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Developing a virtual presence for your small business means more than merely establishing a website with your company’s name and address on it. The digital age has revolutionized commerce to the point that it is difficult to imagine going back to how things were just a few decades ago— an overwhelming majority (87 percent) of shoppers begin their search for products online.

What all this means is that a virtual presence is essentially a virtual version of your business setup. In this post, we’re going to discuss why your business needs such a setup. Let’s get right into it.

Increased Accessibility

The Internet doesn’t have closing hours, which means that every portal your business offers online gives it a virtual 24/7 showroom. This improves accessibility, allowing potential customers to browse through your company’s products or services after business hours, in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.

If your business sells products, setting up an online store or e-commerce website will provide your customers with the convenience to place orders whenever they wish to. This is great for when you’re hosting a sale because customers can place their order as soon as they’re interested, as opposed to waiting for your store to open and then travelling to it.

A close-up of a person using a laptop and credit card for online shopping.

Brand Awareness Building

Having a virtual presence isn’t simply about providing your customers with increased access; it’s also about giving them the opportunity to check your business out. Seeing as how you mostly control how to present your business online this allows you to market your brand the way you choose to.

Increased customer interactions, online reviews, and the quality and frequency of your posts all work towards building awareness of and customer trust in your brand.

Larger Audience

Of course, this goes without saying, but the online world is far larger than the few metres local to your store or office. A virtual presence reaches out to a far larger audience, local and international, comprised of the customers you’re targeting as well as those outside it.

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