Tech Thursday (5/31): Infusionsoft Launches Marketplace; TextNow Brings Free and Unlimited Text Messaging To the Internet; Nimble Offers Free Year of Social CRM Business Edition; Web.com’s SmartCalls Leads the Way With Mobile Specific Ads

 Infusionsoft Launches Marketplace

 

TextNow Brings Free and Unlimited Text Messaging to the Internet

 

Nimble Offers Free Year of Social CRM Business Edition


  Web.com’s SmartCalls Leads the Way With Mobile      Specific Ads

 

 

Infusionsoft Launches Marketplace with 150 Apps and Certified Partners to Help Small Businesses Achieve More with their All-in-One Sales and Marketing Software

 

– Infusionsoft New Marketplace Helps Customers Make the Most of Their Investment –


Gilbert, Ariz. – Infusionsoft, creator of all-in-one sales and marketing software for small businesses, announces the new Infusionsoft Marketplace that helps Infusionsoft customers make the most of their investment. The Marketplace features more than 50 third-party apps that integrate Infusionsoft with other popular business tools. The Marketplace also makes it easy for customers to find and connect with nearly 100 Infusionsoft Certified Consultants.

“The Infusionsoft community is taking a life of its own, we’re seeing a true Infusionsoft ecosystem emerge,” says Greg Head, CMO of Infusionsoft. “This Marketplace means we have that many more service providers and add-on applications to help our customers flourish. It also is important to us that our Certified Partners are an extension of the Infusionsoft core values, culture, and our commitment to helping small businesses succeed.” Customers will find a diverse, growing set of apps designed beautifully to work with Infusionsoft. Users can find solutions such as SMS text messaging, payment systems, mobile apps, and membership sites.  Over 50 Apps and integrations are available right now.

Whether getting started with Infusionsoft for the first time or trying to maximize the new version, Infusionsoft Certified Consultants can help ensure users get the most return on their investment. These experts can help with integration, content development, sales and marketing strategy, and more. The Consultants earn the certification by completing a training course to ensure their expertise in the Infusionsoft software, as well as creating integrated marketing and sales programs. Customers can search for vendors by specialty or location and can read reviews to find the specific resources they need.

Consultants and developers interested in joining the Infusionsoft Marketplace can learn about the program at www.infusionsoft.com/partners.

“Connecting with clients that are the right fit for our business is one of the most important things for all of us in the Infusionsoft Community,” says Craig Jacobson, founder of Open Spaces Marketing Consulting and also an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant. “The Infusionsoft Marketplace has been very beneficial to our business as prospective clients seek the appropriate skills to solve their problems.”

 

TextNow Brings Popular Free and Unlimited Text Messaging to the Internet

 

– With TextNow.com, Users Can Send Countless Messages – Without Worrying About Costs or Limits – Effortlessly From Any PC or Web Device-

 

WATERLOO, Ontario – The creators of TextNow announced the immediate availability of the popular text messaging application on the web, delivering the same free and unlimited text messaging, now with the added ability to send and receive texts from any PC or web device. Still at absolutely no cost, TextNow.com provides users with easy-to-use texting, plus the convenience of using a keyboard, to connect over the Internet to any mobile phone or web device in the U.S. and Canada.

Since going viral in 2009, TextNow has a network of 12 million users, with more than 700 million text messages being sent each month using TextNow.

“With TextNow.com, we’re making texting available to anyone who has access to a computer or other web device,” said Derek Ting, co-founder and CEO, Enflick. “TextNow.com is an ideal solution for users – such as teenagers – who want to send out countless messages without worrying about costs and limits. With this new capability, users can enjoy free and unlimited texting even if they don’t have a smartphone.”

TextNow.com is straightforward and virtually effortless to set up. Users can register and start sending text messages online within just minutes. To get started, users just enter an email address or phone number and click ‘send.’

