Technology helps local businesses connect with purchase-ready buyers
Need a friendly dentist, reliable plumber, or exotic flowers in bulk? Paolo Alto based Respond.com
has filled a hot niche: customers submit their request, Respond.com forwards their wishes to a number of suppliers, who will then vie for the customer’s business. The way it should be!
In Respond.com’s own words: “Respond Networks provides technology solutions that help local businesses connect with purchase-ready buyers.
Respond’s lead management solutions enable directory publishers, media enterprises, portals, and other aggregators to create private-labeled services that match small businesses with buyers from their own customer base or from Respond’s extensive network of more than 50 partners.
Within both private-label and open networks, the lead generation platform facilitates online commerce by enabling buyers to submit requests for the products and services they want and by delivering these targeted leads to pre-qualified businesses through its patented matching technology.”
This submit-and-bid concept would benefit consumers and suppliers all over the world. The business is very scalable: entrepreneurs can start with a specific region and/or a limited number of service areas (like plumbing, web design and flowers). Should be of interest to large directory players like Yellow Pages as well.
18th December 2002