Unless you mean small mom and pop store and occasional emergency service calls, contractors come to them.Sm doesn't seem to work for Commercial only contractors... I'd try them again (tried for a few months 8 years back) but I've read a ton of bad press since.
Good for you though, I figure they have to be working for somebody somewhere!
Shawn,Festerized – Thank you for looking out for the other pros’ best interests. I’d like to point out that our XM advertising isn’t intended to steal your business name or to drive consumers to SM, by using your business name. The intent is to market your company online and drive consumers directly to you, advertising your business name and profile. Of one of the advantages of participating in Exact Match, we do filter out consumers not looking for your advertised line of work or coverage area (Tasks, Zip Codes). In this case, or when you’re not accepting leads, we advise the consumer that you aren’t available and offer to redirect to matched Service Professionals that are available.
OK I'll bite to get referals you have to first have work, how do you get word of mouth and reputation, if you have no work? To get started how do you get your name out there, used to be newspaper ads and yellow pages all of which take money? Sure they will work or used to before the WEB, but first you have to have an established business.How did we get along with out the likes of your company before-it's called "WORD OF MOUTH AND REPUTATION" and it works very well if your established and produce quality projects from beginning to end. I know your corporate company could give a rats A"" about us - but if your any kind of a decent human being- get an occupation you can live with - morally!
service magic will give you bogus leads... and if you have any on line marketing already, they will hack in too it! They will steal your name put their phone number on it plaster it all over the internet in all on line phone books, search engines and false web sites in your company name! Then instead of giving you the leads they will drive them to others that have been with them! When you try and cancel they will still use your company name with a phone # that is not yours! Your good name will be lost forever and your repatation with your company name will be destroyed! What they end up doing is putting you out of business!
With 20 different sites puting up a link to a few should be no problem. Besure and have the phone numbers, If I am wrong I appolige in advance but I'm betting you can't do it.And I like what he has posted so far on SM they are complete crooks and even worse! They have plastered my business name all over the internet with (their phone# number on it) not my number... Even in ads that I pay for like yellowpages.com SM has hacked into their system (yellowpages) and re-routed my calls to their site and are now answering the phone calls using my company name then selling my customers (my Leads) to their existing contractors as there leads... I had a customer that I have done work for over the past 20 years... My customer was trying to call me... he did not have my number on him so he Google it and some how got a number he did not recognize... when he called it they answered in my company name! He (my customer) asked for me and was told I was not available:no:... but they (SM) could get him a screened contractor for what ever he wanted!
Later my customer had gotten a hold of me and told me the story... Mind you... I had asked to be removed from their services and I no longer wanted their services... So anyhow I called the number that I also found online.. Called it and sure enough they answered in my company name! I was completely floored my jaw hit the floor... I could not believe it! That’s Identity Theft! Fraud! So I googled my company name and found it to be under about 20 different web sites and address listings with "my company name" and "their phone number"! I have a nice web site and we were getting all kinds of traffic to it! I did not need their services (SM) because between my repeat and referrals I was getting tons of work... But like a lot of businesses I would like to grow and hire and have work to keep good men employed as happy secure employees...