The packages will give small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) a way to create an online presence or improve an existing online presence, the release stated. The idea is to help alleviate challenges faced by SMBs.
The Vodafone packages will come with ways to design or migrate the business website, including free support, according to the release.
There will be free enhanced eCommerce capabilities, which will be considered standard, such as making sure SMBs can accept secure online payments, online bookings, subscriptions and recurring payments, appointments and more. SMBs will also be able to monetize content and enable mobile ticketing, the release stated.
SMBs will be able to import content from an existing website, according to the release. And there will be a free personal domain name for the entire length of the contract. There will also be 24/7 customer support.
The new packages come in the wake of research done by Vodafone that showed many businesses don’t know what digital tools they need, haven’t taken any steps to learn about how digital tools can benefit them, and often don’t have cybersecurity practices in place, the release stated.
There are three packages, according to the release, including: the Get Selling Online, package which works to create and monetize a website; the Peace of Mind Online package, which includes more cyberthreat protection; and the Supercharge My Business Online package, which comes with Microsoft 365 Business Standard for extra fees.
In separate news, Wix bought Rise.ai earlier this month, to help with the expansion of its eCommerce platform, PYMNTS reported. The company wanted to provide more of a full solution for merchants to manage customer re-engagement activities, with the hopes of bolstering spending and repurchases, such as gift cards, loyalty programs, rewards and referrals.
Wix Head of eCommerce Arik Perez said at the time that the idea is to give merchants more tools.