Place of Web Site as Tool of Marketing

Which should be viewed more as a tool of marketing a product/service, the Internet or web site? I tend to mix up both – Cyril Mbakwe

One leads to the other. Just like what holds between a car seat and the car itself, always regard the web site as a ‘subset’ of the Internet. It can not exist without the Internet and is comprised of assemblage of associated web pages, reflective of file of information located on a server connected to the World Wide Web (WWW). Without delving into defining this subject extensively due to constraints of space, just note that a web site is a location connected to the Internet which maintains one or more pages on the World Wide Web; and provides for inclusion of text, photographs, illustrations, video, music, and even computer programs – Hence its relevance as a critical tool of marketing.

Internet on the other hand, is a computer-based global information system (which embodies the web site). An online dictionary has this about it: “The Internet is composed of many interconnected computer networks. Each network may link tens, hundreds, or even thousands of computers, enabling them to share information and processing power…It has made it possible for people all over the world to communicate with one another effectively and inexpensively…and does not have a centralized distribution system, unlike traditional broadcasting media, such as radio and television. 寧, an individual who has Internet access can communicate directly with anyone else on the Internet, post information for general consumption, retrieve information, use distant applications and services, or buy and sell products.”

A mere ‘free reign’ surfing, browsing or visit to the Internet will yield all sorts of web sites (or sites) that convey almost countless displays of marketing offerings, which easily come the way of prospective customers just by ‘pointing the cursor and clicking’. My recent first ever encounter with www.domedeal.com.ng (an online shopping platform for buying and selling), being a market place for various offerings from a Nigerian perspective, clearly exemplifies opportunities which a typical site provides for marketing.

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Without going into the technicalities of what comprise a typical web site (例如. 活版印刷, 語法, 標題, 複製或銷售信, 網頁, 佈局, 鏈接, 搜索引擎優化或SEO, 網頁內容狀態, 等), just bear in mind that I remain one of those who would not ‘mince words’ in referring to the web site as “one of the greatest things that happened to marketing in recent time”. The following justify this claim:-

  • The site will create significant impact towards a marketer’s presence and visibility (更多 800 全世界百萬人訪問萬維網. A business, product, service no doubt will have so much exposure through this).
  • Helps the marketer to network (通過建立與他人良好的連接, 24 每天小時, 廉價和簡單).
  • Provides important information (web site can comprise a source of knowing about any offering for the benefit of prospective consuming public).
  • Assists in heightening public interest towards what is being projected (people anywhere can easily access the product or service. Indeed it helps save time in facilitating publicity input such as press enquiries).
  • 使得容易到達媒體. As the most wired profession these days, the media can get information more quickly, 廉價地, 和容易的在線.
  • Affords pictures, 聲音和電影文件 ( 一張圖片勝過千言萬語 - 該網站允許另外的聲音, pictures and short movie files on information for public consumption).
  • 網站便於解答常見問題解答 (常問問題) 並允許反饋, from prospects and consumers alike on what best suits one’s offerings, or otherwise.
  • 有助於創造 24 小時服務, 一周七天, for a business concern (a business can be contacted anytime, 即使在辦公室不開. It can customize information to match needs and collections of important information even before workers get to the office).
  • Fosters easy projection of an entity (its product or service), on a continuous basis, to interested parties globally through attracting more visitors to it, whereby it constitutes a medium of advertisements (例如. 分類, 靜止或Flash橫幅廣告).

Aside marketing of a product, service, concept or idea, I am aware of a Nigerian government that utilises its site a great deal to achieve these: ‘Nudge’ government contractors and other interested parties (connected to this government,) to subscribe for advertisements on the site (source of fund raising); project the activities of the Governor and other top officials (例如. 項目投產) through postings on the web site; vacancies on jobs for the teaming unemployed youths and even contract opportunities; display of a directory of businesses and other organisations within the state; provision for payments and subscription services (例如. 利率, 稅, 費用); while a newsletter on the site serves as an online means of conveying government’s activities to the people; and a mailing list for aiding the generation of vital data.

最後, considering the prevalent shift from traditional media (print, radio, television, outdoor and transportation displays) to new media platform (with the Internet and the mobile phone occupying centre stage, having components like blog, podcast, and social media which have bearing on a web site) as vehicles of effective marketing, the vital place of the web site as a modern tool of marketing becomes easily discernable.

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