[label type=”important”]Art Locator[/label]
Art galleries and private dealers are matched with prospective buyers. Callers dial in and are prompted to enter a number representing a given artist. They can listen to recorded descriptions of works that are currently being offered for sale. A call can be placed automatically to the dealer or gallery if a caller is interested in purchasing the work. The telephone number can be kept private.
A customer calls any time of day, enters a repair order number, and listens to a recording giving the status of the repair work (cost, pickup time, need for further work, etc.). The system accepts credit card numbers for payment by telephone and automatically places a call alerting a customer when the car is repaired.
Parts Order Status
Centralized access to parts inventory database. A user can dial into the system and enter an invoice or order number to initiate a query of the inventory database. The system responds with the part availability and estimated delivery time.
A customer dials a toll-free number and enters his or her ZIP code and the make and model of the car desired. The system responds with the phone number and address of the nearest dealer.
Car Rental Locator/Reservations
A customer dials a toll-free number and enters his or her ZIP code. The system responds with a list of the closest rental car offices. The system can automatically connect a caller to a selected rental office.
Body Shop Locator
A customer dials a toll-free number and enters his or her ZIP code. The system responds with a list of the nearest body shops.
[label type=”important”]Chambers of Commerce[/label]
Electronic Yellow Pages
The traditional, printed Yellow Pages is a listing of businesses categorized by products and services that is normally distributed by the local telephone company free of charge to all homes with a telephone. Each listing contains the phone number and address of the business and (for a fee) some information about available products and services. Because these listings are updated annually, they do not include time-sensitive information about sales or new products. A CT-based, electronic Yellow Pages can provide this kind of information and be updated much more easily, and can go a step further by placing calls out to the advertiser selected by the caller. The two kinds of directories can complement each other: Each listing in the printed Yellow Pages can provide an associated telephone number. Callers who dial this number hear a customized message that contains information about current sales or special events.