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7 Key Benefits of Having a Business Website

7 Key Benefits of Having a Business Website

With the rise in use of social media, often times regular websites are overlooked. When a business decides to forgo having a regular website, they are losing great opportunities. There are so many things that can be accomplished with a website, including a number of marketing strategies that will help the business to grow.

1. Around-the-Clock Accessibility

Almost everything on the internet is accessible 24/7, every day of the year. It requires very little effort on the customer’s part to decide on making a purchase via a website. Customers can be located anywhere, and may successfully use the website for their purchase. Many times this is the case for customers that need a very specific product, but do not have the time to search individual storefronts.

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2. It is Cost Effective

When setting up a website, you will know exactly how much it will cost, unlike having a brick and mortar location that comes with variable monthly bills and the threat of theft. Affordable web hosting mixed with a website that is strategically developed will provide huge benefits at minimal cost for upkeep. All costs that are associated with keeping a website are clear cut and chosen by the individual that makes the website.

3. It Provides Credibility

Through building a website, a business is creating an opportunity for customers to trust the business, and then provide testimonials. Often times, consumers will search the internet for credibility of a product or service prior to making a purchase. Some people are still leery of making a purchase online due to the reputation for websites getting hacked or compromised. WordPress is the platform that 26% of all websites are built upon. However, there are ways to make sure that your WordPress website is safe for the customers.

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4. It is Convenient

It is much more convenient to shop from the comfort of your own home than to spend the time driving around town. Keen business owners know this, and build their websites based on exactly that. This allows potential customers to browse and purchase any products that they may be looking for at any given time, and lends to making the process of comparing items much easier. Being able to save items to a shopping cart or bookmarking them, allows for users to conveniently locate the goods or services at a later date.

5. Great Marketing

When choosing to advertise with a website, there are a multitude of marketing opportunities that open up. This presence allows for the maximum amount of exposure, while spending the least amount of money. There are so many marketing options available through websites, that a business is only limited by which option they choose to utilize. Even with very minimal effort put into marketing, simply having an online presence will multiply the potential customers of the business while amplifying the existence of the business.

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6. It Drives Sales

When a business spends more than it sells, failure is imminent. Having a presence online allows for the sale of products and services at any time, day or night, to whomever, wherever they are located. There are very few limitations, of course until you run out of stock. When a business is visible to the whole world, it raises the likelihood of gaining customers. The increase in visitors and customers, will contribute to expansion of business and increased sales.

7. Allows Targeting of a Larger Market

When a business provides goods or services, having a website ensures an arena in which accessing them is not limited by time or location. As a retailer, having a website lends to having a great arena to sell products to a wider market, even making the items available globally.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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