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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is TalentBlueBook.com?
Who is “talent”?
What makes TalentBlueBook.com so unique?
Why was this site created?
What can TalentBlueBook.com do to help clients searching for talent?
What benefits does TalentBlueBook.com offer for talent?
What is our service commitment?
How much does it cost to use TalentBlueBook.com?
What types of subscriptions are available?
How accurate and current is the information in your database?
Client FAQ
What are the advantages for a client to register with TalentBlueBook.com?
How do I search for talent on this site?
Talent FAQ
What are the benefits of subscribing to the Profile and TBB Search Portfolio Products?
Who may create a Talent Listing?
How do I create a FREE TalentBlueBook.com listing?
How do I create a TalentBlueBook Profile listing?
What is included with a Profile listing?
What is a TBBSearch Portfolio and how do I get one?
Are there any restrictions on what content my profile may contain?
What size and format should my photos be in?
Is it possible to delete specific entries from my reviews?
Billing
What does recurring subscription mean? Do I have to renew it every time?

GENERAL INFORMATION
Question: What is TalentBlueBook.com?
Answer:
TalentBlueBook.com is an Internet forum for “clients” (corporations, associations and other entities looking to hire talent) to research and connect with “talent” for corporate events, business consulting, fundraisers, endorsements, private events, etc. We provide all the resources you need to find, compare, contact and hire talent.
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Question: Who is “talent”?
Answer: Our listings include thought leaders, innovators and entertainers with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. From local to world renowned, we strive to provide the most comprehensive directory of: athletes, authors, business speakers, celebrities, chefs, corporate consultants, entertainers, government officials, journalists, media personalities, motivational speakers, performing artists politicians, and team builders.
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Question: What makes TalentBlueBook.com unique?
Answer: We are not a speakers bureau, agency or representative of any talent listed on this site, and we do not make a commission from booking talent. Our site is a resource for talent and their representatives to create and maintain their own online portfolios for comparison and review in a searchable database. We understand that hiring talent can be a big investment and the right choice is critical to the success of your event. We share the experience of a select group of talent industry experts with you through Talent Buzz, our blog. Additionally, we provide a community where you can get invaluable advice and feedback from your peers through reviews and message boards. Our goal is to educate clients and provide you with all of the options available for hiring the perfect talent to meet your needs whether booking direct or through a third party.
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Question: Why was this site created?
Answer: Behind the scenes at TalentBlueBook.com, you will find a small group of entrepreneurs passionate about helping the extraordinary people listed on this site share their talent, wisdom, messages and products with the world. We believe these unique individuals are instrumental in inspiring growth and change by educating, entertaining, motivating and influencing organizations, companies and individuals. Our goal is to refresh the industry by providing an online hub to consolidate the fragmented information currently available and provide a community for talent, representatives, and clients to share information, ideas and reviews. What can TalentBlueBook.com do to help clients searching for talent? We take the mystery out of finding, comparing and booking talent. By allowing talent and their representatives an opportunity to maintain their own listings, clients get the most current and accurate information on this site. We do all the legwork to provide the latest technology to the industry enabling clients and talent to connect – virtually and in person.
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Question: What can TalentBlueBook.com do to help clients searching for talent?
Answer: We take the mystery out of finding, comparing and booking talent. By allowing talent and their representatives an opportunity to maintain their own listings, clients get the most current and accurate information on this site. We do all the legwork to provide the latest technology to the industry enabling clients and talent to connect – virtually and in person.
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Question: What benefits does TalentBlueBook.com offer for talent?
Answer: We are committed to connecting talent with audiences. With hundreds of millions of web searches conducted daily by Internet users doing pre-purchase research, it is certain that your expertise is being sought. We believe it is far more time and cost effective to help the people looking for your specific talent find you then it is for you to take a shot in the dark at finding them. We help draw your audience to you by providing a variety of tools that increase your global web exposure including: a searchable database, an online portfolio tool consolidating all of your information on the internet into one spot the search engines recognize, and a podcast series allowing you to inexpensively distribute audio content to your listeners. We are your resource for providing innovative technology that delivers clients to you in the constantly evolving information age.
