Long gone are the days when just having a website indicated you were a progressive company and set you aside from your competitors. In today’s world the internet is without doubt, the most important, cost effective and advanced communication and marketing tool available.
A well maintained website is an incredibly useful tool to communicate information and market your products or services to any audience, either niche or global. An effective website will be the product of considerable planning, development and resources. Once it is up and running the temptation could be to sit back and let it stagnate. In actual fact the bigger job is to constantly keep it updated and maintained in step with your business strategies and goals.
It’s easy, if you want your website visitors to doubt your competency and encourage them to visit your competitors websites, just make sure that the information displayed is out of date, inaccurate, boring and hasn’t been updated for ages. On the other hand….
Don’t waste the most effective marketing tool available to you, updating your web content is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the long-term success of your website. A frequently updated website, providing fresh interesting content indicates pro-activity and the importance to you of keeping the world abreast of what’s new and happening within your organisation. It will encourage your visitors to re-visit, they are more likely to share a link to your site with others and they are more likely to bookmark your site. Frequently updated websites become more attractive to the Search Engines who are always keen to offer the most current and valuable content to web surfers.
Don’t forget your website is the entrance to your business and it directly reflects on how your business is perceived and of course can generate substantial income streams. The saying you only have one chance to make a first impression is particularly relevant here and you probably have seconds to ensure you grab the attention of your visitors before they lose interest, click off and go elsewhere. Ask yourself, would you want to associate yourself with a business that is outdated, lacks polish, provides incorrect information and gives you yesterday’s news?
It is vital to establish and maintain a reputation of accuracy, speed and efficiency in your updates and responses thus reinforcing the implication of excellent customer service
Unmaintained sites can appear static uninteresting and grey, by regular and relevant scrutiny and attention a site becomes refreshed and can reap tremendous dividends. As your venture evolves your target audience will be kept informed creating a sense of involvement.
Maintenance of a small site may only take a few hours a month. A larger site may be a full time job. Whatever the particular needs of your website are, make sure its visitors are getting a true up to the minute insight into what you are all about, who you are and what you are offering – what makes you stand out from the crowd.