Last updated 07.01.2020
It’s a fact: there’s never been a better time to start a small business. The internet has made it possible to launch a company in a matter of minutes, but this is really just the start – it’s what comes next that’s most rewarding. If you’ve already taken the leap into small business ownership, you may be struggling with getting your name out there and bagging clients, and that’s where digital marketing comes in.
Here are the main reasons why digital marketing is so important for small businesses today.
Reason #1: Most of your customers are online
Did you know that, according to the Office of National Statistics, 19% of all retail purchases are now made online? And this number is rising rapidly. No matter what industry your small business is part of, being online is now an absolute necessity. Of course, this means that competition will be increasing all the time – which is why there’s never a better time than now to launch a digital marketing strategy.
Reason #2: It can cost as little (or as much) as you like
Unlike advertising via traditional media like TV, radio, or even billboards, you don’t always have to pay to get your message out there. When your small business is brand new, it makes sense to use pay-per-click advertising to drive traffic, but over time you can build your own organic traffic strategy. This aspect of digital marketing is known as content marketing, and it’s a slow-and-steady way to create “free” advertising to your website, as users arrive on your site naturally via search engines.
Reason #3: You can track your success every step of the way
Another reason that traditional advertising channels are hard to recommend is that they’re just not very trackable. It’s very hard to judge the return-on-investment created by a magazine advertisement, but with digital marketing, you can track a user for the length of their journey. This allows you to dig into the different ways a user has found your business, what they did on your website, and track the exact route they took to purchasing. This data will be invaluable as part of your digital marketing strategy because it instantly tells you what works – and what doesn’t.
Of course, at the heart of every successful digital marketing campaign is a great website. If your business is ready to go, but you don’t yet have a website just yet, KitStart can help.