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AUCKLAND, Today: Stuff’s Neighbourly aims to help Kiwi businesses bounce back with a free Business Boost sub.

Neighbourly head Jake Shand said: “The impact of five weeks in lockdown is really starting to sink in for thousands of businesses across the country. Neighbourly has stepped up to help with Business Boost, a free three-month premium business listing on New Zealand’s largest online community platform.

“The deal is worth $150 and helps businesses to reach genuine, verified customers from day one, with a targeted following of potential leads as soon as they sign up. Premium businesses are the most visible on the site.

Neighbourly offers hyper-local reach, helping to ensure the community knows about the business. Every Neighbourly member is address-verified so businesses can be sure they’re targeting genuine customers in their area.

“We’ve had hundreds of businesses sign up. If everyone eligible took advantage of the deal it would equate to $75m in free ads.”

“We’ve already had hundreds of businesses sign up. If every eligible business took advantage of the deal it would equate to giving away more than $75 million in free advertising.”

At the end of three months, businesses can choose to continue with paid advertising – sign up for 12 months to get a 50% discount – on Neighbourly or cancel their plan. There is no cap on the number of free listings available for businesses right across New Zealand.

Neighbourly’s Business Boost complements Stuff’s new Prosper section, designed to help Kiwi SMEs get back on their feet. It includes insights, advice and live chats with experts for business owners.

Neighbourly is used by one in four Kiwi households to find and connect with local business, engage with neighbours, seek and share advice, buy, sell, trade and give away items, get local and community news updates, and interact with interest groups and organisations. It helps build stronger and more vibrant communities.

The platform has seen a spike in both members and activity since the lockdown began and now has more than 830,000 members in neighbourhoods across New Zealand.

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