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Question: What is our service commitment?
Answer: TalentBlueBook.com is dedicated to providing the best service in the industry. We want to hear from you. Whether you are Talent or Client, we strive to exceed your expectations. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to serve you better.
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Question: How much does it cost to use TalentBlueBook.com?
Answer: Clients may search TalentBlueBook.com free. The site is partially supported by revenues from advertisers. You can show support for service by clicking on ads and purchasing products from the affiliates linked to our site. Basic talent listings are free, with an enhanced version of these listings offered on a subscription basis.
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Question: What types of subscriptions are available?
Answer: Directory Listing – includes your name, phone and email contact information, and three search topics. Profile Listing – The profile listing includes your full bio, photo, booking contact information, eight topics, program and product information and links to your website, blog, podcasts, videos and TBB Search Portfolio. This level of subscription also enjoys many other member benefits such as message boards and classifieds access, participation in the Voices of Influence podcast series, the review feature and other social media exposure generated by our Talent Buzz blog and press releases. TBB Search Portfolio – a web-based search engine optimization (SEO) platform that gets top page rankings quickly, affordably and long term. It essentially allows you to create an online library of your work that increases your Internet exposure and in turn, optimizes your own website. Our easy-to-use tools enable you to quickly enter your general information, existing on and offline audio, video and written content, press releases, events and other pertinent information. TBB Search Portfolio automatically formats, localizes, aggregates and optimizes your information to be recognized and indexed by the search engines. Through our tracking tools, you will immediately be able to track the increase in traffic to your website. A TalentBlueBook.com profile listing is included with our TBB Search Portfolio. Please contact us for your FREE 30 Day TBB Search Portfolio Trial.
Subscription Prices:
Directory Listing Free
Profile Listing $19.95 per month
TBB Search Portfolio $124.95 per month
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Question: How accurate and current is the information in your database?
Answer: Since, in most cases, the talent and their representatives are responsible for maintaining their own profiles, TalentBlueBook.com is one of the best sources for accurate and current information. Talent has access to update their profiles on a continual basis and should, at minimum, update it each year as they renew their subscription.
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CLIENT FAQ
Question: What are the advantages for a client to register with TalentBlueBook.com?
Answer:
Registration gives you access to additional features and benefits: you’ll be able to submit talent reviews, participate in message boards and classifieds, receive newsletters and other elective updates, and create a favorites list to generate your own talent proposals. Registration is free of charge and requires a valid email address. Please refer to our Privacy Policy if you are concerned about giving out your email address.
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Question: How do I search for talent on this site?
Answer:
Talent may be searched in a variety of ways. You may use our search bar to browse by topic, fee and location in any combination as well as using our search box to enter a specific name or keywords relating to the person or topic you are interested in.
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TALENT FAQ
Question: What are the benefits of subscribing to the Profile and TBB Search Portfolio products?
Answer:
  • access and update your self-managed or agent-managed profile as needed
  • receive booking inquiries direct through our secure email system
  • pay no commissions on your bookings as we are a subscription service
  • prevent lost or re-directed bookings, negotiate your own fees and manage your contracts effectively by having booking inquiries directed to yourself or agent
  • access TalentBlueBook.com community features such as the Green Room Talent Forum, Web PR Tips and Classifieds (for advertising your events as well as finding engagement opportunities, agents and other industry resources)
  • interact with event planners and others searching for talent through the general message board where these individuals share information and experiences to recommend talent to their peers
  • achieve word of mouth advertising by getting your reviews and testimonials online
  • receive additional promotion from our blog, podcast series, Web Portfolio, and other social media outlets
  • improve search engine rankings to your own websites by increased traffic from TalentBlueBook.com users
  • enhance your online presence beyond our directory by compiling all your audio, video and written content, from online as well as offline sources, into a Web Portfolio easily indexed by the search engines
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    Question: Who may create a Talent Listing?
