05/22/2016 | Debra Akins So good to share...Pinterest0Facebook0Google+0TwitterLinkedinIt cannot be denied that the Internet has taken over almost everything now and with this being said, business now has a new arena to compete in and this time, it’s in a digital playing field. With over 3.17 billion Internet users worldwide, it only makes sense why countless of businesses today are going online. The Internet provides numerous of opportunities for businesses. However, this doesn’t mean that success is easily attainable online. Like in the physical world, one would also need to strive hard in order for their businesses to succeed. Once you’ve taken your business online, one of your most effective tools for success is online marketing. But online marketing comes with its own set of challenges that you must overcome. Creating a fully functioning website. While this may seem like an easy task when you hire professional web builders, most people actually fail at creating a functional website. By functional, you would have to create a website that is not only aesthetically appealing but easily navigable as well. How a website is built is important because most of the time, that is what people use to determine the credibility of a company. Creating quality content. Once you’ve created a quality website, the challenge would then shift towards creating quality content. Anyone can create content but quality content that is of high value is what will bring people into your website. You must have an advanced writing ability as it is one of the qualities needed to produce valuable content. Promoting your website & its content. Once you start publishing content online, your next challenge is to promote your website’s contents. Social media is definitely one of the best ways you can do this. When you effectively utilize social media to your advantage, you’d be able to grow your audience. Generating new leads and converting it into profit. It is unlikely that a person would make a purchase in your website upon first visit and for this reason you would need a system that would generate leads. The best way to generate leads is by offering free content in exchange for the viewers’ email addresses. Doing so would allow you to build a personal relationship with the viewer and offer whatever products or services through email. It doesn’t matter what business you’re engaged in, whether it be selling of products like monogrammed baby gifts or services like plumbing or electric repair. For as long as you can overcome these online marketing challenges, you can go far in the business.