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Unread 11-12-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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www.porch.com

OK, so who knows about this website www.porch.com ?

Who has Signed Up & listed themselves in the Find A Pro section ?


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Unread 11-12-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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Never heard of it before. But they already have me listed.

Maybe from my website?
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Unread 11-12-2013, 02:50 PM   #3
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Very few Houston contractors listed. Maybe three per category and no reviews. Pretty poor for the third largest city in America.

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Unread 11-12-2013, 03:03 PM   #4
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So is it a bad thing to make this websites list? Seems like there are 1,000s of similar sites out there that have everyone's basic business info, not sure what database they pull from. I didn't really check out the site.

I didn't sign us up but it looks like we made the list.

Paul, you'll need to click the "see more" button below the 3 that first appear. I'm sure your on there too.
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Unread 11-12-2013, 03:38 PM   #5
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its part of a now defunct site/company called HelpScore, Inc.
that never got off the ground.

pretty much like a Servicemaster, Angies List, Zillow or Houzz mix or clone.

they had lots of ads out for hiring people and looks like they never made it.

maybe this is round 2 ?

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StartUp: HelpScore, Inc.

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Entry Level Salary + Opportunity for Weekly/Monthly Bonuses
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About Us:

Coming Soon...
Job Description:

HelpScore is looking for people to join our team as sales representatives. If you are interested in joining a group of accomplished, passionate people pushing the evolution of online marketplaces, then we want to talk with you!

About Us: We are a new start-up company focusing on helping homeowners find the right pros for their home needs, and we need someone to take charge of growing our network of service professionals. Our founders have built companies from the ground up - past accomplishments have included building a $60MM company, growing a company to $400MM and IPO, running and growing business in XBox/MSFT from $100MM to $800MM in 4 years, and building the optimization team at Google. This is your chance to join a fast-paced start-up from the beginning, work side-by-side with amazing entrepreneurs, and learn from the best!

About You: As with any team member, we're looking for someone who is resourceful, bright, proactive, a go-getter, works well independently and as part of a team, and who will be passionate about what he or she does.

About the Job: The ideal candidate will be comfortable with making sales calls - you will be primarily responsible for making sales calls to pursue and close new business in the professional services field (architect, contractor, designer). You will be responsible for delivering and perfecting a pitch, negotiating price and terms, and coordinating all aspects of the sale from beginning to end. You do not need to have sales experience, just a good work ethic and an ability to get the job done.

If you help us grow and prove to be a valuable team member, there is the possibility of a long-term position on our team. Dependent on sales, there could be weekly and/or monthly bonuses.
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You mean there's somebody out there offering me a job? I'm excited.
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are you resourceful, bright, proactive, a go-getter, works well independently and as part of a team, and who will be passionate about what he or she does ?

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Unread 11-13-2013, 11:11 PM   #9
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Porch was a big roll out that has big money behind it. But until this thread I had forgotten all about it. But I just checked and there doesn't seem to be a lot happening on it.

I think what is supposed to happen is that you are supposed to post photos of renovation work that you do and list the people's address. Then people can look up in their own neighborhood and see what others have done and how much it costs.

This seems like an invasion of privacy to me and I wouldn't do it without written consent from your clients.

There's also some sort of contractor review section to it that was supposed to be more "pure" than Angie's List.

Michael Stone has discussed this site on his Linkedin group. He doesn't advise getting involved in these types of "listing" sites.
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Porch Update

I work at Porch.com and wanted to provide this thread with an update on our company and our progress.

Since our launch in September 2013, we have been working hard to make home improvement easy, delightful, and connected.

We now have many thousands of home professionals using our site and getting quality leads in their area. We also announced a partnership with Lowe's to provide recommendations for trusted local professionals to shoppers in their stores and have been featured in over 2,000 media articles on CNN, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Bloomberg,and many more.

For home professionals, Porch is a great way to build a stronger online presence, increase word-of-mouth referrals, and get connected to the right customers.

We provide a free profile that lets you showcase your prior work and collect endorsements from customers. We then use that information to connect you with customers who are searching for pros who have done work in their neighborhood, on similar homes, on similar types of projects, or for their friends.

In regards to the use of address information, we mask that information at the neighborhood level in our maps and our search results so it is not attributable to a specific house. It is used at the aggregate level to make our search results better and to better connect homeowners with professionals who have done quality work in their area.

We recognize home professionals have many options to promote their business. We are working hard and moving quickly to provide you with a better way to reach the right customers to grow your business.

You can learn more about us by visiting Porch.com, emailing us at support@porch.com, or calling us at 888-549-6019.

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Matthew thanks for posting.

I'm curious how does Porch make money?

For example Angie's List gives the impression that it's income comes mainly from homeowner membership fees but it actually makes more from contractor advertising. Anytime I see a number with an Indiana area code I ignore it because I know who's calling
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Unread 02-09-2014, 04:34 PM   #12
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Looked into it briefly. Not sure where the names and businesses come from but it's obvious they just pull names from wherever they please without contacting the owners for the sake of building a directory. Example- one former local business is listed on there. This business was taking deposits in the tens of thousands of dollars and never ordering material, or contacting the owners again. Local news team got involved and the owner ended up getting arrested, and charged. Not sure what happened to him, I think he's in prison, but this was back in summer 2010, more than 3 years before porch.com was even established. How did this company get advertised in porch.com? Saw several others listed that are no longer in business too.

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We now have many thousands of home professionals using our site and getting quality leads in their area.
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Seems like its simar to Servicemaster and they charge contractors for leads.
I know you have heard the horror stories of SM. Guys headin to home and 8-9 contractors already had the same email lead. And the more guys they send the lead to the more $ they make.
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Unread 02-09-2014, 11:30 PM   #14
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Just to clarify, ServiceMaster is a disaster restoration and cleaning business. They come to your house after a flood, fire, etc., and they do commercial and residential cleaning.

Servicemagic, which is now called HomeAdvisor, is a website that lists pros for home improvements and repairs.
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I'll take Angies's List over Service Magic any day. They are why I also used to never answer any calls from Colorado.
Service Magic is now called Home Advisors.
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