Raising Awareness & PCO feedback database(2 posts)
Nobugs, I posted most of the following yesterday but it seems to have been lost in the shuffle so here it is with its own thread:
NBOM, I recently joined Angie's List (for those not familiar with it, it's a word-of-mouth internet network for consumers w/over 600K members (in the U.S.) who share their ratings/experiences they've had with various service providers). I've been using it to find PCOs. Yesterday I was looking through their web site and came upon a group of articles they had written for their members. I was about to suggest that they do an article on bedbugs, but was surprised to see that they had already published one, in AUGUST OF 2004!!! It's an EXCELLENT article, and I was overjoyed to see that they were raising awareness and providing good information more than than 3 years ago. I had not joined Angie's list in the past because the fees published on their site are what I had considered pricey (more than $100 per year...but I was able to get a $35/year membership at a home show a month ago and it has already paid for itself). They have just offered members $25.50 memberships to give away as holiday gifts. My thought is that maybe you could partner with Angie's to get Bedbuggers a similar rate. I have found Angie's List to be extremely useful for finding feedback on providers of all manner of services, and I'm sure that if more Bedbuggers were members, they could not only find out about their local PCOs and help others find them, but in sharing their experiences, also raise awareness and effect better PCO services. I'd like to see them do an updated Bedbug article. They're always taking polls of their members, often to research for articles, and they could poll their members on their bedbug awareness & other bb issues. Then if the poll were repeated in a year, I'm sure a comparison of the results would be quite interesting.
Those are good ideas, pleasehelp. Angie's List sounds like a good resource in general.
I've been working for some time on having a section of this site for PCO reviews--related specifically to bed bug treatment. It's taking some thought, since we'd want them to be genuine reviews and not fake ones.
If you want to discuss this further, please feel free to PM me anytime. I try to read most threads, but as you can imagine, can't quite keep up.
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