ContactBangkok Founder Alan Johnston Gives Interview and Insights to the Future of Business Portal in South East Asia

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How one disillusioned, tourist found success in Thailand forming the country's leading online directory service. Alan shares his thought at the interview with Thai-Oz Talk on the past and the future of online B2B portal.

The rags-to-riches story of ContactNetwork Founding Director Alan Johnston caught the eyes of a famous local talk show, Thai-Oz Talk. Hosted by Jaye Walton, the show went on air on 27 September 2009, highlighting the recent growth of the company, its history and services as well as an insight to the future of online business and lead sourcing portal.

The rise of ContactNetwork Founding Director Alan Johnston is the stuff of dreams for many wannabe-internet-entrepreneurs. Johnston even admits to pinching himself sometimes, such is the speed that ContactBangkok, the company's Thai product, has established itself in the market.

Alan's ContactNetwork Group runs a range of local business information directory websites across South East Asia. Each website contains in-depth information and contact details for all publicly listed business, enabling members of the public to discover local services and businesses as they need them.

ContactBangkok, the company's flagship project would not even be around today had Johnston's path not wound its way to Asia. Back then Johnston a "disgruntled" Brit, to use his own words, having suffered the pain of divorce, discovered Thailand and fell in love with the country, selling everything he owned to move to Bangkok - where his rags to riches played out.

A chance conversation with a friend bore a concept which would later became the foundations of ContactNetwork. The birth of the company and Johnson's ascendancy to internet entrepreneur are a remarkable story that underlines the business opportunity of the internet today.

"The internet is flattening the world," says the ContactNetwork Founding Director, "the technology and expertise to put a good idea to action is here. All that's required is the initial spark of innovation to start the business."

In his case that spark was business cards and, specifically, the number Johnston accumulated from working the business networking scene in Bangkok.

Johnson began devoting all hours to work on the website, fast forward three years later and little has changed with Johnston's dedicated work ethic. During a recent interview with Jaye Walton on the Thai Oz chatshow, he recently admitted to having not left Bangkok and working in office until midnight most evenings.

The dedication has certainly paid off as July saw ContactBangkok register more than 500,000 unique monthly visitors in mid 2009, overtaking the internet traffic figures for the hugely popular ThaiVisa website.

Johnston is understandably positive and upbeat about the future, insisting there is still much work to be done with ContactBangkok whilst developing the network's other sites. Together, he envisions a large, co-operative business network expanding across the South East Asia and Asia Pacific regions.

For more information about the service and its listing for Thailand visit "".

Johnston's interview session with Jaye Walton can be seen at "".

About and Contact Network Group

Contact Network Group is a group of internationally recognized websites that provide Web directory information to the worldwide business community.

Search: By becoming a free member anyone can search a categorized database of companies and VIP's for free, search a free lead sourcing database of buyers, search by products and people search seminars, trade shows and networking events in your town and get up to the minute news weather and travel info.

List: You can add your company to the site in your category and add pictures and a corporate video free, and with an average of 18,000 visitors a day you will start to see traffic clicking your listing and contacting you.

Trade: All new listings get on our front page and in our newsletter to 40,000+ subscribers, free exposure for your company. We also have email marketing to our database so you can begin trading with our audience. Advertising on our site starts at 8 THB a day.

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