Redbeacon Announces Partnership with BigTent to Help Parents Find Local Services
“BigTent members can access Redbeacon directly from BigTent Groups”
SAN MATEO, Calif.-March 10, 2010—Redbeacon, a website allowing consumers to receive price quotes and book appointments for virtually any local service, announced today a strategic partnership with BigTent, the leading platform for trusted parenting groups.
BigTent members will now be able to initiate local service requests, such as for house painters, dog walkers, and plumbers directly from within their groups on BigTent. The cobranded experience will be powered by Redbeacon and will include the ability for BigTent members to share endorsements for specific service professionals with fellow members of their BigTent group.
“Online communities, such as parents groups powered by BigTent, are a natural place to turn in the search for high quality local service professionals, which is what makes this such a powerful partnership” said Ethan Anderson, Cofounder of Redbeacon. “We think this partnership will allow Redbeacon to reach the critical Moms demographic responsible for taking care of so many household and family service needs.”
”From PTAs to parenting groups, our members are already organically sharing recommendations, resources and advice about local services with their most trusted groups. Our partnership with Redbeacon provides a whole new way to leverage these trusted recommendations and saves our members time and energy. We’re thrilled to provide this added service to our groups” said Laney Whitcanack, Cofounder and COO of BigTent.
Initially, the partnership will be limited to a trial with 100 of BigTent’s San Francisco Bay Area groups. If the trial is successful, the offering may be rolled out more broadly to thousands of BigTent Groups throughout the country.
Redbeacon is a revolutionary new approach to finding local services through the Internet. At www.redbeacon.com, consumers request everyday services and receive price quotes from qualified local service professionals. After comparing price quotes, business profiles, credentials, ratings and reviews, consumers schedule appointments online with the service professional they like best. The product was created by three seasoned Internet veterans from Google, Ethan Anderson, Yaron Binur and Aaron Lee, who saw the need to improve online local search. Redbeacon launched at the prestigious TechCrunch50 Conference, where it took the top prize. Redbeacon opened its doors to consumers to request services in the Bay Area on October 14, 2009.
BigTent is where trusted groups connect online. The platform for family-friendly organizations strengthens group involvement and simplifies group management. By combining the best of today’s social networking features with group management tools, BigTent helps real-world communities share, communicate and organize online and in-person. Free to members and groups, BigTent is supported by sponsorships, value added services and engagement marketing programs. Founded in 2006, the company is headquartered in San Francisco and currently hosts parents groups, PTAs, schools, neighborhood groups, scouting troops, hobby clubs, professional and alumni associations, and other community groups nationwide. For more information about BigTent, please visit: www.bigtent.com.
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