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Reasons for a pharmacy to not have a website and why that could be hurting your business

If you have concerns about the future of community pharmacies, you’ll be looking for solutions to ensure their longevity.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia recommends nine pathways for growth in community pharmacy as part of CP2025. They include:

  • Digital enablement
  • Health services
  • Community health hub
  • Business operations
  • Automation
  • In-home care
  • Leverage brand
  • Coordination, accreditation and partnerships
  • New products

The first four are considered priorities and the first three being the most “attractive” for both pharmacies and consumers.

Storbie is the award-winning solution and number one website platform used by New Zealand pharmacies. We work closely with the Pharmacy Guild to best understand what pharmacists need, to find web solutions to meet your specific digital requirements.

CP2025 is essentially a prescription for the health-betterment of community pharmacies.

In this article we take a look at the top 4 reasons to stay offline and why that could be at the detriment to your pharmacy.

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What Type of Website Does My Pharmacy Need?

A social media account or an online listing is no longer enough, your pharmacy needs its own standalone website. It’s now expected that customers can find you online and access information about your products and services wherever they are and at whatever time of day.

Pharmacies are especially of interest to shoppers in New Zealand, with an 18% growth in online search via Google in the first quarter of this year, compared to the previous year. But what type of website your pharmacy needs depends on what you want to get out of it. (more…)

What Type of Website Does My Business Need?

Your business needs a website. If you’re serious about what you do, a social media account or an online listing is no longer enough. It’s now expected that customers can find you online and access information about your products and services wherever they are and at whatever time of day.

But what type of website your business needs can depend on the kind of business you manage, whether you’re selling products or services, the level of engagement you want online, and what the purpose of your site is.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Where can my business currently be found online?
    • It may be a Facebook Page or Google Listing. That’s a start, but your own website is a step further in terms of professionalism. People often don’t trust a business if you’re only selling on Facebook, so you may be losing sales.
  • Who will my website be targeted at?
    • Think about your key demographics and the reasons they may find your website helpful.
  • What do I want customers to do on this website?
    • Do you want to inform them? Inspire them? Bring them in store? Have them shop online?
  • How much time do I have available?
    • A website doesn’t have to take up a lot of time, but content should be regularly refreshed. On Storbie, it only takes a couple of hours to get up and running.
  • What level is my business at?
    • How far has your business come so far? Where do you want it to go to next?

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How to set up a free Storbie Shop with the Young Enterprise Scheme NZ

Storbie has been a proud supporter and sponsor of the Young Enterprise Scheme in New Zealand, also known as YES, since 2015.

Young Enterprise works with secondary school students and teachers across New Zealand, mentoring them through the process of launching a new business. Participants gain business management experience and a better understanding of entrepreneurship.

For students taking part in Young Enterprise, Storbie offers a free ecommerce website to help market and sell products online, enabling friends, family, and the general public to discover and buy directly from students. Everyone is encouraged to join the YES Market, an online marketplace that showcases products and businesses from participants.

The YES Market provides increased exposure and is actively promoted by the Young Enterprise Trust.

For YES students setting up an online store with Storbie, here are 9 steps to help you out: (more…)

Choosing the Right Colours For Your Website

The brain processes visual images faster than text, in fact 60,000 times faster, and colour plays a large role in us making quick judgements.

Colours can influence our mood and feelings, and it’s a great tool for subtle branding across your Storbie website so your business is perceived the way you want.

In the Management Decision Journal’s “Impact of Color on Marketing”, it states people make up their mind within 90 seconds of their initial interactions with either people or products, and about 62-90% of the assessment is based on colours alone. Colour, along with your website’s layout, can determine whether a visitor will continue to browse your site.

Take a look at your local fast food restaurant. It’s likely to be a vibrant red. This is because red is a known appetite stimulant, supported closely by orange and yellow. Think McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut.

If you’re selling edible items online, red is a great colour to choose. However, it’s best to stay away from blue which is an appetite suppressant.

What colour is Jenny Craig’s logo? Weight Watchers? Most weight loss companies use blue for all of their branding. (So if you’re looking to shed a few pounds, try dishing up meals on a blue plate, or installing a blue light in your fridge, the results might surprise you.)

The reason these colours create such different reactions is down to nature. In the wild there’s very little that’s blue and edible. Nature and our experiences combine to give us an immediate reaction to colour, whether we’re fully aware of it or not.

Colour psychology has been used for decades to market and sell to consumers, and you can easily incorporate it into your Storbie website’s branding. (more…)

How to Choose the Right Social Media Platform for Your Online Business

Social media is a part of day to day life. 90% of New Zealanders aged 15 and above use it, and 80% of that usage is via mobile, meaning we take our news feeds wherever we go.

Because of this, social media needs to be a part of your business plan.

But where do you start? There are a lot of options, and stories are constantly being churned out by the media about how “this social network is rising” or “this one’s days are numbered”, and it can be hard to keep up.

You also need to keep in mind the target audience, the style of your brand, and how you want your voice to be heard.

We understand that when you’re involved in a busy time-constrained business, you need to know where best to invest, without spending a lot of hours researching through a sea of information. Especially as changes are happening exponentially in the social world.

So we’ve created a quick and current guide to the major social media platforms and which types of online and retail businesses they work best for. (more…)

Notable Marketing Dates in 2018 (including downloadable calendar)

When planning your sales and promotions for the year, there are some regular key dates to keep in mind, such as seasonal changes, public holidays, and school terms.

It also pays to think outside the box and look at some alternate dates that could complement your business, brand or products.

For example, if you sell books or items with quotes, why not focus on prose for World Poetry Day on March 21?

Share a photo of your staff dressed up for Pink Shirt Day on May 18 to show you take a stand against bullying.

Add some Te Reo to your products during Maori Language Week from 10-16 o Mahuru (September).

We’ve created this handy calendar with a mix of notable dates and special events to keep track of. (more…)