Businesses Will Be Flocking to Social Media in 2011

and the Washingtonian startup,  awesomize.me will be there to greet them :-)

It was exactly a month ago today that we launched the beta version of our new venture, awesomize.me that targets both consumers and enterprises.  I’ve believed in our business model on day first, the latest study by the IT research firm, IDC, is giving me even more confidence about the concept. With the explosion of social media phenomena, one of the awesomize.me‘s mission is to assist business owners to select the right social media channels for their operation as well as connecting them to the right strategic partners and clients.

The new study titled “Top 10 Predictions 2011” shows that businesses will increasingly turn to social networking tools in 2011. It also noted that many small and medium-sized businesses will turn to social networks such as Facebook to establish a free online presence that improves their ability to acquire, engage, and retain customers without the hassle and cost of setting up a traditional Web site.

The report says social networking is one of the technologies that will move beyond early adopter status and will mature into a mainstream platform in the coming year.

The study is along the lines with what we have seen in our traffic. Given that we have not done a single media push yet, since our beta launch and the launch of our first enterprise feature (part I) called awesome companies, we already have over 1000 users and about 100 companies from 86 Nations utilizing our site.  We will be launching part II, awesome services and part III, awesome products of our enterprise solution within the next two months which will be the complimentary to the part I. They will separate the service providers from the manufacturers – a lot a lot more exciting than part I :-)

Nations visiting or having a member from on awesomize.me within the last 12 hours. The greener the country, the more traffic and members coming from- source: Google analytics

The awesome companies feature is a free service (at least for now :-) ) that allows any business owner from anywhere in the world  to create a page for their companies with links back to their website as well as all their social media channels pages including Facebook fanpage.

Similar to the user profile page, there are two ranking systems integrated to the awesome companies page – one for people to awesomize the companies in general and one to awesomize their customer support services. This will allow users to rate the companies. Those with the highest and best ranking will automatically be pushed to the homepage based on their geographical location – i.e.  the default page is set for the user in New York City to rate and see only the local companies in New York City not those in New Delhi and vice versa. There is an option for everyone to go beyond their local region though.

If you decide to follow the companies, you may simply click on any of their social media channels in the gray box on top of the page. You may also contact them directly from the page. Here is the more about our awesome companies feature I blogged about last week.

A  sample page for awesome companies on our site today:

Please,  give our awesome people and companies a test drive and let me know what you think.

Feel free to connect with me via awesomize.me

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

3 Responses to Businesses Will Be Flocking to Social Media in 2011

  1. Meisam says:

    Dear Mr.Elias
    Hello ,How are you doing.I’m so Glad that a i have a nice Friend like you.
    I’m interested to Cooperate with you in the regard of Networking and technology Solutions.
    IT news and telecommunication Industry.I my self Interested in Networking in particular
    Microsoft Discipline and technologies.i will proud if i could interact with you in this area.

    all the best
    yours truly,
    Meisam Monfaredzadeh

  2. Elias Shams says:

    Thank Maisam, Let’s connect on my new social media gig, awesomize.me. Here is my profile:
    http://awesomize.me/eliasshams

  3. Elias Shams says:

    The awesome Washingtonian Startup, awesomize.me is set to rock your world in 2011. Are you on board yet? The train is leaving! you better hurry up!

    All aboard! Social Media Train Gearing up to Awesomize your Business in 2011
    http://awesomedc.com/2010/12/20/all-aboard-social-media-train-gearing-up-to-awesomize-your-business-in-2011/

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