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Taking your business online

Taking your business online and running it successfully – The One Stop Solution

Digitalization is paced up in every sector now. At this hour, if you wish to grow and expand your business you cannot sideline the online opportunity. So, talking ahead, we here will be discussing the easiest patterns for taking your business online and also how will you keep it running successfully. 

The online shift of the business has been a demand of business owners now. Reason being

  • You get more opportunities to expand your business and grow your sales,
  • reaching your target audience efficiently,
  • Low business running costs,
  • High exposure
  • And much more. 

In fact, all the things you want from your business. With so much excellence and the use of technology, it’s very easy for taking your business online, all that matters is the right decision and picking up the right things. 

Requirements for taking your business online and successfully running it are

  • The GTM plan
  • An online store
  • Right Marketing Tactics

Your correct decisions in these 3 areas will help you in having yourself to the next level. So, once again, its all about the right decisions in the variations of these 3 sections so that you may hit the bull’s eye!

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So let’s start with the 1st section, which is 

The GTM plan

The abbreviation of the GTM plan is Go-To-Market Plan. Everything requires proper planning at the initials so that you don’t face the known difficulties ahead. 

The GTM plan does the same thing for you in a more of a better way. 

From the introduction of a new product in the market by a big business house to the new ones who are taking their business online, a GTM plan is a must. 

It gives you a complete glance of the strategy through which you will shift online, how will you represent your business to the people, making them aware of your business, and helping them in making the buying decisions. 

A GTM plan consists of the following 

  • The goal you want to achieve
  • Brief of your business
  • Target audience
  • Competitors
  • Your approach to reaching an audience base
  • Organic Marketing methods, plans, and platforms
  • Paid ads
  • Your sales plan
  • Initial Budgeting
  • Running cost
  • Creating a proper process flow
  • SWOT analysis

So, when you have this much research, then you are really well prepared. And, this is very mandatory. Before jumping into anything you must have complete knowledge of that and you know about all the wax and waynes.

Once the GTM plan is prepared, we just have to move accordingly. 

Now the point comes where you need to have an online store. 

An Online store

For any business to be present online, you need to have an address and that is your website where your target audience can reach you. 

To, set up your online store, you can do it in 2 ways

  • Language coded setup
  • Using frameworks

Before preparing for the setup, you need to have the following, 

  • Domain name 
  • Web Hosting

Now set up your server. 

Language coded setup

If you have a piece of solid information about coding, then open source can be a good option for you. In an open source setup, you have to make regular alterations in the backend to provide updates to your customers, bringing in new features or eradicating any old ones like payment gateways, products line, services pages, etc. 

In that case, you have to be well versed with codes. 

If you wish to hire someone for this role, that can be tricky, because what if at a certain time that particular putting an end to his role in your organization? Also, if you replace him, then it is a laborious and time-spending to find the code and tags the 1st person used in your backend. Things will be very difficult for you then. 

Yes, it is completely free, you don’t have to pay anything for this setup. 

Using Frameworks

To ease the loop of open source, frameworks were introduced. A far more easy and more convenient way. A complete structure of the website is present. You can choose the template for your website and just put on the images, content, and everything which you want over the template. 

Popular frameworks in the market right now are

  • WordPress
  • Shopify
  • Magento
  • Bigcommerce
  • Prestashop
  • Opencart
  • And more. 

These frameworks are mostly subscription based. Once you buy the subscription, you have to pay a minimal cost as per the plan you have selected. They automatically provide you with all the updates and make it ready for your customers. 

These frameworks have a range in which they cater to a fresh business as well as huge enterprises. So, depending upon your requirements you can choose your plan and proceed. 

Advice for You 

There are multiple challenges that you may face while selling your products and services online, like issues in payment gateways, shipping problems, inventory management, etc. ‘

In that case, you have to do the following,

  • Search for a right mentor
  • Find the one-stop solution for everything so that you get everything under one roof!
  • Stay Updated with market trends

Right Marketing Tactics

Now your business is online and so are the masses. The internet’s evolution is such that it has connected the global audience through its web. People are present everywhere online. The social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat, etc are the hubs where you can easily find your target audience. 

Now the point is, how will you grab their attention of them? Here comes the role of an effective marketing plan. 

  • Showcase yourself over social media platforms with the exact key messaging you want to address your audience. 
  • Connect with them regularly through images and videos.
  • Show them testimonials
  • Be seen everywhere in order to create brand remembrance
  • Use paid ads to reach your target audience

Well, the marketing approach is not that easy. You need to have a clear vision and mission to place your marketing strategy well. 

That’s a Wrap!

You need to understand one thing very clearly, Nowadays, it’s very important and convenient for taking your business online and running it successfully, all that matters is making the right decisions and having the right mentor. 

To be more precise, find an expert who helps you in providing custom solutions for your store, right mentoring you, and is a one-stop solution to all your needs. 

In case of any query, you can contact us directly at CEDCOSS and also come down to the comment section. 

Take care!

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Kartik awasthi

Kartik is a Focused millennial! Believes in the more you read, the more you know, and the more you become. Visionary about visualizing the diverse perspectives of the creative world and showcasing them in the garland of words!

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