In a world of on-demand everything, catering to the needs and expectations of customers takes time, effort, and resources. If local businesses want to succeed, they need to make a conscious effort to adapt and stay relevant in spaces where convenience and ease are no longer a luxury, but rather the norm. So as a local business, how can you compete with the convenience of big box stores and massive online retailers?

Enter Podium—the best way to grow your local business. Podium offers a suite of easy-to-use tools that will help you get more customers and give those customers a better experience so that you can stay focused on what you do best—running your business. 

Simply put, Podium is changing the way business gets done, and we want you to get in on the action. More than 100,000 businesses rely on Podium to help them grow and do more as a team. Our customer success stories are proof that Podium works, but we want you to experience just how powerful Podium can be for your business. That’s why we offer a 14-day no-strings-attached free trial

Podium’s 14-Day Free Trial—What Is It?

Yes, you read that right. Podium offers a 14-day free trial to any business that would like to try it out.

Why do we let people try our product for free? We know that small businesses are the backbone of local communities and we want to see them succeed. We get to see companies have great success with our product every day, and we want everyone to be able to use and benefit from Podium. Our 14-day free trial allows the Podium Platform to do the talking—and the results speak for themselves. 

The 14-day free trial gives you access to everything our Professional Package offers and allows you to do things like: 

  • Log in to your account and set up a textable number in less than 30 seconds
  • Request reviews from supported review sites
  • Send text campaign messages to your subscribers
  • Turn your website into a conversation starter with Webchat 
  • Send payment request links via text

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And while this all might sound too good to be true, there really is no catch. If you love Podium so much that you want to keep using it, after the 14-day trial you’ll be billed $289/month and you can hit the ground running. If you don’t love what you see, cancel at any time and you won’t be charged. 

Six Things You Can Do With Podium in 14 Days

So, now you know what the free trial is, but you may still be wondering what you can actually do with Podium in 14 days. Here are six things we recommend trying during your free trial.  

1 – Start collecting reviews and improve your online reputation within minutes.

Reviews are the modern-day word-of-mouth. Having more reviews makes it easier for your business to show up where it matters most so that the people who need you can find you. Podium makes gathering reviews effortless. By sending customers a simple review invitation through text, you quickly turn happy customers into your biggest advocates on the sites that matter most.

2 – Install our Webchat widget onto your website.

Adding Webchat is one of the best things you can do to improve your website performance and increase lead generation. Webchat turns website conversations into text conversations, which means you don’t have to worry about the conversation timing out. You’ll stay connected to your leads long after they leave your site. 

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3 – Set up a textable phone number—it takes less than 30 seconds. 

Did you know that consumers are about twice as likely to prefer texting over any other communication method? Furthermore, 65.6% of consumers think texting makes working with a local business more convenient. The numbers don’t lie; your customers want to text you. Allowing your customers to communicate with you in the most convenient way possible will help you turn first-time purchasers into loyal, lifelong customers.

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4 – Add competitors to your dashboard. 

Have you ever wished you could monitor all of your competitors in one place? Podium makes that possible. Once you add your competitors to your dashboard, you’ll be able to track their review count, keep an eye on their review score, and read their latest reviews. You’ll also get a clear view of where you rank among the competition, so you’ll know exactly where you’re doing well and where there is room to improve. 

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5 – Send a text campaign to your opt-in contact list.

Text is the only channel with a 98% open rate—making it an extremely powerful marketing tool. With Podium, you can create custom text campaigns or start with a template, allowing you to market to your customers without cutting into your busy schedule. Still not convinced of the power of text marketing? One of our customers generated $20,000 with a single campaign. 

6 – Upload your customers’ contact information and start tracking all communications. 

Podium allows you to manage your customer data and conversation history in the same platform you use to gather reviews, payments, feedback, and more. With everything all in one place, you’ll be able to stay organized, decrease response time, and improve the overall customer experience—while also saving your team valuable time that they can focus elsewhere. 

Results That Speak for Themselves

If you could do ONE thing today that would help you improve your customer experience, simplify communication management, and give your business a competitive edge…you would do it, wouldn’t you? Podium’s free trial allows you to do just that. 

Many of the businesses that sign up for Podium’s free trial see results as early as day one. One business signed up for a free trial, uploaded their contacts, and got four 5-star reviews within 24 hours. Another business used their two free weeks of Podium to send 80 review invites and manage 83 conversations. 

As we said, the results speak for themselves. 

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Start Your Free Trial Today

There’s no way around it. If you want to connect with the modern customer, you need to build an online reputation they can’t ignore, then deliver experiences they won’t forget. Podium makes it easier and faster for local businesses to do that. 

We get to see firsthand every day just how impactful Podium is for local businesses, but we don’t want you to take our word for it. We want you to experience the results for yourselves. 

By signing up for Podium’s no-strings-attached 14-day free trial, you get instant access to everything our Professional Package offers. Within minutes, you could be gathering reviews, collecting payments, sending out campaigns, and so much more, all via the channel your customers prefer—text. 

What are you waiting for? Start your free trial today

Jono Andrews
Jono Andrews Group Manager of Product Marketing
Jono is a Group Manager of Product Marketing at Podium, the premiere marketing and communications platform that connects local businesses with their customers.  He loves to help local businesses see success in creating the best customer experience.

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