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What is ibc21?
ibc21 is a new global business networking platform for the professional and secure management of your business relations. It also helps to develop business contacts and potentials no matter if you offer or seek something.
What is the unique selling point of ibc21? How does it distinguish itself from similar Portals?
ibc21 offers a multitude of functionality as well as it provides combined access for businesses, private persons and freelancers. Moreover, particular emphasis was put on the ease of menu-driven handling and the possibilities to protect privacy. It is solely up to you to decide upon your contacts and the visibility towards others into your network. In particular enterprises have the possibility to present themselves independently and exhaustively.
Registration process for individual users
While registering with ibc21 you get asked if you accept or reject the General Terms and Conditions (GTC). In case you might reject those, you are switched back to the Start Page.
After accepting the GTC of ibc21 GmbH you are turned to the “registration process”. This process consists of two steps and takes maximum 5 minutes to complete.

Step 1:
With this step you enter your master data. All fields are mandatory.
1: Nickname (as username)
2: First name
3: Surname
4: Sex
5: Password (min. 6 characters)
6: Your E-mail address (for correspondence)
7: Your date of birth

When entering your password and E-Mail address you are being asked to confirm this twice. This serves as a protection mechanism to avoid typing errors.

Step2:
After you finalized step 1 you will receive an E-Mail to the account you entered containing a hyper-link which will turn you back to the ibc21 web-page. Here you will be asked to login. Please use your alias and the password as chosen in step 1 to login. After this you will be turned to an entry mask containing mandatory fields. Please fill in these fields as follows:

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
a) Address: Street name and number
b) Zip code, Postal code
c) Country of residence
d) State, Province
e) Your telephone number
f) Languages you speak

BUSINESS INFORMATION:
a) What you are looking for: the choices are “Business contacts”, “Job”, “Projects” or “Other”. If you chose “Other” please enter what you search for. Please separate multiple entries using commas.
b) What you require: please enter what you might require from other community members. For example certain products, advise, coaching, certain contacts etc. Please separate multiple entries using commas.
c) What you offer: Please enter what you offer to other community members. For example certain products, advise, coaching, certain contacts etc. Please separate multiple entries using commas.

After you have entered your data you will already be turned to the start page!
Congratulations and welcome to ibc21, your portal for business and private networking!
You will automatically receive one month of free Premium Membership for testing ibc21.
Registration process for Companies
While registering with ibc21 you get asked if you accept or reject the General Terms and Conditions (GTC).

After accepting the GTC of ibc21 you are turned to the “registration process”. This process consists of two steps and takes maximum 5 minutes to complete.

Step 1:
With this step you enter your master data. All fields are mandatory.
1: Nickname (as username)
2: Company name
3: Password (min. 6 characters)
4: Your E-mail address (for correspondence)
5: Subscription Type [Please select the appropriate subscription type for your company. ibc21 offers tree types of subscription:

a) Single Seat (one representative)
b) Business Seat (1 representative + 9 users), for small businesses
c) Enterprise Seat ( 1 representative + unlimited users), for big companies, clubs or big communities.

When entering your password and E-Mail address you are being asked to confirm this twice. This serves as a protection mechanism to avoid typing errors.

Step2:
After you finalized step 1 you will receive an E-Mail to the account you entered containing a hyper-link which will turn you back to the ibc21 web-page. Here you will be asked to login. Please use your alias and the password as chosen in step 1 to login. After this you will be turned to an entry mask containing mandatory fields. Please fill in these fields as follows:

1: PERSONAL INFORMATION of the representative:

a) First Name
b) Family Name
c) Date of Birth
d) Sex
e) Address: Street name and number
f) Zip code, Postal code
g) Country of residence
h) State, Province
i) City
j) Your telephone number
k) Languages you speak

2: BUSINESS INFORMATION of the representative:

d) What you are looking for: The choices are “Business contacts”, “Job”, “Projects” or “Other”. If you chose “Other” please enter what you search for. Please separate multiple entries using commas.
e) What you require: Please enter what you might require from other community members. For example certain products, advise, coaching, certain contacts etc. Please separate multiple entries using commas.
f) What you offer: Please enter what you offer to other community members. For example certain products, advise, coaching, certain contacts etc. Please separate multiple entries using commas.

3: COMPANY INFORMATION

a) Address: Street name and number
b) City
c) Country of residence
d) State, Province
e) Zip code, Postal code
f) Company Home Page
g) Telephone number
h) Fax
i) Company Size
l) Industrial Sector

In order to protect you and to prevent any misuse of the name of your company, you will receive an E-Mail with a PDF-Form that you are kindly asked to fill out, to sign it and to send it back to us per fax or letter post to activate your account.

