SOURCE: SelectMinds

SelectMinds

April 27, 2010 10:36 ET

SelectMinds Announces Availability of SelectMinds Enterprise Edition 5.5

New Release Includes Enhanced Search Capabilities, Communication Tools and Administrator Controls, Making It Easier for Companies to Engage and Connect With Members

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) -  SelectMinds, a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) networking and referral technologies, today announced the launch of SelectMinds Enterprise Edition 5.5, the newest version of the company's purpose-driven social networking solution for private and secure corporate networks. SelectMinds Enterprise Edition 5.5 includes several enhancements, including improved search functionality, communication tools and community administrator options. These enhancements make it easier than ever before for organizations to leverage social networking to recruit, engage employees and drive new business.

The latest version of SelectMinds' flagship corporate networking solution includes major upgrades to its search functionality -- one of the most important elements in the development and management of online communities. This includes new "People You May Know" suggestions, which promote connections and help participants find former colleagues and associates. This new function bases its suggestions on work history, including tenure at the company and the office and department in which the member worked.

"An analysis of our member activity showed us that the search function comprises 65% of the action taken by our members," said Anne Berkowitch, CEO at SelectMinds. "Knowing the role that search plays in how our members use the networks and how they derive value from our services, we've made a commitment to enhancing the search capabilities. We're excited to get SelectMinds Enterprise Edition 5.5 in the hands of our customers, as the enhancements and upgrades are tied directly to their feedback and unique needs."

The new Administrator Member Update Search function enables administrators for the first time to track changes to member profiles for a configurable set of profile fields. This makes it easier to identify key information for recruitment and engagement, such as targets' places of employment, job titles, and industries in which they have expertise. This new functionality also provides a platform for administrators to monitor and track member updates that could lead to new business development opportunities.

SelectMinds Enterprise Edition 5.5 also includes improvements to communication tools. Outbound communications serve as the primary driver of network traffic for online corporate communities, and a host of new features make it easier to create engaging outbound messages. Administrators can now observe when members achieve milestone events -- such as promotions or job changes -- and send a congratulatory message with the click of a button. Other new communication tools include profile status, which will send summary displays of profile information to members, encouraging them to update out-of-date-information, and alerts that update members about new connections being made in their network.

In addition to search capabilities and communication tools, the new version of SelectMinds Enterprise Edition features several improvements to community administrator tools. This includes major enhancements to the layout and usability of the Event Module. Administrators can better host, manage and track events to stay in touch with and engage members.

The Broadcast Email module has also been updated to include a Rich Text Editor and Automatic Link Tracking. Using the new Text Editor, users can now create rich and engaging messages that include images and other HTML elements. Automatic Link Tracking eliminates the need to manually add tracking codes to the end of links included in emails. Now, users simply enter the links, click send, and the new feature will automatically add the tracking.

"Competition for qualified candidates continues to increase, and SelectMinds provides the means to engage and recruit at the highest level," continued Berkowitch. "The launch of SelectMinds Enterprise Edition 5.5 demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with the means to recruit, engage current and former employees, and drive new business opportunities."

About SelectMinds
SelectMinds delivers Software-as-a-Service networking and referral technologies that help companies leverage current and former employees as referrers of talent and new business. SelectMinds integrates the reach of social media with the power of a secure online community to build connections among alumni, current employees, retirees or diversity groups and utilize those connections to drive business goals including recruitment, new business development and brand management. SelectMinds clients include J.P. Morgan, ADP, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Latham & Watkins, Schlumberger, and Deloitte. For more information, visit www.selectminds.com.

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