I consulted with a company operating largely in the Construction, Project Management industry …
… here in the UK; we worked over the phone after I review their Business Marketing Strategies in line with their website and overall internet presence [having a website does not mean that one has any presence on the internet !!]. I include a brief transcription of some of the feedback I received from one of the key decision makers.
Many thanks for the time you gave [our company] to review our existing web site and business. You very quickly appreciated our business needs and challenges without a lot of input and this maximised the time allotted to the tasks.
Your suggestions for improvements hit the right spots and has generated some new vigor around our marketing strategy.
The idea of being global in our offering was especially refreshing and could really have an impact. Thank you and we look forward to working with you again.
Peter Grear – http://www.sabianltd.co.uk/
More and more I am incorporating the use of the internet as key component of the business strategies of the companies I do consulting work for. The point that I work to get across to clients is that they should be using their internet presence to act as equity for their business. What do I mean by this ? Well, most companies (small work from home businesses as well as the large corporates !!) may well have a website but it actually serves no purpose in terms of acting as realy equity for the business. In many cases the website actually received no or very little traffic as the business owner’s concern is with having a website as opposed to incorporating the internet presence into the overall company’s business strategy.
We have the world class expertise to create information products (we have many, many of our own) and to drive traffic to the website. Below is an example of one of the products we have created for ourselve in a ever growing and popular market niche :- (for the best clarity watch the video by clicking here [it may well take some time to load])
As I mention business strategy, that leads me on to another point – most of the small businesses I come across have no business plan or marketing strategy. At times company’s may put a basic plan together in order to get money from the banks but this is not the same as having a coherent market focussed business strategy dealing with components such as :-
- Ideal Client Profile
- Channel Strategies
- Category Marketing
…. and the list can go on. I cover this and more when I work with clients and even provide a service where we create information products which are complimentary to their core ‘bricks and mortar’ business and give them the strategies to bring visitors to their main and auxiliary websites. After all, what is the point in having a website if noone ever visits the site to see what you have to offer ?
The 3rd and final part of the post :-
The ability to connect and network with online communities which have an interest in your product or service is in fact a great way which in my opinion all small businesses should be taking advantage of. Unfortunately, often the small business owner is busy running the day to day activities and don’t feel they have the background skills and time to work on using these method for driving business.
As a business owner it is critical to embrace the fact that one should be continually investing in themselves and in their businesses. So, in this respect one can hire a consultant or hire a technical graduate or intern to learn and implement in this area.
In addition to using the Web 2.0 tools it is advised to be creating products based on ones skill set to take advantage of the global customer base which their business’ internet presence gives them. The theme and key point is that ones website is more than just a website, it can and should be used as a business asset to drive offline business. The onus is on the business owner to invest in not just a website but a website which has equity and acts a business asset.
Me and my team are available to work with business in any location, get in touch if you need some help.
Stephen C Campbell
Carrying on from the previous post :-
The first problem which is normally uncovered is when working with a client who already has a website, the website normally looks pretty, was designed by a software development house and is normally the company’s brochure replicated online. It is then always interesting to examine the source of the website and in 9 times out of ten the website is not optimized, the small business owner does not know this, or exactly what this means.
A part of the consultation should focus on educating clients on exactly what search engine optimization means, what keywords are, linking and related strategies. The objective being to leave the client with a basic understanding of how to get their website recognized in their relevant market categories. In the long run, this knowledge should be worth thousands of dollars (providing the client takes the relevant action) to the company’s bottom line as they use their website as a business asset.
The next thing to focus on is on how to use some of the low cost and no cost tools which are available to gain visibility in the online world and in order to drive traffic to their website. A major focus should be on using the Web 2.0 technologies as much as possible, these mainly free resources are great for using as part of your company’s online marketing strategy which can and will drive your offline businesses.
Get in touch if you feel my international business experience can help you in your business ventures.
I’ll finish this up in the next post in a couple of day.
Stephen C Campbell
Working mainly with small businesses we develop their marketing strategies and in the majority of cases those small businesses do not have an internet presence or if they do, they have a website sitting up there in cyberspace performing no real function or doing anything to enhance their business.
Now in addition to instructing and coaching our clients in the fundamentals of marketing and devising strategies focusing on channel marketing, creating a compelling value proposition and producing products and services to fit into the appropriate categories of the market. We now incorporate a section into our consulting on instructing business to take advantage of the amazing opportunities which exist for using the internet to drive one’s offline business.
Fortunately with a background in traditional offline marketing and have my experience gained in conducting business in over 20 countries throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Far East coupled with the embracing the new technologies has given our customers the edge and the tools to use the new technologies via the power of the internet to grow their businesses.
More on this in a subsequent post,
Stephen C Campbell