Selling your business online might seem like a daunting task. Who do I go with? How do I know my business will get exposure? Will my business sell? These are all valid questions that many business owners looking to sell would be asking themselves.
Over the years I have seen a lot of business owners post their ads and just let them run with minimal content and photos that are difficult to see, and no ‘personal’ touches and they wonder why they are not getting much interest. So I thought its time I shared with you the top 5 tips that we have seen help businesses get greater exposure and more enquiries!
I can’t stress this enough. Not just any photos, but good photos!! Clear images with good lighting that show all aspects of the business for sale. Think about real estate photos in a magazine, they look amazing because a photographer has taken the time to stage the photos. I’m not saying you need to hire a photographer. But take the time to think about what photos you should take to ‘show off’ your business. Maybe ask a photography savvy friend to come by and take some shots. It will cost you nothing (once you borrow a digital camera!) good photos are SO important in gaining exposure online.
Tips to consider when taking photos:
Put yourself in the buyers shoes for a moment. You have found this business for sale online (now with excellent photos!) and you want to be able to read as much about it as you can. You’re buying a business and want to feel you can understand all aspects of the business, trust the seller is not withholding any information and feel that it is profitable or offers you the lifestyle you want. No one goes into business to lose money!! They want to feel that this business for sale is not a ‘dud’.
So back to being the seller… you think “I want to sell but I don’t want to give away too much information online” problem with that – interested buyers will be hesitant in contacting you. So you need to decide how much information you want to display, if not much, than think creatively. Give the ad some personal touches, so interested buyers can associate with you.
Tips to consider when writing your content:
3. Keep it Current!
Make sure you are watching your ad and make changes to it to reflect any changes. You might have written your ad at 6pm after a long day’s work and left some important information out, or didn’t showcase the businesses best qualities. Be sure to review your ad. Maybe update people on what’s been happening, a recent big sale or a renovation. Its your page. Display what information you like. Connect with interested buyers.
4. Spread the word!!
Now that you have this online web page with a URL (web address), a unique ID#, great photos, in depth content with current information – spread the word! Good quality online sites generate a lot of their own interest (Bsale received 42,000+ visitors a month, primarily from search engines), but you can also do more. Mention your add on Facebook and Twitter, put an ad in the local paper with simply “café for sale in Dubbo $55,000 visit www.bsale.com ID#5670” it should only cost you around $40 and can lead to a page with a LOT more information and contact details. Why spend $200+ on big print add, when you can get an ad online for $159 and can be seen by thousands and showcase a LOT more of your business.
5. Consider your Exposure!
There are a lot of online advertising websites. Do your research, some sites have a high Google presence and rank, others do not. Some claim to get you on “16 websites” but what good is that if they don’t appear on page # 1 Google for “business for sale” or whatever your key term would be – these sites are getting little traffic and will do next to nothing in getting you exposure. Google your key terms “business for sale SA” “Café for Sale NSW” and see what sites are appearing and what they offer. Sites like www.bsale.com.au can get you on other top ranked sites as well! Simply, the more high ranked websites you’re on, the greater your chances of finding that right buyer.
So remember when advertising your business for sale online to use fantastic photos, have relevant content, keep it current and help spread the word – you never know who might be interested in buying it!
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Did you manage to sell your business online? Tell us how it went!