29 February 2016

GoDaddy launches in 11 Asian markets

GoDaddy, a global technology provider dedicated to small businesses, has launched in 11 Asian markets, bringing its suite of cloud-based products and expert customer care to millions of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the region.

With the launch of 11 new markets, GoDaddy is now in a total of 10 languages and 14 markets across Asia, including: Hong Kong (English and Traditional Chinese), Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia (English and Malay), Philippines (English and Filipino), Singapore (English and Simplified Chinese), South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Following the launch in Asia, GoDaddy is now helping small businesses in 53 markets, supporting 26 languages and 44 currencies. GoDaddy has more than 4 million international customers.

“Asia is home to one of the largest, most vibrant small business communities in the world,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. “As Internet growth and smartphone adoption continue to accelerate across the region, it’s important that these businesses are able to create strong digital identities that will help them achieve their goals and compete online. GoDaddy is committed to providing the products and services that will enable Asia entrepreneurs to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures.”

Small and medium enterprises account for over 97% of all enterprises and employ over half of the workforce across APEC economies*. At the same time, more people in Asia are utilising the Internet and connected devices to stay informed and make purchases. Seven in 10 (72%) of people in Hong Kong access the Internet daily and 74% use a smartphone**; 81% of people in Singapore access the Internet and 88% use a smartphone**. Overall, Internet growth across Asia has grown 1,319% between 2000-2015***.

With such trends in progress, the impact of creating an online presence for small businesses can be significant. A RedShift Research survey of 1,000 very small businesses in Hong Kong and Singapore that built websites for their ventures found that 45% saw their business increase by 25% or more.

Localised, purpose-built products

GoDaddy offers a suite of cloud-based products in the local language and currency to help businesses find the perfect domain name, create a beautiful website, find new customers, and improve business productivity. Specific product highlights include:

  • As the world’s largest domain registrar with more than 62 million domains under management, GoDaddy offers the largest top-level domain (TLD) inventory in each of the new Asia markets. GoDaddy’s extensive inventory includes country-specific domains for Asia markets (e.g., .sg for Singapore and .tw for Taiwan). 
  • GoDaddy also offers .cn for mainland China to help facilitate cross-border commerce between China and neighbouring markets. 
  • GoDaddy has an aftermarket platform as well, where users can buy and sell domain names. 

Website hosting

GoDaddy hosts more than 10 million websites across more than 55,000 servers around the world and is hyper-focused on delivering fast, reliable and easy to use Web hosting.

The company offers options such as Managed WordPress Hosting, an optimised platform for customers who require performance and scalability. All of the technical hosting aspects are managed for customers including setup, software updates, network security and daily backups.

Build a website

GoDaddy Website Builder provides a do-it-yourself design tool for building a full-featured website. Website Builder gives customers hundreds of customisable designs to choose from, integrates social media, and allows quick and effortless changes.

Business applications

Productivity tools make the business of business easier. GoDaddy provides customers with professional email connected to domain names and productivity solutions, enabling them to communicate and collaborate more effectively.

Personalised customer care

A dedicated team of customer care experts who understand the needs of small business owners complement GoDaddy products. GoDaddy offers local language customer care and a direct phone number in each of the new Asia markets, enabling customers to get personalised assistance as they create their digital presence.

*Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
**Google Consumer Barometer
***Internet World Stats