You may have heard it plenty of times: You should be online; people are searching for your company online; if you are not online, you miss out on opportunities.
These statements aren’t wrong, but they’re incomplete. Being online is one thing, but the real goal should be to have a strong online presence — this gets you results. A strong online presence can supplement your traditional growth methods and bring you one step closer to your goal of finding new customers.
If you’re looking to grow your customer base, search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and BING are where you want to appear. Why? According to research 4 out of 5 buyers research products online before contacting a sales rep. Industrial buyers know how to find exactly what they want quickly — and they’re using long-tail (3-4 keyword) search terms online. And 53% of industrial buyers make their decision in less than one month.