Nowadays most of us are familiar with using Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, but it’s a whole different kettle of fish when you pull on your brand mask and use the Pages functionality for business purposes.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013
Thu, 21 Nov 2013, 18:20
Wed, 8 May 2013
Wed, 8 May 2013, 19:07
Fri, 8 Mar 2013
Fri, 8 Mar 2013, 15:13
Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) – a time for women from all over the world to collectively celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The event has been running since the early 1900s, at a time when women were experiencing great cultural, political and social adjustments. As we look to celebrate in 2013, a hundred years on, it’s fair to say that there have been further monumental changes, a significant one being the role of women in business.
Thu, 10 Jan 2013
Thu, 10 Jan 2013, 11:25
December was our arts and crafts month and, with many ideas for topics to write about, we thought we’d capture the festive spirit and let you decide which we should cover. We asked you to vote on Facebook for your favourite from a selection of four topics and there was a clear winner – tips for promoting your arts and crafts website and business.
Thu, 20 Sep 2012
Thu, 20 Sep 2012, 11:59
Within the Moonfruit community a great diversity of sites are created: sites for businesses, online shops, blogs, sites dedicated to many users hobbies, interests and numerous others. This month Anthony Mayatt who has created sites with us for both his personal training business and his photography hobby shares his Moonfruit experience.
Tue, 19 Jun 2012
Tue, 19 Jun 2012, 15:59
We are delighted to announce that we have just passed 5 million sites built with Moonfruit. It's been a great 2012 and with our ShopBuilder being launched last November we have seen some fantastic businesses blossom. Our involvement with the Government's 'Business in You' campaign has brought Moonfruit to a new audience and being able to support so many small businesses has been wonderful.
With our community's feedback, we have been able to add new and improved features to the Moonfruit product. Most recently, the much anticipated Mobile Editor was launched and has been very well received by all of you. Please keep giving us your thoughts and suggestions so that we can continue innovating and improving our product, and to provide you with the best tools possible for build and editing your websites. Don't forget, we still have the HTML 5 update to come later this year, so keep an eye out for any updates.
We would love to share with you some of the sites that have caught our eye this year. Please feel free to share your favourites in the comments below.
If you are new to Moonfruit, we have made it easier than ever to start building your site with our helpful tutorials. Don't forget to tell us about your site when you've built it by entering our Site of the Week over at our Moonfruit Facebook Page.
Wed, 16 May 2012
Wed, 16 May 2012, 10:28
Firsts things first. To all our wonderful customers, don't worry, we're not going anywhere! The Moonfruit you know and love will continue to be run by the Moonfruit team you know and love, but as part of a bigger group. Our product roadmap delivery will continue, and may even accelerate as Yell recognises the exciting things going on here and want to support and invest in that growth. And, as the team that founded Moonfruit, we'll be sticking around too and we are all really excited about what's to come both within Moonfruit and within Yell.
We founded Moonfruit in 1999 as a place to “share your passions” online. We wanted to democratise publishing on the web for small businesses and individuals. The last 12 years have flown by. Those of you who have followed our story know that like many small businesses before us, the path from startup to growth business has not always been a straight-forward one. The one thing we are sure of is this: it's our customers and community that have made us who we are and helped us grow rapidly in the past few years.
So far nearly 5 million websites and 230,000 shops have been built using Moonfruit. Over 500k people are currently using Moonfruit: 60% in the UK, 33% in the US and 7% in the Rest of the World. Millions more browse, transact and link to Moonfruit sites, together with our 18k twitter followers and 10k Facebook fans, the team here is proud to be part of the Moonfruit community.
We have been looking at the best way to accelerate providing our services to a bigger global SMB (Small Medium Business) audience and were heartened at the number of big SMB players in the US who became very interested in partnering with us. In fact so interested that they proposed "getting married" or I really should say, acquired (for those of you who have organised and negotiated around a wedding it's a similarly harrowing and joyful experience!)
So after discussion with several attractive and not so attractive suitors I'm very excited to announce we accepted a "proposal" from Yell Group and are excited to announce our marriage! Yell is a leading provider of digital services within the emerging local eMarketplace for consumers and SMBs across its operations in the UK, US, Spain and some countries in Latin America. Yell has 1.3m small business customers and earned £2bn in revenue in 2011, supported by 13,000 employees around the world and, most importantly for us, is an entrepreneurial corporate with the commitment to being a true global digital service provider which will better serve SMBs. Together we can provide better tools and services to help customers build and grow their businesses on web, mobile and social platforms.
