Most people are digitally savvy and automatically assume they can easily interact with a business online.
26 February 2020
An interesting recent statistic from the Federation of Small Businesses was that one pound in five spent by UK consumers is done so over the internet.
In our February Business Club we examined what businesses need to do online to meet customer expectations.
To lead the discussion, we were very lucky to have Adam Gardner from Redder Ltd join us.
Redder is an innovative digital agency who specialise in websites and all things to do with digital marketing and sales. Adam’s enthusiasm and specialist knowledge about the internet made him a perfect choice to lead the discussion
Digitally savvy consumers
People turning 40 this year were born in 1980, which means in their working life they’ve not known a time without the internet.
On a daily basis we all use the internet and websites to achieve something. We often don’t think twice when a website works well, but we do mind and get frustrated when our use of a site hits a block.
Having an effective website that can be accessed on a smartphone as well as a PC is now vital for most businesses, while social media offers opportunities in marketing and customer service. Adam shared some interesting recent statistics and the figures are only set to rise…
- The value of UK B2B online sales in 2017 was £133.6bn
- The share of internet use stemming from mobile phones is 52%
- The proportion of British consumers who brought something on their mobile phone in the first quarter of 2019 was 44%
- 93% of UK internet users are expected to shop online by 2021
The internet is inherent in many business practices
But aside from marketing and sales, how else does the Internet help a business?
Technology has certainly helped to level the playing field. It’s often easier for smaller firms to compete online and many online-only businesses have sprung up on the back of changing trends.
From an employee perspective, small firms are now able to offer greater flexibility around working hours and locations, which has helped many compete for talented staff.
Another beauty of the internet is its transparency – it’s all there for you to see. So, you can easily see what your competitors are doing and check out their offerings. You can also monitor trends and respond with offers, promotions, insights that appeal to that popular sentiment.
The importance of search
It remains vitally important for businesses to be accessible for Google and other search engines. Google still dominates the search engine market worldwide – in September 2019 it had an 81.5% percent market share. Bing came second with just 5.29%. There are also new search engines emerging as consumers crave greater privacy for their search data.
What a successful website needs to have
As a group, the Business Club considered these three important considerations for a business when developing and managing its online presence:
- How to ensure its website is found by its target market
- How to create a positive visitor experience when a visitor lands on the site
- How to encourage the visitor to take a next step, that could be enquiring, buying something etc
Teams of Business Club delegates considered these points in relation to a example websites and a target audience demographic. Points which were raised included:
|Ensuring a website is found
|Creating a positive visitor experience
|Encouraging the visitor to take a next step, that could be enquiring, buying something etc
Website statistics you can’t afford to ignore.
Adam wrapped up the session by sharing fascinating statistics that have an impact on the way organisations develop and manage their websites.
- When searching on Google, the average first page result of search findings contains 1,890 words.
- It takes a visitor just 0.5 seconds to form an opinion of a website that determines whether they like the site or not, and whether they’ll stay or leave.
- When it comes to the speed of a website, Amazon has said one second of load lag time would cost It $1.6billion in sales in a year.
- 94% of people won't trust a site If It looks out of date.
So what are the basics for having a good online presence? As it always has been, it’s still important to:
- Be honest in what your business says and does on the web
- Have relevant content for your visitors and serve it up in a way that’s easy for them to find
- Make sure your site has a good page structure (headings, subheadings, bold text, images etc).
- Have call to actions which are clear and easy to take
You also need to comply with an ever-increasing range of privacy and marketing regulations, this affects how you collect, transfer and store data, the cookies you use on your site and the content you have.
A big thank you to Adam Gardner for facilitating such an insightful and stimulating session.
If you would like to join our future Business Club events, please contact the Shipleys’ Godalming team for more information.
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