    Answer:
    There is only one listing allowed per name in TalentBlueBook; therefore, the listing must be created and maintained by the talent or authorized representative. Competing brokers may not list an individual for whom they do not have an exclusive agent agreement.
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    Question: How do I create a FREE TalentBlueBook.com listing?
    Answer:
    Click on “Get Listed” and enter the basic information requested. This listing includes your name, phone and email contact information, and three search topics.
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    Question: How do I create a TalentBlueBook.com Profile Listing?
    Answer:
    Click on “Get Listed” and enter the basic information for a free listing. You will then be given the option to upgrade to a Profile listing.
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    Question: What is included with a Profile listing?
    Answer:
    The profile listing includes your full bio, photo, booking contact information, eight topics, program and product information and links to your website, blog, podcasts, videos and TBB Search Portfolio. This level of subscription also enjoys many other member benefits such as message boards and classifieds access, participation in the Voices of Influence podcast series, the review feature and other social media exposure generated by our Talent Buzz blog and press releases.
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    Question: What is a TBBSearch Portfolio and how do I get one?
    Answer:
    Our TBB Search Portfolio is a web-based search engine optimization (SEO) platform that gets top page rankings quickly, affordably and long term. It allows you to create an online library of your work that increases your internet exposure and in turn, optimizes your own website. Our easy-to-use tools enable you to quickly enter your general information, existing on and offline audio, video and written content, press releases, events and other pertinent information. TBB Search Portfolio automatically formats, localizes, aggregates and optimizes your information to be recognized and indexed by the search engines. Through our tracking tools, you will immediately be able to track the increase in traffic to your website. A TalentBlueBook Profile listing is included with our TBB Search Portfolio. Please contact us for your FREE 30 day TBB Search Portfolio trial.
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    Question: Are there any restrictions on what content my profile may contain?
    Answer:
    The following are not allowed in resume content:

  • Profanity
  • Slander of individuals or companies
  • Advertising for products or services
  • Text that infringes on the copyright, trademark, or patents of a third party
  • Determination of what constitutes any of these prohibited things is at the sole discretion of our editors.

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    Question: What size and format should my photos be in?
    Answer:
    The picture to be uploaded need to follow these guidelines: They should be less than 1MB in physical size. The dimensions should be optimized for 120 X 120 pixels; images bigger than this will automatically be cropped to fit these dimensions.
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    Question: Is it possible to delete specific entries from my reviews?
    Answer:
    TalentBlueBook.com provides the Review feature as a forum where users can freely express their experiences with the talent. The comments found on that page are posted by our users and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of TalentBlueBook.com or its staff. We only require that users follow our broad guidelines for acceptable content but do not impose any special editorial guidance over them. If you feel that a comment in your review section is inappropriate, please let us know using the “Report This” link. We will review it and eventually remove it if it is found to be in violation of our guidelines. While you may turn off your Review section altogether by changing your registration preferences, we will not remove, alter or influence valid comments based on their negative or positive content.
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    BILLING
    Question: What does recurring subscription mean? Do I have to renew it every time?
    Answer:
    TalentBlueBook Profile and TalentBlueBookTBB Search Portfolio are subscription services. A subscription is a continuing process and the charge is recurring. Thus, you are automatically rebilled at the end of every subscription period until you decide to cancel your account. In other words, if you sign up for a monthly subscription, a charge will automatically be placed on your credit card every month on your renewal date. Please note that canceling your subscription only prevents the next charge from kicking in: it does not suspend the service that you paid for in advance. Your subscription will still be active and fully functional until the Renewal Date. On that date, your account will cease to work and you will not be charged anymore. You don’t have to wait until the last day.
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