My Business Technology Editor Lia Timson tries out the free websites Google and MYOB are offering to small business.
You may have heard that Google and MYOB have partnered to help small businesses that do not yet have a website to set one up for free.
The companies claim 50,000 businesses can have a functioning website up and running – including domain name – in just 15 minutes by enrolling at www.gettingbusinessonline.com.au.
We had a look and concluded that for businesses that do not yet have a web presence, this is a good start.
So our verdict is that this is a decent offer.
The templates are simple but clean, and sufficient to present your brand in a professional manner. They can accommodate photos, Google Maps and plug-ins to social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. The sites are designed for do-it-yourself updates.
The image below is an example of the sites.
If you like that look, after a year it will cost only $5 a month to continue to have a site hosted by MYOB which, by the way, has a burgeoning hosting business in MYOB Atlas besides their better-known accounting packages.
Google’s contribution to the deal means businesses receive $75 worth of free AdWords credit and potentially a life-long advertising relationship with the search giant. The initiative comes after MYOB released a study in February showing, incredibly, that only 35 per cent of Australian small and medium businesses have a website.
“Over half of business owners believe the internet is critical for marketing and promotion. However it would appear that businesses are missing out on a number of opportunities online,” the report said.
Have you chosen not to have a website? Does this offer tempt you? Tell us in the comments below.