A business website is its most important communication tool.
Business websites are highly consulted and reputable sources of information. The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) found that 81% of their respondents consulted a company website when seeking information about a product or a service. The BDC also said that a small business website is the most influential source of information at 69%, followed by the respondent’s business network (61%) and then by employees (36%).
Websites are also useful for follow up after networking. After trading business cards, if we are interested, we can visit their website. Questions, answers, follow-ups, and relationships can all be served from the website.
What a website does for you
- Establish your professional online presence;
- Enhance your credibility, and;
- Reinforce your brand.
How people use a business website
- Research your specific offerings;
- Reinforce their in-person impressions, and;
- Learn more about your business in general.
The business value of a website
- It puts you at a competitive advantage*;
- It is an important communications asset, and;
- It represents your business when you are not there to do so.
*Only 4 of 10 micro-businesses (business with 4 or fewer employees) have a website. But they should, because 7 out of 10 people say that a business website is their most significant source of information.