Yell has made it very clear they are not just buying Moonfruit for its products and customers but for the Moonfruit team itself. There is a commitment to keep the team at Moonfruit together to continue innovating current and new digital products. Moonfruit will continue to run as a sub-brand of Yell.
We're committed to carry on providing an open and transparent service to our customers and to continue innovating with their input and support. With Yell’s resources and support behind us we will be able to provide additional services to help grow our customer businesses.
We love providing people with simple, design-led tools which allow anyone to create a great looking and effective website or shop. We've continued to listen to our customers and innovate our products. Our latest "light" ShopBuilder makes it super simple for small businesses to design, curate and publish an online shop simultaneously on the web, mobile and Facebook. And we're making our final steps to migrating fully to HTML 5. All our sites will render in HTML 5 on the iPad (for one) later in 2012, building on our mobile sites and Facebook shops which are already published in HTML 5.
We look forward to continuing our journey with you and helping your businesses flourish.
Wendy-Tan-White CEO and Co-Founder
PS. Here's what TechCrunch had to say about the Yell acquisition of Moonfruit
Wed, 25 Jan 2012
Wed, 25 Jan 2012, 17:31
24th January, London – Moonfruit.com, the UK’s largest DIY website builder, is one of the first businesses selected to take part in a major new campaign by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The campaign is aimed at inspiring people to start or grow their own business. Based on the concept that there is "a business in everyone" and that all businesses can realise their ambitions, the campaign, launched by the Prime Minister in Yorkshire yesterday, sees the Government and the private sector coming together to highlight the support available to small firms and budding entrepreneurs.
The campaign partners will be providing free services such as workshops, web-based seminars and video tutorials on issues like finance, as well as providing mentoring and access to face-to-face consultancy sessions.
Throughout 2012, the “Business in You” initiative will showcase Moonfruit and other real-life small and growth stage business owner case studies, rolled-out using a nationwide advertising campaign, to ensure maximum visibility to small businesses who stand to benefit most from the initiative.
As a growth stage business itself, Moonfruit.com was selected as one of three businesses headlining the campaign on billboards and digital media - http://businessinyou.bis.gov.uk/casestudies/wendy-tan-white/ .
Moonfruit is well placed to support this initiative as the company is passionate about democratising the web for SMBs and entrepreneurs. It gives them the tools to build their business and promote it via the web, mobile and Facebook, allowing them to reach a global audience.
Since its inception, Moonfruit has enabled people to build more than four million websites worldwide and hosts hundreds of thousands of UK business websites enabling them to trade and win business online.
Wendy Tan-White, Moonfruit’s CEO and co-founder states, “The campaign encourages people to start and grow their own businesses, thereby boosting the UK economy, it’s very much part of Moonfruit’s DNA. We feel touched to be part of the BIS, Startup Britain campaign and very much support it.”
She continues, “Political cynicism aside, chatting to the Prime Minister yesterday was inspiring. Watching him take the time to talk to small business owners, students and staff makes you realise the steps we all take as individuals will make the difference in shifting the economy. We need to create a collaborative eco-system here in the UK where large corporations partner and support SMBs, consumers support small and local businesses and more serial entrepreneurs share their wisdom with new and growth businesses. Rather than being cynical when we see people trying out new business ideas, let’s support them. I mentioned to the Prime Minister yesterday it’s Chinese New Year, Year of the Dragon, auspicious for business and brings either great success or failure. We’re all gunning for the former.”
At the launch, David Cameron said, "Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the British economy and I am determined that we, working with the private sector, do everything we can to help them to start up and to grow in 2012. I want to encourage people to go for it and make this the year of enterprise – whether that is fulfilling their dream of starting a new business or taking the leap to grow their business, to employ more staff, or to start exporting."
In further action to help small businesses get off the ground, the Prime Minister will also announce plans to make empty and under-used Government offices available to small businesses so that they can start up and grow. With over 300 buildings currently in the central Government estate with vacant space available in England, the Government will offer as much of this space as possible to small businesses, giving them space to grow at a low cost.