DigitalMaas, a leading local marketing platform, has joined together with some of Australia and New Zealand’s best technology companies to provide a free version of DigitalMaas’s cloud-based local marketing software to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. DigitalMaas is working with Umbrellar Group in New Zealand and New York-based Yext (NYSE: YEXT), the Search Experience Cloud company, to support business owners as they reopen their doors after the COVID-19 shutdown. The DigitalMaas Platform will be used to make this process as easy for the small business as possible and has committed to supporting up to 100,000 small businesses as part of this initiative.
DigitalMaas has made all the functions and features previously reserved for paying customers free for businesses affected during the pandemic. These features will allow customers to post to their Google My Business Pages, edit opening hours, update delivery and takeaway options, and monitor and respond to reviews.
With the help of Yext, accurate business information will be updated on Google, Facebook, Instagram, Apple Maps, Bing Places, and approximately 35 other digital services in the Yext Knowledge Network.
“I have seen first hand how many small businesses have been affected, this offer of support will allow us to have our software help many great businesses here in Australia and New Zealand,” said DigitalMaas Founder and CEO Andrew Thorn.
“Small Business owners are some of the hardest working, They deserve our support to help them out of this really hard time and our software will make that process easier. DigitalMaas has been speaking to many business owners during this time, helping them mark their locations as temporarily closed or communicate to their customers on new product offerings. Now it’s time to re-open the doors. We need to support the businesses now more than ever, especially if there are conditions that need to be adhered to on re-open.” said Thorn.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses hard around the world, from forced closures to massive disruptions to normal operations,” said Luis Baptista-Coelho, Executive Vice President of Global Partner at Yext. “We’re proud to be a part of DigitalMaas’s free offer to help small businesses navigate this tough time by helping them deliver accurate, official answers to their customers’ questions in a rapidly changing environment.”
The Umbrellar Group was quick to reach out to DigitalMaas after the first wave of the pandemic hit New Zealand business owners.
“We knew how digital marketing could help our customers,” said Robert Rolls, Head of Product and CFO, Umbrellar Group. “However we also knew NZ business owners’ revenues had dropped significantly, so we knew we needed to provide as much support as we could at the lowest price possible. That’s why the offer of free support made so much sense. It would help these businesses get back on their feet and we could train and support them during the process.”
Chief Operating Officer at DigitalMaas Hannah Curtis said being able to offer our platform for free during the COVID pandemic meant that even though many businesses were struggling to pay the bills right now, they would have DigitalMaas’s support to get them back on their feet.
“We are also going to support them with training and educational content in addition to the free platform to really make sure they feel supported and give them the best chance for a successful re-open,” said Curtis.
DigitalMaas will be offering its platform for free till at least 11th August 2020, but will monitor the conditions of the pandemic and may extend the program.
To take advantage of this offer of support, please visit https://www.digitalmaas.com/small-business-support-package/
About DigitalMaas Pty Ltd
DigitalMaas is a simple, easy-to-use local marketing platform that helps small business owners be more successful. Businesses use the platform to update their business information across the internet, monitor and respond to reviews, track the performance of their business and communicate to their customers all in one place.
The DigitalMaas platform is used by over 14,000 small businesses across Australia, helping them be successful online.
The Umbrellar Group owns and operates Umbrellar Cloud (New Zealand’s leading Cloud Solution Provider), Freeparking, Openhost, Domains4Less, Discount Domains and digital agency Synapse Search. Umbrellar Group services reach 1 in 3 New Zealand Businesses.
Umbrellar’s mission is to bring the best people, partnerships, resources, and expertise to New Zealand, empowering businesses to achieve more. As Kiwis, we believe it’s up to us to provide the best hosting and domain solutions, cloud infrastructure, advanced data, AI technologies, and productivity tools to Aotearoa – so every business can achieve its potential through digital transformation.
- Hannah Curtis
- DigitalMaas Pty Ltd
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