GoDaddy Website Builder offers Canadians More Ways to Attract and Engage Customers
TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2018 /CNW/ - GoDaddy, the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today launched new features for GoDaddy Website Builder. These new add-ons make it easier for small business owners to be searchable online while providing additional services to their customers. New capabilities include the integration of Google My Business, Online Appointments and collaborations with Square, PayPal and Canada Post.
"Our goal is to continually offer new features and enhancements to our product lineup that help small business owners grow their business online," says Jill Schoolenberg, Vice President and Country Manager, Canada at GoDaddy. "We will continue to partner with companies that provide meaningful services to our customers."
Google My Business
Attracting customers who are searching for local businesses is of utmost importance for a small business in Canada. Most people start their research on Google. Now, with GoDaddy Website Builder, small business owners can create a "Google My Business" local listing that appears in search results and in Google Maps, which can include the business name, address, phone number and website, all in one easy to find location on the search results page.
Website owners are notified through their Website Builder portal when reviews are posted so they can take action and track performance. Google My Business integration with Website Builder enables businesses to create, edit and manage their Google My Business listing right from their GoDaddy dashboard.
"For small businesses, it is becoming more important to be found on Google, to help attract potential new customers to their business. At GoDaddy we are committed to helping small businesses more easily connect and engage with their customers," said Justin Tsai, VP Product Management for GoDaddy. " Having a Canada small business be found on Google search results with quick information, on any device, is now easier with Website Builder's new integration with Google My Business."
Almost 80 per cent of Canada's 1.1M small businesses are services-based. To make the lives of these small business owners a little easier, and their websites more engaging to help drive results, GoDaddy now offers a new feature called "Online Appointments" which allows customers to integrate appointment setting right into their website.
The Online Appointments feature gives businesses, across a range of industries, the ability to let clients book appointments online 24x7 for their desired service. This can be used by a variety of businesses from snow removal and landscaping to home care services, massage therapists and medical professionals. Tutors, contractors, yoga studios, gyms, restaurants, hair stylists and more will all benefit from being able to manage appointments with Website Builder.
Website Builder Online Appointments lets customers quickly and easily schedule appointments online. It enables two-way calendar syncing with calendars from Apple, Google and Microsoft. Business owners will see appointments on their calendars immediately to help eliminate double-booking. Online Appointments also provides automated text notifications and email reminders to both business owners and customers, so appointments are not forgotten.
Integration with Square, PayPal and Canada Post
Another set of value-added features recently added include integration with Square, PayPal and Canada Post. Website Builder users can now also accept payments for services and products either online or in-person through the new Square and PayPal integrations, providing a more secure and reliable payment system for business owners and customers alike. If customers partially pay for a service, Website Builder automatically keeps track of what has been paid and what remains. For example, a snow remover can request customers to make an upfront deposit online, and then have the customer pay in-full after the full service has been completed.
In addition, GoDaddy has partnered with Canada Post to allow for more shipping options, such as standard, rush, priority. GoDaddy will now provide shipping estimates and tracking information within Website Builder through the Canada Post integration, which makes it easier for small business owners to ship products across the country.
GoDaddy Website Builder provides small business owners an easy-to-use tool to create a website. With thousands of templates to choose from, integrated marketing and SEO capabilities, e-commerce features and now Online Appointments, Website Builder continues to help Canadian entrepreneurs more efficiently manage their business and build a strong online presence.
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GoDaddy powers the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With over 18 million customers worldwide and more than 77 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.godaddy.ca.
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