Does your company website really matter?

An interesting article from ZDNet suggests that what you and your company do on free social media platforms (especially Facebook) matters more than your company website that was built at a cost of a few thousand dollars to many millions of dollars depending on the scale of your enterprise. Facebook is the hub that connects all of the interactions on the Internet to a new generation of consumers. In the late 1990s a firm’s web presence was more important than their legacy “bricks and mortar”. In the second decade of the new millennium social media has replaced a company’s website as the focus of dynamic interaction with their customers. Companies will react to the new social media realities or perish.

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