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The Biggest Online Mistakes Your Business Can Make

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When it comes to conducting business online, there are actually a lot of mistakes that your business can make. If you’re new to doing business online or you want to make sure you build a strong, positive presence for your business, then making sure you do it right is key. 

Below, we’ll take a look at the biggest online mistakes your business can make. Take a look and make sure you don’t let them spoil your online presence: 

  1. Waiting Too Long To Start Your Social Profiles

Having social profiles before your business has started can help you to build a hype around your business. It’s important to start building your social presence early on, and to be consistent with it no matter what. You just need to know what your business is all about so you can avoid contradicting yourself later on down the line. Know the following:

  • Your goal
  • Your ‘why’
  • Your brand voice
  • Your values 
  1. Not Listening To Your Audience 

Listening to your audience is one of the most important things you can do to improve, and asking for their advice online is one of the best ways to do it. Send out feedback surveys and make sure you really pay attention. They may be able to help you come up with some invaluable ways of improving your processes so that you can gain more customers in future – plus, your audience will likely recommend you to others in the form of word of mouth, online reviews, and more. 

  1. Not Taking Safety Precautions 

Taking online safety precautions has never been more important as hackers and other criminals become more advanced. Taking out cyber insurance can help to protect you, but you should still take a number of precautions to avoid having something happen to you. For example:

  • Work alongside an IT Management company
  • Create strong passwords
  • Only give access to employees who really need it 
  • Invest in software that will help you to avoid and identify viruses and spyware
  1. Not Adding Value

You should aim to add value to the life of your audience with every post you make, whether on social profiles or on your blog. Try to be helpful and informative, even humorous (if it matches your brand personality). There are plenty of ways that you can get assistance in leveraging all of the strengths your business have – click here for just a few examples. Once you know how to level up your business, you won’t run short of ideas to keep doing it. You can create tutorials and other forms of content to help your audience and make them want to come back to you when they have questions. 

  1. Doing It All Yourself

You can’t take care of everything yourself – whether you’re looking at reputation management or online marketing you’re going to need help. Make sure you outsource these services to save time. It’ll help you to save/make more money in the long run, too. 

  1. Avoiding CRM Software 

Customer relationship management software can help to transform your relationships with your audience. Using this software will help you to create and maintain strong relationships with your customers so that you keep them coming back and recommending you to their friends. 

Have you made any of these mistakes? Leave a comment!

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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