Improved Leads ServiceMagic's acquisition last summer of online services marketplace ImproveNet for $6.7 million increases ServiceMagic's monthly consumer requests to 165,000, up from 125,000. The increase translates into more potential leads for home builders. Under the terms of the deal, contractor networks from ImproveNet will merge into the ServiceMagic network. Consumers, professional builders, and trades can access ServiceMagic contractors at www.servicemagic.com,www.improvenet.com, and www.1800contractor.com.
On the Map Builders with multiple projects might find Sprint's Precision Locator, a new Web-based location system, of value. The tool lets construction managers access interactive maps to easily locate a group of workers, set schedules, or have the application identify a mobile device or groups of devices to ensure that sufficient manpower is available for a task. The service is $20 a month per phone plus a one-time, $10 set-up fee for each phone. Visit www.sprint.com for information.