What does ibc21 offer to you?
As a central Portal, ibc21 provides all functionalities for a professional Business-Networking, for both private individuals and enterprise users, independent of industrial sector and region.
What is the use of ibc21?
With ibc21 you can develop multiple potentials from many aspects:
Business relationships, contacts, partnerships, customers, expert knowledge, forums, best practice, human resources, co-operation and many more.
Who can use the ibc21 Services?
ibc21 is valuable for enterprises, their representatives as well as for freelancers and private individuals.
How is data security being addressed?
The seat of ibc21 is registered in Germany thus subject to strict data security requirements of the European Union.
All user data is maintained under strictest confidentiality and under no circumstances will be given out to third parties.

We use a 128-bit SSL encryption to secure the communication between you and our platform.
How do I maintain my privacy?
The default privacy settings are maintained under “My Privacy” in the “My Settings” menu option. For existing contacts they can be tuned individually within the column “Action” by selection of the “Privacy Settings” button.
How do my privacy settings affect the chances at ibc21?
Your privacy settings remain under your sole control. As a principle however, for getting in touch with new contacts and for maintaining existing ones it is advantageous to maintain “more open” settings since you can be found and contacted easier.
Yet it is recommended to reveal personal data like address and telephone number only to direct contacts or to decide when being approached if these shall be revealed. On the other hand for example your offers and interests should be openly revealed. In case of a search you will then appear under your pseudonym on the list of the ibc21 search user.

