GoDaddy is now “officially” in South Africa
GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud-hosting platform aimed at helping small businesses carve out a niche of cyber-space for themselves, is now officially in South Africa. To be clear, this is actually an expansion – South Africans have had access to GoDaddy previously. But now, with an “official” launch, the company said that it will be working more closely with small business owners and entrepreneurs in the country to deliver a set of tools that can super-charge their online presence and contribute meaningfully to growth.
According to Business Tech (an industry publication) that toolkit include solutions for “naming their idea and building a professional website, attracting and engaging with customers online, and managing their work and driving results.”
GoDaddy’s share price has risen by 18% year to date
Source: Yahoo Finance
GoDaddy said that it recognises many South African small businesses currently have no web presence at all. The company cited its own survey of 250 small business owners, and found that “time, budget, and online knowledge” represented the most significant barriers to getting a website up and running. GoDaddy added that its own service had proved attractive to many of these people due to competitive prices, ease of use, and high reliability.
The company’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Stefano Maruzzi, said: “As small businesses fuel the South African economy, our official launch here signals our commitment to supporting this vibrant entrepreneurial landscape, which plays a critical role in helping to drive prosperity and creating jobs. South Africa is an important market for GoDaddy with our customer base in the region growing 25% year-on-year in 2018. Our integrated suite of online tools makes it easier for small business owners and entrepreneurs to leverage the power of the internet to help their business become more visible.”
Dominion holds GoDaddy in its Global Trends Ecommerce Fund.
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