Do All Retailers Need Good Websites?

AsktheExpertsQ. I own a brick-and-mortar specialty store. Since we don’t sell online, is it necessary to have a good website?

John Fell: A good website is important because it enables your store to be found by prospective and existing customers via search engines. Additionally, a prospective customer will almost always vet your store by checking out your website prior to physically visiting it even if they first learn about it through word of mouth, walking by or any of your marketing efforts.

Therefore, it is essential that a brick-and-mortar retailer has a website that impresses prospects and conveys their store’s unique brand and value proposition. A good website will make you seem modern and easy to do business with.

In addition to great design and branding, here is a checklist of key elements every retail store website should have:

  • Clearly state your location, hours and contact information.
  • List the brands and products you sell. Listing your brands enables you to be found by local consumers searching for the brands you sell.
  • Think of your website as a window and display professional photographs of your store that brand you favorably.
  • Have a call to action that invites the visitor to opt in to your e-mail program and automatically send an offer to everyone who signs up to nurture prospects.
  • Provide links to your social media channels.
  • Make sure your site looks great on all screens, especially mobile devices (site visits from mobile devices now account for 28% of all web traffic).
  • Have a blog and update its content regularly.
  • Consider posting your key inventory as an online catalog. This allows you to be found by local consumers searching the web with the intent to buy online from a web merchant and provides them with the alternative to buy locally from you.

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avatar About John and Jake Fell

About John and Jake Fell

John Fell spent 25 years as a high-end apparel retailer and three as a retail consultant before founding eMarketing Logic (E-Mail Logic) in 2002. With his hands-on experience in retail, his knowledge of digital marketing and his passion for the menswear business, John has helped over 100 small retailers and vendors successfully transition from traditional marketing to new media.

Jake Fell is the Director of Business Development at eMarketing Logic and oversees their production team. He takes pride in working alongside dozens of the nation’s top menswear retailers, learning their opportunities and helping them achieve tremendous ROI and a modern online presence. Jake assists retailers in evolving their image and value proposition to be more appealing to younger customers. He understands independent retailers wear numerous hats and strives to simplify the marketing process for clients and make their lives easier.

eMarketing Logic, founded as E-Mail Logic in January 2002, has been helping the specialty apparel industry transition from expensive, ineffective, and outdated forms of marketing to cutting-edge, cost-effective solutions.

eMarketing Logic’s winning team blends modern, multi-channel marketing platforms with cutting edge technical skills, top-notch creativity, and experienced marketing savvy.

Ask John or Jake about marketing

John Fell
847-681-8502 x 101
jfell@emarketinglogic.com

Jake Fell
847-681-8502 x 105
jake@emarketinglogic.com

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