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Why You Need A Website...the Power Of A Successful Business by FenonetConsults: 10:15pm On Aug 11, 2014
A Professional Website is Crucial For Any Business Growth.

There’s a new trend in business growth and it is on the internet

The Power of a successful business Over the past 12 years, the Internet has changed the way we do business(buy and sell goods and services). Do you remember buying airline tickets before the Internet came? You actually had to step foot in the mall, but today it’s a different story.

Even most organisations receiving donations and aids now do so online through their online fund drives. By definition, e-commerce means the buying or selling of goods and services over the Internet(online). According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 66 percent of the adults online have purchased something over the Internet, whether it’s books, shoes or a Caribbean cruise. Do you aspire or dream of having a brand for your personality, business, organisation? Really! It is a nice idea but remember the english saying that ” If wishes were horses, even beggars would ride There is the effort(action) you have to make before you can achieve your dreams. Even with a slowing down of the global economy, online retail sales continue to rise.

E-Commerece doesn’t necessarily means goods online, but also services. AuctionWeb popularly known as ebay today started in September 1995 by 28 year old software developer Pierre Onidyar. Ever Wonder that the first step he took after launch it online through an e-commerce website and today as they always say, the rest is story.the rest the idea was to put it online.

Ebay, amazon etc has the early advantage because they came online through website and were able to create a brand for their business. Amazon is the largest online retail shop in the world and it started operations in 1994 as an online book sale retailer and later expanded to selling DVDs, MP3 etc. before diversifying into selling just anything online. Even in Nigeria jumia, konga and others have defined a niche for themselves that others are trying to catch up whether it is a personal website, organisation, religion/NGO, political parties.

To sell your services doesn’t have to take you to every office block or residence, you can sell your services even to those you’ve never met before and most of which you will even never meet. Even most of the campaign funds that gives Obama an edge in the two term race was as a result of his online presence to mobilise, inspire his supporters, through the largest known fund drives in history. More than half of his campaign funds were through online donations.

If you are thinking of starting a business, organisation or you have started and have a vision to build a brand that will be the king in your locality or even go beyond the borders, it is only possible when you have a functional website. Your journey to having another jumia, ebay, konga just to mention a few starts when you contact us for your needs assessment, whether you are an individual, a business, School, organisation, NGO, political parties, or even into agricultural services.

Contact us today and let us know your business so we can recommend what best fits your needs.

We are currently located in Lagos Nigeria but we work without borders and “we also render our services to clients in other Nigerian states and in diaspora. Lets have a quick chat about your next project. We are excited to do business with you. CALL US ON : +234-703-027-3468, +234-816-265-4971 E-mail US: Info@fenonetconsults.com
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Re: Why You Need A Website...the Power Of A Successful Business by FenonetConsults: 12:28am On Aug 12, 2014
If you are thinking of starting a business, organisation or you have started and have a vision to build a brand that will be the king in your locality or even go beyond the borders, it is only possible when you have a functional website. Your journey to having another jumia, ebay, konga just to mention a few starts when you contact us for your needs assessment, whether you are an individual, a business, School, organisation, NGO, political parties, or even into agricultural services.
Re: Why You Need A Website...the Power Of A Successful Business by FenonetConsults: 9:27pm On Aug 20, 2014
| Branding, Web Design |

The first thing that springs to mind when we think of branding is likely the large, cultivated brand imagery that forms the face of billion-dollar firms such as Apple.

The reality is that branding is borne out of any identifying features, and is used to create a persistent identity for products and firms. Wikipedia describes it as ‘the most valuable fixed asset of a Corporation,’ which, whilst perhaps a little exaggerated, is all too true in the light of the hugely competitive markets that exist today where branding is often sadly overlooked.

Firms like Apple, which capitalize on branding so effectively, understand the importance of a successful brand, and have built their fortunes on their incredibly valuable and attractive product form and consistent styling. Despite this being the result of billions of dollars of research and advertising, branding arises with or without intervention, with your customers having opinions on your business, whether they’re good or bad, branding is at work.

Branding platform
A branding platform, often known as corporate image, is the umbrella term for the number of tools you have in your arsenal to improve your branding. So what are these tools?

Name
Your name is the biggest identifying factor of your brand, it embodies those emotions the user feels about your site or product. When the iPhone is mentioned, Apple’s customers understand that name to mean sleek, beautiful, intuitive, a number of very positive reactions that Apple have carefully nurtured over the years.

Positioning statement
This is the definition of your identity as a site. It’s colloquially known as a statement since corporations use it to understand where they are in the market and to set targets based on it. This is the who, what, why and how of your business.. If you know your target audience, for example, you can optimise your site for that particular type of user.

