Why you need awebsite

Why you need awebsite

Why Do I Need a Website?
Reason #1 – Online brochure
Companies spend millions creating brochures and distributing them. By having a website you can skip that entirely. Your potential customers can find out about you and any of your products online. If you get most of your business through networking and personal connections, then they will want to check out your website.
Reason #2 – More customers
More than 2.4 billion people use the internet every day, and some 90% of those have purchased something, or contacted a company, online in the last 12 months. So by not having a website, you will be missing out on a big piece of the pie.
Reason #3 – Business value
Have you tried getting a business loan recently? It’s not easy, but if you try and the bank manager asks to see your website, you better have a pretty good one. It doesn’t just stop with the bank, the perceived value of your business will be lower in everyone’s eyes – especially your customers.
Reason #4 – Influence
By having a website potentially thousands of people are going to see it. You are able to influence people’s decisions and educate them.
Reason #5 – Time to show off
You know that great feeling you get when people recognize your work? Well, by having a website you can show off what you do and take pride in your work.
Reason #6 – Helps with business goals
That’s right! When it comes to writing the content for your website you are going to revisit things about your business that you haven’t in years. You will most likely reassess your business goals.
Reason #7 – Low barriers of entry
Ever wanted to start a business? Well, now you can do it with virtual space. In fact, by using some free website providers you don’t have to pay a penny.
Reason #8 – 24 hours per day
Your website runs 24/7 without any supervision or need to lock it up. You can always be there for your customers.
Reason #9 – Communication with customers
By having a blog or even just a feed on your website, you can update customers on your newest offers, products, promotions, events, photos, or any other content.
Reason #10 – Marketing
The internet has opened up a whole new world of marketing that didn’t exist before. Your website can attract new business by using a whole host of low cost marketing techniques.
Reason #11 – Customer support
You can greatly reduce the cost of customer support by have a ticketing system, or even just an FAQ on your website. I can think of about 5 companies off the top of my head that streamline your customer service straight from your website.
Reason #12 – Email@mywebsite.com
I know there are other ways to do this, but by having a website you can have your own email address@whateveryouwant.com. It is more professional and easier to remember. I know you love your steveman99286534@gmail.com , but it doesn’t really resonate with customers.
Reason #13 – Press releases
I know that sounds a bit far out, but it is true. You can run really cheap
press releases online about your business, but to do it you will require a website. In fact, I have had clients who were absolute nobodies get one million views on YouTube because of online press releases.
Reason #14 – Stick it to the man
The best answer to “Why do I need a website?” would be that you can stick it to the man. It is the easiest way to quit your job and earn a living.
Reason #15 – Any topic or hobby will do
Do you love sports? How about ballet, alternative dance, photography, holidays, Kit-Kats, cars, skateboards, science or animals? Well, then you have a business idea just waiting to happen. The internet has room for an unlimited number of niche blogs that can attract traffic and revenue. Just pick something you love and start writing about it.
Reason# 16 – Connect with fellow web masters
On a little side note, if you own a website you get to call yourself a ‘web master’. Pretty cool! But reason #16 for ‘why I need a website’ is that you can easily make new business and personal connections with other website owners. This can lead to extra streams of income for you!
Reason #17 – Gives you a voice
Have you ever been in an argument with someone and said “Well, I have written an article about that on my website, and actually, that isn’t the case.” It feels great! For some reason people don’t want to argue with you if you’ve written about something on your website. It also gives you a place where you can voice your opinion without judgment. If someone leaves you a comment you don’t like you can just drag it over to the spam folder.
Reason #18 – Do business your own way
You don’t need permission from your boss or company lawyer. Ash Ambridge drops the ‘F-Bomb’ all the time because she can, and no else is asking her to stop. Now she has a world class business with thousands of customers.
Reason #19 – Beat the big guys
Have you ever wanted to get into business, but don’t know how to compete with all the big names out there? By creating an incredibly beautiful website with a solid strategy behind it you can smash the big guys to pieces. You have no chance of building bigger skyscrapers, but your website can break down the perceived wall between you and them.
Reason #20 – Instant credibility
Have you ever had difficulty making that sale? Or convincing someone that you are the real deal. By having a well structured website you can foster instant credibility with anyone. You can provide the ultimate proof that you are, in fact, the realest of all deals (couldn’t resist that phrase).
Reason #21 – Helps you to find a new job
I bet you didn’t see this one coming. I have been harping on about how a website can help your business, but it can help you personally too. Not only can a website host your resume or CV, but by owning and managing your website you have demonstrated tons of hard and soft skills. Having worked in HR once upon a time, I know it is valuable.

