With more and more consumers using the Internet to research, purchase and service products, it’s vital for businesses – especially small businesses – to have a strong web presence. Many had cutting-edge websites a few years ago, but websites can get stale and outdated quickly. The good news for small business is that redesigning or creating a robust website just got quicker and simpler, thanks to two new web hosting and design plans announced today by AT&T*.
The new “Get Me Started” and “Build It For Me” plans are designed to help small businesses with what they need in their website building efforts. Many times, it’s the initial steps of web development that are the largest obstacle for small business owners. Starting at $42.50 a month, the “Get Me Started” plan allows the customer to get a professionally designed website up and running quickly while still allowing them the ultimate control over their content through an easy to use Do-It-Yourself design tool. This solution offers customers both a three- and five-page option for their initial site. Once management of the site is turned over, small business owners will have access to online video tutorials on how they can implement more updates on their own.
The “Build It For Me” plan starts at $95 per month and allows customers to let AT&T design experts build, host and design their website with five-, 10- and 15-page options. With Enhanced Web Hosting, users can further explore maximizing search engine rankings and using the latest internet marketing tools.
Both the “Get Me Started” and “Build It For Me” plans include 30 minutes of our expert design assistance each month.
“A strong, well-designed and easy-to-find online presence for a small business is important because it builds customer trust and expands customer reach,” said Ebrahim Keshavarz, vice president of Small Business Product Management for AT&T. “ With the option to review their website’s effectiveness each month, small business owners can make sure that their site is working as hard as possible for them while keeping their customers interested and engaged with fresh content.”
“The competition is fierce in our industry and having a reliable, safe and compelling web presence allows us to stand out,” said Tyron Jones, owner of Jackson, Miss.-based Lindsey Security Firm. “The Web Hosting services by AT&T enabled us to get a smart and effective website up which resulted in increased awareness of our firm and expanded business across other states.”
According to research from Webvisible and Nielsen, 63 percent of consumers and small business owners first look to the Internet for information about local companies but surprisingly, only 44 percent of small businesses have a website. For small companies with limited design capabilities, time and budget, it can be difficult to design and maintain a valuable web presence. The proliferation of technologies, such as interactive multimedia assets (video and images) and social media, has become increasingly prevalent and has set a new standard in business sites today. AT&T Web Hosting allows small business owners to concentrate on running their business while relying on AT&T experts to create a functional, search engine friendly website that reflects the small business’ personality and business needs.
Customers interested in exploring what AT&T Web Hosting Services can do for their business can visit the newly redesigned webhosting.att.com. Along with detailed pricing information, a variety of plans, services and marketing tips can be combined to create a unique web solution for any business. A 10 percent discount is available on these two new bundles for existing AT&T customers who already have AT&T High-Speed Internet, U-verse, AT&T Managed Internet Service or AT&T TechSupport 360.
Small businesses looking to find information about AT&T products and services can visit www.att.com/smallbusiness and for mobility, www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter. For free business resources such as webinars, white papers, training, case studies and best practices, they can visit www.att.com/smallbusinessinsite. Additionally, real-time information can be found on the AT&T Small Business Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz) and Twitter channel (www.twitter.com/smallbizInSite).
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verseSM and AT&T |DIRECTVSM brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.