As a general contractor inviting bidders to projects, you can use BuildingConnected’s Recommendation Engine tool. This is designed to provide subcontractor “best matches” to ensure you receive the highest response rates.
What are “best matches” and where can I find them?
“Best matches” are subcontractors most likely to bid on a project. “Best match” companies appear when inviting companies to bid packages and are shown in two places:
1. At the bottom of the “Bidders” tab within an unpublished bid package.
2. On the “Invite Bidders” window.
Please note that in order for BuildingConnected to provide “best matches,” the project must have an address and the bid package must have a work performed keyword assigned. For information on how to add an address, please reference the article, “How to add a project address.” If you do not add a project address, the Recommendation Engine will default to the location of the office that created the project.
To add a “Work Performed” keyword, type the name of the trade in the “Work Performed” section then click on the keyword that populates in the drop-down menu.
Adding a work performed keyword will populate “best match” companies in the center of the “Invite Bidders” window.
For more information on inviting bidders, please reference the article, “How to invite subcontractors to projects using the ‘best match’ feature.”
How does BuildingConnected choose “best matches”?
BuildingConnected chooses “best matches” based on four categories:
Each of the four categories are weighted evenly, and companies meeting the criteria of each category will appear at the top of the list. Companies meeting criteria for only one or two categories will appear lower on the list.
This means that companies listed at the top of the list likely perform the trade listed in the “Work Performed” section, are likely to perform work in the project location, are active on BuildingConnected, and have interacted with your company in the past (accepted an invitation or submitted a bid to your company through BuildingConnected). Companies who perform the trade and are likely to perform work in that area, but are not active and have not worked with your company before will appear lower in the list.
Qualification status is not a factor taken into consideration by the Recommendation Engine, but can be viewed on a company’s overview window by clicking on a company’s name. If any qualification statuses such as qualified, qualified with exceptions, and denied have been set by your company, they are available for viewing on the company overview window. Additionally, you can filter your “best matches” by qualification status, location, company tag, labor requirement, and enterprise type on the left-hand side to further narrow your bidder search.
Please note that any subcontractors who have been added to your “Do Not Use” list may appear in your “best matches” if they meet the criteria of the four categories above. However, the “Invite” button will be disabled next to all individuals within that company and bidders will not be added by the slider on unpublished bid packages.
If you have further questions on how BuildingConnected chooses “best matches” when inviting bidders to projects, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to help!