Now here’s a startup that’s been giving the Philippines a good rep in the tech industry!
With the Philippines as the “social media capital of the world”, different kinds of social media have evolved in its capabilities in the country– from just mere social networking, Pinoys especially use it to share news and information, stay updated on the latest trends, and even shop online!
Just think about it– how many of your favorite shops actually have Facebook and Instagram pages?
But while the vast reach of the internet can be limitless and promising, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of thousands of websites selling different things– moreso, it’s tedious and tiring for online sellers to continuously update their patrons, and keep them engaged. After all, it’s just so easy to close a few tabs and check out, say, the newest When In Manila article! (Wink, wink.)
So if you’re new to the online selling business, or have been doing it for quite some time, how do you save yourself from all the trouble of doing everything mano mano and making sure your buyers stay updated with your shop, all while keeping up sales at the same time?
PocketMarket is a Philippines-based mobile app that helps simplify all these startups’ needs through a common social commerce platform, and centralizes online merchant activities. From having to update information on social media accounts, to responding to orders and inquiries through text and online messaging, PocketMarket makes all of these convenient in one neat platform!
This app has all these nifty things:
- Post to all social media accounts with one click: PocketMarket has a built-in camera app where you can take a photo of your product, provide descriptions and prices of it. This can easily be uploaded to your Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram or to all three platforms at once.
- Built-in Chat Box: PocketMarket has a built in chat function for merchants to talk to their customers. Here, sellers can receive orders, send invoices and accept payments through chat, just like Facebook Messenger or Viber.
- Payment Gateway: There are tons of payment options available for customers: from bank-to-bank, convenience stores, department stores, credit card, and Bitcoin.
- Website for merchants: Online sellers don’t need to create an online website! With the first photo upload of your product, this will automatically create a unique URL that customers can access to your brand.
Sounds pretty solid, right?
And as for #PinoyPride, PocketMarket has been chosen among 600 startups among 38 countries in the Top 50 “most promising startups” by the Global Entrepreneurship Week council, the only Southeast Asian startup to make it on the list!
For an app that’s been around for just half a year, that’s quite an accomplishment. It won’t be long before you see your favorite online shop signed up!