I am not altogether convinced that people pay a lot of attention to my profile. Nonetheless, I think I like what Thumbtack is trying yo do to improve the profile and making it more accessible. I REALLY wish Thumbtack would make a minimal description of a prospect's complaint mandatory. Submitting a request for a printer repair with no other information or context seems ridiculous to me. Often the information is shown on the printer. Manufacturer, model and symptom would help a lot. If Thumbtack won't make it mandatory, at least prompt them for that information. I should not have to pay to find out that this is something I don't want to work on.
@djNyceMan I'm excited to let you know that these are two things that you can do with your account.
To block jobs from coming in that are outside of your availability be sure to fill out your pro calendar.
Here are some steps that show how to do this: https://help.thumbtack.com/article/pro-calendar.
You can add normal videos to your profile using your phone or desktop. As for Youtube videos, you'll be able to do that as long as you're using a desktop. I've attached the steps to adding media to your profile here: https://help.thumbtack.com/article/editing-my-photos-videos-and-audio
I think it would be so cool to have a profile on the person, so the prospective client could get to know us a little more. I also think a gallery that is broken up for each skill set. So if you have more than one, you could show examples from each. Such as one for Logos, one for Websites, and one for Social media.
I am a home inspector.
And my product (service) does not present well in photographs because I do not make the things I inspect. My product is a report that may be 30 to 50 pages long with photos that ALWAYS have an explaination or recomendation. In my industry, a photo of a broken or defective (anything) means very little without a detailed caption. Do clients really want to see a photograph of a broken door?
Also, if the bid (proposal) does not allow us to attach a sample report, then the profile should show the equivelant of my sample report including the description of the defect, and my recommendation to my client.
There is no such thing as a "before and after photo" of my work.
I don't think that the profiles really allow WOW! I would like, as on a web site, some movement of pictures for example.
I agree that posting YouTube segments for service providers such as teachers or caterers would be useful.
I also find myself waiting for resposes and paying for that priviledge with NO return. I thought that now dollars were collected on on bids accepted.
I really like the idea of the link to the profile, It would also be nice to have a "upon consulation option" or a price range option. so many clients are asking for services they know nothing about. A "Fixed Price" sets you up for false advertising if he clients is asking for a service that can't be priced without a consultaion. OR they are unsure of exactly what service they want. so a price range would be better in that instance.
Also once they see the quote it would be nice to have a way of contacting them, an email or phone #
I always include this statement in followup communications: "I encourage you to read the entire profile and all the reviews of any officiant that you consider."