People are looking for small businesses. In fact, 32% say they shop at one at least once a week! To help small businesses better connect with all of the people who want to find them, Vistaprint Digital asked 2,000 consumers how they discover new places to shop, and how they engage with the businesses they visit. Do you know how your customers find you?
They Start Online
We often hear from business owners that word of mouth is the most important source of new customers, byt our survey found that online research is now equally important!
36% and 35% of respondents report finding new businesses through online research and by word of mouth respectively.
They Check Out Your Website
Websites give people details about your business, encourage trust and help establish your brand. And while having a website is important, it might actually work against you if it doesn’t look professional.
34% are unlikely to shop with a business if it does not have a website.
45% are unlikely to buy from a business with a poorly designed website.
What are they looking for? Product info, hours and directions top the list.
They Read Online Reviews
In the age of mobile, it’s more important than ever to actively manage your online listings in places like Google, Yelp and social media. How important? A whopping 75% of respondents say it’s important to read reviews before visiting a business!
Over 50% of respondents said bad online reviews were the most likely thing to keep them from visiting or buying from a business.
They Expect to Connect
Social media is no longer optional. You don’t have to be everywhere, but customers want – and expect – to be able to engage with you in places other than your website alone.
60% of respondents say that it’s important for a small business to have a social media presence.
Marketing to millennials?
28% of people 18 – 24 say a social media presence is very important for businesses; 1 in 4 find businesses there for the first time.
People are visiting small businesses every day. Create a powerful online identity that will help them find, engage and shop with yours.
Source from VistaPrint.com