Web Site Advice For Local Business Owners

Lately, I’ve been frustrated with the lack of┬ápresence┬ásome local businesses have on the Internet. The sites often have scant information and are rarely updated. It’s important as a business owner to not overlook the value of a good website. Here are some tips to follow.

Have your hours posted

This is the most common frustration. I often cannot find the hours the business is open on their own website. Some businesses may not include the hours on their site because they change seasonally. But it doesn’t take that much effort to make those changes.

 

Make a Google Places and Facebook page

Be sure to own your Google Places page and make a Facebook page too. Include all the information you can about the business on both. It’s another way to ensure that customers can find your business and the information they need.

 

Keep it basic

Don’t include any fancy videos, flash animations or anything else complex. Your customers just came to your site for information, and such things only act as a hurdle. I see many restaurant websites have their menus in PDF format. This is lazy! All information should be available on the site in the most basic form possible.

 

Give me an electronic method of contact

Email, Twitter, Facebook… I want to be able to contact you without having to call you.

 

As always, I’m willing to help most people in the area. Send me a tweet or leave a comment if you need more advice.

Published by Mitch Bartlett

I've been doing things on the Internet since 1994. Former dot-com era IT guy. Currently I provide technical solutions to people for fun and test software for a growing software company.

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