According to an article published by the US Chamber of Commerce, 70% of small businesses struggle financially due to prolonged closures, while 58% are worried that they have to close permanently.
Indeed, the COVID-19 crisis has proven to be a challenge, especially for local business owners.
With lockdowns, curfews, and government policies that limit the number of people in establishments, how can you keep a business afloat? If you rely heavily on footprint, how do you expect to get leads? How can you get customers?
And this is where digital storefronts come in.
What is a Digital Storefront?
A digital storefront is your business’ presence online — a digital store and sales clerk rolled into one.
It is designed to attract, welcome, and nurture customers into purchasing the products and services. Digital storefronts are built, created, and designed to get leads and/or closing sales.
Simply said, your digital storefront is the bridge that connects your products and services to your target audience – via the Internet.
How does it work?
Imagine the times you visit a shopping mall. You see different stores offering different products and services. You walk around and look from the outside.
Is there something that caught your attention?
Is it the ambiance?
And depending on what you see, you decide whether you go inside. If the store or an office looks crap from the outside, you’ll most likely walk away.
It’s the same with an online storefront.
You visit the website, and within a few seconds, you can decide whether you want to scroll down and click or move on to the next website.
A few seconds can mean a difference between making a new client or another empty day.
As the old saying goes, “First impression lasts.”
Digital Storefront vs. Website: Is there a difference?
If digital storefronts refer to your online presence wherein “window shoppers” can visit any time from anywhere, isn’t it the same as having a website?
Well, yes and no.
No, it’s not synonymous with websites. They may belong to the same umbrella, but they have don’t always have the same purpose.
Your digital storefront can be your website. BUT, your website is NOT always a digital storefront.
Because websites are not always optimized for sales. It’s not always designed and optimized to sell round the clock.
It’s easy to create one, but it’s also easy to leave it and let it stale, especially when you’re busy with your physical store.
You never do that with your digital storefront.
Why is this important?
This is a common question among business owners. Despite the Internet reaching billions of users in 2019, some entrepreneurs are still skeptical about the need to have a digital storefront that complements their brick and mortar store.
With COVID-19 lashing its bitter tongue at us this 2020, though, we expect that such skepticism has dwindled to a huge extent.
This pandemic made entrepreneurs understand that having an online presence is actually a survival strategy for a business and not just a mere luxury.
Here are some vital statistics:
- As of June 2020, we now have 4.5 billion active internet users (Statista)
- More than 2 billion of the world’s population buy online (Statista)
- 8 out of 10 internet users in the US go online to find local products and services (Burke, 2017)
- 1.8 billion purchased online in 2018, and the number is expected to balloon to 2.14 billion come 2021 (Statista)
That’s why having a digital storefront is as important as having a brick and mortar store. Other business owners even consider having an online store more important than the traditional brick and mortar ones because:
- Operational cost is way cheaper compared to brick and mortar.
- You have so many channels you can utilize for maximum exposure of your products and services.
- You expose your business to a bigger number of people – more than a busy street can ever give you.
- It can be operated anywhere.
A properly designed and optimized digital storefront is like having a popular, profitable store in an area that is pretty much like Times Square – only a thousand times more populated.
Calling them digital storefronts and not websites doesn’t make them automatic hot news on the web.
Leads and sales will not magically increase just because you announced you have a “digital storefront.”
There are sales and marketing principles you can follow to give you a consistent stream of quality leads if implemented properly.
Fortunately, we offer a program wherein we share these principles to help business owners create and optimize their digital storefronts for better conversions.
We had taken the guesswork out of the equation. These are all tested and proven strategies from years of experience and testing.
Digital Storefronts teaches highly effective digital marketing and lead generating strategies to give your business a steady stream of qualified leads.
Who is this for?
This training is also for those who are looking for another source of income. Not only can you build a strong business out of this, but you can also help your community, particularly the local business owners, thrive in these tough economic times.
We teach you all these on our FREE TRAINING wherein:
- You’ll learn how you can get started as a “digital landlord” by creating digital storefronts for local businesses.
- You’ll learn how to create digital storefronts yourself and how to market them.
…even if you have ZERO knowledge, ZERO tech & design skills, and ZERO investment capital.
Of course, everyone can build and create a lead – generating digital storefront of their own. Everything can be learned after all.
But to do that, you need more time and resources to test what works and what doesn’t.
We give you this FREE training so you don’t have to spend as much time as we did (it took us years to whittle the strategies down to the most effective)…
…and spend as much as we did (Thousands of dollars in trainings and testing to understand the minutiae of lead generation and digital marketing).
What’s best is we give this to you for FREE.