As a general contractor, you can use our Recommendation Engine to quickly find the right subcontractors to bid on your projects.
Once you've created a bid package, you are ready to start inviting bidders. Click on the orange "Add Bidders" button in the Bidders tab.
A new window will pop-up. Firstly, BuildingConnected’s Recommendation Engine recommends subcontractors based off certain criteria in the “Search” tab. The list of companies that are first appearing are labeled as “best match” and these best matches meet criteria in the following four categories:
- Trades Performed
- Service Area
- Proximity to Project
Trade and Service Area
Companies in these best matches meet the “Work Performed” you are searching for and also are “willing to travel to” your project location based on their profile or their past bidding history.
Activity and Relationship
The list of best matches is not alphabetically ordered. This is because the companies listed at the top of the list are most likely to 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).
Therefore, companies who are not as active and have not worked with your company before will appear lower in the list.
Additionally, if you use our preferred companies and contacts feature, the companies you mark as preferred will appear at the top of the list if they match the criteria you are searching for. For information about how to use this feature, please reference, “What are preferred companies? (BC Pro)” and “What are preferred contacts? (BC Pro)”
The other filters below “Work Performed” like “Qualification Status” and “Labor Requirements” are not automatic factors taken into consideration by the Recommendation Engine. You can choose to additionally 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”. However, the “Add” or “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button will be disabled next to all individuals within that company and bidders will not be added by the slider on unpublished bid packages.
To add a bidder
To add a bidder, select “Add” next to the contact you wish to add to your bidder list. The first contacts that appear at the top of the list are the most responsive people from that company. Our recommendation engine prioritizes these contacts for reaching out to subs. If you want to find a specific contact or reach someone else, click on "View all contacts" when available.
To quickly add all the recommended companies, click on “Add XX companies” at the top right.
If you do not want to add all recommended companies, you can use the slider to add the number you desire. Click “Add multiple best matches with slider”
A slider will appear at the top. Slide the box with the number to the left or right as desired. The number will increase or decrease accordingly. Click on “Add XX companies” to add the number of companies from the best matches you selected to your bidder list.
When you close out of this window, all the bidders you selected will appear in the Bidders tab of your bid package. These bidders are not invited until you publish the project.
Additional “Potential Matches”
In addition to the best matches, if you scroll through the list of companies, you will see a list labeled with “potential match”. These potential matches are shown after the recommended “best matches”.
These potential matches meet the filters you have placed on the search in the left side bar, but are not recommended because the company does not have enough bidding activity on BuildingConnected to be considered for recommendations. The list of companies is sorted by proximity to the project location.
To add these bidders, you will need to individually select “add” next to the contacts that you are interested in sending an invitation to bid. Please note, potential matches do not have a slider option and will not be included in the "best matches" slider as discussed above.