The "Who's" have been identified. For the local printer there seems to be only two types of web sites; "Bad" and "Really Bad". The classifications are limited to printers, but since that is the subject of my white paper / business plan, it is here. This is obviously going to sound self serving to LightsOn's business model, but identifying these weaknesses and niche / cracks in the market are part of any business and execution plan.
Several large trade printers provide local printers with branded websites at little to no cost. The local printer gets a good site that brands themselves. The trade printer gets many local representations of their products. Why don't theses "Bad" websites work?
- Products are limited to what the trade printer supplies (the trade printer that provided the branded site for the local printer).
- The local printer has limited price control (None IMHO).
- Local printers buy from multiple trade printers.
- Branded sites do not help to promote service nor foot traffic to the local printer.
- Branded sites have failed for the local printer in the market place.
This one is kind of funny to me because many of these sites are only for the purpose of being able to say: "yea we have a website too" (IMO). Actually, they are much more, but the much more in about preservation of business rather than growth and new business. Regretfully, when you are in defensive mode, and your competition is on the offense, there is only one direction for the ball to go (there are very few interceptions in business).
Sampling of their customer sites:
A PostNet Site
I am not sure where to begin - what I do know is, the printers that use this product are our target. They so obviously want more. I always tell them to ask themselves - Have you ever received an unsolicited online order? - Not one where you told the customer to go there and upload their files. Some local printers actually pay for this .... and wow, I will be asking them all... "who owns your domain name?"
No wonder Vistaprint is winning.