@Smithkat1981 Completely agree. It is indeed budget season for many of us pros and we will be looking hard at where to budget our marketing dollars for 2020. This will indeed become a factor in those discussions.
Out of curiosity, I went to check Opportunities Tab since I haven't had any kind of lead come in for almost 3 weeks now. And what to my wondering eyes did appear when I opened the lead cost, $51 for this lead? If I recall, DJ lead costs used to be under $35, even near $40 this Summer.
What is the reason for $51 and a significant price hike for my category? Even $40 was too high in my opinion.
Any other DJs notice a price hike?
DJ Stevie 12-29-2019
I know, as I have Pro friends listed in different categories and they say the same thing about lead costs.
My issue was that was listed as 8+ hour event, and I reached out to Support. I told them that majority of the time, couples list their wedding as 8 hours as they are unsure of when to have their reception (day or night), and to find out which vendors will be available during those times. DJ's are at cocktail/dinner/ reception for 4-5 hours, not 8+. Support says that they believe the "customer" because of what they wrote and told me that lead costs reflect what a given job is worth. I should be the only one who knows what a given job is worth and shouldn't be able to pay $50+ for leads. Good thing that this was in Opportunities Tab or I may have been charged for "exact match"
DJ Stevie 1-2-2020
Not in your category, but Resume writing leads are up to $14.00 now, which is about 25% of the cost I would charge. Given I have to go through three tire-kickers to get to one real lead, it effectively means that it costs more to use Thumbtack than not use it.
Again, if you are going to charge these kinds of prices for leads, they should be good leads.. and not just people kicking the tires.
I know that it's not just my category, but many others including yours as well.
I hear ya that we should receive good leads for the cost. I would also like to see us receive some kind of contact information as well, but that discussion has been made in various threads, so I won't comment further on that here as my post has to deal with lead costs.
DJ Stevie 1-2-2020
@Smithkat1981 it sounds like there is some miscommunication going on. For Home Organizing, prices did indeed go up, but not to $45. The most you will pay for a home organizing lead is $13.
Could you share a screenshot of the email you received? We want to make sure that we get this corrected to eliminate any further confusion.
@Smithkat1981 are you accessing the Community from your phone? If so, you can only share images from a desktop. Is it possible that the price you're referring to is for another category that you work in like house cleaning?