Using social media as a way to market your brand, products or services is something you should know about already but have you ever thought about using it to gather information on your competitors?
Before we go any further we are not talking here about industrial espionage and stealing secrets from your competitors. Instead, we are looking at social media as a legitimate means to see what other businesses in your niche, sector or industry are doing publicly and using that information to improve what you do in your business.
The first thing to realise is that the social media pages and profiles of most businesses are in the public domain anyway. This means anyone, including you, is able to see what they post, and read any of the updates, quotes and comments that they make. Most people seeing them will just take the post at face value, but for you, they can contain golden nuggets of information.
If there is one element of starting an online business that we would always recommend you don’t do yourself, it is web design. Instead of employing a digital agency to do all the work, many business owners try to cut corners by doing it themselves, only to find that weeks or even months later, they’re stuck with a website that doesn’t work, and a whole heap of their time and energy has been wasted.
Using a digital agency to design and build your website has so many advantages, not least is the fact that you are freed from the stress, and time commitments needed to build it all yourself.
Once you have chosen a digital agency to work with, the first thing they will need to know is exactly what sort of business you are starting as this will influence greatly the type of website you need. Too often the ‘do-it-myself’ brigade will have visions of a multi-page website with all sorts of plug-ins and background apps when in fact all they needed was simple landing page and maybe a blog.