3 Reasons Why You Should Embrace Technology.
1. It’s not going away!
Were you one of the thousands that thought Facebook was just a fad? Well, it is most obviously not. Facebook is getting stronger and stronger each day and recently Facebook had more visitors than GOOGLE.
We are in the middle of what many experts call “Web 2.0” and moving swiftly towards what Michael Tasner, of TAZ Solutions calls “Web 3.0”. What does that mean for small business?
Well, to put it mildly. If you are not on the Technology Train you better hurry or you and your business will get left behind.
2. There are more Smart Phone Users than Internet Users.
I know that some of you may wonder what a Smart Phone is. A Smart Phone is a phone that can send and receive email and visit the internet. The fact of the matter is that there are more Smart Phone users than people who have internet at their homes. Their is a swift movement towards Mobile Marketing and for the business person who does not even have a website the potential for disaster is huge. Here is a great example: I have a friend who is building a house and before she went and bought anything she would do research on the products. Unfortunately a lot of businesses here in Camrose are not on the internet so she found herself in a unique position. She wanted to support the local community but could not. She did not have the time to drive from store to store to see if they had what she wanted. She did, however, take the time to do the research on her own and then purchase her products from the comfort of her own home.
Experts are predicting that in the next 18-24 months we will also be able to purchase from our phone. That is, of course, if they can access your website (and for some people, that is if you have a website). If you have a website, ensure that have the technology so that when phone users visit your site, they can see your site in its entirety. As well, make sure you purchase your domain name with the ending of ‘mobi’ (short for mobile).
3. Your Profits Depend on It!
Technology is not just about making sure you have a website. Rather it is about embracing all the possible benefits: Facebook Advertising, Facebook Fan Pages (create a ‘Raging Fan’), Twitter, and the benefit of capturing your customers email.
Specifically I will address email technology here. And, again, I am going to use an example. My shoe size is an 11. And, for those of you who do not know, this is not a common shoe size. The problem is that the shoe store that I love to shop in, only gets a few of those sizes in. AND by the time I realize I need a new pair of shoes / boots it is usually too late in the season for me as the store is sold out.
One way this store could increase their profits is if they could ask for my email and my cell phone number. Previous to attending their annual buying trip they could send me an email, to let me know that they were going to buy some shoes and ‘how many pairs’ would I like? Here is a huge opportunity to PRE-SELL shoes. Unfortunately, they do not have anything like this in place. And, because I am too late to buy shoes here I have to buy my shoes outside of town.
The technology needed to ensure this type of customer service is simple: CSM Service (Customer Service Management Service). I use a program called AWEBER. It’s great.
My challenge to you as a business owner is to embrace technology. Use it to your advantage. You will be amazed at how many ways technology can add more profit to your business.