When you stroll into the workplaces of Peak and Dale Solutions Limited which can be situated on the fifth ground of Mitsumi Business Park in Westlands, you may assume a brand new firm has simply moved in.
The ‘abandoned’ look of the workplaces is intentional, as their job as a digital company is to get your business online. It’s paperless and the furnishings minimal.
The agency is twelve years outdated and gained the digital company of the yr award on the not too long ago held Kenya E-Commerce Awards. It focuses on digital options like e-commerce web sites, web site designs, content material administration programs, Search Engine Optimisation (web optimization) and area registration.
Enterprise spoke to Ms Mwirichia in regards to the progress of her firm and the trade at giant.
Having been available in the market for 12 years, what are a few of the tendencies you’ve witnessed within the digital area for companies?
Rather a lot has modified over time. First, once I began Peak and Dale, there have been just a few ladies within the tech trade. The numbers have since multiplied.
Technologies that had been discovered tough to adapt at the moment are being adopted. Initially, for those who advised somebody the significance of a site in order that they will have personalised e-mail or web sites they wouldn’t perceive.
A couple of years in the past, while you advised somebody about teleconferencing, they might be hesitant. But Google Meet, Microsoft Teams at the moment are entrenched. We are at present Microsoft and Google Workspace companions.
There are many different corporations that present digital options, how do you make your self stand out?
From the start, we now have positioned ourselves as a digital company. In the previous, there have been lots of advertising businesses. But they place themselves as artistic and advertising businesses.
Over the years we now have develop into masters in our commerce and we now have certifications to show that. We are masters in pay per click on advertising. We are in a position to provide our options in a approach a conventional advertising company might not have approached it.
Businesses had been used to conventional advertising corporations, how laborious was it convincing outdated and new companies that they want a digital company?
Initially, it was a bit tough as a result of folks believed the one strategy to be seen is thru tv, radio, billboards or different conventional media. It was fairly laborious convincing those that there’s a brand new space that may be very highly effective however largely ignored.
The great thing about digital advertising is that I can tailor my viewers to the precise viewers I would like. For instance, if I’m a mom and I’m promoting diapers, I can tailor my viewers to moms of a sure age or who stay in a sure space. Hence, the return on funding is far increased.
I’m not discrediting different media, however what we’re doing as an organization is to let different corporations know the facility of digital advertising.
How would you describe the uptake of expertise options while you evaluate new corporations and people which have been in existence for an extended interval?
I’ve seen lots of outdated corporations which have been in existence and are beginning to go online now. It is like they’re rediscovering themselves. We have had lots of purchasers who’ve come on board. We have truly modified the entire face of their organisation.
We’ve partnered with many influencers to assist us in digital advertising on social media platforms and we additionally did lots of ppc advertising.
Is there a distinction by way of the digital options that outdated and new companies search?
Yes, and no. No within the sense that all of us wish to obtain the identical issues; have an internet site, emails and all that. But bigger corporates are extra demanding within the form of area they wish to occupy on the digital entrance. They need an organization that understands their wants, that is ready to course of what precisely they wish to obtain and stroll with them with a purpose to create worth for them.
You talked about a rise in e-commerce web sites, which has been noticed through the pandemic…
When everybody was advised to remain at dwelling to assist comprise the virus, issues nonetheless wanted to run and other people needed to search for a unique approach of working. The coronavirus pandemic has helped by way of this specific trade as there was that sudden progress. Lots of people are taking a look at how can to market digitally versus conventional advertising akin to newspapers or broadcast media.
Does that imply Covid-19 has been a blessing in disguise to corporations like yours?
It has. As different corporations had been going out of business, we had been busy. I had a staff that was not sleeping as a result of folks wished to now go online and we had been in a position to present these companies. For us there was that cushion, the pandemic was kind of good.
How do corporations strategy your companies? Do they arrive with a hard and fast thoughts on what they need and the way do you navigate by means of such calls for?
Most purchasers have no idea what they need. We have a technique of working and certainly one of them is the planning part whereby we sit with the shopper and simply put down what they wish to obtain.
In the tip, we now have a doc with a digital technique that reveals what we wish to obtain within the subsequent yr.
What excuses do corporations but to embrace the digital area give?
The causes and questions are various. For occasion, corporations ask: How certain are we that we are going to make gross sales? How will we get a return on the funding? There might be a myriad of causes. For these varieties of companies, we inform them to attempt. We know as soon as you place your foot in, it is rather tough to place it out as a result of you’ll undoubtedly see outcomes.