It’s been over five months that CamTechNet has been live, and we wanted to let you know about some important changes.
It’s not just the usual improvements that we’ve been making in these months to improve the site’s useability. It is a change respect to our initial idea of how CamTechNet should be accessed by users.
Our initial idea was that we would make information accessible freely and easily to all users. And this applied to all our pages.
So why are we changing? Well, after close to 6 months of Beta and no revenue stream to support the site, we are now at a turning point.
Can the site become economically self-sustaining, and how do we do that? Well the obvious options are
- start including ads
- start charging companies to have their jobs listed.
The ads option was immediately excluded because – as many of you have told us – the site is very striking in it’s design and we didn’t want to detract from that. And we couldn’t bear the thought of our web creative designer screaming and jumping up and down.
We have therefore decided to start charging companies to have their jobs listed on our site. But recruiters are really finnicky, and they want to know about our users, number of page views, by whom, when and whether they were eating chocolate or strawberry ice-cream while viewing the ads – OK, not the last bit.
But in order to provide that information, we need to capture more information from you. Heck, that’s what the whole Google business model is based on, so we’re not really doing anything new.
Finally, as a “reward” for registering to view jobs, we will soon be providing a wider range of job related features. In particular,
- Jobs by Email – this is something we plan to launch very soon, so watch for further updates
- Self-Service Jobs – this is a new feature we are currently planning, targeted at SMEs and startups who want a more flexible and direct way to publicise their jobs. Without having to go through recruitment agencies or job boards. We are currently looking for companies who wish to participate as alpha users, and in return we will offer a free trial period of the new service. Get in touch if you want to find out more.
So please bear with us in this phase. We will try to make the transition as easy as possible. And – most of all- we will maintain our fundamental principle: the website will remain free to use for individual users. Thanks for your ongoing support.