Online Networking Elevates Businesses

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Millions of people have taken to using wildly popular social network sites like MySpace and Facebook. Those in the business world are learning that such networking sites aren’t just for teens anymore.

Companies have discovered the benefits of a wide range of activities, including recruiting, branding, advertising, sales, business development, and even market research.

One example of a fast-growing business social network is Sales Spider ( When Sales Spider launched, last March, Selling Power magazine ranked it in its top 50 sales Web sites. By October, it had grown to over 300,000 users, and it has been increasing by 30 percent every month since.

What many people are learning is that Sales Spider offers a number of unique options, like over 10,000 sales leads, worth over $25 billion, that are updated daily. It also offers the ability to connect thousands of like-minded professionals or sales executives through online messaging and classified advertising. And the best part is that it’s all free.

Sales Spider’s Web engine is unique. Nightly, it searches the Internet for bids, leads and requests for proposals, and automatically places the sales leads in its Web site. Every deal is searchable by industry and geography, offering easy access to buyers’ contact information and listed requirements. Members can also contact each other by placing their profiles online in order to search and network with executives within similar industries or like-minded business interests.
They often use the free classified section to advertise new opportunities or sell their goods and services. “It’s a natural shift from traditional networking methods like tradeshows, cold calling and word-of-mouth referrals, and it takes advantages of the latest Web 2.0 Internet social network trend. Now businesses can meet, sell, and find out what’s new at a permanent online business convention,� says Sales Spider’s CEO and founder Russell Rothstein. “It’s all about making more money.�

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