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Fifteen ways to use the Internet in your business

  1. Increase your audience by 38 million people, offering downloads of your company's jingles, catalogs and price lists.
  2. Take orders for your product or services, collect and respond to customer requests.
  3. Spread your company message. An Internet presence is just like a broadcast presence. It affords you the chance to tell people about your products.
  4. Publish your media kit on the World Wide Web.
  5. Publish a "Newsletter" that's electronically and automatically sent to users who request it.
  6. Send and receive electronic mail to and from your customers, vendors, and staff.
  7. Offer your advertisers or underwriters display advertising space that can be seen by millions of people all over the world.
  8. Conduct research by allowing users to fill out OnLine Surveys.
  9. Provide customer service and support.
  10. Moderate and IRC (Internet Relay Chat) room where you invite people to discuss issues relevant to your company.
  11. Broadcast Live Video using programs like CU-SeeMe and Vidcall.
  12. Broadcast Audio using our Real Audio Server.
  13. Talk with your Client (in actual voice) around the world "Free."
  14. Announce job openings.
  15. Publish meeting schedules.

An Extremely Brief History of the Internet

Every 40-50 years the communications industry experiences a major technological breakthrough. Here is a partial history:

1840s Samuel Morse sent the first telegram, "What Hath God Wrought"
1870s Alexander Graham Bell calls, "Mr. Watson, Come Here"
1900s First practical use of radio technology
1940s Television covers the Coronation of King George VI
1990s Internet hits mainstream

According to Winston Churchill's quote, the Internet must be approaching perfection (it still has a way to go) as it changes constantly. It is different today from what appeared last year, last month, even yesterday. As a matter of fact, the number of Internet hosts has increased from 1,960 in 1985, to nearly 5 Million in 1995, and is predicted to hit nearly 8 Million by the end of 1996.

The Internet is not all that new, however. Here is a short history of it's evolution.

January 1969. The US Government gives birth to the Internet. ARPANET experiments broke information into packets that were sent through the network to be re-assembled at their destination. The system was intended as a defense process to insure communications in the event of war. If one segment of the "Net" was broken, then packets would travel along alternate routes.

In the 1980's, education and research groups began using the Internet. Thus began the Internet's entry into the "mainstream."

In the early 1990's, the Internet began to allow limited commercial traffic. This has expanded greatly with the advent of WWW and graphical browser software, such as Netscape. This was the beginning of today's "Net."

Internet Functions
  • Communication - Use the above tools to communicate for business or pleasure with people in your company, community and around the world.
  • Information Retrieval - Perfect for research and "discovery." Plan a trip, learn about medical discoveries, read the morning newspaper, access the encyclopedia or check investment performance.
  • Database Entry - From within your physical plant or anywhere in the world, use the Internet to input data into your company's database, regardless of platform.
  • Sales and Marketing - Perfect for marketing and marketing research. Using "secured transactions," there is an ever increasing volume of sales activity on the Internet. It is an excellent tool for lead prospecting.
  • Advertising - On-line dynamic promotional material which can be changed on a minutes notice. Many WWW sites are producing thousands of "hits" per day, making it one of the most flexible and cost effective marketing tools available.
  • Information Dissemination - From corporate communications to up to the minute weather and stock information, the Internet is tailor-made to address this critical issue. Of many applications, the Internet is used to collect expense reports, post work schedules, update family and class reunion schedules, conduct job searches, and even to arrange and coordinate a date with the perfect partner.

Net Facts

This is a short list of interesting facts and figures about the Internet, it's users and it's uses. It changes as quickly as anyone can imagine, but it is interesting just the same.

  • Average age of all users was 35.01 years
  • Overall, 15.5% of the users are female, 82.0% male and 2.5% would "Rather not say!".
  • The three main areas of primary Internet providers are: local on-line providers, (27.9%), major on-line providers, such as AOL and Compuserve, (27.5%), & educational providers, largely colleges and universities, (26.5%).
  • The overall median income is between $50,000 and $60,000 US dollars, with an estimated average income of $69,000.
    80.6% of the respondents were from the US, 9.8% from Europe, and 5.8% from Canada and Mexico, with all other major geographical locations represented, but to a lesser degree.
  • Overall, 50.3% of the users are married, with 40.0% being single. The users whom reported being divorced was 5.7%.
  • Computer (31.4%) and Educational (23.7%) occupations still represent the majority of respondents. Professional (21.9%), Management (12.2%), and "other" occupations (10.8%) fill out the other categories.
  • Overall, 39.0% of all users do not subscribe to an on-line service.
  • Prodigy (37.0%), America Online (30.0%), and Compuserve (21.1%) are the most dominant subscribe on-line services.
  • Overall, 85.7% of computers were reported as being shared.
  • Rank of Crayola in Point Communication's Survey of Most Visited Sites: 6
  • Number of subscribers to the A.Word.A.Day mailing list: 21,000
  • Estimated number of subscribers to on-line services: 12 million
  • Dataquest estimate of revenues for on-line services in 1997: $3.3 billion
  • Number of users of Minitel: 14.4 million
  • Number of companies offering services on Minitel: over 10,000
  • Number of subscribers to Internet World magazine: 208,000
  • Number of subscribers to Cosmopolitan: 2.3 million
  • Average age of users of the Yahoo directory service: 35
  • Approximate number of domain name requests, per minute, handled by the InterNIC: 1.2
  • Estimated number of Internet hosts at the end of the century: 101 million
  • Percentage of advertisements containing URLS, in the first 18 pages of the September, 1995, issue of Scientific American: 50
  • Percentage of advertisements containing toll-free telephone numbers, in the first 18 pages of the September, 1995, issue of Scientific American: 90
  • Number of SEC documents downloaded from the SEC's Edgar database on the Internet: 3.1 million
  • Number of digits of pi (p) available on the Internet: 3.2 billion
  • Time taken to compute those digits: 37 hours
  • Number of National Public Radio stations on the Internet: 82
  • Number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives participating in the Constituent Electronic Mail System: 119

 

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