March 24, 2011 — Waltham, Mass. — A new plug-in from business information provider ZoomInfo™ finds active business contacts in users’ email messages and automatically uploads the information to the ZoomInfo B2B directory. Salespeople, small business owners, jobseekers and others who install the first-of-a-kind plug-in receive free, ongoing access to the entire ZoomInfo™ Database of millions of B2B profiles.
The company said that during a market test of its new ZoomInfo Community Edition, more than 25,000 people installed the email plug-in, contributing approximately one million new contacts to ZoomInfo.
ZoomInfo Community Edition is a major improvement in the “contacts for content” market. Greatly simplifying the contact sharing process, ZoomInfo does not require users to manually upload contacts, nor is access “metered” based on the number of contacts contributed. In fact, a stark difference between ZoomInfo and competitors’ programs is the value users get. As long as the ZoomInfo Contact Contributor plug-in is active, members get access to detailed, just-verified profiles of more than 50 million employees and five million businesses, plus the market’s leading tools for searching and targeting.
“We are thrilled that so many businesspeople have joined ZoomInfo Community Edition. It’s a testament to both ZoomInfo’s value and the advantages of automatic business contact sharing,” said Sam Zales, president of ZoomInfo.
Zales explained that business email activity provides one of the most accurate indications of who works at what companies. “Only our technology innovations are capable of keeping up with the thousands of daily changes across businesses that quickly render B2B contact data obsolete. Businesses rely on accurate contact information to succeed and our new program represents a leap toward our mission of mapping the entire business landscape in real time.”
Sharon Kay, director of business development at Technical Language Service, said, “My pipeline is full of possibilities thanks to ZoomInfo Community Edition. I have access to numerous contacts where information is up-to-date, and almost always includes direct phone numbers and titles. This information cuts down on the overall time it takes me to find the right connections into a company and start a relationship.”
ZoomInfo uses rigorous verification processes for all newly contributed data, including alerting businesspeople before publishing their online profiles and providing tools that allow everyone to enhance and control their profiles.
“It's surprising to me that it's taken this long for someone to build a service that competes with Jigsaw somewhat directly,” commented John Blossom, president and senior analyst of Shore Communications, Inc. “The combination of ZoomInfo Community Edition’s offer of unlimited information access and automatic contributions, the other sources of business information that ZoomInfo uses and its unique search capabilities is a promising alternative that has the potential to grow rapidly.”
For more information about ZoomInfo Community Edition, visit www.zoominfo.com/ce.
ZoomInfo™ is the leading B2B directory and business information provider that offers real-time, in-depth profiles of millions of businesses and employees and the market’s most powerful tools for searching and targeting. In the minute it takes to read this, four businesses will change addresses and 100 people will assume new titles. Only ZoomInfo is poised to track this dynamic business information with its patented technology and products to help businesses efficiently connect with each other and accelerate their growth. The ZoomInfo™ Database currently spans five million businesses (from startups to large enterprises) and 50 million employees. It is available through the free ZoomInfo™ Directory; the award-winning SaaS tool, ZoomInfo™ Pro; ZoomInfo™ Community Edition, a program where members share business contacts in exchange for free access to the ZoomInfo™ Database; and ZoomInfo™ Enterprise Solutions, which provide customized data services (list creating and contact updating) and integration of data with customers’ software applications. ZoomInfo’s customers include leading brands such as Amazon, E*TRADE, Microsoft, Time Warner, Walmart, Yahoo! and the world’s top staffing and executive search services. Follow ZoomInfo on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and ZoomInfo's blog. For more information, go to www.zoominfo.com or call 866-904-9666.
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