We're Living In A Digital Age, So Embrace It Or Get Out Of The Way
Aug 31, 2016 20:44
Historians and anthropologists split the years of human existence down into different ages. The Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age are three examples of this. If we are deciding what to call the age in which we live today, then it is probably fair to call it the Digital Age. Our time is defined, more than anything, by the way that information is more easily shared than ever before.
And so it's fair to say that if you drag your feet on embracing the technology available to you today, you're making a mistake. You're like a Stone Age man resisting the fashion to make axes and arrowheads from the most advanced material. When it comes to the race for resources, you'll be at the back of the queue. The fundamentals of your business may be great, but who'll know?
For various reasons, people have been cynical about technological developments for some time. Famously, the New York Times claimed that TV would never catch on. People felt that Twitter would never become mainstream. And it is easy to laugh at them now, with hindsight, but a lot of the time we don't know what will be big. The fact is, though, that the digital age IS here. It's not coming, it has arrived.
This is important, because if you want your business to make a big splash, you need to be on board with the developments that will get it there. For all that some people are leery about SEO, it is a thing and will not be going away anytime soon. It is essential to get your business visible online and use all the tools you realistically can. If you don't, you can be certain that your competitors will.
When it comes right down to it, not all business leaders know a lot about WHY their business becomes big. Sometimes it is more about knowing who to hire. How many property billionaires have ever laid a single brick? How many press barons could write a captivating sentence if they were given a blank sheet of paper and a pencil? The answer is that it doesn't matter.
Knowing who to hire is as vital to business success as individual skill. If you don't have the people to do SEO and social media marketing in-house, companies like RiverOnline exist to help with that. As long as you know what you need and can communicate it, then you've got enough to move forward with. It does help to at least familiarise yourself with the language, of course. Leave the nuts and bolts to someone else, but be aware of the key points. The reason we have so many ages going back through history is because new things came along.
The people who relied on the old ways lost out because they weren't ready. If you're still on the fence when it comes to pushing your business into the digital age, get off now. Or you'll find yourself like Stone Age man at the birth of Bronze.
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