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Wise Buys

Review of e-commerce service BizBlast.com, e-commerce service provider InstantService.com and Web-based management module Cloak 3000

Blast Off: If the thought of setting up shop on the Web seems daunting to you, try the e-commerce service from BizBlast.com. The service combines free Internet tools, advanced e-commerce features and an education program at one location so entrepreneurs can easily create, market and maintain online stores.

Service First: Looking for affordable e-customer service? Look no further than InstantService.com. This Web-based communications technology provider has an application that facilitates live online interaction at an affordable price. InstantService, delivered via a hosted ASP model for quick implementation, enables entrepreneurs to conduct text-based chat sessions and get topical content to customers in real time. Customers pay on a usage basis with no per-seat license fees-between 3 and 8 cents per minute on average. As customers' usage goes up, their costs per minute drop.

The Top Of The Heap:PositionSolutions.com has released Cloak 3000, a Web-based management module perfect for entrepreneurs. Offering smaller companies a method of getting top listings in search engines that PositionSolutions.com previously made available only to large advertising and marketing companies, the new module costs $199 per month. The program includes submissions for up to 30 search terms, weekly reports and daily statistics-and virtually guarantees getting to the top of Yahoo! and the others.



Melissa Campanelli is a technology writer in Brooklyn, New York, who has covered technology for Mobile Computing & Communications and Sales & Marketing Management magazines. You can reach her at mcampanelli@earthlink.net.

Melissa Campanelli is a technology writer in Brooklyn, New York, who has covered technology for Mobile Computing & Communications and Sales & Marketing Management magazines. You can reach her at mcampanelli@earthlink.net.

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This article was originally published in the November 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Wise Buys.

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