... our interim goal is have all Facebook users log in to BuzzOurBiz using Facebook Connect, post an ad and start getting reviews and earning money for themselves ...
Calgary, AB (PRWEB) July 26, 2011
Free social networking meets services classifieds site BuzzOurBiz.com today announced a significant upgrade to the site aimed at further engaging its review functionality and expanding on its rapid growth.
New to the site is a “Featured Ads” carousel on the main page where the sole criterion for being featured for a given length of time is getting reviews from different people. If users get two reviews from different people, their ad will be featured for one week; if users get five reviews from different people, their ad will be featured for one month.
“Reviews and recommendations are fundamental,” says Pankaj Bhawnani, founder of BuzzOurBiz. “We want to encourage them from our users in every way. As we all know when we surf the internet, seeing reviews about a product or a business is key before you decide to buy or engage with a business. We want the people who come to BuzzOurBiz to be able to view reviews and ratings about every ad on the site, feel a sense of trust and understanding about what is being offered and hopefully become the next client or sale for the business or person posting the ad.”
As BuzzOurBiz is free, there is no option to pay to be featured and users need only get multiple, legitimate reviews to be added to the Featured Ads section. In addition to getting featured in the new section, the more ratings and reviews a user gets for their ad, the higher that ad ranks in a given category when users search by "Highest Rated" and "Ads with Reviews", so getting reviews is good no matter which way you slice it.
The site, which launched just four short months ago (see the launch press release here), has been adding users and ads at a rapid pace and is now more than doubling its user base every month with a high level of user engagement.
“BuzzOurBiz is unique in the space and the rapid growth we are experiencing is a testament to the need out there for our niche offering of social services classifieds with reviews and social networking,” explains Bhawnani. “We have received numerous comments from users who appreciate the ability to reach a broader audience with their ad than they can on Craigslist or Kijiji which have rigid “by city only” posting and viewing options. They also appreciate the ease of promoting their ads through use of our “Request Reviews” functionality and our integrations with the Facebook platform.”
Adds Bhawnani, “We’ve even had comments that users wish we’d been around years ago because they were not getting the features they needed on other sites, which we appreciate. Our simple response to those comments is: ‘We’re here now and we’re here to serve you.’”
Social networking aspects of the site include wall functionality where users can see what people in their network are recommending, share comments and reviews and also connect with their network and peer or referral partners. Each ad also contains a “Like” button, so users can leverage the reach and power of Facebook for their BuzzOurBiz ads and reviews. If a user posting an ad even gets just their family and close friends to "Like" their BuzzOurBiz ad, it gets their ad in front of thousands of people and this is just one of the ways to promote ads on BuzzOurBiz.
Regarding the question of how far BuzzOurBiz wants to grow its user base, Bhawnani says that the goal is to be the world’s number one and most trusted social services classifieds site. “I would bet that most Facebook users have some hobby, business or other idea for making money on the side, so if we had to put a number on it, our interim goal is have all Facebook users log in to BuzzOurBiz using Facebook Connect, post an ad and start getting reviews and earning money for themselves through BuzzOurBiz.”
“Of course,” adds Bhawnani, “We want everyone else too!”
BuzzOurBiz.com is a free local services classifieds meets social networking site where anyone offering or looking for any type of service can post and view ads, ratings and reviews and spread the buzz about the service they just used with their trusted network. Learn more about BuzzOurBiz by visiting our About Us page.