#supportlocal and why we love supporting our local business community!
Go Green in Your Neighbourhood
Having a strong online presence is crucial for local businesses everywhere, but today I want to highlight why at it'seeze Gravesend we love supporting our local community to grow and nurture their business websites online.
We have all used Google at some point in our lives to search for services or products online, and the convenience of the internet cannot be denied, as evidenced by the fact that 80% of us use it regularly! With just a few clicks or taps, we can easily search the web for what we want. It's hard to resist the allure of such easy access to information and services, and it's no wonder that so many people love the convenience of it!
Shopping locally is not only beneficial for the local economy but also for the environment.
By choosing to shop locally, we can all help reduce the amount of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation. Furthermore, shopping locally allows us to discover new businesses and products, and maybe even visit local attractions, contributing to the vibrancy and culture of our community.
Using a quick Google search to Find Businesses Near You
By supporting my nearby local businesses, I know my money is kept safely in my community, where it helps to support businesses, create jobs and contribute to the local communuity. Additionally, by utilising Google local search to source products, I know I can easily find what I need without the need to travel long distances, which in turn reduces my overall carbon footprint.
Ut-Oh Stat Time!
Here are some highly interesting stats 🤓 (that you may or may not know):
Over 80% of consumers in the UK use the internet to search for local businesses, products, and services. This means that if your business doesn't have an online presence, you could be missing out on a large chunk of potential customers.
There are 8.5 billion Google seaches per day, unsurprisingly Google is the most visited website online.
According to a survey by BrightLocal, 86% of consumers read online reviews for local businesses, and 91% of 18-34 year olds trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. This means that having a strong online presence, including positive reviews and ratings, can significantly impact your business's reputation and success.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards e-commerce and online shopping, with many consumers preferring to shop online rather than in-store. This trend is likely to continue, making it even more important for local businesses to have a strong online presence to compete and succeed.
"Helping your Kent business grow"
Our tagline 'Helping your business grow' truly reflects how proud we are to assist our customers in Kent to expand their online presence through their websites.
It's heartwarming to see the impact we've had on some of our customers in my local area. Here are just a few examples:
The Medway-based hair and beauty salon, Essence of Beauty, changed their branding, built a brand new website and increased its online presence and social media during the pandemic, resulting in increased bookings and sales and a thriving business for the owner Sherry. By regularly posting updates, offers, and engaging with customers online, Sherry was able to maintain a strong connection with her customer base and attract new business.
The Gravesend-based hotel, The Clarendon Royal Hotel, improved its online presence by creating a new website, social media accounts, and an online ordering system during the pandemic. This resulted in increased online orders, improved customer engagement, and a more efficient ordering process.
Needless to say, I was over the moon to hear that the hotel has recently signed a long lease to Age UK Medway, who have committed to continue to supporting the hotel as a thriving hub for the over 55 age group. It's an honor to have played a small role in helping this business succeed and now continue to serve the local Gravesham community through the new Clarendon Royal Community Hub.
So, next time you're in need of a product or service, consider looking for local options first. Not only will you be supporting your community, but you'll also be doing your part to help the environment.
If you would like help with any of the above, give us a call.
We have helped many local businesses in the North Kent area expand their online presence and grow their businesses through our website design services. If you're a local business owner looking to attract new customers and increase your revenue, we'd love to help you achieve your goals.
Contact us today to learn more about our affordable website design packages and SEO website tools.
This article was written by Kat James, a website consultant and content creator for businesses in Kent.
If you're looking for a modern, effective, and professionally designed business website that can work wonders for your online presence, don't hesitate to contact Kat at it'seeze Gravesend. Our affordable web design services are tailored to help businesses like yours grow online.
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