There seems to be a heavily debated argument going on across the web, whereas locally licensed business owner's are pitching a fit... that marketers are 'advertising professional local services' in their service areas... without being 'licensed contractors'.
While much of this argument suggests 'the marketers' are selling 'in-bound' phone leads to "unlicensed contractors and/or service providers"... I too had planned on generating in-bound phone leads...and selling them to "licensed only contractors and licensed service providers" in specific cities and states.
Granted, I imagine a simple 'disclaimer' can be added on the fine print stating we are a referral service, local directory service, or I could pre-screen local contractors seeking in-bound phone leads and broker a deal using their state contractor's license or info (*with permission) on my owned websites...
It seems, a lot of licensed business owners are trying to get the FTC, state, and local officials to shut-down and penalize marketers focused on local lead generation.
I've read about "JobKillers" Dan Klien and Brad Cambell's run in with someone (*Mark something or other) pitching a bitch fit about them scamming students... and the one thing in question is this;
Is it illegal to advertise local professional services and sell in-bound phone leads - without being a locally licensed contractor or service provider?
If so... could a marketer simply include a disclaimer in the TOS on the website as being a local referral system supporting State and Locally Licensed/Insured Business owners who will happily provide professional services.
I had planned to collect phone leads and forward them to locally licensed providers...and now I'm like WTF... is this not legal?
Thanks in advance...