Google Helpouts, a G+ based product ”that enables individuals and small and large businesses to buy and sell services via live video” first came to light in early August. It is a fascinating product that creates a video based marketplace that allows local trainers, national support personnel and consultants to engage a much larger market. It has ”the capacity to connect merchants and consumers on both an immediate and scheduled basis, .. the platform will allow sellers to .. take advantage of reputation management, scheduling and payment features, while offering robust search and discovery tools for consumers”.
Apparently Google is now starting to invite highly rated local businesses to learn more about the product. It is odd that the invitation is not to set up or try the product, just to learn more about it and that the invitation was exclusive and based on review ratings. You can request an invitation here.
This email, sent to me by Mark Kelly, CEO of Chair 10 Marketing, Inc:Google Rolls Out Broader Marketing of Helpouts by Mike Blumenthal