Has this ever happened to you? Every been out in the field and needed a phone number but didn't want to call directory assistance for a fear that you might be charged a huge fee for this service. Ever get lost and need directions to an appointment or showing a house and get lost? Well I have found a solution to the problem......and it is FREE... Introducing......Jingle Networks, Inc., the leader in free voice search and operator of 1-800-FREE411, and Dial Directions today announced a strategic partnership to combine free 411 with voice-activated driving directions. Callers to 1-800-FREE411 can ask for directions to any directory listing and receive them by SMS. The 20 million consumers who call 1-800-FREE411 now have another free service benefit and advertisers have exciting new opportunities to reach consumers.
To get driving directions to a listing, callers need only speak their starting address -such as ‘2594 Broadway' or ‘16th and Washington'- and instantly receive turn-by-turn directions by text message. The service will be available in SF Bay Area, Chicago and Los Angeles starting March 1, with nationwide availability 30 days later.
"Directory assistance is the broadest consumer entry point for mobile search," said Greg Sterling, program director, Local Mobile Search. "Jingle's expansion of free 411 with Dial Directions' ‘spoken location services' pushes the boundaries of directory assistance into new
"Dial Directions and Jingle have made it possible to experience DA the way it should be - free, nationwide and with the ability to get directions from anywhere, to anywhere - all by voice," said Amit Desai, Dial Directions co-founder and chief product officer. "Together, we are showing a new, mobile-centric way to obtain business and local information - while making it free, cutting-edge and voice-enabled for any mobile user. This is a very exciting moment for consumers and we are very pleased to be partnered with a leader like Jingle to make this happen."
For consumers, the partnership with Dial Directions provides an easy way to get directions sent straight to their ‘mobile inbox'. For advertisers, Jingle's new directions feature creates even more opportunities to reach a large, ready-to-buy audience based on geo-targeting - creating an even more attractive marketing medium. In addition, information delivered via SMS gives businesses the benefit of a potentially longer impression period while sitting in the SMS inbox. If you haven't tried this service you should as it will benefit you in getting to the next listing presentation faster and best of all it is FREE.