Most people do at least part of their shopping through the Internet, and a growing number are quickly transitioning all of their shopping needs to the online sphere. However, you may wonder why you should consider online advertising if you are not a big global business. If all of your customers live in the same town, you may not see a good reason to have a strong presence on the Internet.
Here are some key benefits for any business to advertise online:
Online Advertising is Cheap
You can find many cheap, and even free, ways to advertise on the Internet. Considering that many businesses spend thousands of dollars on advertising, you can benefit from free advertising and reduce your costs. If you are a small business that cannot afford a thousand dollar marketing budget, you can compete more effectively with low or no-cost advertising.
It does not cost anything to set up a Twitter account and gain followers. Facebook is another free option that has hundreds of millions of users that are potential customers, many of them living right in your local area.
The best part is: you can take advantage of viral word of mouth marketing. For instance, if someone “likes” you on Facebook and it shows up on their timeline, their friends will see it and may check out your page. This type of advertising is often more effective than what you say because it’s coming from sources that people trust – their friends and family.
People Do Research Online
These days everyone, even your local customers who will go to the physical store to make their purchase, does their research online first. People look for everything, from store hours to product information to product reviews, online before making a purchase. If you are not online, potential customers won’t be able to compare your prices with your competitors.
If you develop a website that provides this information, people will be able to do their research on your site and be more likely to make a purchase. If you have real reviews on your site, you will have very effective advertising that will sway even the most tentative customers.
Regardless of whether your business is a small local shop, you can benefit from online advertising. Your nearest competitor is probably taking advantage of online advertising; why shouldn’t you?
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