Even if you don’t use them I’m sure that most of you are familiar with some of the major social networking sites out there like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+. All of these are great tools that you can use to promote your business and engage with clients and potential clients. Did you know that there are also a number of social networking sites out there geared specifically to the construction industry? Below is brief overview of some of the construction-centric social networking sites out there.
Founded in 2011, CrewHotSpot.com has over 5,000 members and bills itself as a personal and professional networking site for the construction industry. Users can create either a personal and/or business account and are referred to as Crew Members. Crew Members can add other Crew Members as friends. Friends can exchange messages and get notifications when Crew Member friends update their profiles. Crew members can post, view and comment on news stories, videos, photos, project leads and jobs. There is also an online chat room and Crew Members can join groups organized by construction trades. CrewHotSpot.com was also designed to sync with other major social networking site. To learn more, visit www.crewhotspot.com
Founded by Kent Leighton and Suzanne Breistol, Construction Connection is a patent-pending profile creation and match-making system for the construction industry. According to their website, “Construction Connection was created out of a need for a more effective and streamlined way for construction industry professionals to get matched with the right industry jobs and with the right industry opportunities.” Individuals and companies can create a detailed profile by completing an in-depth questionnaire and then either search or post jobs for free. They also provide information relevant to the construction industry on topics like safety compliance, surety/insurance, employment tips and construction standards and trends. Individual accounts allow you to search, apply to and save jobs as well as viewing job matches based on you individual profile. In addition to searching jobs you can also search for individuals and companies in their National Director. To learn more, visit www.constructionconnection.com
Construction Exchange focuses on providing custom-tailored features specific to the construction industry. Companies can showcase their products, services and projects. The site features interactive discussion boards, construction news, an industry peer network and groups and associations. You can also buy and sell equipment in their Marketplace or search and post jobs. Users can search and view company and individual profiles. Construction Exchange boasts nearly 3,000 users and advertising opportunities through monthly sponsorships of their site. To find out more, visit www.constructionexchange.com
Built.com claims to be the largest professional network for the built environment. The site allows you to find and get introduced to vendors, potential employers and customers and other industry experts. Users can create a free personal website where they can upload resumes, create a personal blog, added videos and photos of projects and link to schools, past employers and completed projects. Built.com also allows you to import contacts from other social media sites. Built.com allows you to share files, ask and answer questions, network in private groups and post and search jobs. Visit www.built.com to learn more.
BuilderLink evolved from an online estimating module developed for lumberyards called M2L which is short for “Modem to Load’em”. In addition to the estimating module, BuilderLink offers a host of social networking functions such as groups, searching and interacting with other members, blogs and a classifieds section. There is also a library that offers technical information on building codes, product catalogs, webinars on-demand and info on the newest building products on the market. The user interface is a customizable private dashboard where you can view your library, groups, contacts activity and also add additional widgets. The My Library function allows you to add articles, webinars, etc. to your library. Standard access to BuilderLink is free but Pro-Level Access and BuilderLink for Engineers requires an annual fee of $79.99 or a promotion code from your local lumberyard or other source. Standard access allows access to the entire site except for the estimating module, tech library search engine and the webinar on-demand library, Pro-Level Access allows access to the entire site and BuilderLink for Engineers allows access to the entire site in addition to the estimating module for engineers. Check out www.yourbuilderlink.com for more information.