BT Tradespace Marks Second Anniversary With 350,000th Member
on: June 11, 2009, 6:15 am
Author: BT Tradespace
Tradespace, the business social networking website, has marked
its second anniversary by signing up its 350,000 member.
recent review of the site found that there has been a 400% year-on-year
growth over the past year, with an average of up to 500 members
joining each day since the launch.
the past two years, nearly 3,000 different communities have been
set up by BT Tradespace
members to share information and expertise. The most popular BT
Tradespace communities include a group for people who run
home-based businesses and a community where new or seasoned entrepreneurs
can leave advice, ask questions and share top tips.
site is a dynamic online community for sales and marketing and
offers a comprehensive directory of SME products and services.
It allows members to use the latest social media tools - podcasts,
videos and blogs - to promote themselves and engage with customers,
partners and suppliers.
and easy to join, BT Tradespace also offers a secure and safe
trading platform where consumers can buy goods.
Croxford, general manager, BT Tradespace, said: "These figures
show that social networking is not just a passing consumer fad,
businesses are embracing it too, because of the obvious benefits
it holds for companies of all sizes.
internet opens up a global marketplace for SMEs, helping them
to compete and prosper in times of mounting economic difficulty.
BT Tradespace offers a fantastic platform to exploit the full
potential of the web by encouraging an ongoing open and honest
dialogue with customers, colleagues, suppliers and partners".
Tradespace research shows that three quarters of smaller companies
see the web as a strategic business tool, and 45% make a quarter
of their sales online. Social networking extends this playing
field by offering SMEs the opportunity to compete with bigger
firms, connect with niche audiences and target local markets.
Croxford explained: "The success of BT Tradespace reveals
that companies are now realising that to prosper in the digital
age, they must embrace the opportunities offered by the web and
start using social networks to their full advantage".
Tradespace member Tabitha Potts, who was voted runner-up as 'Mum-Entrepreneur
of 2009' at the Women's Business Mastermind Awards, believes the
site has been an invaluable tool for trading and marketing her
company. She said: "I have had 10,000 hits on my BT Tradespace
page and some of these have clicked through to my main site generating
site has a very nice clean interface and I regularly blog and
upload videos. This has worked wonders for my search engine rankings
so customers can find me much easier on the Internet."
and John Hill created a Tradespace page to support their online
business HedgePig, commented: "After just one month using
the service, our BT Tradespace site had received over 1,600 hits.
This corresponded with our main website, seeing a substantial
rise in visitors and sales, resulting in a monthly turnover increase
of around 20 per cent. We now feel confident in taking our business
to the next level and offering a wholesale business-to-business
can get free advice on how to build a successful online presence
at the week-long BT
Business Experience event being held from 29 June to 3 July
2009. The event taking place in central London is specifically
created to show businesses how the very latest technology and
business thinking can help them manage their costs, market their
business more effectively and make them more competitive especially
in the current environment.
Notes to editor:
BT Tradespace.com is a 350,000-member online community, that enables
businesses to sell products and services and connect with other
people effectively - both building business and customer relationships.
BT Tradespace PR contact:
+44 (0)20 7802 2662