February 14, 2012 07:01 ET Adds Text-to-Speech System Called Bridget, Converts New Leads Into Audio Messages

Revolutionizes the Way Customers Communicate With Local Professionals

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Feb 14, 2012) - We've definitely entered a new era of technology. Just ask iPhone's® Siri when Elvis was born or how to get to the nearest subway station. Now revolutionizes the way customers communicate with professionals with an innovative voice technology called "Bridget" that converts their "needs" into audio messages.

When a customer posts a need for a professional service on, Bridget will instantly call the professional to alert them of a new potential customer. The professional can then submit a proposal by voice over the phone, and Bridget will instantly "bridge" calls between customers and professionals., which recently announced it passed more than 50,000 professionals registered nationwide, is the fast-growing online service that instantly matches local professionals who bid on needs posted by local consumers who seek their services.

"As Siri is to Apple, Bridget is the sweet new voice who revolutionizes the way customers find local services. And for local services and professionals, what could be better than hearing, 'Greetings from, we have a new customer for you! Here's what the customer needs,'" said Raed Malhas, co-founder and CEO.

Missed in-bound audio leads are queued by the system -- Bridget only calls once and then leaves a voicemail -- enabling professionals to replay and respond when it's most convenient. Professionals subscribed to the Express Package gain priority notification.

Unlike competitors who take a commission based on a percentage of the sale, or incur charges per bid received, with businesses instead select from three zero-commission membership packages depending on the number of customers they want to contact per month.

Businesses showcase their services on with profiles defined by specialty and location, including pictures, videos, work samples, testimonials, reviews, past bids/contracts won at, and more.

About offers consumers a highly efficient way to shop for local services. Simply post your exact "need" or "needs" then receive competitive proposals from local professionals without having to initiate contact, negotiate costs or waste time on the phone. While proposals come in, view professional profiles and reviews, or join the community where you can ask and answer questions, read tips/advice articles from our vast library of submitted content, or publish your own article. For local vendors and small businesses, is a consistent lead and revenue generator, delivering instant alerts notifying subscribers to new, highly qualified customers in their area. With more than 50,000 registered professionals and services providers, is quickly becoming the online marketing tool of choice for smart, social businesses. For more information, to post a need or needs, or become a registered member of our professional community, please visit

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