A study by Yodel, points out that 52% of small businesses still don’t have a website, mainly because majority business owners lack the technical knowledge on how to get started
Venture Harbour, a digital innovation studio launched an AI-powered chatbot raccoon named ‘Winnie’ to help first-timers overcome the challenge in launching their own website.
In the next one year, the Venture Harbour team are planning to further develop Winnie to help with the entire process of creating a website that includes deciding on a domain name, choosing a theme, and designing a basic web page. Built on Facebook Messenger’s API, Winnie uses data from Venture Harbour’s web hosting guide, that facilitated 162,000 plus people find the best web hosting for them over the past four years.
— Marcus Taylor (@MarcusATaylor) April 26, 2017
Marcus Taylor, the award-winning Founder & CEO of Venture Harbour, says “When I built my first website in 2002, I remember being completely overwhelmed by the range of options and the jargon. Today, there are more options than ever before, which can be paralyzing for a first-timer. We built Winnie to help people overcome this and get their website up and running faster so that they can get on with sharing their idea with the world.”
A study by Yodel, points out that 52% of small businesses still don’t have a website, mainly because majority business owners lack the technical knowledge on how to get started. Winnie aims to solve this by matching a person up with the web hosting service that is best suited to them, based on their answers to a series of simple questions.
Winnie takes the lead in guiding you through the conversation and process by asking questions like “Are you looking to launch a new website or move an existing one to a new host?” or “try telling me whether you want the cheapest web hosting or WordPress hosting with a good uptime. Also, you can ask Winnie questions like “What’s the cheapest way to get my website up?” or “Can you show me three options of web hosts that offer a free domain name?” and Winnie will provide you with an answer.
Venture Harbour has also built the Marketing Automation insider to provide marketers with insights on choosing the right automation software and create campaigns. Including this, the 24 year old Marcus Taylor’s firm Venture Harbour has created nine profitable ventures, reaching over 3.8 million people from 195 different countries. Leadformly is one such marketing tech tool by the company that helps marketers capture and convert up to 3005 more leads. In 2012, the 24-year-old Marcus won The Awesome Foundation’s award and grant for developing the World’s first scientifically valid tool for measuring artificial mental barriers (comfort zones)- ‘What is my comfort zone?’ that went viral in 2014.