WHAT’S IN A (DOMAIN) NAME?
You may be aware that over 90% of Britons will use a search engine first and foremost to research new products and services. If you didn’t know that you do now and you should understand what a HUGE marketing opportunity you have available to you and one that, if you’re not doing at all or not doing well, you WILL be losing out on business to your competition – something I am sure really don’t want to happen!!
So, I am writing about the importance of the domain name, the “www.’s”.
YOUR BUSINESS’ ‘HOME’ ONLINE
A domain name is your business’ address on the internet and is obviously synonymous with your website.
It’s how people can visit ‘you’ to see your message and offering. It’s the first rung of the digital brand ladder and should be the area that all your other activities ultimately ‘point’ to. Your domain name is just as important to your business as your own name is to you.
Ultimately, your domain name defines your business’ space on the Internet and will usually be the first point of contact that potential customers will often have, whether it be as email or the website itself, it acts as your company’s digital home.
A unique domain name, coupled together with your website, is the SINGLE most important marketing tool that you and your business have available to you and gives a greater perception of professionalism and identity as it tells people that you care how your company is perceived.
WHY ARE YOU STILL USING A FREE EMAIL ADDRESS?
A business that is not using a domain name, or not using one ‘properly’ is just sending out the wrong message. If your business, for example, is sending email using a branded email system such as hotmail or btinternet.com
- it is just promoting someone else’s business when it should be promoting yours
- it is simply portraying the wrong level of professionalism
I always tell clients that, in whatever aspect of their digital presence they look at, to make sure that they put themselves in the shoes of their customers and prospective customers – in this case, ask yourself how you perceive a business using the free email addresses? If you can see and agree that these types of of email send the wrong message, why would you still want to use one especially when you know that domains are cheap to ‘buy’ (a .co.uk, you should not be paying more that £10 for a 2 year registration, .com’s are a little more expensive).
PROTECT YOUR BRAND ONLINE
Another aspect of domain names that you should be aware of, and investigate’ is brand protection.
Think about registering alternative domain names such as mispells, ones that are spelt slightly differently to the actual name or even using hyphenation.