1 in 3 SMEs prefer competitor websites

Sally Percy digital

January 02, 2013

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Small Businesses

I always try to remember the advice I read in a business guide when I first started out: 10 minutes of time devoted to marketing activities is never wasted.

With that in mind, have you taken a good look at your website recently? Go on, be honest. And if you have, put up your hand if it looks virtually the same as it did in 2008, even though we’re now in January 2013. Don’t worry if you think it’s a little stale, you’re not the only one. Recent research by Decibel Technology found that more than a third of British people believe that their closest competitor’s company website is actually better than their own. Even worse, one in five don’t actually think their own company website represents their brand.

What does having an out-of-date website mean for your business? According to Decibel, nearly half of people would consider not even doing business with an organisation that had an out-of-date or hard-to-navigate website and a third of people would be put off working for one with a poor web presence. So the fact is, your company’s scruffy website could be costing you both money and talent.

January is a notoriously busy month for any business with tax return deadlines to consider and new projects to roll out, but if you can spare 10 minutes, I recommend that you take a good look at your website. And if it’s in need of a revamp, make that your marketing project for 2013.

Sally Percy is a leading journalist and commentator on the accountancy profession. She is the former editor of Accountancy magazine.