Coronavirus Has Been Hard On Business. These SaaS Companies are Offering Help.
You can’t avoid the news: due to the coronavirus outbreak, popular events like SXSW have been canceled, mainstays like Disney World and Apple are closing their doors, and the N.B.A. has suspended its season. During these uncertain times of social distancing, many of us are seeking digital connection as an alternative.
Here at AppSumo, we’ve partnered with some amazing partners to give back to struggling businesses and equip you with valuable knowledge. Learn more about what we’re doing here.
Meanwhile, these incredible SaaS companies, including several AppSumo partners, have stepped in to provide support against the pandemic.
SaaS Companies Responding to Coronavirus
1. Hopin [Discounted Pricing]
Hopin, the virtual event platform that launched on AppSumo back in September 2019, has offered event-organizers and anyone affected by the coronavirus early access to the platform with discounted pricing. “We want to help people that are being affected by the coronavirus and their conferences,” co-founder Johnny Boufarhat told CNBC in an interview. Read more about what Hopin is doing and how you can host your next virtual event with them here.
2. HeySummit [Discounted Pricing]
HeySummit, a crowd-favorite for hosting virtual summits and conferences, has put together an awesome guide for event organizers concerned about coronavirus. They’re also offering any organizers of in-person events a free summit on the platform, waived transaction fees, and free access to their Sidekick advisory service. Learn more about what HeySummit is doing and how to transition from an in-person to digital event, here.
3. Multimedia5 [Free Upgrade]
Multimedia5 lets you make viral videos for social media. They’re leveraging their platform to help prevent the spread of the virus, by offering a free upgrade to anyone looking to make content sharing knowledge and safety tips. When you sign up, be sure to message their team and ask about this upgrade!
4. PeakMetrics [Free Tool]
PeakMetrics, the team behind the 2019 AppSumo deal, Civicfeed, can help you track your mentions and keep an eye on competitors online. But they’ve also just released a free tool to receive news updates about coronavirus in your local area on email and Slack.
5. LiveAgent [Free For Public/Government Institutions]
LiveAgent, a two-time AppSumo MVP, helps businesses communicate with customers through email ticketing, live chat, and social messaging. As a way to assist public and governments organizations that are dealing with COVID-19 in their transition to digital work, LiveAgent is offering their tool free of charge. Reach out to their team to see if you qualify!
6. Vectera [Free Until June 1st]
With many companies going remote, video calling has become an increasingly popular option. Vectera has done their part to make transitioning to virtual calls easier than ever. From now until June 1st, their software will be free and public to everyone. New users will now get the full package for free and existing paying users will automatically receive a free upgrade to the next tier of the platform.
Our Partner Success team (s/o to Mel!) uses Vectera to stay connected to partners around the world.
7. Stackby [Free Upgrade + Free LTD for NGOs]
Stackby (live in the AppSumo store) is offering a free LTD code to registered NGOs and non-profits working for coronavirus prevention and relief efforts. They’re also gifting two additional users for free to anyone who stacks 5 codes to help those businesses work remotely with more ease.
8. Tribe [Free for Educators, NGOs]
Even amidst social distancing, you can still build up your virtual Tribe. And now, the team at Tribe has opened up their free tier for unlimited users for educational institutes, non-profits, researchers, and those working in the front-lines looking to create an online community catering to knowledge-sharing and collaboration.
9. Krisp [Free Tier for 6 Months; Discounted Pricing]
If you’re calling in to meetings, you need Krisp – a tool that mutes background noise so your audio comes out crystal clear every time. In response to growing demand during this pandemic, Krisp introduced a free tier with 120min/week of free noise cancellation for the next six months. In addition, all students, teachers, hospital and government workers, get unlimited Krisp for free. If you’re already a paying member, Krisp cut the price by 30% —$5/month.
10. Standuply [Free Tool]
The team behind Standuply just released a new tool on ProductHunt today called Covid-19 Check-ups. Here’s how it works: Standuply runs surveys with your team members asking questions regarding travel and health condition to determine anyone at risk who may need to quarantine.
11. RemoteReady [Free Tool]
The team at Soapbox (currently live on AppSumo) also released a new tool on ProductHunt today The RemoteReady Questionnaire is designed to help businesses making the sudden transition to WFH life. Based on your answers, the tool will show you specific recommendations on how to improve your remote work setup.
12. Intellifluence [Free Tool]
Looking for influencers for your marketing campaigns? Intellifluence makes the search so much easier. Right now, as a response to the coronavirus, the team has started a charity initiative, offering a free lifetime plan to any small business impacted by the pandemic. You can apply here.
