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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Re­becca Isaacs Visit: re­co­maz­ing.com

FOR CON­SUMERS:

Ask and en­cour­age your friends to put all their rec­om­men­da­tions in one place — the site is as help­ful as you want it to be

FOR BUSI­NESSES:

Ask your cus­tomers for rec­om­men­da­tions if they are happy with your ser­vice. The site in­cludes a tool­kit of im­ages and sam­ple copy for busi­nesses to send to peo­ple they have worked for

If you are look­ing for a trades­per­son or ser­vice out­side your usual stomp­ing ground, use the site’s “pop­u­lar in your lo­ca­tion” tool

There are no rights or wrongs when rec­om­mend­ing. Make com­ments about prompt­ness, friend­li­ness, re­li­a­bil­ity, cost, hy­giene, phone man­ner, staff and any­thing that made the ex­pe­ri­ence pos­i­tive

KEEP IT LO­CAL:

GOOD SER­VICE:

A FRIEND’S rec­om­men­da­tion can be worth a thou­sand re­views when it comes to hir­ing a tradie or ser­vice provider.

That’s the idea be­hind new so­cial rec­om­men­da­tion web­site, Re­co­maz­ing, founded by for­mer dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional, 32year-old Marc Cow­per.

The site of­fers a plat­form for con­sumers to share the names of their favourite plum­bers, builders and babysit­ters with friends, while also giv­ing a boost to the top busi­nesses.

“The light bulb mo­ment for me was wish­ing there was a place I could store my pos­i­tive opin­ions about var­i­ous ser­vices – like good de­sign­ers and web de­vel­op­ers – and share them with friends,” Cow­per says. “I call it a dig­i­tal bar­be­cue.”

For busi­nesses, stan­dard mem­ber­ship to the site is free.

Those who want ac­cess to an­a­lyt­i­cal in­for­ma­tion about their rec­om­men­da­tions can opt to pay a monthly fee.

The site is free for con­sumers, who can log in us­ing Face­book.

Cow­per says Re­co­maz­ing pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive for peo­ple who tend to shop for ser­vices us­ing search en­gines and re­view sites, which can in­clude false or spon­sored con­tent.

And for busi­nesses, “noth­ing con­verts to a sale like a friendly rec­om­men­da­tion,” Cow­per says.

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