As in all walks of life, trends come and go in online marketing. More of a certainty is that the web will always be around and individuals and businesses will not stop using it to research new products and services. Regardless of size or sector, all small business should be looking to tap in to that pool of potential clients and customers in order to grow their businesses.
Being an exhibitor and seminar host at The Business Show held at London’s ExCel gave us the perfect opportunity to explore this subject and to investigate whether SMEs feel their website is working hard enough for them, and if not, what they’re doing about it.
Please click on the infographic thumbnail to view a summary of the findings from the research.
SME owners and managers were most familiar with the following online marketing disciplines:
and least familiar with:
Google specifically says that the web is a level playing field and that it doesn’t favour big brands over lesser known entities. This digital hot potato is frequently discussed in industry forums and, whatever your opinion, real people are out there doing real searches looking for companies like you – and it’s a very brave (or blinkered) small business that chooses not to engage.
As someone once said, “You’ve got to be in it to win it” but the survey results show that many small business wrongly believe that they are ‘in it’ by simply creating their website.
Digital marketing goes far beyond this and if they want people and search engines to take note, it’s what they do with this website and their broader online presence, that counts.
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