With over 65,000 friendships listed on a social network that made its debut in summer 2011, PinoyKubo’
AstraQom's PinoyKubo E store is available to retail brand names or home hand-crafted items. The PinoyKubo community members do not have to buy their own store website, nor do they have to install anything to get started. With a minimal few minutes of effort, they are up and running with their own stores.
Nina Gan, one of the most helpful persons in PinoyKubo social network, said: “People like to start their own businesses and need help to do that. They like to freelance, make their own hours and be their own boss. I think some of the most popular items to sell might be trinkets, clothes and electronics. Groupon is already popular here, so I think that anything that helps people buy and sell within Philippines and also with anyone in the world online is good.”
Sellers can easily add a photograph of the item to the listing. The PinoyKubo stores include the opportunity to make public comments and ask questioins about the items while they are for sale. When purchasing an item, the buyer is required to login again for security measures. A demo of setting up a store and the act of listing an item is available on video at http://www.youtube.com/
Jonathan Sowah, founder of PinoyKubo and AstraQom, says that the PinoyKubo social network's stores is something new and meant to improve based on users' ideas, and it is an effective way to expand entrepreneur and businesses' reach into the benefits of social media.
“Opening a storefront on PinoyKubo is an experience we wanted as many people as possible to have. We were truly even more motivated about this after having listened to Albert Padin's comments about entrepreneurial opportunities needed in The Philippines on the SpellDial podcast interview our VP of marketing recorded with him in mid August 2011,” Mr. Sowah added.