Marks First Step Toward Integration of Business Information Search Engine and Business Networking Platform
September 7, 2007 – Waltham, Mass. – Business information search engine ZoomInfo™ and XING AG, the operator of XING – one of the foremost networks for business professionals – today announced the ability for users to co-register with both sites and manage their digital identity. Now professionals can manage their online identity while creating a XING profile to network with other professionals. Following the strategic partnership announced in June 2007, this release represents the first step toward the comprehensive integration between ZoomInfo and XING, expected later this year.
As previously announced, the partnership will provide XING members with immediate access to ZoomInfo's profiles on over 37 million business people and 3.5 million companies. In the coming months, XING AG's 3.5 million members will have access to ZoomInfo profiles and will be able to search for and reach out to new contacts using ZoomInfo's patented semantic search capabilities. ZoomInfo profiles will also begin including a person's professional network using confirmed contacts on XING.
"Based on our rapid adoption and market leadership in Europe and Asia, XING's online platform clearly fills a need for international business people looking to network," said Lars Hinrichs, CEO of XING AG. "Incorporating the ability for our users to search and access information across ZoomInfo's 37 million profiles will further extend the business networking opportunities for our members. At the same time, we believe ZoomInfo's users will appreciate the unique ways to network with XING members online, and will soon understand why so many XING users also continue to conduct business with each other offline and online."
"ZoomInfo is looking forward to extending our search capabilities to XING's powerful international business networking platform," said Bryan Burdick, COO of ZoomInfo. "Once the integration is complete, we believe that ZoomInfo's users will benefit by being able to network with people who work within the same industry, graduated from the same university, or have the same job function located in the same city or region. XING's platform was built specifically for the business person, so it is a perfect match for our business information search engine."
ZoomInfo is a business information search engine used to quickly find information about industries, companies, people, products and services. ZoomInfo is used by sales and marketing professionals to identify business opportunities, by recruiters to locate talent, and by anyone conducting in-depth research about products, services and businesses. ZoomInfo's semantic search engine continually crawls the Business Web – the millions of company Websites, news feeds and other online sources – to identify company and people information which is then organized into fresh, comprehensive and objective profiles. ZoomInfo currently has profiles on more than 37 million people and over 3.5 million companies, and its search engine adds more than 20,000 new profiles every day.
According to Nielson/NetRatings, in April 2007 ZoomInfo was the fastest growing network in the country, with 276% annual growth. More than 4.5 million people search www.ZoomInfo.com every month. In addition, nearly 2,000 customers, including Yahoo!, Microsoft, Oracle, PepsiCo and 20% of the Fortune 500, use ZoomInfo's patented search tools. ZoomInfo is privately held and based in Waltham, Massachusetts.
XING makes your professional network an active part of your life. Far more than a directory of business contacts, XING enables its members to discover professional people, opportunities and privileges through its unique discovery capability and advanced contact management tools.
With the successful IPO of XING as the first Web 2.0 company to go public, XING AG has had a long-term impact on the social networking trend amongst professionals. By focusing on the target group "business people worldwide", the Company is able to offer tailored features, thereby making networking and contact management simpler. Besides Headquarters in Hamburg, XING AG is also represented with offices in Barcelona (eConozco, Neurona), Beijing and Zurich.
ZoomInfo is re-defining how businesspeople connect with opportunities that drive business growth. Founded in 2000, ZoomInfo is the only business information provider with continuously updated, multi-sourced, highly relevant business information and unrivalled tools to quickly pinpoint contacts and accelerate success. Built on proprietary and patented Web crawling and community-contributed content — with intelligent matching and profile-creating technologies — the ZoomInfo" Database currently spans 5 million businesses and 50 million employees. It is at the heart of all ZoomInfo applications including: ZoomInfo" Directory, its popular free website where businesspeople manage their own profiles and search for companies and employees; ZoomInfo" Pro, the company's flagship software-as-a-service offering, providing the most advanced searching capabilities on the market; and ZoomInfo" Enterprise Solutions, which include customized data and integration with customer software applications.
ZoomInfo serves millions of businesspeople from start-ups to blue-chip companies (including leading brands such as Amazon, Microsoft, Time Warner, Wal-Mart, Yahoo! and the top U.S. recruiting firms), For more information, go to www.zoominfo.com or call (866) 904-9666. Follow ZoomInfo on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and the "Follow the Lead" blog (followthelead.zoominfo.com).
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