I just don't think that Thumbtack works well for my type of business. When I was able to control which potential clients I sent bids to, I was getting better response. Once Thumbtack supposedly started sending bids on my behalf, those clients dried up. I have not had a referral from Thumbtack in months. As I understand it, I am only charged now if a person contacts me, but often that contact is simply to ask about whether or not I take their insurance or to ask some other question that is not leading them to schedule with me. So, it is a lot of money to pay to answer one question that does not lead to a new client. I have stopped using Thumbtack for the most part and have contemplated removing my account altogether. I do not see benefit from it now.
Is there ONE positive comment on your pricing in this enbtire blog?
I have no idea what you charge when or how you charge anymore! It is ridiculous to have to pay if someone says hi or asks for many details. The charge should only apply if we GET THE GIG!! There are all kinds of tire kickers out there and way too many factors that go into landing or losing a gig. Most through no fault of our own. Gigmasters has the most HONEST and SIMPLE pricing. Reasonable annual fee that may be upgraded for more exposure. MODEST $20 fee ONLY IF you land the job! Makes sense and is cost effective. PLEASE adopt their system as yours continues to be severely broken, completely frustrating and has now resulted in FEWER jobs than ever! HELP!
When I think back on the roughly 4-5 years I've been using Thumbtack, I recall paying $3 - $4 every time a quote was viewed within 48 hours. From that point it increased to $6-$7 per bid. I seem to recall buying credits and some jobs were charged a different amount of credits based on what I assume was your feeling of the value of the job. I also recall only 5 pros being able to bid on each job. Now I think I pay anywhere from $13 - $20 depending on what I assume is a similar equation. I do think they're better elads, I just have a hard time pulling the trigger on a request when I know my odds may be slimmer due to the fact that more than 5 pros can bid on the job. As a wedding officiant, I sometimes think the bride and groom are a little more concerned with the photographer, the DJ, the caterer and the venue than they may be with the quality fo the officiant.
I still use thumbtack and get most of my business from the requests couple put out there. If it wasn't working for me I wouldn't use it, plain and simple.
So for the most part I'm happy with how it's worked form me. The one piece that I struggle with is when I go to the internet and plug in top officiants for the areas I cover, I see individuals with far less experience, and a fraction of the reviews listed above me. I really do'nt know if this is any kind of "scientific" ranking, but as a custome looking, I believe I would naturally view it as such. When I have the words "In high demand" next to my name and only one individual listed before me does also, I tend to think there's something wrong with that picture. End of the world?? Heavens no, I just struggle with it a little.
Hello, Your charges seemed to fluctuate and it varies from week to week. 5.78 then 8.66 and for the same type of jobs i have been watching and i if they just ask a question I get charge...And I think you all are changing things too quickly. It's like every 4 months you are changing something. It makes things unstable and hard to keep up because we are running a business.