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4 Tips To Make Your Website The Best It…

These days, your business website is the very first thing customers notice about your business. It is how you attract new and potential customers, where you show off your latest services and products and where you can network

Despite this, there are a vast amount of websites out there that are poorly designed and that are a complete nightmare to navigate, which is incredibly offputting to potential customers.

If you think that your website could do with a bit of an overhaul, these tips that we have shared below might give you a helping hand. We can’t promise that it will bring in business overnight, but it will almost definitely help to attract and maintain custom, with as little effort as possible.

1) Tidy it up

One of the key things to make sure is that it is clutter free and tidy. Remember, when it comes to website design, less is always more. Make sure visitors are treated to a site that is easy to navigate and not in their faces.

White space on the page is always good, and you should be making the most of it If website design is not your forte, it is much better to hand the responsibility over to someone who knows exactly what they are doing.

2) Link to other digital platforms

While the way that your website looks is critical, it’s also important to think about how it is connected to other sites. By doing this, you should be able to gain some visitors from other platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites,  and can build a network that goes well beyond your standard site. Maintaining those social media profiles is of utmost importance as well. Interacting with your customers and keeping them up to date with your latest business news or industry news is vital. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, hire a freelancer to take care of it all for you.

3) Include client testimonials

One way of making your website look really good and professional is by making use of your most loyal customers. Ask them if they will let you use their testimonials on your site, and offer them something in return to keep them on your good side. Everyone likes to read (good!) testimonials and reviews and it is a super way of gaining the trust of your customers.

 

4) Make sure it works

There is little point in having a swanky website that looks good and has everything your customers need if it doesn’t work. Look for a reliable hosting company – these needn’t be expensive, and many offer pay monthly websites. If you are getting regular downtime, you need to find out what is happening and look at swapping providers. If your site is offline, you are losing money! Make sure that you back it up regularly as well – again, this is something your website host may offer, and you will be glad of it if something goes wrong!

 

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Mastering Small Business Marketing In Just 15 Minutes A…

You get into business to do something that you love. A skill that you have, which you can use to shape the world around you, share with others and use to make a profit – that is the essence of business. But you’ll pretty soon have found out that the skill or product you’re selling isn’t the only element to running a successful start-up. As an entrepreneur, you’ll quickly have gotten used to wearing several different hats simultaneously, and quickly having to find some hidden talents to become good at areas you may never had had to consider before, such as balancing accounts, chasing invoices, wooing new clients or networking with other businesses. And above all, if you want to hit the ground running, you’ve suddenly got to find the time to become good at marketing and build a social media strategy.

 

Why Marketing Matters

Your small business marketing strategy isn’t an add-on or a ‘nice to have’. It’s the lifeblood of a new business. Establishing your brand, determining your vision and values, crafting your key messages and communicating them with the world is what’s going to put you on the map, and make potential customers sit up and listen. Even if you don;’t think you’re any good at, or you don’t think you have time to focus on it, that’s what you have to do if you want to be in business for the long run. Until they can afford to make a few hires, many small business owners muddle along doing their own marketing without any clearly defined strategy, fitting it in as and when they aren’t focusing on a million other pressing matters. This may seem to work for a while. But neglecting your marketing or doing an unconvincing job of it will absolutely damage your business in the long term, and will slow or halt your growth. The good news is, you don’t need hours and hours to spare. In fact, just fifteen minutes a day is all you really need to get up and running.

 

Define Your Goals

The worst action is to take a scattergun approach. If you look at the blue chip titans of corporate global marketing – McDonald’s, Apple, Nike, Starbucks – one thing they all have in common is consistency. This is key no matter the size and scale of your operation. Use your first fifteen minute slot to map out what your goals are – these are likely to already be in your business plan – and work out what your marketing needs to do in order to move you from point A to B. Do you want to position yourself and your business as a thought leader in the sector? Gain new customer data? Generate sign-ups to your social media channels? Increase the average basket value for your eCommerce store? Or even improve your small business branding? Always start with the end in mind and design your marketing strategy with those goals as the drivers.

 

How To Get Started

Prioritise your goals and focus your attention on only the most pressing to start off with. Take a single channel related to your objectives – it could be authoring blog posts for your website, creating a series of video content or joining some LinkedIn Groups. Take that jumping off point to become good at one thing, before eventually focusing on other channels which serve other of your marketing priorities. In this way, you can turn the gigantic task into a series of smaller, achievable steps, and before you know it, you’ll have built a great, sustainable marketing plan custom fitted to your own business needs.

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Do You Even Understand Your Finances?

Business finances or personal finances, it pays to understand them both. You can’t really have one without the other either, we think. How can you run a successful business, but not have enough money in the bank to live from. How can you run a successful business knowing that your only source of money of an investment is the banks again. If you go down the route of just borrowing and borrowing, you’re never going to get out of the cycle, and the level of business debts that you could build up will just keep going and going. But understanding your finances is hard. You might understand when you can spend money, and when you can’t spend money, but actually understanding what effect your actions are having is the important part that people are missing. So in this article, we want to touch upon a few things. We want to show you how to understand your business finances, and how to understand your personal finances to hopefully help better your life. You should also have an insight as to how the two work together. Keep on reading to find out more!

Your Personal Finances

Your personal finances are something you definitely need to think about sorting out, and at least focusing more of your attention on. So many different things can go wrong with your business if your personal finances are flagging, so let’s think about how you can monitor them. Experian credit monitoring is just one thing that you could use to monitor your situation. Your credit rating is going to affect so many things, such as your ability to get a mortgage, get finance on a car, and everything else in between. Just because your business is bringing in money, it doesn’t mean you are, and telling people you have got your own business isn’t going to get you accepted for finance on anything, in fact, it might even make things worse. So figure out what negative factors are affecting your credit rating through things like Experian, and work it to get it back where it needs to be!

 

Your Business Finances

Business finances are definitely something that you need to begin thinking about, because they really do need to be on the up and up. But in the economy that we’re struggling through today, we know that can be hard. So if you can’t alter the money coming in for your business, at least alter what’s going out. Think about ways that you can make cuts if you need to, or move money around so that more is being put into product development and marketing. Eventually you will get to the point where your business is bringing in a lot of money for you to lean on, but it could be years before that happens, so you have to take action now!

 

How They Merge Together

The two work together because if one is suffering, the other one will be too. You have to think of a way that you can level them both out, so that whether you’re looking at your personal finances or your businesses, both are levelled out and stable, and at least then your stress will be reduced.