I would like some clarification - looks like you have now added Vegan to the cuisine choices. But what is not clear is for example if the customer is suggesting their prefered cuisine is:
Interested in the following cuisineAmerican - casual, Vegan - what does this mean? Are they asking for specifically American casual cusine with Vegan only? or vegan options and american casual cuisine? It is even more confusing when they list every cusiine on the list and add the Vegan as well. Everytime I turn around, there is another change - change is good but asking customers like me specifically catering to a niche market would have saved a lot of time and effort on your part and mine. I really appreciate if someone could respond or call me
I hope you're all getting excited for the holiday weekend, I know I am!
I wanted to give everyone a huge thank you for all of the suggestions and feedback that was shared with us. You guys are all extremely passionate about your businesses and about Thumbtack and we're so happy that you're all here. Like we've done in past Q&A's, we'll be closing this conversation to keep things relevant and organized in the Community. If you have any additional feedback regarding Search Results, feel free to check out our follow up thread here and let us know what you think.
Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.
I agree with BRod.
1. I want to know what the client is willing to pay & what it will cost me to quote.
2. I want a prompt refund if the client picks me & then backs out & refuses to communicate.
3. While I would be happy to talk to someone who is unsure what they need, etc., I will not quote to a client who chooses the "Just need more info" option. Why should I have to pay to educate them? There should be a simple way to comment & maybe start a dialog before the formal quote.
4. I do not want quotes to be sent out in my name without my prior input & permission. There are too many factors involved to be addressed before I know if I will be able to quote a job.
The new "Promoted" system does not let the professional tailor the settings to promote jobs accurately and we are being charged for jobs blindly that we can not do. For example, we can't transport a full sized refrigerator without a truck liftgate or trailer. Even if we excluded having a trailor in our profiles the customer would still contact us without reading it that would generate an automatic charge. We will not use "promote" again. Will just bid on jobs that we can see prior to customers contacting us if that really is an option going forward. Looks like if we do not promote our business is finished with thumbtack if we wait to see any new jobs because you changed the system. The way you have it setup is really not treating your professionals fairly having them pay for jobs before looking at the full details of that particular job before having to pay. You really need to to fix the way you are doing business!
I am seeing a huge decline in my business. I've been reading other posts and blogs and seeing other Thumbtack Pros experiencing the same thing. This new "Promote System" is not allowing me to bid on opportunities like days past. For the most part, I along with other Pros have to wait for a customer to contact you. By that time has passed, the customer may have spoken to many Pros, time gets short, and now it is like a rushed sale.
In some cases, I am the last stop because I may have priced higher and/ or another Pros did not respond. Now I have to "save the day" and sometimes drop my prices. Whereas before, I can reach out from the beginning and sell my services and explain my value vs pricing.
The job listing that provides you with opportunities if you are a "Partial or Perfect" match is so so slim now.
Then to add to the fire, in "Sent Quotes", I cannot respond to customers who or the system states "Customer wants to hear from you."
Overall, I need to work; Not battle with online platforms like Thumbtack. Here is an idea. If Thumbtack simply redeployed a bidding system that possibly allowed for 10 to 15 pros to bid for a job, this may not overwhelm customers who are looking for Pros. Almost like a " You snooze, you lose" type of thing.
I am getting tired of typing. Hopefully, Thumbtack hears my and your cries and makes some adjustments.
FYI. Last night I sent up my Profile on Bark.com and already received 3 gigs. Thus far, the platform has shown results like Thumbtack used to do. I've used Thumbtack primarily 90% of the time, but I have to move on. Bank of America wants their Mortgage payments on time...LOL so now I have no other choice but to find other outlets to get work.
HELP THUMBTACK...WE REALLY LIKE YOU, but you have to ride with us or we have to make choices to stay afloat.