Searches, although actively performed, have always provided preprogrammed results. Not that this is a bad thing. After all, we here at SOSBoom rely on the current state of search to accomplish our own trivial and at times more significant pursuits just like everyone else, on earth. But we did have a different take on what the results behind a search can be, human powered.
Be the Result
So what is SOSBoom?
Let's just say it's another tool in your tool box. It could be your first one or your final one, and it can operate while you still continue on with your same old search.
A tool that works by having service providers actively participate in the results process, allowing for more relevent responses while at the same time driving local business.
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In creating SOSBoom we had three goals:
Active Responses, Passively Delivered
→ Start by selecting your keyword.
And what is a keyword?
A keyword is the representation of a PROFESSION, SERVICE, PRODUCT or SYMPTOM and is the basis to your request, aka call or shoutout.
Sample keywords may then be: DENTIST, ROOT CANAL or TOOTH ACHE.
While others may be: BACK PAIN, HEADACHE, RASH or TMJ.
Although we have many keywords databased, our list of keywords is ever growing with industries looking to be added.
We ask all users to advise us of any added keywords for which they may seek the services of or for which they are looking to provide the services to.
→ Provide some added info to your selected keyword.
→ Select your search radius in kilometers (don't worry, we translated it to miles as well).
We want to keep things relevant so we figured you're not interested in seeing a response from a service provider in LA when your sciatica needs immediate attention in Manhattan, and it's after 5 pm on a Friday, and you just don't want to leave 'the island'.
→ How long will your search last?
In keeping your search results relevant, you may not want a response if your emergency is one month old. Just indicate your time frame and we'll limit responses to being within that time frame only.
Finally, execute your search via 2 options:
Getting Your Responses
After your request is sent, service providers will have the option of responding to your request. If they can service your request, you will receive an email in your inbox advising so or you can see your results upon logging in and navigating to sosboom.com/responses.
Your email is NEVER shared as all requests are handled thru our server.
A service provider can never know who is sending out a request.
Sample email contents:
The information received within the email allows you, the service caller or just caller, to quickly contact the service provider while at the same time evaluate them for appropriateness with regards to your service request.
It is up to the caller to verify any service provider for adequacy towards their search request needs.
Due to the nature of this program, users are allowed to make 1 free request every 3 hours from the time of their last executed request.
If you want to make an added request within the 3 hours, then feel free to purchase more requests. You can then use a purchased request prior to the availability of the free request as needed. Once your free request is available, any search performed will not count against your purchased searches as free requests will take priority.
Service Provider Setup
Added detail & info found within our Setup & Troubleshooting section.
Offer your service by creating a profile and adding your business information to it. Within your profile, you will place the latitude and longitude coordinates of your business allowing you to be found in respect to a search. If your business has more than one location then feel free to add extra profiles.
Thereafter, select the keywords for which you want to participate in. As noted above, we have many keywords ready for you to choose from but please advise us of any added keywords for which you feel we are missing out on and may help you connect with prospective clients as this is a community effort.
As far as how many keywords will suffice? This is very much so dependant on your profession but most service providers will do well with the minimum keyword set of 25, but again other professions may necessitate more.
The information inputted will be displayed to the caller via inbox delivery or when logged in, allowing them to make an informed decision on contacting you.
Service providers upon any keyword have the option of replying to requests via the email alert received or by logging in and navigating to sosboom.com/requests.
Lastly, the purpose of this project is to better connect those that are in need with those that can help.
We understand that information yielded with any search can range from sparce to overwhelming.
These results can tend to be irrlevent, misdirecting or even decieving at times.
And the cost of doing business to be too high to allow for proper visibility.
Let's tackle the problems above and do so at a reasonable cost.
When comparing us to the cost of traditional keyword advertising we come out well ahead.
Our current pricing:
$24.99 per year per profile (promotions offered). Renew any profile as and when you want.
$0.60 per keyword (purchased in sets), keywords never expire.