Newsletter. Issue No. 2
Wow! Sorry it’s taken us so long to get back to you, but we’ve been a little busy this last month. Have you ever had an idea that you thought was good, but you weren’t really sure if anyone else thought so, too? Before the article in Variety was published, we had a little over fifty people join the site via word of mouth in about ten days. Granted, we only called about twenty people to start. Yet, after ten days, when about half of those people had still not applied, we were wondering if people were too busy to use a site like this.
Then the article in Variety ran…
By noon PST on Monday, July 26th, we had received 120 applications. By the end of the day, we had received over 200 more, fifty of which came within one hour. Two things happened that day. First, we were really excited that so many people had shown interest. Second, we realized that we had a long road ahead of us.
Perhaps this is a good place to dispel some myths that seem to be floating around about the site and the people who run it.
We are a multi-million dollar company with an infinite number of resources.
Wrong. We are four people, two work full-time in another capacity and the remaining two will be joining them soon. We have found a few volunteers who help out every so often. We have been paying for the site out of our pockets.
We are in this to make a huge profit.
Wrong. We are only looking for sponsorship so that we can sustain the site and continue to grow and expand. Ultimately, we would like to hire at least one or two full-time employees.
We are experts on the internet.
Wrong. We all come into this with film or television backgrounds. We’ve learned a lot about the Internet in the last few months while putting this together, but I would not call us experts. We just had what we thought was a good idea, one that I’m sure many of you have had at one point or another, and enough time and the immediate start-up resources to get IntheBiz.net going.
There are only 220 or so members on the site.
Wrong. That is the number of people who filled out the survey and are now on the membership directory. However, as of August 31st, we had 662 members. A few of you have been vocal about the fact that everyone should be listed in the membership directory. After all, why join a web site with the primary purpose is networking when you do not include information on who you are? After some discussion, the staff decided to make the directory listing mandatory.
The site hasn’t changed much over the last four weeks and seems pretty stagnant. This is how it’s going to be normally.
Wrong. It’s true the site has not undergone many changes since most of you have joined and we apologize. However, we were caught up in processing the unexpected flood of applications and have had little time for anything else. It takes about ten minutes to process each applicant, which includes signing up for the discussion area. When we received the unexpectedly large volume of applications within a brief period, we had our hands full for weeks.
So, please bear with us. We would love to speed up the process, but we are doing the best we can with the resources we have.
We have so many ideas in the pipeline. However, we need your help in making this site as strong and as useful as it can be. We have received numerous Wish List Surveys and we will be publishing some of your favorite stores, restaurants, etc. in the near future. For now, the surveys are helping guide us in choosing our priorities.
Our major goal with this site is to make this the one place you go for anything you need. We literally want IntheBiz.net to be your assistant.
Please let us know what types of difficult tasks you have been faced with at your job and we will try to target those areas for you.
As you know, our site is divided into two areas – the public area and the private area. Our public area houses most of our content such as the interviews and general information about the industry.
We would ultimately like to get as many of you involved with providing content as we can. After all, we created this site for all of you. We realize that most of you are too busy to interview execs, agents, producers, writers or even to write an article about an area of the industry in which you have experience. However, we have already had a good response from some of you who have an interest and I’m sure there are more of you out there.
Ultimately, we can see the site being a little bit like a magazine. But we can only get to that point through some of you volunteering to write something you care about and sharing it with the others in this community. So keep that in mind as we continue to develop the site