September 22, 2016 (Golden, Colo.) — HomeAdvisor, a leading nationwide online home services marketplace, announced it has expanded its Instant Booking marketplace to allow for calendar integration with Apple iCloud®, Microsoft Outlook®, mHelpDesk, ServiceTitan® and MarketSharp®. 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, CTO of HomeAdvisor. “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,” continued 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 has received over 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.
For more information, visit HomeAdvisor.com.
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HomeAdvisor is a nationwide digital home services marketplace providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s marketplace lets homeowners view average project costs coast-to-coast using True Cost Guide, find local prescreened home professionals and instantly book appointments online or through HomeAdvisor’s award-winning iOS and Android mobile app, Apple Watch, or Amazon Echo. Access to all of HomeAdvisor’s resources is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC).
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