When I need a recommendation for a service provider I turn to my friends, business associates and/or the Internet. A week or so ago I was considering a visit to a chiropractor, but I had no idea who would be a good choice, so I turned to my friends on facebook and simply asked who they would recommend. I received a lot of responses and quickly realized we have a number of good options in my small town of only 12,719 people...and apparently a lot of the population is in pain!
you ever heard of Angie’s List? Angie Hicks made a very successful
business by providing business recommendations for consumers from other
consumers. She created Angie’s List in the mid ‘90’s which now has over
1.5 million subscribers who post nearly 50,000 reviews every month.
It’s basically a website that assembles and verifies consumer reviews
of service based companies along with a rating system. Their slogan is
“Reviews you can trust.”
The good old Better Business Bureau is a long time favorite option too. As a matter of fact www.bbb.org
is among the 400 most visited websites in the United States. This
non-profit organization is celebrating their 100th anniversary this
request for recommendations made me realize how important a simple
recommendation is on an individual service provider. Ultimately, in my
search for a chiropractor, eight different offices were recommended,
five of which were recommended by two different people. And there was
only one who received negative feedback. Although my request for a
recommendation didn’t include a rating system, the comments left
describing their chiropractor of choice sure will help...“she changed my
life”; “phenomenal”; “he has a personality, funny dude”; “worked
miracles”; and “that guy whips me into shape!”
Aladtec, we continually hear how new customers decided to subscribe to
our online scheduling and workforce management systems (EMS Manager,
FIRE Manager and Zanager) because we were recommended by a neighboring
EMS Agency or Fire Department. Thanks for that!
internet has certainly changed the way we can collect information on a
company before making a choice. However, what hasn’t changed is friends
asking friends, colleagues asking colleagues and agencies asking
agencies who they would recommend...now these are reviews you can trust!
As for my need for a chiropractor...I got a massage instead (this
time). I will go back to these recommendations if the time comes
however. In the meantime if you need a recommendation for a massage
therapist in Hudson, WI...book Terese at Massage Envy!