NEW YORK & CHARLOTTE, N.C. & DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sunlight Financial Holdings Inc. (“Sunlight Financial”, “Sunlight” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SUNL), a premier, technology-enabled point-of-sale finance company, and Demand IQ, a leading provider of solar sales and marketing enablement software, today announced a strategic partnership that will enable homeowners to pre-qualify for financing while shopping for solar online. The integration of Sunlight’s technology platform, Orange®, with Demand IQ’s interactive lead funnel, Stella™, will facilitate the purchase of residential solar and storage systems.
“We’re thrilled to pair Sunlight Financial’s pre-qualification technology with Demand IQ’s lead funnel enablement software to improve the experience of buying solar,” said Matt Potere, CEO of Sunlight Financial. “Sunlight’s integration with Demand IQ will make it easier and quicker for homeowners to shop for solar online and help the more than 1,000 solar contractors that partner with Sunlight to sell solar more efficiently, more effectively, and with greater transparency.”
Homeowners will benefit from a frictionless process that combines Demand IQ’s online solar savings estimate with Sunlight’s instant pre-qualification for a solar loan. Contractors that add Demand IQ’s user-friendly tool, Stella™, to their websites will benefit from an integrated experience that: qualifies leads; populates leads directly into Sunlight’s Orange® platform, eliminating the need for the manual, error-prone entry of leads in multiple platforms; and converts leads into appointments set with homeowners. Sunlight’s partnership with Demand IQ aims to reduce contractors’ cost of customer acquisition by enabling contractors to focus their sales and marketing spend on customers that are pre-qualified for financing.
“Empowering homeowners with a self-guided online solar shopping process that includes pre-qualification for financing increases transparency and shopper confidence,” said Austin Rosenbaum, CEO of Demand IQ. “Integrating Sunlight and Demand IQ’s technologies makes online solar shopping an educational and interactive experience that will lower customer acquisition costs.”
Solar contractors that already partner with both Sunlight Financial and Demand IQ should contact their account managers to enable pre-qualification within Demand IQ’s homeowner-facing qualification survey. Prospective partners can learn more and apply to partner with Sunlight and Demand IQ at https://sunlightfinancial.com/enroll/ and https://demand-iq.com/contact.
About Sunlight Financial
Sunlight Financial (NYSE: SUNL) is a premier, technology-enabled point-of-sale finance company. Sunlight partners with contractors nationwide to provide homeowners with financing for the installation of residential solar systems and other home improvements. Sunlight’s best-in-class technology and deep credit expertise simplify and streamline consumer finance, ensuring a fast and frictionless process for both contractors and homeowners. For more information, visit www.sunlightfinancial.com.
About Demand IQ
Demand IQ is a software company that provides solar contractors with digital marketing tools that convert clicks into booked appointments, entirely online. Powered by Google’s Project Sunroof, Demand IQ’s patent-pending, interactive technology provides homeowners with instant and customized estimates of the money they’ll save by going solar. Demand IQ helps solar contractors generate exclusive leads, boost marketing performance, and take control of their lead generation. For more information, visit www.demand-iq.com.
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