Meaning
This follows from a successful Positioning Statement, looking at how relevant your site is. Does it appeal to the right market segments? Does it achieve your primary focus and follow your values? Is it contextually relevant, is your site up to date and consistent with current browsers and web development advances? Once all these questions are answered or resolved you can move onto the more complex area of your brand, the ones the users are going to see.

Style
This is the overall feel of the visual representation that your users will see, it’s important to keep this consistent across all branding to promote a cohesive brand that your users will recognise.

With Apple, this style has evolved into very simple materials and block colors for its products, such as glass and aluminum. The website reflects this through the use of whitespace and elegant fonts. Their minimalist attitude leaks into their short taglines and their brand has become known for what is essentially negative styling, cutting back everything to make for a more elegant product.

They have previously experimented with reducing the color-palette available for their products, and on many products this philosophy still stands, but the brand transcends color now in order to allow for a brighter palette for their iPod products. The natural progression of style is having a consistent graphical standard, your logo, fonts, color palette should all reflect your positioning statement, and work cohesively.

Logo
This is the visual representation of your business, your site. After your name, the next biggest identifying factor for your brand is your logo. It should be styled to represent your positioning statement, and is important as an at-a-glance reference point to put on anything your site is associated with, and for links.

Website
Finally, the tool that combines all of the above into one online space, your website. This is a vital part of the branding platform, and it’s important to understand that your website isn’t a just medium for your branding platform, it’s part of your branding. Website branding, for instance, extends beyond having your logo on an unbranded template site.

Companies like Apple understand that the website is an extension of their branding in the way they style it and sell their products on their site, whereas many frankly antiquated and out of date firms still believe that a website is somewhere to dump details and directions under their logo and leave it there, conducting all of their business and branding the old fashioned way, through the storefront and advertising on hoardings.
How does the website strengthen this?

As I outlined above, a corporate website is the sum total of their branding platform, an accumulation of all the aspects that have come together in various ways previously in an easy to access format. So lets look back at the branding platform and see how each aspect is enhanced by the addition of an online presence:

Name
This is just as vital as an identifying factor online as it is anywhere else. There’s a reason that good SEO is so valuable online, your name, or perhaps your web address, needs to be either at the forefront of users thinking about using your service, or to be at the top of the list when they search for the sort of thing you’re offering.

Having a good online presence means you don’t need to be number one on Google, users will just type in your address straight away, without a second thought, however this isn’t guaranteed and the two need to go hand in hand; having a short, easy to remember URL is as essential as being the first site to come up in a search engine. Having a name outside of the online world is no guarantee of safety against online competitors, this is evidenced by the online boom in book sales and the subsequent redundancy of large-chain bookstores around the world.

While Waterstones in the UK is floundering, having adapted and joined the online space too late, its business being poached by Amazon, a site which would not have been considered a threat ten years ago to Waterstones is now likely the reason for its impending closure. Barnes and Noble in the US, by comparison, expanded online very early and made a name for itself as an internet store, meaning it has survived the threat of other online booksellers.

Positioning statement & meaning
This is something that can be applied to a site as easily as a business, so it needs very little adaptation to what has already been said. Online analytics are invaluable, and much easier to collect than running surveys in stores, for instance. Researching demographics, testing various site designs on real customers and exploring the tastes of consumers can easily been done unobtrusively online, and finding information in order to establish your positioning statement is easier than ever. What makes online analytics even better is that it takes no time at all to change the way your site looks or behaves in order to optimize it to your positioning statement, meaning you can act on your findings as soon as they happen.

Style
Having a consistent look across all forms of branding is important, having your site reflect the design of your all other media, which should in turn stem from the positioning statement is important. Having solidarity between your demographic’s style, i.e. primary colours and basic shapes for a kid’s site, or perhaps minimalism and white space for a modern web design firm, your logo which should also reflect that, and combining that into your site proper is important in maintaining a cohesive brand.

Logo
This is especially important for older corporate brands that are expanding online, as they may have outdated, lower res logos that won’t work online. Online logos need to be recognisable and very portable, which means having an icon. An icon, such as the Twitter ‘bird’ or the Facebook ‘F’ is important for quick brand recognition and also for favicions, which are useful to identify the site in bookmarks and tabs; what’s becoming more important is larger res favicons that are used as thumbnails on mobile devices where users bookmark your site on their phone or tablet as a tile shortcut to their browser, in lieu of an app. Icons are essentially condensed versions of your larger logo, and are more commonly used online where screen real-estate is hotly contested.

The final point that the logo leads nicely onto is social media, a sector of the online realm that leaves no site untouched by its plethora of icons urging you to like and share. This is of huge advantage to sites looking to raise brand awareness, it gives users easy access to share your content from your site, and enables you to break down the barriers with your users by opening a discourse with them through a Facebook page, or Twitter account. Something many sites and firms are beginning to open are Twitter support accounts for users and customers to tweet their complaints to for quick troubleshooting or reference links.

