Social Media vs. Website: Do You Really Need to Choose One?

Imagine discovering a small restaurant within the city. Got the image? Good. Now imagine entering the place and falling in love with their food. Of course you’d like to go back a couple more times to satisfy your cravings. Unfortunately, you forgot the where the place was located or they transferred and you couldn’t find them anywhere. Tragic, right? It’s anti-climactic and overall sad.

Visibility and accessibility are two of the things that make digital marketing a beneficial business strategy for small and medium enterprises. It gives them the freedom to advertise their own business without having to spend a lot.

The trend among small businesses nowadays is to boost their social media presence to ensure that people around their area get informed about their services. If you’re running a start-up business that operates worldwide, however, social media will not be enough.

The Truth About Social Media

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Social media definitely has its pros, and in business it’s all about the pros and cons, right? But one of its biggest cons is that it can be difficult to acquire new audience especially from those that are not in the same country as you.

The algorithm of social networking sites are created in such a way that you get to expand your pool of audience by reaching out to people and groups within a certain location. And while it can be very effective if you’re targeting locals, connecting with international clients can be difficult.

In order to get to the international audience, you’ll need lots of virtual connection and a lot of time. Aside from that, you’ll have to make sure your page looks legitimate since it can come across as fake to international clients.

Why You Need a Website

A website is basically like an open book on the internet where you can put everything you want to say about your business. You have all the freedom on what kind of photos, videos and text you want your audience to see. You also get to decide their quality and quantity.

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What’s on Your Site

Not exactly sure how to create a website that’s aesthetically pleasing? No worries, there are affordable web design companies who can do the job for you. They know the latest trends in web design and they know how to insert the necessary details without overwhelming your audience.

When you have the right team, you basically get to spend less and gain more. With the right web design for your website, you get to look professional and reliable. And we all know that with an online presence, legitimacy and reliability is necessary to build trust. By working with a professional web development company, you get to send your message across in the best way possible.

Putting Your Site Out There

Okay so we’ve settled the issue about the content. The next problem is visibility. How will your potential customers find you in the greater scheme of things a.k.a. the internet? Simple – search engines.

Search engines rank your website according to relevance to the searched phrases. For example, if people are looking for “Effective Diet Plan for Diabetes” the search engines show pages that are relevant to their searched phrases.

With the right search engine optimization strategy, your website can rank in the first page of search results making it more likely to be visited by potential clients, increasing the likelihood of them making a purchasing decision.

Now, you finally understand why you need a website. It is one of the best ways for you to reach more people and be visible to your clients. So, when are you going to start building your website?

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How to Build Your Own Web Development Company

Starting a web development company is a daunting task. Challenges and obstacles will accompany you along the way. Ambition alone won’t get you through your journey, you will also need lots of diligence and determination.

To help you get started, we’ve prepared a basic guide on how to start your web development company.

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Develop your Brand

Create a compelling identity and find a unique approach to the market. What sets you apart from other web development companies? Is it the distinct type of service you offer? Since you are getting into a businesses forget, you must know the importance of marketing .

Organize a Financial Plan

Money is usually the issue most new businesses encounter. Professional web development companies are no exception. Do you have enough capital start up your own business?

Create a model where you can map out your financial plan. This will include how income from clients, startup and ongoing business expenses.

Start your Business

Do not dive in without conducting research so you will have an idea how business work and how you will approach it. If you are already confident enough with your knowledge and experience, then you can start your web development company. But if you’re not, you can continue saving money by doing freelance work or optimizing your website. You can also acquire more marketing skills in the meantime and broaden your network of clients.

Gradually building up your business is completely fine (and safer). Go at your own pace. If you feel that it is still too risky, do not jump into it yet. Consider situation, responsibilities, and resources to determine if it is already the appropriate time.

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Your Company’s Beginnings

It always starts humbly, you probably won’t have enough money to hire employees right away and you will be doing everything by yourself. This is fine as well. You may outsource work, and establish partnerships until you’re capable of hiring employees to expand your web development company.

It is also important to change your mindset. At this point you are not only a web developer, but also the boss of your company. Most of your day will be spent doing this type of work , and you will have more responsibilities.

The point is that you will no longer be doing tasks you have been previously doing as a web developer. As a web developer, you never had to worry about managing your company because you were only an employee or a freelance worker so there were lesser things at stake. Now that you are a company owner, your job is to attract new clients and make sure they stay. You need to learn how to communicate and accommodate the different personalities of your employees and customers.

The success of your company now lies in your hands, so you have to strategize more wisely and carefully. Just remember the points we mentioned in this article and the ambition that made you start your web development company and you will be a success!