HomeAdvisor expands Instant Booking marketplace service

Thursday September 22, 2016 0 comments Tags: HomeAdvisor, Golden, Brandon Ridenour, Instant Booking

GOLDEN -- HomeAdvisor, a leading nationwide online home services marketplace, today announced it has expanded its Instant Booking marketplace to allow for calendar integration with Apple iCloud®, Microsoft Outlook®, mHelpDesk, ServiceTitan® and MarketSharp®.HomeAdvisor_logoUSE

The technology, which will be fully integrated by the end of the year, enables HomeAdvisor professionals to sync their calendars with HomeAdvisor's Instant Booking marketplace allowing homeowners to book appointments directly on that business's calendar.

The Instant Booking marketplace integrated with Google Calendar last year.

"This announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to provide the best experience for homeowners to book home services," said Brandon Ridenour, HomeAdvisor CTO.

"Our Instant Booking Marketplace – a marketplace that will drive one million transactions since the launch last year - is unparalleled in the home services category and the momentum we are building is remarkable."  

With HomeAdvisor Instant Booking, users simply click on a "Book Now" button to schedule appointments on demand for more than 500 types of home projects, from plumbing to remodeling to landscaping. HomeAdvisor is the first and only digital home services marketplace to provide an API to integrate with existing digital calendar ecosystems.

"Our philosophy when we built this technology was to make it easy for service professionals to participate in our Instant Booking marketplace," said Ridenour.

"One approach we see competitors taking is to build their own platform and force participation in their ecosystem. We believe the smarter approach is to let businesses keep their current digital calendaring functions and allow for seamless integration into our marketplace."

Professionals in the HomeAdvisor prescreened network must pass a rigorous criminal and financial background screening prior to being accepted into the exclusive network.

In addition to the Instant Booking marketplace, homeowners can also find pros using HomeAdvisor's ProFinder, Pro Reviews and Instant Connect.

In the past 12 months, HomeAdvisor said it has received more than 11 million project requests from homeowners to find a prescreened service professional and will drive an estimated $40 billion of gross marketplace transactions through its marketplace this year.