•Bogs: At its most basic, a blog is a frequently updated, times and dated online journal with a good dose of links involved. That may not sound like much to get excited about, but it has gone beyond fad to become a full-fledged internet phenomenon. The elements of interactivity, community, and collaboration are key as growing businesses adopt blogs for customer relations, advertising, promotion and even internal communications.
•Podcasting: A podcast is an effective method of publishing recorded audio and video presentations through the internet, in a way that will automatically tell your listenrs when your new material is available. With a podcast, you can have your own radio show heard round the globe. Your listeners can tune in at their convenience on their own iPods or mp3 players.
•CGI scripts: These are easy scripts that you can simply pop into your page to create a guest book, display images in different ways, add test and quizzes or gain the ability to track visitors.
Business Growth Strategies
Business Builders The Building Blocks of an Effective Business Growth Strategy Operating a business without a solid business growth strategy is like jumping off a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean without knowing how to swim and without a life jacket. No one should do this willingly.
Business growth strategies serve as a guide for all decisions to be made on behalf of a business. If you planned to take a dip in the Pacific Ocean, you would brush up on your swimming skills, learn about the climate of the water, and wear appropriate clothing for your adventure. Developing a business growth strategy requires the same preparation.
Start Dreaming In your biggest dreams, where would your business be at this time next year? What about in five years? Where would it be in ten years? Don't just say you would like to still be in business in ten years. What do you envision for your company at each of these points? For instance, you may hope to have more clients, a larger market, or to branch out to different markets that are more lucrative. You have to know where your business growth strategy is going to take you before you start brainstorming ways to actually get to that point. Dreaming is the starting point of magical transformations, but you have to be willing to do the work that turns the dream into reality.
Markets of Today, Markets of Tomorrow You have to think about the market you are selling to when developing a business growth strategy. Start with analyzing the market you are currently selling to, or hope to penetrate immediately. Then consider new markets you would like to expand into eventually. This is like analyzing how far you can swim today and comparing it to how far you need to swim before you take that jump into the ocean. Market research is at the heart of all business growth strategies because there is no growth if you don't get the market to act in your favor. They will do what you need them to do if you study them well and approach them in the right manner. Analyze Your Products
Different businesses embrace different business growth strategies for a reason. There are different types of products, and some products are more established than others. If you have invented a product that has never hit the market before, your business growth strategy will naturally be different from someone opening a photography studio or a clothing boutique. Your product will have to be introduced to the public for the first time, which is harder than offering something already familiar to the market.
How familiar is your product to your market right now? This is an important factor when determining the strategy to grow your business. Put It All Together Business growth strategies are designed from market research and knowledge of your products. If you have a new product no one understands yet, you will need to create a market for the product in order to grow. If you have a well established product and just want to push into new markets, then marketing to those new consumers will be your goal. If you have an existing market already fond of your products, then you may need to develop new or improved products, in which case a product development strategy will be needed
How your business grows is largely a factor of these three things: growth goals, market research, and product analysis/production/improvement. About the Author Terri is known as a business coach and top marketing coach and is called the Guru of Coaching who specializes in helping entrepreneurs growing business.She is considered one of the professional business growth expert and top marketing coach and is called the "Guru of Coaching". Use and distribution of this article is subject to our Publisher Guidelines
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