Jigsaw compiles one of the most extensive collections of potential leads for professionals and businesses on the internet. The site lists complete contact information for company contacts and independent professionals to help users build their business and get in touch with others. The site allows users to research vital information that they can use to improve their approach to marketing and other aspects of business. Once the information is located on Jigsaw, it can be downloaded in the form of contacts and company data.
Operating under SalesForce.com, Jigsaw claims to be the largest collection of business to business contact information on the internet. Many other sites claim to have long lists of quality contacts, however Jigsaw wanted to present a tool that gave professionals and business owners thorough, up to date information. Rather than provide vague details or old data, Jigsaw entries are complete, including individuals and information on entire companies.
Jigsaw works a little differently than other business to business contact websites. Taking hints from the Wikipedia model, Jigsaw uses the knowledge of many to keep contacts as up to date as possible. Rather than having handful of individuals responsible for maintaining the database, Jigsaw allows its users to keep the information updated. With so many people on the job, Jigsaw can offer the most relevant details available on the internet.
The Jigsaw website presents a very professional layout, highlighted by the blue and white color scheme. The stylish logo, a circle of jigsaw puzzle pieces in green, orange and blue, compliment the site perfectly. While appearing well organized and professional, the logo, font and color scheme lend the site a little personality. Users can easily navigate and learn about all Jigsaw has to offer through conveniently placed links on the homepage.
Clicking the large green sign up button at the center of the homepage takes visitors to the registration page. Jigsaw account creation requires a name, valid email address, password and profession. After agreeing to the terms of service by checking the small box, the user progresses to the next step which requires a screen name and promotion code (if the user has one). A message appears at the top of the screen advising the new member to check their email for a verification link required to complete account creation.
There is no fee to create an account on Jigsaw. However, users can choose to upgrade to a premium membership. The free account requires 5 points to view contact information, and one point costs $1. The free account also includes up to 2 contacts per month and the ability to add contacts to their profile. Free accounts also must use their points within six months or they will expire. For just about $25 a month, a user can upgrade to 25 contacts, and the ability to export contacts. All paid accounts retain their purchased points indefinitely (the expiration date only applies to free accounts). For just under $50 a month, users can receive up to 60 contacts a month, for just under $100 a month that number goes up to 140 contacts. For $250 a year, users can upgrade to 250 yearly contacts.
Professionals and small to medium size business owners can benefit from the information provided by Jigsaw. The five account options allow for decent budget flexibility. Although it is important to be careful about how many points are purchased on a regular basis, Jigsaw can provide a great deal of information which could turn into quality leads and possibly expand business.