GO DIGITAL NOW! 2020-07-01T14:26:05+00:00

LET’S GO DIGITAL !  Climb up to the evolutionary Digital Ladder step by step, and choose your own pace. Start at Level 1 and see how high you can take your business. Dont’ be left behind and get ahead of the competition! The best part is the resources are free, it will just take time, but it will be worth your investment.

Level 1 – E-Presence – To BE KNOWN

First – Get Listed! Register or update your business information on all on-line directories.  Make sure you provide pictures of products/services, updated information, hours of operation, etc., and especially your contact information. Below are a few platforms to register your business:

Second, Establish a Basic Webpage! Go beyond being listed. Build a simple webpage by adding your logo, color, flavor, and personality. This will also get you started on the path of social media through:

Third, Create Your Own Website! You can use a free easy to use simple website builder to give your company a digital presence. You can explore a variety of platforms here. You can start with a free version and later pay to get more features. Below are the few free website builders:

Level 2 – E-Commerce – To BE ENGAGED

I like to follow the Duct Tape Marketing approach which gives insight on the customer’s buying process in the Digital Age, of which there are seven phases. By using this framework, you can probe into ways of improving each stage of the customer’s journey and streamline your process until you are able to sell on-line 24/7.  Imagine customer’s buying from you even when you’re not at your store or office.

Customer Journey

With today’s digital technology market research can be carried out with online surveys by the smallest of businesses. To help you conduct market research and get customers opinions check the list of 25 survey tools here.

Level 3 – E- Integration – To BE OPTIMAL

Small businesses can explore ways to optimize their business by integrating third party providers and/or software platforms in a variety of areas. There are many solutions available and it’s best to seek out best practices through your business network and associations. Below are a few and more are being developed:

To reach true business optimization choose a local company that can provide or install the features you need through the development of a custom website. 

Level 4 – E-Business – To BE AN ONLINE-BUSINESS

This level is reserved for businesses whose entire sales are generated on-line such as Amazon, Uber, Airbnb to name a few. Someday you may even startup a business like Bumpboxes here in Peoria, which provides safe products on a subscription basis to expecting moms.

Going Digital is an adaptive strategy to help business survive and recover through this COVID crisis.  Determine what level you’re at on the evolutionary ladder and map out a course to prepare your businesses for the challenges and opportunities ahead. LET’S GO DIGITAL!

Please contact us at 309-494-8640 or economic.development@peoriagov.org if you know of any platforms we should add to help everyone GO DIGITAL!

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