For the first time ever, in one easy-to-use website, designers, specifiers and buyers are able to:
• Search for and find product-specific information
• Shortlist and compare products side-by-side
• Be inspired by browsing through themed image galleries
• Download product literature and technical specifications
• Find their nearest suppliers
This is a huge leap forward in the way information about products and services is provided to everyone involved in designing and completing construction projects in the UK. For years, consumers have been able to compare products easily online. Now ESI has brought that technology to the B2B market giving straightforward access to technical information from a range of suppliers at a rich, product-specific level.
Charles Robertson, Managing Director, Endat Standard Indexes Ltd, said:
“Everyone involved in specifying and buying products for the built environment needs quick, easy access to decisive product information. ESI.info lets them find and compare similar products and connects them to relevant suppliers.”
Starting with a broad keyword search, the dynamic filtering facility on ESI.info acts as a guide. Search results are filtered down based on the parameters chosen to navigate simply and intuitively through the information library.
Charles added: “ESI.info is far more effective than generic search engines that bring back thousands of unqualified results. We are really excited to see over 18 months of development coming to fruition.”
Notes to Editors:
Endat Standard Indexes (ESI) is an independent publisher, based in Stirling and employing 50 staff. Established in 1988 it is a business to business information provider connecting producers and buyers through its online and printed information products (www.ESI.info, External Works, Building Products, Building Services, Interior Design and PENTEC).
ESI technical editors research, classify and collate information, creating detailed and authoritative directories which provide an efficient means of information exchange.
ESI printed directories are distributed on a free controlled basis to over 60,000 qualifying specifiers and buyers each year. They are used to source new suppliers and to generate ideas for projects on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Suppliers invest in ESI editorial services to reach this audience, promoting their products and services through Print Showcases and Premium Web Pages.
57% of buyers now use the internet as their main source of information for products they have not sourced before. (Source: ESI Building Product Specifier Survey).
Global search technology, massive investment in the development of digital content and widespread broadband access to the internet has made the web the primary medium for business information exchange. Technology has empowered buyers to search for and manage their own information. In the new digital marketplace, buyers pull information from the internet at will, no longer dependent on traditional information sources.
ESI expects traffic to the ESI.info website to rise steadily in coming months. It is aiming for 250,000 user sessions per month by the end of 2009 and to double that by the end of 2010.
In the short to medium term, print directories will continue to play a powerful role in the product decision-making process. 40% of specifiers still use ESI hard-copy directories as their first point of reference when looking for inspiration and new suppliers. 85% of specifiers would like to continue to receive ESI hard-copy directories even though all the content is available online. (Source: ESI Building Product Specifier Survey)
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