Monday, December 22, 2008

Year In Review

As 2009 quickly approaches and 2008 washes away (at least here in sunny Florida), I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the past 365 days. Below are some of the highlights:

Member Growth: Fast Pitch! has continued to experience significant year over year growth in profile creation and membership conversions. Throughout 2008 Fast Pitch! has ranked anywhere between 2nd and 4th globally and nationally for overall website traffic among popular online business networks - making us one of the most visibile Internet properties in the world and clearly an established front-runner in the world of online business networking.

New Features: Fast Pitch! picked up where we left off in 2007 by continuing to add more features (and value) to our members. On average, Fast Pitch! successfully launched a new feautre or application every two weeks! Some of the features we added in 2008 included:
  • Live Chat (Virtual Tradeshows) - used weekly by over 55,000 professionals worldwide to interact in real-time.
  • Record & Embed Video - create videos and embed them directly to your profile and content such as press, events, etc...

  • Email Marketing - Create, Send and Track up to 50,000 emails per month for free.

  • Status Updates (w/ Twitter integration) - tell the community what you're up to. Integrate with your Twitter community.

  • Facebook Application - allow your friends on Facebook the ability to quickly access your professional identity - without compromising the social elements of your Facebook profile.

  • Translation (7 languages) - Quickly translate Fast Pitch! into other languages including all our user generated content!

  • Bookmarking & Sharing - share your Fast Pitch! content across other networks and media platforms including Facebook, Digg and others.

  • Affiliation Directory - the largest searchable online professional directory in the world built within Fast Pitch! - segmenting members among over 5,000 worldwide organizations amd allowing all of them to quickly connect.

  • College Directory - add colleges to your profile, get exposure to other alumni, search for alumni. Over 3,000 colleges added!

  • Localized User Experience - have content delivered to you based on location. Content includes video, press, blog articles, events and more.

  • Inbox Distribution - send content directly to the inbox of thousands of other members at one time based on industry type, location and more.

  • Profile Enhancements (keywords, updates, network, etc...) - real-time updates and summaries of each profile provided to your visitors.
  • New Public Profile - a designated link to your own public profile void of any third party advertising.
  • Invite Contacts - quickly upload and invite existing contacts from Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook and more.
Customer Support: Fast Pitch! added additional ways for our users to communicate with us and learn more about how to use the network. Here's how:
  • 'How To Use Fast Pitch!Manual' - downloaded over 10,000 times. Over 75 pages of detailed instruction for how to maximize your experience on Fast Pitch!. Updated quarterly.
  • 'How To Use Fast Pitch! Webinars' - attended by over 1,000 people - These 100 webinars lasted 30-45 minutes and offered insight online business network. Look for more in 2009!

  • 'How To Use Fast Pitch! Video Series' - 15 videos added throughout the Fast Pitch! website providing users with simple, intuitive demonstrations of features including: creating a profile, posting & distributing press, and more.

  • Toll-Free Phone Number

  • Interactive Chat - get real-time help from a Fast Pitch! expert anytime, anywhere.
Recognition: Throughout 2008 Fast Pitch! was honored as a top network from the following media outlets: MSNBC's Your Business, 6 Star Reviews, Mashable Open Web Awards, All Things Web 2.0 and more...

Miscellaneous: During 2008 we changed our logo, re-designed much of our website, added less expensive quarterly payment options, expanded our office (new location), partnerered with some excellent organizations including GotVMail and PhoneVite, Chambers of Commerce, etc... and launched our First Annual Business of the Year Awards.

A sepcial thanks to the team here at Fast Pitch! and to all of our members around the world for helping make Fast Pitch! one of most active online business commuitites in the world. Look for continued growth and enhanced functionality throughout 2009.




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