It’s all a matter of cohesion, and whilst there are obvious differences between corporate and independent websites and brands, the two are very quickly becoming synonymous as large corporations are beginning to understand the importance of an online presence in their brand, and smaller independent sites are realising the scale to which they can grow their brand from a small site.

Contact us today and let us know your business so we can recommend what best fits your needs.

We are currently located in Lagos Nigeria but we work without borders and “we also render our services to clients in other Nigerian states and in diaspora. Lets have a quick chat about your next project. We are excited to do business with you. CALL US ON : +234-703-027-3468, +234-816-265-4971 E-mail US: Info@fenonetconsults.com
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Re: Why You Need A Website...the Power Of A Successful Business by FenonetConsults: 2:27am On Aug 25, 2014
Why Your Business Website Needs A Blog — And How To Get Started

Businesses are going all-in establishing a presence on social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. However, focusing all of our time and money on social networks may not be the only way to go. Most businesses assume that social media optimization is enough to boost their online presence and SEO strategy, but a business blog can also play an important role in engaging potential customers and investors.

Here are six reasons why you should arm your business website with a blog:

Increase Traffic


Blogs are ideal for taking your SEO strategy forward. Usually, most companies put up a website that is almost completely static. They contain an outdated perspective of the company’s products, people and goals. It’s important to have a platform that can easily reflect the different events in the company and any website content changes. Blogs provide this platform.

Moreover, search engines will index new content on a regularly updated blog. Thus, a well-maintained blog will enable your site to get more traffic, which helps it get noticed by potential customers.
Re: Why You Need A Website...the Power Of A Successful Business by FenonetConsults: 11:20am On Aug 25, 2014
Build Healthy Relationships With Potential Customers

Suppose we invested in Google Ads and a bunch of other advertising services.
Unfortunately, these marketing efforts give you purely one-way traffic. Enter blog
commenting — a unique way to help your customers and potential customers interact with
your company and its people, thus increasing public confidence and developing a
favorable and approachable image overall.
Each blog post comes with a comments section. It is important to be quick in responding to
these customer comments and it helps form a more personable relationship between the
company and the customer: giving a human image behind the logo.
Re: Why You Need A Website...the Power Of A Successful Business by FenonetConsults: 3:43pm On Aug 25, 2014
Conduct Tests and Get Feedback

Since a blog is more of an informal medium, it enables people to freely express their opinion. Moreover, it can be an ideal medium for the company to conduct market trials and check the pulse of the market to get a better idea of customers’ tastes and preferences.

Give Social Media Efforts a Leg Up

Almost all business owners today know that they need to make their presence felt on social media in some way or another. However, they often find themselves at a loss when figuring out how exactly to use it.

An active blog for a business presents a treasure trove of content that can be used and shared in social media networks like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Re: Why You Need A Website...the Power Of A Successful Business by FenonetConsults: 7:20pm On Aug 25, 2014
Become a Respected Authority in the Industry

By creating a strong and long-standing rapport with your blog’s followers, you can connect with your customers directly. Ideally, your blog may turn out to be a go-to site for purchasing a particular product or researching more about your industry or service. Thus, blogging will help gain the customer’s trust.

How to Get Started


Although a blog offers a truckload of benefits, it is important that we use this powerful marketing tool in the right way to get results. Here are a few things that we need to keep in mind while creating a successful blog:

Focus on content. Make sure to place quality over quantity. Most businesses make the mistake of publishing a lot of posts with nothing significant to offer. Publish high-quality content that offers value to your target readers so that they keep coming back for more.
Make regular updates. Simply setting up a blog won’t do the job. Make sure to publish quality content on a regular basis, so that search engines index more and your readers develop a loyalty to the blog. If it is not updated regularly, you might lose the readers you already have.
Re: Why You Need A Website...the Power Of A Successful Business by FenonetConsults: 12:03am On Aug 26, 2014
Install a proper feedback mechanism. The content may be great and published regularly, but does the blog have a proper feedback mechanism? A comment section transform the conventional one-way marketing channel into a two-way marketing dialogue. While positive feedback is certainly encouraging, negative feedback is very important too — it tells you what you’re doing wrong.
Market your content. Promote your blog extensively in all the marketing channels you already use for your business, particularly the ones where you know your customers also are, in order to attract and grow a reader base.

Maintaining a blog for a business website is very important, irrespective of your existing social media marketing strategy. Blogs can help humanize the business and create strong relationships with customers and prospects in a way simply tweeting or posting company updates can not.(source: Forbes news: Brendon Schenecker is currently Founder and CEO of Travel Vegas, a technology-focused destination travel company.)

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