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On Line Referals ??? #35586 03/15/04 11:01 AM
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Megawatt Offline OP
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Has anyone used one of those On Line Referal services ? They supposedly check all of your qualifications, Insurance etc. make you a Web Page, and when a prospective Customer in your area goes through their service, they provide them a Link to the Web Page they have created for your Company. All for a fee of course...just wondering if it was worht it or not...

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Re: On Line Referals ??? #35587 03/15/04 10:05 PM
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...I've heard of it, Megawatt,never used it tho'....if you do go with it,please let us know how it worked out... [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image]
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.."if it ain't fixed,don't break it...call a Licensed Electrician"
Re: On Line Referals ??? #35588 03/16/04 01:47 AM
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I'm still listed at Contractor.com.

Only hit I ever got was for a service upgrade about 45 miles from my house... client asking for it to "not cost too much" and prices in advance.

Given the fact that I was new, (and it's 90 mins away in Chicago traffic), I passed on it.

Haven't gotten any more leads from them. Don't know if they're still doing it, or if there's a limit to what potential clients are willing to do online.

After all, having an EC stop by the house to give an estimate is a lot easier and more accurate for both parties than trying to get a price online.

Re: On Line Referals ??? #35589 03/16/04 02:08 PM
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Thanks for the replys.....the fees were 99.00 for the pre-screening & Web Page setup.
And the referals are priced acording to what the prospective customer is wanting. Example: a service upgrade is around $45.00 & a simple repair around $6.00. You tell them how many you want a month, & they quit after you reach the limit.
I asked the Rep "How many did you have within 20 miles of my address last month?" and was told that there were 6...I'm still researchinh it. I'll keep you posted.

Re: On Line Referals ??? #35590 03/16/04 07:56 PM
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The best thing you could do, IMHO, is pose as a customer for another trade or area and ask the contractor they refer you to if it's worth it. Don't waste their time for bogus estimates, just information.

Re: On Line Referals ??? #35591 03/17/04 10:26 AM
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Thanks Electric Eagle, that's a great idea...then I can talk to someone that's coming from OUR side of the business !


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