Thursday morning was the perfect time for Thursday Market to announce the national launch of its social referral network for service professionals, with the site’s integration with Facebook playing a major role.
Thursday Market launched in beta last year, and the site currently has more than 1.1 million users and 3,000 registered service professionals in limited regions.
It allows potential customers to:
- Use recommendations from people they trust to decide on the right local service providers.
- Browse local service providers free-of-charge without their data being pulled by those companies’ websites.
And service professionals can:
- Engage with customers in a private forum
- Benefit from word-of-mouth referrals and third-party endorsements from satisfied customers.
- Generate market awareness without dipping into their marketing budgets.
How does Facebook play into the process? The social network allows Thursday Market to:
- Provide personalized local search experiences via Facebook users.
- Use Facebook Login to ease the process of registering and using the platform.
- Create a trusted network to find local business endorsements.
- Enable users to share recommendations.
Thursday Market founder and CEO Eric Doebele said in a release announcing the service’s national launch:
When seeking out trusted service providers to do work in your home, who do you turn to first? For most, it’s friends and neighbors to get the scoop on who does the best work. Playing off this understanding, we built a platform where consumers can share their unique insights with those closest to them. Local professionals also get the chance to put their ear to the ground for future business leads.
Readers: Would you try out a site like Thursday Market when seeking recommendations on professional services?