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Using Box.net to network with clients and prospects

Do you ever have extra large files to send? Tired of email bounce-backs and slow as molasses transfers? I am too. There are free websites that will allow you to send large files without any bounce-backs. All of them have a FREE basic account and then you can pay for more space, if you like the service. Some that I have researched include:

YouSendIt has a free basic account that lets you send and share files up to 100MB. Simply upload your file, enter the recipents email address and YouSendIt will deliver a link to their Inbox to download content.

DropSend has the look and feel of your inbox, it is like sending an attachment. You can send a file as large as 1GB for free.

The third and the one I ended up purchasing 5 gigs of space on is Boxnet. Box.net is a service where you store files online and then send links for people to download the files. How are people using it?

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Real estate agents are creating folders and loading up all the files relevant to that transaction and sending a password protected link to the client.

They are also storing all the forms, files, videos, etc that they need to be able to send to clients and vendors. Then they can send a link to that file, password protected of course.

Boxnet just enhanced their platform to include a new sidebar. You can view all the people that are working with you on your files, send a client or co-worker a message, see their picture, and change their access permissions.

There is link called OpenBox which lets you do more with the files on Box.net. Once you upload your files, you have options like: document editing with Zoho, e-signing with EchoSign, photo editing with Picnik and the ability to send your efaxes directly into your Boxnet account.

And you can share files from Boxnet directly to

and others. Check out all the services they collaborate with here.

On LInkedin one or their add-ons or applications is Box.net. You can add their application and then let people download files directly from your LinkedIn account. It could be slideshows, videos, PDFs, articles. Information that you give to prospects to understand how you conduct your business, and most of all to get to know you.

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If you are using Box.net in any other way, let me know! Great product, all round!

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Amy is a national technology speaker who can inspire, train and help people implement technology strategies into their business. To find out about her training, coaching or webinars visit her website at www.amychorew.com

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Jim Gatos

    February 23, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I use SugarSync.. 19 Gigs for $25 a year, does everything you mentioned, no limit on size, and also syncs files on any number of computers I want.

    https://www.sugarsync.com

  2. Carson Coots

    February 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you for the reviews… I use getdropbox.com and have the premium account… I like it because it has an app that integrates right into the finder (or explorer on PC) and has right-click sharing options.

    I find that people I work with are reluctant to install an app and tend to use the web interface, but when they install do the app, it makes it sharing super simple for both parties. I have yet to try the interface on BOX.net but it looks clean.

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