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Archive: August 2016

The Importance of a Local Small Business Website

As a small business owner, you’ve got a lot of responsibilities on your plate. You have to run a business from all angles and make sure everything operates smoothly and efficiently to ensure the success of your investment. Every detail is important—especially those minor ones that are critical to your long-term success. Your small business website is one of these small, yet critical factors and unfortunately, is one that’s frequently overlooked by smaller establishments. Many owners often tell themselves that other tasks are more important than being a webmaster, or that having a website is unnecessary because they’re a local business with local customers. And while these excuses might make you feel better about not having a website for your business, they’re simply covering the fact that you need one. Visibility and presence When you want to find a local coffee shop or a place to grab a bite to eat nearby, how do you do it? If you’re like most people, it’ll take mere seconds to punch your request into your smartphone to get the answers you’re looking for. Not surprisingly, these answers are brought to you by Google and the Internet, where having a web presence is paramount. Visibility and presence are far and away the most important reasons to have a website for your small business. Showing up in local search results, having your data raked and delivered to customers searching for applicable establishments, and having a digital presence for information for your local customers means being seen in the digital age.
  • Search engine optimization (SEO) can catapult your visibility even further into the spotlight. Optimizing your website for location and keywords means showing up first when customers are searching for businesses like yours.
Better customer service Along with having great visibility online, your website is going to function as your automated customer service solution in a digital capacity. It’ll provide answers to customer questions, give people critical information about your establishment and will help them better understand what you have to offer them. A website is also a touchpoint for communication. If your customers have questions or concerns, they’re going to visit your website to voice them directly to you. Or, if you have communications that every customer needs to see, a website is the best way to get the word out for all to see. Communication is key in good business, which means a website is your best answer to the question of how to foster it.
  • Having business hours, contact information, address and location data, and more will all serve to make you and your business more accessible to searchers on the web.
Marketing and sales Alongside being a customer service tool, your website can also function as a marketing and sales tool. Use it to introduce promotions, generate leads or drive traffic—a website is a platform for all stages of marketing and sales, making it a core component in your business’ overall marketability. Your website can also be a medium for sales as well. Something as simple as offering digital gift cards for sale or selling advertisement space for other local business on your site can generate new revenue streams that add to your business’ success—even capturing leads that aren’t local to you!
  • Using signup forms for email or running promotions through your website can be a great way to build an email list, which means better marketing access for your future promotions, digital or otherwise.
Your digital face Today, the digital world is just as real as the physical one, which means your business needs to exist in both spaces to stay relevant and successful. Your brick and mortar shop is enough to drive foot traffic, but it’ll need a website to ensure the digital doors to your business stay open and thriving. If you don’t have a small business website already, it’s time to make it a priority. And, even if you do have a website, it might be worth reevaluating to ensure it’s giving you all of the critical benefits it should be. Consult with an AlphaGraphics digital marketing and web specialist today to learn how to best maximize your business’ website. Read article →
August 30 / 2016

Using Professional Printing to Boost Your Real Estate Campaign

Summer is the prime season for real-estate. People looking to upgrade their living space are touring houses for sale and when they find that ideal upgrade, they’re putting their own homes up for sale. Listings are plentiful and the market is as hot as those summertime temps! The problem with this prolific real estate season is that with so many homes flooding the market and so many buyers and sellers looking to stand out, it can be hard for realtors to help their clients get the best value. For realtors representing sellers, it’s all about keeping that asking price high and illustrating the value of a home; for realtors helping buyers, it’s about finding the perfect home at the right price. If you’re a realtor—no matter what side of the real estate transaction you’re representing—it’s important to think about the best way to provide your clients with value. Often, the best way to do this is by making an upfront investment in professionally printed materials. Bolstering your buyer’s confidence As a realtor, your reputation and presentation are going to be your keys for success when it comes to working with clients. Often, this directly correlates with having professionally printed materials and a strong ability to market yourself. To that end, it’s important to think about the essentials when it comes to printed offerings:
  • Business cards with a professional appeal to them and all of your vital contact information are going to be of major importance.
  • Having data sheets or sales materials regarding your specific territories will be helpful in showing potential clients that you have in-depth knowledge of housing trends in the areas you represent.
  • Having quick FAQ sheets to answer new buyer questions will help boost confidence and quell fears, all the while building your rapport with clients.
And these are just the essentials! In heated markets where competition for clients is strong, many realtors will go above and beyond in creating marketing materials that are truly encompassing to home buyers, such as branded folders that contain realtor information, which can be stuffed with FAQ sheets or specific housing information for desired listings. The end goal is to ensure you’re attracting clients by answering their questions, instilling them with confidence and marketing your skills and expertise in a way that benefits them. Printed materials can be an answer to all of these objectives. Exceeding your seller’s expectations When you’re representing a seller, it’s your duty as a realtor to help them sell their house for the highest possible price, with as few bumps as possible along the way. Often, this is easier said than done! But, with some quality marketing upfront, you can help your seller’s home stand out from the crowd in a way that ensures it fetches the best possible value on the open market:
  • Having data sheets for the home readily available at every open house, homebuyer’s seminar or other sales opportunity will give prospective buyers a glimpse into the home that will make them look twice.
  • Creating yard signs and markers that draw attention to a home beyond the “for sale” sign. These attention-grabbers can also be placed in high traffic areas away from the home, to drive prospective buyers to the listing.
  • Flyers and mailers can give potential buyers a quick synopsis of a home and its appeal, as well as some fast facts to push a sale.
Again, there’s always more you could be doing, but starting with some quality printed materials can go a long way towards creating opportunities for your seller. Going beyond print Marketing goes beyond print as well. It’s important to consider the many digital avenues that can supplement your marketing and how you can leverage these things to ensure you’re giving buyers and sellers the best possible advantage in the real estate market. Personal websites, housing descriptions on listing websites, email newsletters and more are all great ways to supplement your print marketing efforts for maximum effectiveness. For all of these materials and strategy planning from talented marketing professionals, consider visiting your local AlphaGraphics location today. We’ll help you become the foremost realtor in your area by supporting your marketing efforts on both sides of the industry. Read article →
August 15 / 2016
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