Facebook said in a statement that it is reaching out to nine million small businesses across India to ensure it reaches the businesses who need these resources the most. The guide provides step-by-step directions on how SMBs can build a digital presence quickly and reach potential customers online.
It explains Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and covers key themes such as building an online presence, mobile storytelling, social media advertising, and creative and performance strategies. The offline-to-online resources are available in Hindi and English.
Archana Vohra, Director, Small and Medium Businesses, Facebook India, said in the statement that these resources can help SMBs go online “with minimum effort.” Facebook said it is also rolling out the next leg of ‘Boost with Facebook’, the social media giant’s flagship skilling and learning programme for scaling young businesses.
The programme went virtual earlier this year, and is now going vernacular — will be delivered primarily in Hindi through Facebook Live sessions. One key theme discussed during Boost with Facebook will be how SMBs can build for Diwali and the festive season beyond it.
Facebook and Instagram have also launched capabilities for businesses to drive discovery and sales through Gift Cards. Customers can discover Gift Cards on Facebook and Instagram and purchase them on third-party platforms, thereby helping SMBs reach more potential customers online.