BOZEMAN, Mont., June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Schedulicity—the leader in online appointment scheduling, which allows millions of consumers to discover and book local services, while giving service providers the time and resources to care for their clients—announced today the launch of RelatE (http://www.TheRelationalEconomy.com), a new online educational destination for service providers.
The name "RelatE" is a play on the "Relational Economy," the under-recognized yet vital component of local economies created by service providers and their relationships with clients. "Our experience with service-based businesses has proven them to be a special breed. When local professionals, such as massage therapists and personal trainers, work with their clients, they transact financial capital and build social capital," said Schedulicity CEO Joshua Spitzer. "The personal interaction and financial transactions reinforce one another, creating long-term loyalty." The Relational Economy is an important driver of entrepreneurship at a local level, and such businesses have many unappreciated characteristics.
"Service-based businesses have been mostly underserved when it comes to accessing the tools they need to grow, become more profitable, and—most importantly—improve relationships with clients," said Schedulicity founder and chairman Jerry Nettuno. "Schedulicity was founded to be a powerful tool for service providers to manage their calendar, which is essentially the heartbeat of their businesses. We learned that great scheduling is a tremendous way to empower service-based professionals. With the launch of RelatE—a free resource—we can deliver more helpful information to build the community as a whole."
RelatE will feature video interviews with local influencers and weekly podcasts covering the following areas of focus:
- Business Resources
- Client Relationships
- Client Spotlights
- The Relational Economy
Additionally, RelatE features Schedulicity's Relational Economy Study, which surveyed 398 service-based professionals to identify the challenges and pain-points they face on a daily basis. The study found that time management, customer acquisition, and marketing remain challenges to local service-based businesses. The results of this study are guiding the content of RelatE.
Schedulicity is the leading online appointment scheduling system and marketplace for discovering and booking local services in more than 50 different industries. Millions of consumers in more than 2,500 cities across the U.S. and Canada have booked more than 50 million appointments—generating $3.5 billion in appointment-based commerce—through Schedulicity. For more information please visit www.schedulicity.com.
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