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Project Connect (PFE), update 4: All members have been invited to update their profiles by Wednesday
Thread poster: Henry Dotterer

Henry Dotterer
Local time: 07:15
SITE FOUNDER
Oct 14, 2006

Here is update number 4 on ProZ.com's ongoing initiative to further market your services to the world's top language companies and end clients.

Activities:

* Internally, we have decided to call the program "Project Connect". "ProZ.com for Employers" is the name we will continue to use, at least for now, with clients. Thanks to the members who suggested a change.

* We published a press release on Mike Kidd having joined to lead Project Connect.

* We identified the significance of the problem of incomplete profiles. To address it, we created a quick profile updater - at http://www.proz.com/quick_profile - and posted invitation on the home page for all members to update their profiles by October 18 (that was Oct 7.) The response has been outstanding, and prospective clients have taken note of the initiative.

Mike is currently sending requests to all members who have not yet updated their profiles to do so. This will help make his job of attracting top clients easier. (The giveaway drawing will be held Wednesday.)

* We have engaged a design firm to refresh the look and feel of our platform to make it easier to use, and more appealing and intuitive to outsourcers. Several members and outsourcers have spoken directly with the firm to help make sure the design appropriate for our community. Thanks!

* We will be exhibiting Project Connect / ProZ.com for Employers to clients at the upcoming Localization World in Montreal. Members Sylvie Nault and Nancy Lynn Bogar (also a moderator) responded to the call for French-speaking members to represent our membership at the conference. They will be in the booth with us (Mike, myself and another new team member soon to be announced), telling the story of ProZ.com and its members.

Mike was at another show last week, and we'll also be exhibiting at the upcoming ATA conference.

As a result of these activities, some of you have already received a premium job posting or been contacted via premium directory searches, and a few members have been invited to work with premium job posters. So we have signs that the program may be working.

We'll keep you posted.

For reference, here are links to the previous three postings on the topic:

Marketing member services to clients ("Project Connect") - ProZ.com activities and how you can benefit.
http://www.proz.com/topic/54632

Marketing member services ("Project Connect"), part 2: Design and PR
http://www.proz.com/topic/55122

Marketing member services ("Project Connect"), part 3: Premium job postings
http://www.proz.com/topic/55664


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Chinoise  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:15
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Hi Henry, Oct 14, 2006

Can you please provide the link to the profile updater ?

Many thanks!

Regards,

Chinoise

henry wrote:

* We identified the significance of the problem of incomplete profiles. To address it, we created a quick profile updater and posted invitation on the home page for all members to update their profiles by October 18 (that was Oct 7.) The response has been outstanding, and prospective clients have taken note of the initiative.




[Edited at 2006-10-14 15:36]


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Steffen Walter  Identity Verified
Germany
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Link to profile updater Oct 14, 2006

Hi Chinoise,

http://www.proz.com/quick_profile should work

Best regards,
Steffen


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
Local time: 07:15
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Link on profile page Oct 14, 2006

Steffen Walter wrote:

Hi Chinoise,

http://www.proz.com/quick_profile should work

Best regards,
Steffen


It would be really helpful if you showed this link on the profile pages, where users could easily find it. At present, the task of editing or updating the profile is not very intuitive. The profile updater is easy to use; it should also be easy to find, IMO.

Jane


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Link to the new "Profile update" page Oct 14, 2006

JaneTranslates wrote:
It would be really helpful if you showed this link on the profile pages, where users could easily find it. At present, the task of editing or updating the profile is not very intuitive. The profile updater is easy to use; it should also be easy to find, IMO.


It is available in the My ProZ.com menu, marked as a "new" feature.

bye
Gianfranco


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
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Thanks, Gianfranco, that's good to know. Oct 14, 2006

I never thought of looking for it there. But then, that's my point, isn't it?

I won't have a problem any more, since now I know where to look. Maybe it was the obvious place (to everyone but Chinoise and me), but it didn't occur to me. When I wanted to upload my CV, I went to my profile page and looked for info about updating the page.

All I'm saying is, a link on the profile page to the profile updater would make the process more convenient.

In any case, thank you very much for your response.


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Henry Dotterer
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Thanks, Jane - we'll put links to it in the profile and elsewhere Oct 14, 2006

Thank you!

