With an increasing percentage of business hooking up with online presence to connect and play on the global scale the possibilities of the reach of businesses are limitless. A local company in any part of the world can play on the global scene simply by having and maintaining an online presence in the form of a website where information about products and services are made available to the world.
Google’s gnbo (an acronym for Get Nigerian Businesses Online) initiative which was launched late last year is an impressive initiative in a stride to ensure that more Nigerian small and medium scale businesses get an online presence for as little as possible. The platform which is powered by Ecobank and MTN Business provides small business owners free website design tools like:
Free and easy tool to build a professional website
Free matching mobile website
Free web hosting
Free Google Maps listing
Free gnbo.com.ng sub domain
In just about a year, the platform has witnessed about 20,000 business website registered. For business owners who would prefer a custom domain name (ie www.company’s name.com), this comes with 10 free customized email accounts.
Interested business owners must have a google account (i.e a gmail account) to get started. For those with a Google account the process is as follows:
Go to http://www.gnbo.com.ng
Click on the ‘Get Started’ button.
Follow the simple steps to get started with Google’s Business Site builder.
Choose a domain name.
Thereafter you are to check for the name’s ‘availability’ (it is possible another business already has that name registered).
Follow the simple steps to create your site. You website will be up and running in no time.
This platform is especially great for every young entrepreneur who wants to play big, but with little resource to spare for a business website. The platform helps you tell your story to the world and leverage on the advantages of having an online presence one of which is that you stay in business 24/7 whether or not you’re awake.