One hint besides: In case you speak multiple languages, it is recommended to enter your most important interests and offerings multiple times in each of these languages.
Where do I find the search function?
The “search” function is part of the upper menu bar. Using this function you can start searches on the data filled in for the particular fields.
One hint besides: In order to limit your search results it is recommended to fill multiple fields with the required search criteria. For example a search limited to the “country” field only, might provide too many results and therefore be useless.
How does the „search function work?
The “search” function is contained in the upper menu bar. With the help of this function you can start searches within the scope of the filled fields.
In any case, at the bottom of the results list, with the function “Create a Search Agent”, you can start a background batch job, which depending on the settings will inform you on a weekly or daily basis, if additional information is available. You can always manage your “Search agents” using the function “Your Search Agents” on your start page.
One hint: In order to get more precise results it is recommended to fill out multiple fields with the required criteria and to separate multiple entries in one field using commas. For example a search limited to the “Country” field only might provide too many results and therefore be useless. In contrast a search for “Classic, Rock” in the field “Favorite Music” would show all the results which prefer either of these kind of music.
Which benefit does my enterprise or I personally get from the search function?
Basically you can find concrete relevant information by using the “search function”, depending on content or criteria of the “Search agent”. Results will only appear in the language as entered by the user.
For example a search using the terms Football, Fußball under the field “Sport and activities” would provide results in both English and German language.
One hint: If several spellings are possible for a particular item it is best practice to use them in order to get all relevant entries.
How do ibc21 “Search Agents” work?
The “search“ function is situated in the upper menu bar. There you can directly start a search. When using the “advanced search” the left menu bar alternatively offers you different search categories. Additionally you always can initiate a background search agent using the “create a search agent button” at the end of each results list, even if this one remains empty after an initial search.
Depending on the settings applied this intelligent background assistant will inform you on a daily or weekly basis about additional results. You can manage your search agents either through using the function “Your Search agents” at the Start page or under “Search” according to categories with the function “search agent”.
What do I need to do to be found by other ibc21 users?
Just enter the required “keywords” in the “I require”, “I offer” fields of your Business Information. For example “fashion”, “co-operation”, “ diet consulting”, “finance consulting”, “Formula 1” etc. Via these keywords you will then be found in the Search.
Can I somehow improve my chances to be found?
As a principle Search results are only provided in the language entered by the user. In case you would like to stay in contact with participants who speak different languages, you need to enter the terms in the languages as they are spoken by these users. For example a search for “football” under the “sport and activities” field would only provide results in English, whereas a search for “football, Fußball” would deliver results in both, English and German.
If several spellings are possible for a particular item it is best practice to use them in order to get all relevant entries.
Which “search” terms are less useful?
If you use keywords which are too long or too common for your search, your chances to get found are usually lower. Ideally you should use keywords and terms which also you would use for a search.
How can I announce a public event?
You would like to announce a public event? Using the function “Create” under “Events”, (public events) you can announce a public event and invite people at the same time. If in addition you have activated the relevant search agent, this event will appear in your start page. At the same time other members who also have activated a search agent, for example about events in the same city, are informed about this event.
How can I recommend ibc21 to others?
You can use the "Click here to invite your business partners and friends to ibc21” button above the horizontal menu bar, or alternatively send an E-Mail with an URL link to invite to ibc21. With the invitation button you also have the possibility to use standard Invitation E-mails, which you can modify according to your needs.
How does the ibc21 bonus system work?
With the Bonus System you can get free month of Premium membership. This works through successful invitations to ibc21 which also help to grow you network. Per person invited and successfully registered you get one bonus digit. With 3 bonus digits you will be entitled for one month of free Premium membership.
What is a contact in ibc21?
ibc21 has a fast growing community of members. You can actively contribute to this through multiple invitations. Therefore it is most likely that you will find many of your business partners, current or former Work colleagues, enterprises, service providers etc. within ibc21. Using the “Search” function you can find out who out of your business environment is already registered with ibc21. You can always add known ibc21 members as a contact. When accepted by your counterpart the contact is considered as confirmed. Also you will receive requests to accept contacts which in order to be effective need to be confirmed. This is how a network with contacts and contacts of contacts will evolve over time.
Remember as long as a contact is not confirmed it is only unilateral.
How do I manage my contacts in ibc21?
Using the “Search” function you can find out who out of your business environment is already registered with ibc21. You can always add known ibc21 members as a contact. When accepted by your counterpart the contact is considered as confirmed. Also you will receive requests to accept contacts which in order to be effective need to be confirmed. Remember as long as a contact is not confirmed it is only unilateral.
Over time a network of contacts and contacts of the contacts will evolve. Using the “My Contacts” function and depending on the privacy settings you can then directly communicate online using the chat or seek information about the individual.
Further you can modify the privacy settings with your direct (confirmed) contacts via the “my Contacts”, “Confirmed Contacts” function. There you can also create and sort your contacts according to private or business criteria using communities. Just try it, it is self –explanatory.
How does “contacting“ work?
Using the “Search” function you can find someone according to your search criteria. Also you can ask a confirmed contact to introduce you to one of his contacts. You should also propose to introduce existing contacts within your network to each other if you think this could be interesting for both sides. When you find someone using the “Search” function you can click on the “Name” field and you will directly get information about how you could connect to this contact as well as you will find publicly available business information about the individual, depending on the privacy settings. Thus you will be able to see “how distant” the targeted person is from yourself, how many levels of contacts separate you from this person and who would be a contact to get in touch with the targeted person.
How do I add a contact?
You have the possibility to add any of the registered ibc21 users as your contact. To do so you need to go to the “Business Information” Page of a member and use the “Add to My Contact” button in the upper right navigation. Please be aware that depending on the individual’s privacy settings you might not be able to recognize his/her real identity. It is therefore recommended to look at what the person can offer or is looking for. The selection of your direct contacts should always have a quality aspect. As long as a contact is only unidirectional it is considered as “not confirmed”.
How do I confirm a contact?
When you get added as a contact by an ibc21 user your start page will show under “Account information“ the number of contacts to be confirmed. From there you get to the list of contacts to be confirmed. It is solely up to you as a user to decide whether to confirm, to reject or even to delete a contact. The same functionality is provided under “My contacts”, “ to be confirmed”.
How do I delete a contact?
Using the function “My Contacts”, “Confirmed” you can display your confirmed contacts. In case you want to delete a confirmed contact, you simply click on “Delete” and your connection to the contact will be removed. The former contact will only have access to your profile according to your common privacy settings.
What happens when a contact is being deleted?
Your connection to this contact will be removed. The former contact will only have access to your profile according to your common privacy settings.
What happens if someone deletes me as a contact?
Your connection to the contact will be removed. From then on you will only have access to the data of this contact as commonly provided in his privacy profile.
Which behaviors are recommended at ibc21?
The main philosophy at ibc21 refers to the possibilities concerning direct communication and exchange of opinions. There are many ways to contact other members. For example using private messages, guestbook entries, chat invitation to members who are online, etc. However you should bear in mind that in most cases the first contact is determining the course of the communication as well as the quality of the contact.
Therefore it is highly recommended to observe several basic rules for communication:
• When making a statement bear in mind that your counterpart only can see what you wrote. Therefore his reaction will only be based on this criterion.
• Not everybody has the same sense of humor. Facts can be interpreted in various ways, if gesture and facial expression cannot be seen. Also the use of abbreviations, emoticons as used in the Internet is not always known to everyone.
• Since ibc21 is an international platform, be aware that you meet different cultures when communicating.
• Try to be simple when formulating your contributions, try to look at facts. Think from your counterparts’ perspective.
• Be positive in your contributions, thus leveraging and promoting communication.
• In case you get a request you always should reply – also you want an answer when requesting something- no matter if positive or negative. You always have the possibility to reject contacts as well as to delete notes and guest book entries. Also a negative reply is better than no reply.
• In case you observe that someone is abusing the ibc21 functions for spam mail or advertisement not related to your Profile you should contact ibc21 and inform us about this fact. We will immediately take care of this.
• In case you publish illegally content from an internal closed ibc21 environment you might have to face legal consequences.
• Try not to be too aggressive and respect the facts if someone rejects your contact request. – Also you might not want to make contact with everyone. - In case someone does not react, after a longer period, you can still kindly ask for feedback, no matter if positive or negative.
• In case you are in breach of the “General Terms and Conditions“ of ibc21 or applicable law your profile will be deleted from the ibc21 database.
     
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