This site will have a front end like: [url removed, login to view] (under development) and have a subscription service similar to GAF.
I would like to introduce an SMS service . This gives the contractors the option to receive alerts (premium ones, so they actually pay 25p to receive each) of jobs as they come in.
I would like them to also have the option to make a bid on their mobile phone . I understand that this is relatively simple to do, as an example there is a developers toolkit on [url removed, login to view] that you can sign up and use for free [ I would then have to use their service] or via these folks [url removed, login to view]
The criterion for getting an SMS alert would be instigated when the contractor filled in the sign-up process, a box would be there to tick if they wanted to receive jobs in this way [together with the relevant notice of the charges]. Once they tick this box, I would want on saving the record for the SMS software to kick in and send a kind of 'opt in' service message that they then respond to, to agree. If it is easier, then they could be told to use their mobile and text the word JOBS at short-code 12345 , and this would start the process; and to end it at any time they text in STOP JOBS at short-code 12345. If the tradesperson then wanted to bid on the job [cost of say £1.50] then they type in BID 12345 £2000 Job ref - xxx.
As part of the SMS service, I would like the customer who is filling in the details, to be conscious that all jobs will be sent via SMS alerts to tradespeople (who previously agreed, as above) . There will also be a number of tradespeople who do not bother with SMS so will check the web-site frequently for the details. As such, I would like the filling in section to be designed in such a way that the first section will be for 160 characters - to aid the SMS process, and here the customers will be encouraged to be as brief as possible - are you able to do something like this : - [url removed, login to view] (give it a go to see how it actually works) and then another section / box underneath where they can continue to put in more details so that everyone can fully understand what they want (dimensions, colour of paints etc etc) This second bit would not be sent via the SMS but left on the site for everyone to come and look at the full details.
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