13. Yay Images [Free for Three Months]
Yay Images, the premium stock image library, knows that stock photos, vectors, and illustrations are an expensive but necessary asset for businesses – both online and offline. The team has decided to help lessen this burden during these unpredictable times. They’re offering all stock image plans for free for the first 3 months from now until April 30th. Use the promo code “YAYHELP“!
14. Story Chief [Free Social Tool Until May 19th]
If you need to streamline your social media, look no further than Story Chief, which lets you publish across all your channels at once, collaborate with your team, and get insights on how your content is performing. Currently, they’re offering Story Chief: Social for free until May 19th due to the coronavirus.
15. Shorby [Free for Non-Profits and Researchers]
Shorby is the magical micro landing page with rich links to your best content. The team is keeping people informed on the coronavirus by making it easy to access the latest relevant news: just choose any reliable source with the coronavirus info, and integrate its feed to your Shorby (or just copy & paste one of this COVID-19 news feed: https://shor.by/bbcfeed, https://shor.by/whofeed, https://shor.by/cnnfeed). Plus, they’re giving away lifetime free subscriptions to non-profits and researchers working to end the pandemic or support others through it. Feel free to reach out to get an account for your organization! Read Sumo-ling reviews of Shorby, here.
16. SpyFu [Free Subscription]
Need to learn the secrets behind the competition’s search marketing? SpyFu lets you download your competitors’ most profitable keywords and ads to stay ahead of the curve. Right now, they’re lending a hand to businesses affected by the coronavirus and offering a free subscription to anyone that needs it, whether you’re a remote worker or an SMB.
17. WebARX [20% off for 6 months]
WebARX – a powerful website security platform that helps you protect and monitor all your websites – has put together a hand-curated list of cyber attacks and threats related to COVID-19. As website exploitation attempts increase during this pandemic, it’s important to stay vigilant. They’re also offering 20% off on all accounts for 6 months with the code get20offnow.
18. WP Project Manager [Free Business Package for 3 Months]
WP Project Manager is a simple and versatile project management plug-in that helps your team plan, collaborate, and deliver projects faster. As a response to COVID-19, weDevs is offering WP Project Manager Business Packages free for 3 months.
19. Netpeak Software [Free Tools Until April 30th]
Netpeak Software is the sister company of our amazing partner Serpstat and an SEO game-changer that makes day-to-day SEO tasks a breeze. As a response to the pandemic, they’re offering their tools Netpeak Spider and Netpeak Checker for free until April 30th to our blog readers. To get access and a couple of SEO tips, send a taco 🌮 to the chat and the guys over there will do the rest of the magic for you.
20. Easy.jobs [Free Access for 1 Year]
If you need to recruit and hire, look no further than Easy.jobs – an awesome remote solution for attracting quality talent, fast. Easy.jobs is giving away access to their Startup Package (typically $19.99/month!) for free for the rest of 2020. Plus, they put together this helpful remote hiring guide for managers!
21. UserGuiding [COVID-Meter Tool Free]
The folks over at UserGuiding – a product walkthrough and user onboarding software – developed a tool called COVID-Meter, a free survey-tool that helps businesses find out how their customers are affected by the pandemic and offer special promotions to the most affected to reduce churn and uncertainty. These are difficult times, so they’re offering this new tool to everyone during the pandemic for 100% free – no limits.
22. Plutio [20% off until May 31st]
Plutio is the tool that lets you manage your entire business from one dashboard. In response to COVID-19, they’re putting out a lot of amazing offers, including increasing the contributors limit on their team plan from 5 to 30, doubling their affiliate commissions, and so much more. Plus, right now, you can get 30% off any of their plans and on white label from now until May 31st with the code COVID19.
Other Software and Services Companies
Alugha [Free for Educators, NGOs]
Creating educational or helpful content about prevention or awareness? You need Alugha to make them multilingual and broaden your message. Alugha is offering their Toolkit free for 3 months to anyone in the video and translation industry. This means that your team can handle the transcription, translation and voice-over production entirely online from home.
Pick the Small Business tier at https://alugha.com/plans and enter the code HomeOffice2StaySafe at checkout.
Don’t create videos but love watching them? 🙋🏻♀️Alugha also created hundreds of educational videos that you can watch free of charge, including this one from the World Health Organization.
