Small Shop, Big Digital Presence: A Guide To Affordable Digital Success
There’s a common misconception in the business world that you need to have a large budget to build a large market presence. In reality, your influence on the market depends entirely on the way you manage and market your business. It doesn’t mean that a high budget will get your the best attention on the market. Admittedly, while it might be easier to launch large-scaled strategies with a supporting budget, you can easily focus on growing your digital presence even with a limited budget.
It doesn’t come for free – nothing ever does – but building an effective and successful digital presence doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s all about careful preparation and strategic user-targeted content. Think of it this way: The majority of people will find the products or services they need online – even if you only sell it in your shop, let’s say if you own a restaurant, for example – so the better your digital presence is, the more customers you’ll be able to attract.
Get the professional edge with experts
For a start, refrain any attempt to do it yourself unless you’re an expert. From building a website to launching an app, you need to rely on professionals to make things work for your business. A professional web design company will be able to build an engaging and responsive website that can convert your visitors into customers. Similarly, a talented freelance writer can help you to provide informative and exciting content for your website, which is not only great for your SEO strategy but which can also help you to reach new audience groups. In the end, you will get better and more cost-effective results by relying on a professional to build the right digital tools for your online presence than to do it yourself. Indeed, while the DIY approach is free, it’s more likely to damage your presence too!
Build an effective network
As part of your digital presence, you can reach out to your suppliers, such as kitchen equipment for restaurants, and ask whether you can mention their products on your website as part of your business presentation. Most suppliers don’t mind the mention, and they are happy to return the backlink. So you could, for example, mention that you use only refrigerated display cases from Kitchen All to give your customers the best possible services. As a result, you might find that the supplier mentions your shop in their client’s list. All in one, it’s an effective linking practice that helps you to maximize your business network and reach new customers.
Take your customers to the heart of your business
Emotional engagement is a powerful tool in digital marketing. Taking your customers into the heart of your business practice can be a great way of developing an emotional connection. You could create a weekly video on your YouTube channel to share with customers what your highlights of the week were, or maybe to discuss your new projects. Additionally, a video allows you to show the backstage of your business and how everyday activities run, which can help to build confidence for your viewers.
Can you run a small business and still be a big digital player? The answer is yes, you can. You need to ensure that you are using quality digital tools to establish your presence. Making the most of your network and your business history to attract customers is the best way to create appealing digital content. Show your true color online: Your customers want to get to know you!
Hernaldo Turrillo is a writer and author specialised in innovation, AI, DLT, SMEs, trading, investing and new trends in technology and business. He has been working for ztudium group since 2017. He is the editor of openbusinesscouncil.org, tradersdna.com, hedgethink.com, and writes regularly for intelligenthq.com, socialmediacouncil.eu. Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. Besides a journalist, he is also a thinker and proactive in digital transformation strategies. Knowledge and ideas have no limits.