Connect with us

Press Releases

Podium’s Free Version Rolls Out to Local Businesses Across the Country

It helps qualifying local businesses adapt to the new normal by leveraging a powerful suite of introductory tools at no cost.

mm

Published

on

(PRESS RELEASE) LEHI, UT – Podium, the leading customer messaging platform for local businesses, announced that Podium Starter is now available to local businesses in the U.S. Created as a response to wanting to assist local businesses’ recovery from COVID-19, the free suite of tools is designed to enable local businesses to adapt to the new normal by being able to quickly and easily get a start on texting their customers.

Podium Starter combines the fundamental benefits of its best-in-class suite of messaging tools into a free, basic starter pack for the first time. Designed specifically for local businesses, companies can set up Podium Starter and begin messaging customers in under five minutes through a simple self-service portal. After that, businesses will instantly have the tools to start customer messaging, contact-free mobile payments and webchat using texting and messaging channels that customers use and trust.

How to Buy Right in 2021
Sponsored Webinars

How to Buy Right in 2021

Sarine Presents: Tracing the Diamond Journey Story from Mine to Main Street
Sponsored Webinars

Sarine Presents: Tracing the Diamond Journey Story from Mine to Main Street

GN Diamond Presents: How to Triple Your Diamond Sales — and Cut Your Presentation Time in Half!
Sponsored Webinars

GN Diamond Presents: How to Triple Your Diamond Sales — and Cut Your Presentation Time in Half!

“The need for local business isn’t going anywhere, and we understand the immense challenge that these entrepreneurs are facing right now,” said Eric Rea, co-founder and CEO at Podium. “By offering a free introductory version for the first time, we’re aiming to make it possible for every local business to message their customers at a time when they need it most. We’ve already seen some success with our trial run through our text-to-takeout restaurant program in Utah, and we’re excited to see businesses across the country take advantage of our latest offering.”

Podium Starter’s essential tools can help local businesses get a start on building and maintaining contact with their customers and operating via text, including:

  • Staying open despite low foot traffic – Companies can utilize text to do business — sending pictures, answering questions, coordinating and more — without opening their doors.
  • Accepting safe, no-contact payments – Customers can pay without handing a card over, touching a credit card reader or using a pen to sign a receipt.
  • Enabling texts right away – Podium Starter is easy to use and free, and businesses can begin texting customers within minutes of signing up.

“Leaning on Podium’s platform to help run our business has really helped us keep going as we had to recently shut down the dine-in portion of our operations,” said Sun Choi, an owner of Yummy’s, a family-owned Korean barbecue restaurant. “We have continued to stay connected and serve our customers through Podium’s new free service, which lets everyone keep a safe distance while still supporting our business.”

In just over five years, the Podium platform has been used by half of all smartphone owners in the United States to interact with a local business. Podium now has 45,000 businesses utilizing the platform across the United States, Canada and Australia, ranging from single-location SMBs to large enterprise companies with thousands of physical locations.

Advertisement

To find out more and sign up for Podium Starter, visit podium.com/starter

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

Promoted Headlines

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Subscribe


BULLETINS

INSTORE helps you become a better jeweler
with the biggest daily news headlines and useful tips.
(Mailed 5x per week.)

Latest Comments

Most Popular