Remo [Free For Conference Organizers]
Remo helps you create custom video-first virtual gathering places. While the AppSumo team is working remotely, we’re all using Remo for meetings, water cooler convos, and even happy hour. Like HeySummit, Remo has offered anyone who has a physical event scheduled within the next 3 months a free virtual event online as well as support to get them up and running. Plus, they have a 14-day free trial you can take advantage of to see if it’s a good fit for your team.
The AppSumo team enjoying a virtual happy hour courtesy of Remo, with a few special pup guest stars!
Cloudflare [Free for Six Months]
Cloudflare, the website security and performance platform, is offering their Cloudflare for Teams service free for small businesses for at least six months.
Microsoft [Free for Six Months]
Microsoft is making Microsoft Teams free for the next six months. That way, small businesses can seamlessly transition to working remotely while maintaining collaboration.
Zoho [Free Until July 1st]
Zoho Remotely, a suite of web and mobile apps designed to help you communicate, collaborate, and be productive while working (well, remotely), is now free until July 1st, 2020 to help any teams affected by coronavirus.
Techsmith [Free Until July 1st]
Techsmith, a screen capture and recording tool, is giving away free access to TechSmith Snagit and TechSmith Video Review, through the end of June 2020 for any team or company that needs it.
Loom [Free Until July 1st]
Loom, the video recording and messaging giant, is offering additional features through July 1st, 2020, including removing limits on their free plan, cutting the price of their Loom Pro plan in half, and extending all free trials of Loom Pro from 14 to 30 days.
Discord [Free Upgrade]
Discord, the voice and text chat originally designed for gamers, has found that its users rely on it for much more, including communication while working remotely. In response to coronavirus, they’ve enhanced features on their Go Live streaming service to support 50 users (a huge upgrade from the previous limit of 10). You can read more about the steps they’re taking here.
Vector Grove [Free for Two Months]
VectorGrove offers over 1.2M royalty-free vectors and graphics with unlimited downloads per month. Right now, you can get two months free on any plan by using promo code VGSUPPORT – both Standard and Extended licenses are available.
GanttPRO [Free for Hospitals and Non-Profit Organizations]
GanttPRO, the online project management solution based on Gantt Charts, is offering a free license for hospitals and non-profit organizations until August 15, 2020.
Converge [Free for Businesses Until July 1st]
Converge is a content marketing platform that helps businesses create and then share their content with a large B2B audience. Right now, they’re making Converge free to any business looking for content promotion until July 1st. Join for free here using the code “CONVERGE2020” and click here to find out more about their response.
LimeCall [Free for Small Businesses for Six Months]
LimeCall is an automated callback solution that delivers an instant conversation without the need for any additional hardware or software. Generate more sales qualified leads and calls from your website visitors with targeted automation and real-time multi-channel integrations. Currently, they’re offering their tool for free for 6 months to NGO/early-stage startups with less than 25 employees. Plus, there’s a 75% discount for everyone for 6 months on their Pro Plan. After you sign up, just use the code “SaaSforCovid” during checkout.
LiveSession [Free for Non-Profit Organizations]
LiveSession is a session recording tool that helps you analyze and optimize the customer experience. Right now, they’re offering their product for free to non-profit organizations and 50% off for everyone affected by COVID-19. You can find out more in their article here.
What We’re Doing
At AppSumo, we’re taking coronavirus seriously. Our team is working from home to ensure safety across departments. We’ve put together a few resources for you, including a collection of tools that can help you work remotely more effectively.
We’re also holding a special FREE webinar series to answer your questions on how to work remotely and safeguard your business during the outbreak. With the help of our partner HeySummit, we’ve gathered industry experts and boss entrepreneurs in one (digital) space to teach you everything you need to get the most out of your #WFHhustle. You’ll learn how to build a successful business remotely, sharpen your communication skills in times of crisis, devise marketing hacks, and so much more.
So keep an eye on your inbox! Not on our list? Click here to register!
Finally, we’ve kickstarted our Software Fund. With the help of 16 of our partners, we’re providing $1M worth software free to physical businesses impacted by COVID-19. If your brick-and-mortar business (e.g. restaurants, teachers, yoga/fitness instructors, hospitality workers, NGOs, etc.) has been affected by the pandemic, please fill out an application or share this with an eligible business in need.
Plus, we’ll continue to put together helpful content and tips for you. Here are a couple blog posts we’ve written that can help:
- 8 Remote Team Tools for Maximum Collaboration and Productivity
- Best Tools for Working Remotely: An Article I Wrote from My Couch
If there is anything else we can do for you or your business, please let us know in the comments.