Using ICT for transformation developement

Using ICT for transformation developement

Africa is advancing by leaps and bounds in adoption and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the private and public sectors. A new report, “ eTransform Africa ”, shows how innovations that began in Africa – like the use of dual SIM card cellular phones or using mobile technologies for remittance payments – are now spreading across the continent and beyond. Africa is now a bigger market for mobile subscriptions than either the United States or the European Union. The new opportunities were presented at a knowledge event held on January 10th 2013 which brought together specialists from the World Bank and the African Development Bank and policy-makers from Rwanda and Kenya.
The knowledge event, on “ The Transformational Impact of ICTs in Africa”, was organized by the Africa Region Sustainable Development department and the ICT Sector unit to disseminate the findings of the 2012
eTransform Africa report. This new report, produced jointly by the World Bank and African Development Bank, with the collaboration of the African Union, argues that ICT innovations are dramatically changing the way African governments and businesses operate, ultimately driving entrepreneurship and economic growth. To illustrate: the pace at which the African continent increases its access to bandwidth Internet has grown 20-fold in just four years. By early 2013, some 750 million mobile phone subscriptions were in use, covering two thirds of all African adults. The best practices showcased during the event highlight how the innovative use of ICTs can help in promoting job creation and boosting the export potential of domestic companies, over the longer term. A snapshot of these best practices includes:
• Agriculture: In Kenya, the Kilimo Salama scheme is providing crop insurance for farmers, using the M-PESA payment gateway, helping them to better manage natural hazards such as drought or excessive rainfall.
• Climate change adaptation : In Malawi, a deforestation project is training local communities to map their villages using GPS devices and empowering them to develop localized adaptation strategies by engaging communities.
• Financial services : In Senegal, SONATEL (a subsidiary of Orange) is one of the latest operators on the continent to launch a money transfer service that is enabling 200,000 subscribers to send and receive money using mobile phones.
• Health: In Mali, telemedicine is helping overcome the lack of trained healthcare workers and specialists in rural areas, specifically the IKON Tele-radiology program
It is too early to project how sustainable ICT-enabled transformations in Africa will prove to be, and whether those benefits will extend beyond tech-savvy entrepreneurs to the poor and the most vulnerable. But African policy-makers are already seeing the emergence of home-grown best solutions in public and private spheres. During the event, Mr. Paul Kukubo, CEO of Kenya’s ICT Board, shared his country’s expectation to become a leading regional knowledge hub by 2017 through ICT-enabled open government, capacity building, and innovation. The Rwandan Minister of Youth and ICTs Hon. J. P. Nsengimena cited positive achievements in the ICT sector in Rwanda, but acknowledged that a major challenge for any modernization agenda lies in “embracing the change” at the top level of government. Implanting technologies is easier than effective change management on the political scene, he said. Rwanda is planning to host a regional eTransform Africa event in June 2013 to set a future agenda in this area, building on the Connect Africa event hosted in Kigali in October 2007.
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The webcast of the knowledge event can be viewed here and the presentation of the report by Dr Tim Kelly here .
The e-Transform Africa report highlights African ICT innovations and home-grown solutions in six key sectors –
Agriculture , Climate Change Adaptation ,
Education, Financial Services, Health and
Government – as well as two cross-cutting sectors – the competitiveness of the local ICT sector and Regional Trade and Integration . The report was produced jointly by the World Bank and the African Development Bank, A large part of the funding from the. The editors are Enock Yonazi, Tim Kelly, Naomi Halewood, and Colin Blackman. Support from the Korean Trust Fund on ICT for Development and the World Bank’s Africa Region Chief Economist’s Office is gratefully acknowledged.
For more information on eTransform Africa, including the full report, the summary report and individual sector reports, see: www.eTransformAfrica.org

How to become a good programmer Recommendations from Google.

How to become a good programmer Recommendations from Google.

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