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  • "ShipServ is a vital tool for us as a leading European ship chandler and we need to be highly visible in the ports we serve as it is used by all the leading shipping companies."

    George Saris, President
    Atlas Ship Chandlers

  • "We started to use TradeNet just to save time and stop manual typing of orders, but now we get other substantial benefits including vital benchmark data on suppliers’ response times that help us in all our negotiations."

    Knut Ove Thuland Hansen, Purchasing Manager
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  • "Time is the biggest saving through ShipServ. We have detailed data that tells us that the amount of time we spend per vessel each week has dropped from 9.2 hours to 7.9 hours."

    Richard O'Malley, Purchasing Supervisor
    Crowley Maritime

  • "Encouraging our suppliers to adopt the e-commerce platform has been well worth the effort. We have reaped significant cost savings from streamlining our purchasing processes."

    Charles Ong, Purchasing Manager
    Keppel Shipyard

  • "Since joining ShipServ in 2012, we have gained 7 new clients in 18 months. It has helped our company be seen in the international shipping market as both ShipServ Pages and TradeNet are used by many different shipping companies and it also speeds up the process between buyer and supplier."

    Valeria Assandri,Machinery & Replacement Parts S.r.l

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1 February 2010

From zero to social media hero in 12 months

This month Coracle released the first ever maritime Twitter Top 40 on their Coracle Voice site. Designed to be the “who’s who” of the twittersphere, it ranks the top 40 maritime Twitterers (or is that Tweeters?) in order based on their influence, popularity, engagement and trust. ShipServ comes in the Top 20, at a respectable 19th place. Impressive when you consider the people above us have more focus, time, content and, in some cases, money to really zoom up the chart.

Even more impressive is that when we set up our Twitter account just over a year ago, we struggled to find 40 marine twitterers let alone produce a top 40. We now have over 506 followers, and follow 435 ourselves. We’ve made new (business) friends, struck a few deals and learnt a hell of a lot. That’s amazing progress in just 12 months.  Which just goes to underline the rapidly increasing potential of this social media thing (include here LinkedIN, Facebook and other social networking tools). Do it right, it costs nothing and takes very little time.

As you can tell we’re advocates for this sort of thing. We use it as part of our own sales/marketing/outreach programme, and find the ROI impressive. So we wholeheartedly recommend you join the conversation yourself. Get yourself a twitter account, join a LinkedIN Group and set up a Facebook fan page. Read our 10 Essentials to Online Marketing in Shipping Guide. It’ll open up new opportunities and create new relationships.

But don’t take our word for it. Read this interesting interview with Daniel Kane, Co-founder and Vice-President at Propulsion Dynamics. It’s a great example of a maritime supplier getting online and getting social.

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