We hesitate to call this “the old fashioned way” because this still remains the most effective way to gather information from our neighbors. Here at ByLocalBoston.com we believe a true referral is grown organically…and word of mouth is as grass roots as it gets!.
Obviously, we are not the only service provider site in the world! However, we can appreciate how each of those entrepreneurs decided to grow their service provider listings. We like to use those listings and reviews as well as a general net search to gather additional information on prospective providers.
So we already have a great plumber and he tells us we should be talking to his electrician…we’ll do just that. A trusted source from a trusted source.
Some would refer to this as “secret shopping”, but I am not sure if it remains such a secret because I am actually advising it will be done. We want to know what our neighbors are going to experience should they call or interact with a service provider. There is no better way to confirm this than to pick up the phone and dial !