The creators of TextNow are committed to a vision of a more connected world – whether through TextNow.com’s free and unlimited texting for the web or its mobile interpersonal connectivity application “Touch” that is transforming social networking by seamlessly connecting people with their closest relationships.

 

Nimble Offers Community Managers Free Year of Social CRM Business Edition


– Social Business pioneer invests in empowering community managers for more effective social engagement –

 

Santa Monica, CA – Nimble, the award-winning Social Relationship Manager, today announced that it is now offering qualifying community managers across the globe a one-year complimentary business edition subscription. Acknowledging social media early adopters as the linchpin for wider social business integration, Nimble empowers community managers to be more successful at connecting, listening and engaging with contacts across multiple social streams.

“Community managers are the first point of social contact at most companies and the ones that sales people go to for social selling advice,” said Jon Ferrara, CEO, Nimble. “At Nimble we’re not just enabling social selling, we’re empowering companies to become complete social businesses. That starts with the first conversation which can happen with the community manager, sales, marketing or support. Nimble enables a unified approach to connecting the social conversations to the customer no matter which department is having them.”

“Community managers do more than just manage content calendars and tweet all day long,” Michael Brito, SVP, Social Business, Edelman, reminds us. “The truth is, many community managers today are already driving fully robust social CRM programs.”

“The best community managers tirelessly work to promote their brands,” My Community Manager’s Tim McDonald says. “To do that, community managers today need an engagement platform that allows them to switch message and platform as appropriate, automatically connecting the conversations the entire company is having with their community to the contacts they’re having them with. Nimble gives them that and more.”

Community managers interested in taking advantage of this opportunity are welcome to sign up at http://www.nimble.com/community. Joining is simple — register for a free trial of Nimble business edition and send community profiles managed to community@nimble.com.

Nimble is partnering with My Community Manager, a global membership organization for professional community managers, which will host a live Google+ hour-long chat with Ferrara on Fri., May 4 at 2 pm ET titled, “The Importance of Social CRM to Community Managers.” An archival video will be posted immediately following the chat. Join My Community Manager circle at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/100339881497512945462/ to cover this chat live, or visithttp://mycmgr.com for more information.

 

Web.com’s SmartCalls Solution Leads the Way With Mobile Specific Ads

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Web.com Group,Inc. (Nasdaq:WWWW), a leading provider of internet services and online marketing solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses, has launched a powerful new advertising solution to capture smartphone users’ attention as they search for products and services. Web.com’s SmartCalls, a customized mobile marketing campaign based on the Google AdWords(TM) advertising service, is the ideal way to motivate potential customers to call, click and/or visit a business.

With a Web.com professional, customized campaign tailored to a particular industry and geography, SmartCalls can start businesses’ phones ringing with Google mobile search ads and their ‘click to call’ features. These ads take advantage of the unique characteristics of smartphones, and capitalize on their ability to instantly connect by phone, or geo-locate for walk-in traffic. The SmartCalls product also provides robust campaign feedback including lead alerts, 24/7 call tracking and call recording. It all starts with a custom mobile marketing advertising plan based on an individual business’s goals that is highly optimized for local search criteria and invites the customer to take action.

“With growing momentum in mobile, we are focused on helping small businesses connect with customers on their smartphones, where a Google search is often the gateway to interaction,” said David Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Web.com. “A SmartCalls campaign can help drive qualified leads by instantly introducing a potential customer to a business’s products and services in a mobile-enhanced way, even if the business doesn’t have a separate mobile website.”

Web.com’s SmartCalls solution joins Web.com’s fully developed search engine marketing program which features professionally created and managed ad campaigns based on the Google AdWords advertising service. Web.com has been a Google AdWords Authorized Reseller since 2006, and was recently selected as a Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner in recognition of meeting Google’s highest standards and criteria for qualification and transparency, and the demonstrated ability to deliver exceptional service to small- and medium-sized businesses.


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Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (www.virtasktic.com), an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.