Now more than ever is the time to show up and stand out online, but most small businesses lack the time and expertise to do so alone.
When you're not in the know, the digital world can be daunting and rob you of your time! You don't want to waste valuable resources on something that doesn't get results.
For both business and consumer, Argyll is a sprawling area. Service providers rely heavily on word of mouth while bricks-and-mortar businesses are often at the mercy of the short tourist season and passing footfall.
But there is likely an untapped customer base not too far from your doorstep...the average Joe would much rather buy from a local trader than an online giant, if only there was a convenient way to do so!
Like you, we are frustrated by big business & corporations having the upper hand over smaller, rural enterprises and are on a mission to make supporting local more simple.
Building a professional online presence enables small businesses to reach a far wider audience - not just across Argyll, but across the country and beyond.
Reaching new customers means increasing sales and revenue in your business, allowing you to enjoy the entrepreneurial Argyll lifestyle you set out to achieve.
As entrepreneurs, we know how it feels to wear multiple hats and lack the resources required to reach your business goals and potential. We also believe nobody should be held back by digital overwhelm. So here's to supporting local, together.
To encourage & enable consumers to support local businesses across Argyll & Bute by providing a unified virtual market-place & functional online hub.
To help small business owners improve their online presence as quickly & cost-effectively as possible to improve their reach & widen their customer base.
To provide simple marketing solutions to Market Argyll Members so they can wear one less hat and focus on running their business.
Remember the days when weekend markets would be bustling full of customers ready to buy produce and wares from local traders?
Well, the Market Argyll platform will act as that virtual market-place for those customers to visit. You can set up your online market stall to showcase your products & services, while we focus on driving people to the market. Your potential customers will be able to find you based on your location, business type & product or service offering.
We recognise that different types of business have different needs when it comes to their online presence. Not everyone needs a full e-commerce website, while some will reap the rewards and see a significant return on investment if they do decide to sell online.
That’s why we’ve created options for all, with price plans to suit your business needs.
A Mini Market Stall will enable you to showcase your business at a basic level - including a brief outline of your offering, one image, and contact details. Potential customers will be able to search and find you based on keywords, business type and location, then click straight through to your own website.
Quick & easy self-setup process and great for driving quality leads and traffic to your business. As a Market Argyll member, bespoke marketing packages will also be available to you so you can increase your business visibility and reach an even wider audience.
Opting in with a Stand-Out Stall allows you to showcase your business at a premium level. In addition to everything already mentioned above, your dedicated business profile gives you a one-page website within Market Argyll - fully optimised for search engines so that you can get found even outside the marketplace.
Styled with your branding and personality so that market-goers can get to know your business and what you have to offer. A professional presence, so that people can easily find you, follow you, book with you and buy from you.
You can also highlight whether you are operating differently due to COVID-19 restrictions, and upload a PDF file to display your menu, price-list or guide.
In addition to marketplace memberships, Market Argyll can also provide completely bespoke branding and design. Your own website will become your virtual shop-front to stand alone in the online market with a curated customer experience.
Investment at this level will include all other features and FREE marketplace membership for one year after opt-in, meaning you’ll get the added visibility from Market Argyll to drive local traffic to your new site, which will be fully optimised for search engine rankings.
Tailored to your needs, you will also have the option to sell your products directly online with sophisticated e-commerce functionality and business management tools.
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“Market Argyll service was different in every way. Enthusiastic, friendly, and never, at any point, did I feel blinded by 'tech speak' or overwhelmed.
I am delighted with the new site and, indeed, customers have commented on it. It is fresher, clearer, and far more user friendly - while significantly reducing my annual costs.
Looking forward to the virtual marketplace launching to increase our business’ visibility too!”
- Jane Hallett, Eureka! Midge Repellent
Originally from Oban, Oliver is an experienced Web & Graphic Designer.
He has helped numerous locally based businesses as well as larger global companies with their online presence, making an impact online by increasing their sales and ability to market themselves to a wider audience.
Although design is his main passion, when he’s not in the office, you’ll find him making the most of Argyll’s beautiful countryside, including hillwalking, cycling and photography.
Originally from Cairnbaan, Kirsten graduated from the University of Glasgow in Business & Management and now specialises in brand strategy & business development.
With an extensive background in the hospitality & tourism industry, she is eager to elevate customer & client experiences and is passionate about supporting small businesses.
Away from her desk, she’ll likely be cooking up a storm or dining out on Argyll’s wonderful produce.
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