Norwegian Companybook brings global customers to local companies with a new company network
Norway’s Companybook has launched the first company network combining collaboration, lead generation and media monitoring specifically for enterprise to help British companies match-make with potential customers around the world.
Norway’s Companybook has launched the first company network combining collaboration, lead generation and media monitoring specifically for enterprise to help British companies match-make with potential customers around the world. Companybook redefines social enterprise software to give companies the ability to focus on real opportunities by shining a spotlight on the market position and brand reputation of businesses in their neighbourhood or further afield. Contacts can then be engaged through collaborative tools.
Corporate, financial and global information from close to 90 million organisations in over 200 countries, along with news from over 3 million online sites, is available to companies either for free or a premium annual subscription price of £147 per user. By replacing existing fragmented services for around 1/10 of the total cost, Companybook exploits the business advantages now offered by social-focused platforms, despite the economic challenges.
With the market for social enterprise technologies forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 61% to $6.4 billion in 2016*, British organisations will benefit from using services with broad reach that also simplify the access and integration process.
Companybook was built by serial technology entrepreneur, Harald Jellum, whose past successes include two of Norway’s leading search-and-match companies, IntelliSearch and Cyberwatcher.
“Never before has global company data been combined with social media tools for users in the UK or internationally,” said Jellum, founder and CEO of Companybook.
He continued: “We asked ourselves how far organisations of all sizes would go to find the right customers and how we could use our expertise to build the first social platform that would become indispensable for their business.”
*‘Social Enterprise Apps Redefine Collaboration’, Forrester, November 2011
Companybook was founded in March 2010 by CEO Harald Jellum and launched in Norway in September 2011 as the first company network to combine Lead Generation, Collaboration and Media Monitoring into one integrated platform. Its patented System and Matching technologies bring together a combination of structured and unstructured content from data sources, including 87 million company records from 212 countries and over 3 million online news and social media sources. The network is available to users for total annual fee of £147.
Companybook has raised five million euros in equity investment from private Norwegian investors, including Henrik B. Pettersen (Chairman), Jan Helmer, Erik A. Lynne, Anders Grindland and Fred Olsen Jnr. With partnerships with Dun & Bradstreet/Hoover and SuperOffice, Companybook has launching in the UK, Sweden and Denmark in June 2012 and plans to have launched in all major markets by the end of 2013.