We Love You Australia!

by Davis Foth 23. March 2012 20:08

To all of our users in Australia, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to you!  You are in the process of making BuzzOurBiz one of the top Australian free ads sites!  Over the past two months we have seen an incredible rise in the number of users (and the numbers of phenomenal ads, BTW!) in Australia.  Keep up that great down under entrepreneurial spirit and we will continue to make BuzzOurBiz an even greater place to advertise your business for free.  Thanks again from all of us at the BuzzOurBiz team!!

P.S. To all of our users in other countries ... we love you too and we really appreciate your posting ads and surfing on BuzzOurBiz, it's just that Australia gets an extra special thanks this month!

Happy New Year! Looking Back on 2011 and Looking Forward to 2012

by Davis Foth 4. January 2012 20:53

Happy New Year to all!  The end of 2011 has been a great opportunity for us to look back on all that has happened this year.  BuzzOurBiz was officially launched in March 2011, we experienced steady growth and our fabulous users (that means you!) now number in the several thousands and we’ve received and incorporated great feedback from you into the site.  As we look forward to everything we have planned for 2012 we constantly think about our core mission of making BuzzOurBiz the most trusted source for anyone looking for services, which we aim to accomplish in two ways: 1) constantly improving the tools for service providers to advertise and promote their businesses online through BOB and, in that way, enabling the entrepreneur in everyone; and 2) seeking and getting more and more quality reviews for the ads and service providers on the site.

In the beginning of 2012, we will be adding the ability for you to add a link back to your website/blog/facebook page or other area where you might have information about your business, streamlining the layout of your ads and BuzzOurBiz in general and improving the functionality for your photos in your ads so they are more user friendly for your potential or current customers. 

We will also be adding a feature to this blog called “Let Your Boss Let You Down” where we will be exploring how to use every day disappointments in our day jobs to drive us to realize our dreams of owning and running our own business – either full time, part time or just sometimes on the side.  We welcome any and all comments you have on what we post and hope that you will add your experiences and thoughts as well!  In time, Pankaj and I hope that we will be able to package up the blog posts into a standalone site to help others channel their inner entrepreneur, as we fundamentally believe that everyone out there has a great idea (or three!) to convert into a money-making endeavor that will help in securing their financial independence and, in the course of working towards those goals, ensuring that we all feel more independent even as we continue to go to work for “the man” (in the short term, at least!).

Thank you for being a big part of our success in 2011 and for letting BOB play a part in yours.  Please keep the comments - both good and critical - coming ... that is the only way we can make sure that BOB is always serving you better and better.

Happy New Year!

Davis Foth

Press Release July 26, 2011 - Reviews Fuel Rapid Growth of BuzzOurBiz, Expanding Its Niche Among Craigslist, Kijiji, Facebook and Others

by Administrator 26. July 2011 21:26

  

Check out our latest press release here. Also reposted below.

BuzzOurBiz.com Experiences Explosive Growth by Serving Niche of Social Services Classifieds with Reviews – Combining Social Networking Aspects of Facebook and Google +1 With Traditional Classifieds Features of Craigslist, Kijiji and Others for Services

Calgary, AB (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

Free social networking meets services classifieds site BuzzOurBiz.com today announced a significant upgrade to the site aimed at further engaging its review functionality and expanding on its rapid growth.

New to the site is a “Featured Ads” carousel on the main page where the sole criterion for being featured for a given length of time is getting reviews from different people. If users get two reviews from different people, their ad will be featured for one week; if users get five reviews from different people, their ad will be featured for one month.

“Reviews and recommendations are fundamental,” says Pankaj Bhawnani, founder of BuzzOurBiz. “We want to encourage them from our users in every way. As we all know when we surf the internet, seeing reviews about a product or a business is key before you decide to buy or engage with a business. We want the people who come to BuzzOurBiz to be able to view reviews and ratings about every ad on the site, feel a sense of trust and understanding about what is being offered and hopefully become the next client or sale for the business or person posting the ad.”

As BuzzOurBiz is free, there is no option to pay to be featured and users need only get multiple, legitimate reviews to be added to the Featured Ads section. In addition to getting featured in the new section, the more ratings and reviews a user gets for their ad, the higher that ad ranks in a given category when users search by "Highest Rated" and "Ads with Reviews", so getting reviews is good no matter which way you slice it.

The site, which launched just four short months ago (see the launch press release here), has been adding users and ads at a rapid pace and is now more than doubling its user base every month with a high level of user engagement.

“BuzzOurBiz is unique in the space and the rapid growth we are experiencing is a testament to the need out there for our niche offering of social services classifieds with reviews and social networking,” explains Bhawnani. “We have received numerous comments from users who appreciate the ability to reach a broader audience with their ad than they can on Craigslist or Kijiji which have rigid “by city only” posting and viewing options. They also appreciate the ease of promoting their ads through use of our “Request Reviews” functionality and our integrations with the Facebook platform.”

