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Belmont, CA, United States, 2005/12/16 - A start up in Silicon Valley- GetVendors.com is providing an effective medium for service professionals to access targeted local sales leads without creating any marketing hype.
Do you run a small business and feel effective marketing is your biggest problem in running the business? Or you are very busy and can’t allocate enough time for marketing? You are not alone. Recently, released data from US Census bureau news release mentions that there are more than 18 million self-employed individuals, and almost all of them (16 million) have individual proprietorships. Further, most of the individuals involved in small businesses work only part time on the business. No wonder – when it comes to marketing business owners have no time, resources, or expertise for running an effective marketing campaign. But there is a new hope – a start up in Silicon Valley- GetVendors.com is effectively addressing this problem and providing an effective medium for service professionals to access targeted local sales leads without creating any marketing hype.
There is nothing new about providing marketing aids to small business owners - from yellow pages to Google AdSense program, everyone has come up with a solution to make small business marketing effort easier. However, these solutions have not been able to make the small business owner’s life any easier mainly because of high focus on advertisements. There are no tools to have effective and predictable ROI (return on investment) for small business owners.
At GetVendors.com vendors register for free and provide relevant professional information. Users visiting the site have two options, either they can broadcast their service requirements and wait for vendors to follow up or they can search for the vendors in the directory using keyword/location search and select/contact multiple vendors through shopping cart like interface. The idea of being able to contact multiple vendors and tools that let you sort based on years of experience or distance are very useful. Whenever there are user requirements in any locale for the services a vendor provides an email alert is sent and the vendor can browse through sales lead details for free. Only, if the lead looks attractive vendor buys the lead for 99 cents and at that point user’s contact information is available to the vendor. Thus, there is no up front cost and also unlike other free posting websites, the process is not time consuming. User selects the appropriate service provider based on who is more qualified to do his/her job rather than whoever comes first alphabetically or whoever bids the most amount for ads.
We hear already this start up has more than 1000 service professionals registered with it and the number is continuously growing. The site is in the beta phase with easy-to-use features but overall the approach and implementation plan looks very convincing. They have many powerful features based on Web 2.0 tools such as AJAX in the pipeline and from the current state, GetVendors.com seems to be all set to provide an effective medium to connect users with local service professionals and in turn enable small business owners to get business based on professional qualifications and rather than marketing hype.
Founded by UC-Berkeley alumni, GetVendors.com is a start up company based in Belmont, CA. GetVendors.com is focused on introducing new ways for connecting users with local service professionals. GetVendors.com has already closed an early round of funding and is well positioned to become a driving force in reshaping the way users find service providers.