##washington, #dc (January 13, 2015) – Local services #marketplace TalkLocal launched #iphone and #android apps. Available for free download at #apple and Google Play stores, the app ranks local pros and connects consumers by phone to the top pros available.
In an impromptu beta test, the app successfully connected TalkLocal founder Gurpreet Singh to an electrician only minutes after awaking to the smell of smoke and calling 911 to report that his kitchen was on fire.
“Launching a mobile app is a logical next step for us. Most of the conversations that happen between our users are via their mobile phones”, said TalkLocal Chief of Products Amandeep Bakshi, citing a recent Google study in which 88% of consumers were found to search local stores via their mobile phones.
Now, TalkLocal mobile app users can enter their contact information, describe their needs, and hear from up to 3 matching professionals by phone in about 90 seconds, at least 50x faster at getting the right live pro than alternatives like Siri. TalkLocal connects consumers via Voice over IP to keep their personal contact information private.
TalkLocal matches consumers to businesses based on location, schedule, online ratings and reviews, social reputation and interaction, call analytics, and other forms of feedback. Then it connects matching businesses and consumers by phone.
Plus, according to TalkLocal Lead Developer Stephen Gardner, the apps also sport a number of useful new features and capabilities, making it a “Silent Siri for local services”.
– Features GPS Locator for searching nearby
– Saves and automatically re-enters contact information
– Offers optional entry of voice recorded service request details
– Provides lead previews to matching business in the consumer’s voice
“We worked extra hard to eliminate those seemingly tiny inconveniences that pop up in local search, like typing on your thumbs or not knowing the zip code of your current location”, Gardner explained.
Launching in late 2012 and raising $4m in funding to date, TalkLocal has sent over one-million phone calls to local businesses, connecting consumers and businesses in 46 categories including auto-repair, HVAC, plumbing, and dentistry. With offices in DC, San Francisco, and now College Park Maryland, the startup has launched in over 50 major cities and served businesses and consumers in 49 states.
TalkLocal.is a local search engine based in Washington, DC that seamlessly connects consumers with local businesses in near real-time via the TalkLocal proprietary platform. TalkLocal saves consumers time by finding high quality businesses that can meet their needs at their convenience. Local businesses receive detailed consumer requests leading to quality matches. In August 2014, TalkLocal, Inc. raised $2.6m from venture funds, entrepreneurs and angels.