Adds Bhawnani, “We’ve even had comments that users wish we’d been around years ago because they were not getting the features they needed on other sites, which we appreciate. Our simple response to those comments is: ‘We’re here now and we’re here to serve you.’”

Social networking aspects of the site include wall functionality where users can see what people in their network are recommending, share comments and reviews and also connect with their network and peer or referral partners. Each ad also contains a “Like” button, so users can leverage the reach and power of Facebook for their BuzzOurBiz ads and reviews. If a user posting an ad even gets just their family and close friends to "Like" their BuzzOurBiz ad, it gets their ad in front of thousands of people and this is just one of the ways to promote ads on BuzzOurBiz.

Regarding the question of how far BuzzOurBiz wants to grow its user base, Bhawnani says that the goal is to be the world’s number one and most trusted social services classifieds site. “I would bet that most Facebook users have some hobby, business or other idea for making money on the side, so if we had to put a number on it, our interim goal is have all Facebook users log in to BuzzOurBiz using Facebook Connect, post an ad and start getting reviews and earning money for themselves through BuzzOurBiz.”

“Of course,” adds Bhawnani, “We want everyone else too!”

About BuzzOurBiz.com:

BuzzOurBiz.com is a free local services classifieds meets social networking site where anyone offering or looking for any type of service can post and view ads, ratings and reviews and spread the buzz about the service they just used with their trusted network. Learn more about BuzzOurBiz by visiting our About Us page

What's with all this Facebook "Like"-ing going on here?!

by Pankaj Bhawnani 14. June 2011 20:56

The Facebook “Like” button that is shown on each ad allows users of Facebook to “Like” posts, web pages, ads, etc. that they stumble across on the web ... including your ad on BOB!  When someone surfs to your ad and clicks the "Like" button, a message is automatically posted to their Facebook wall that they like your ad and it is shown to all of their friends in the following format: “So and so likes [the title of your BOB ad with a link back to it] on BuzzOurBiz.”  Their friends will see this and can easily click on the link and view your ad, “Like” it to their friends or “Share” it with their clients, colleagues or family and so on.  All in all, it means more exposure for your ad and more potential customers viewing your great ad and great services!

We also have a "Like" button for BOB on the main page and appreciate any "Like"-ing that you do of us!

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Reviews and BuzzOurBiz

by Pankaj Bhawnani 13. June 2011 20:37

Our description for BuzzOurBiz is that is a free social services classifieds site with reviews, ratings and social networking: which means that it is so much more than just a classifieds site as reviews and the accompanying ratings are key! 

Why should you get reviews for your business on BuzzOurBiz? The first and foremost reason is that reviews and ratings build trust. When people are surfing around to seek out a service provider, they will generally glance over your ad quickly and look to the reviews to find out what their peers - other saavy customers - are saying about you and your business.  Reviews don't even have to all be glowing in order to benefit you: the more authentic and honest they are, the more the surfer will trust the experience of the reviewer and, by extension, the more they will trust you and your excellent business.

The other reasons to get reviews and ratings are that users of BOB can sort all of the ads by "Ads with Reviews" and "Highest Rated".  Therefore, the more reviews you have and the better the ratings you get, the higher your ad will rank!

You can get reviews by clicking on the "Request Reviews" button in the "My Ads" section when you are logged in to BuzzOurBiz.

Get BOB working for you by requesting reviews! BOB is the best employee you have as it never takes a break!

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Press Release Announcing Official Launch of BuzzOurBiz! Thank you BOB-ers!

by Administrator 21. March 2011 21:21

Thanks to the ads, networking and comments of all of you early BOB-ers, we are pleased to announce the official launch of BuzzOurBiz as of last Wednesday, March 16!

Here is a link to the press release, which talks about the official launch and BOB being a mash up a social networking site with reviews and ratings, all on top of a local classifieds platform:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/03/prweb5165454.htm

We're aiming high, as you can see in this excerpt:

"We're setting our sights on being the only social services classifieds site that people need to go to for finding trusted and reviewed local service providers and we're going to continue to work on making BuzzOurBiz an even more useful and fun platform on which they can connect.”

Plans for the next release of the site includes the launch of an iPhone app that will show users the online presence of people offering or available for services within a 10, 25, 50 or 100km radius so that users can reach them by just a tap on their phone to bring them a home cooked meal, be their nanny for the day, help them correct a home DIY-disaster, assist them with shopping and so on. Live presence and chat functionality will also be included in the next release.


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Interview with BuzzOurBiz Founder Pankaj Bhawnani

by Administrator 8. March 2011 22:00


Check out talk radio host Kathy Hamilton's interview with BuzzOurBiz founder and president, Pankaj Bhawnani, as they discuss the launch of BuzzOurBiz, what it is all about and where it is headed.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simikathy/2011/02/24/connect-service-providers-and-service-seekers-through-a-trusted-network-platform-buzzourbiz

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