Communications giant AT&T announced Web hosting and design plans aimed at boosting the company Websites of small to medium-size businesses. The Get Me Started and Build It For Me plans are designed to help small businesses with what they need in their Website building efforts, according to the company.
Starting at $42.50 a month, the Get Me Started plan helps businesses get a professionally designed Website up and running while still allowing them control over their content through a 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 Internet marketing tools.
AT&T has also set up a Website for its Web hosting offering. Along with pricing information, a variety of plans, services and marketing tips can be combined to create a unique Web solution for small businesses. 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.
"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 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.
AT&T argues that 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 helps 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.
"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."