Tapping into the online action now easy for small business

SMALL businesses can get the jump on their competitors by launching a catchy sales-ready website, and they don't need an in-house web genius.

APN Australian Regional Media, publisher of this paper, is offering a fast, effective and low-cost website building and hosting services to its small business customers.

A recent Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland study found a majority of small businesses were missing sales opportunities by not having an online presence.

The study found:

  • Almost 70% of businesses generated less than 10% of their revenue online;
  • 75% of businesses with a website do not have a mobile version of their website, missing an Australian audience of 11 million mobile users; and
  • 67% of businesses do not have a digital marketing plan.

Artist Chris McSkimming took advantage of the digital solutions available from APN ARM and his website chrismcskimmingartist.com.au was up and running in a matter of days.

"The process was great," Mr McSkimming said.

"The paperwork and the online forms that we needed to do, my wife and I did those and that was easy.

"The IT team took us through the first stage, and five days later it was up and running."

Mr McSkimming said he had already received inquiries and positive feedback from around the world since his site went live just a few weeks ago, and had already added his own touches with additional photo galleries of his art.

APN ARM's digital solutions service can have your business online for as little as $595 setup and just $19 per month.

If you think your business deserves a slice of the billions of dollars spent online every year in Australia please visit http://www.thechronicle.com.au /digital-solutions or phone 1300 557 917.