Business networking site for graduates
27th October 2008 BUSINESS NETWORKING SITE GIVES GRADUATES OPPORTUNITY TO BEAT RECESSION As recession starts to cripple the global economy, graduate jobs are getting harder to find as the competition intensifies and employers are looking for more than just an application form. With up to 80% of graduate jobs are never advertised, employers are looking for those with the initiative to get their foot in the door by their own ways and means. The most lucrative approach is by making the right contacts. Talkbiznow (www.Talkbiznow.com) is the first UK business networking site, specially crafted for those looking to make business contacts within a specific sector. Talkbiznow allows users to search for people by name, company, position within the company or even industry. Experts predict that the business networking market is set to be five times bigger than the social networking market. Talkbiznow has already captured the attention of thousands of business professionals around the globe. There are over 1 billion people using the Internet today for business across; this number will rise to 3 billion by 2012. Talkbiznow is ideal for head hunters and people looking for new opportunities. Graduates will benefit from the site by building a network of contacts within the industry that they are interested in. Talkbiznow is also being used by business professionals as an advanced method of communicating with colleagues. Talkbiznow allows users to communicate via email, instant and group messaging, and even nudge (an ability to remind someone of a specific action ie Facebook equivalent of a poke). The site offers the ability to host webinars, post adverts and store files on an online hard drive, which allows them to file share. It is the only business networking site in the world which allows both professionals and business users to file share. It can also be used as a personal organiser with its calendars and blogs. The site is also built to connect business professionals in real time, and help them to be more productive in their daily business lives, it is expected to develop a reputation as the “Facebook for business.” President and co-founder of Talkbiznow Mark Parker says: “The success of online social communities has shown that connecting online using networking functionality is growing at a significant rate. However, networking for business reasons is not only the next logical step but in fact more necessary than social networking. Almost everyone has a business life. Talkbiznow has brought a completely new dimension and formalised the business networking space, in the way that social networking did when Facebook arrived on the scene. We are about making you more productive in your business network, and it is completely free, even posting your own Ad’s.” CEO and Co-Founder, Martin Warner says: “We believe that our business networking platform itself is the best in the global market today as it enables our members to build relationships and communicate more efficiently. Also more importantly it is free. We do not intend to ever charge our members subscription fees like the other sites in the market today.”
The simple sign-up process assists you to create an online identity within minutes. This includes information relating to your current job, previous positions, your skills and general interests. Additionally, you can publish your own blog, or create and join specific community discussion groups. The site could work as a type of online CV, which could include a portfolio of your own work whilst showing appropriate personal details to a potential employer. Employers are increasingly turning to social networking sites such as Facebook to research prospective employees. This can be damaging to an individual’s reputation as the sites often display photo albums of the individual and personal messages from friends, which may prove to be distasteful to an employer. Talkbiznow is aimed at professionals looking to advertise themselves and their skills, rather than their personal lives. Often, the key to using a business network successfully involves the connecting and signing up your business contacts. The registration process is one of the simplest methods of inviting and maintaining your business network. Talkbiznow allows immediate access to your contacts, without having to enter emails to discover if associates are there. With your account set up and contacts entered (which can be imported for speed), a small but growing network of individuals can now easily search your personal network for relevant business contacts. President and Co-founder, Mark Parker says: “Combining business networking and productivity tools is an essential ingredient of our daily working lives affecting every business professional, no matter which profession or industry they are operating in. The success of online social communities has shown that connecting across the web is becoming increasingly popular. However, networking for business reasons is not only the next logical step but in fact more necessary than social networking. Almost everyone has a business life. Talkbiznow has brought a completely new dimension and formalises the business networking space, in the way that social networking did when Facebook arrived on the scene. We are about ‘Making you more productive in your business network and it is completely FREE, even posting your own ads.” CEO and Co-Founder, Martin Warner says: “We expect several million users to join Talkbiznow in the next six months. There are so many reasons that business professionals need an effective business network online, but we’re particularly excited about empowering users to advertise for free online as we believe this will change the way we think about online advertising forever…” Talkbiznow is widely being regarded by experts as the next big success story to come from the internet, it taps into the fast moving world of busy executives and helps them to make quality connections with the people they really want to communicate with. Warner adds: “Talkbiznow is expected to create a significant paradigm shift in the way that business professionals and companies engage with each other in a global market place. Now that both big and small companies can brand and position themselves and have equal reach across the site, small companies will undergo a considerable level of empowerment as they reach out to bigger markets on limited budgets. “ Talkbiznow will serve many purposes starting from the business network itself (peer to peer), serving a variety of uses including, sales, general marketing, partnering, recruitment, job-hunting, knowledge exchange, and of course business development. The site will be free to users and funded through advertising and sponsorship. The founders of Talkbiznow are preparing to enter into a third round of investment which is expected to rise between $15-$25M.