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Social Media: The Temporary Online Fad vs Your Website: The Digital Fortress

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Our member QED Website Design has explained the important difference between having your business on social media, and having a designated website. 

TLDR: Don’t build your sandcastle on someone else’s beach.

In today's digital age, having an online presence is crucial for any business. However, the choice of whether to establish a website or rely solely on social media platforms can have significant implications for your online success.

While social media offers a convenient and engaging way to connect with your audience, it falls short in several key aspects when compared to a dedicated website.

Here are seven compelling reasons why using social media over having a website is a bad idea:

1. Limited Control and Ownership:
Social media platforms are constantly evolving, and their algorithms and policies can change without notice. This unpredictability can significantly impact your ability to control your online presence and reach your target audience effectively. When you rely on social media, you are essentially at the mercy of these platforms, which can make it challenging to maintain a consistent brand identity and messaging.

2. Environmental Impact and Green Credentials:
Do you think you are environmentally responsible? If you are only using social media as your lead magnet, then you need to post at a higher rate to feature in search engines – that has an environmental impact.
At QED web design we recently built a website which was given a carbon rating of A+. This means that it is in the top 10% of all websites globally for carbon emitting cleanliness.

For context:

Website: Amount (grams) of carbon emitted
A QED recent website build 0.09g per page visit
FaceBook 0.16g per page visit & 0.63g per minute used
Instagram 0.57g per page visit & 0.87g per minute used
TikTok 0.95g per page visit & 0.96g per minute used

Source: & (2023 report)

3. Branding and Customisation Restrictions:
Social media platforms offer limited customisation options, making it difficult to create a unique and professional online presence that aligns with your brand's identity. You are constrained by the platform's design templates and features, which can restrict your ability to showcase your brand's personality and values effectively.

4. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Limitations:
Social media pages are not optimised for search engines, making it difficult for potential customers to find your business through organic search results. Websites, on the other hand, can be optimised to rank higher in search engine results, increasing your visibility and attracting more organic traffic to your online presence.

75% of customers arrive at your brand via organic search results that have utilised SEO, this is where social media is failing your business.

5. Analytics and Data Ownership:
Social media platforms provide limited access to detailed analytics, making it challenging to track audience behaviour and make informed decisions about your online marketing strategies. With a website, you have full ownership of your data, allowing you to gain deeper insights into your audience and make data-driven decisions to enhance your online performance.

6. Long-Term Viability:
Social media trends come and go, and platforms can lose popularity or even disappear entirely, anyone remember MySpace or Vero?!?. Relying solely on social media can leave your business vulnerable to these shifts, potentially disrupting your online presence and customer relationships. A website, on the other hand, provides a more stable and enduring online foundation that can withstand the ebb and flow of social media trends.

7. Professional Image and Credibility:
A dedicated website conveys a sense of professionalism and credibility that social media profiles alone cannot match. Having a well-designed and informative website instils trust and confidence in potential customers, making it more likely that they will engage with your brand and do business with you.

In conclusion, while social media can be a valuable tool for marketing and engagement, it should not be considered a replacement for a dedicated website. A website serves as your own digital storefront, providing a more comprehensive and controlled online presence that enhances your brand's visibility, credibility and long-term success.

Consider investing in a professional website with QED web design to establish a strong foundation for your online presence, and reap the rewards of a well-crafted digital home.


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