Dean Shafer grew up in Wyoming and learned to paint from his grandfather, who hand-painted highway murals. He learned construction from his father, a homebuilder and factory manager. Flash forward to today and now Bay Area-based Shafer has his own contracting business powered — in part — by Google.
Since joining Google's test group of home service providers for its new Home Service Ads product back in April, Shafer's business is up about 30 percent, he has hired additional workers to meet demand and saves about an hour every day when it comes to managing the business.
"Once it became live, we were very busy for some time. It really was a relief to me to be able to get away from some of these other providers. My website and Google ads is about all we need at this point," said Shafer.
The beta test is set to expand in the coming months. "We're seeing some encouraging early results with our home service ads offering in the San Francisco Bay Area, and look forward to building out the program in 2016," Kim Spalding, general manager, home services at Google, said in an email.