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Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
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Premium directory searches Oct 14, 2006

Dear Henry,

How can I tell how I show up in premium directory searches?

Kind regards,
Gerard


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Henry Dotterer
Local time: 07:15
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Good question, Gerard Oct 14, 2006

Gerard de Noord wrote:
How can I tell how I show up in premium directory searches?

We have not released the interface to anyone but select clients, so it is not something you can check for yourself. But I can tell you that the information shown in premium directory listings is the information shown in your quick profile updater. And the profile is the same profiles. In other words, you can control how you appear in the premium directory by making sure that the information in your quick profile updater is exactly the way you want it to be.

I hope you can appreciate why we will not be releasing the premium directory to the general public. The clients are paying for something special, and besides, we don't want to make things too easy for copycat sites.


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Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
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Premium directory translators Oct 14, 2006

henry wrote:

Gerard de Noord wrote:
How can I tell how I show up in premium directory searches?

We have not released the interface to anyone but select clients, so it is not something you can check for yourself. But I can tell you that the information shown in premium directory listings is the information shown in your quick profile updater. And the profile is the same profiles. In other words, you can control how you appear in the premium directory by making sure that the information in your quick profile updater is exactly the way you want it to be.

I hope you can appreciate why we will not be releasing the premium directory to the general public. The clients are paying for something special, and besides, we don't want to make things too easy for copycat sites.


Dear Henry,

I didn't understand "And the profile is the same profiles."

I do understand all your efforts to keep the premium drectory something special, but I'm a paying member of this site and I want to know if translators who have opted out of Portfolio, WWA, Project history and CV/Resume are still considered 'premium translators'.

All paying members should have a Premium button to toggle the premium view of this site.

Regards,
Gerard


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Fan Gao
Australia
Local time: 21:15
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Premium search Oct 14, 2006

henry wrote:
We have not released the interface to anyone but select clients, so it is not something you can check for yourself. But I can tell you that the information shown in premium directory listings is the information shown in your quick profile updater. And the profile is the same profiles.

Hi Henry,

If a client does a premium search, are the results still displayed according to the number of Kudoz points you have? Just curious.

Thanks and best wishes,
Mark


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:15
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yes, same question Oct 15, 2006

Gerard de Noord wrote:


I do understand all your efforts to keep the premium drectory something special, but I'm a paying member of this site and I want to know if translators who have opted out of Portfolio, WWA, Project history and CV/Resume are still considered 'premium translators'.

Regards,
Gerard



What are the criteria upon which translators will be included in the Premium search? All translators? Only members? Only members who have filled their profile completely? Maybe this should be made clear...

Edit: ok, I understand that the feature will only be available to members... see http://www.proz.com/topic/55664

But to all members? Or is there a selective criterium also for members?

Giovanni

[Edited at 2006-10-15 10:44]


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Henry Dotterer
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Responses to questions on premium searches... Oct 15, 2006

... everyone in the regular directory would also come up in premium searches. This includes non-members. Precedence is given to members, of course, but there is no "selective criterium" that does not exist in the regular directory.

There is also KudoZ sorting.

My statement about the profiles means that when a client clicks on your name from the results of a premium directory search, they go to your regular (new) profile.

Gerard, your request for insight into how your listing appears is noted; it is a good idea. The premium searches are still in a state of flux, but when things settle in we'll provide it.

Beyond that, I am afraid I can not go into too much detail without disclosing things that are confidential to the business. I hope you understand and will let us continue to concentrate on working for you by bringing in new clients.

Localization World starts tomorrow...


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Responses to questions on premium searches... Oct 15, 2006

Thanks, Henry, that's just what I wanted to know...

Giovanni


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Els Thant, M.A., B.Tr.
Ecuador
Local time: 06:15
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WWA entry is not registered Oct 17, 2006

Dear members of the site staff

I don't know if this is the right place to post my question, but here it goes...

A few days ago I've updated my profile via the "quick profile updater".
I requested WWA entries and received 1 WWA entry right away, but apparently it has not been registered until now...

I do want to have a chance to go to Edinburgh though, but how would that be possible if the required WWA entry field remains incomplete?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Els


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