Below is an updated list for the month of May. We’d love to hear what you think and we want your feedback!
Don’t see your idea on this list? That doesn’t mean we aren’t working on it. Some features are much more complicated than they seem and take time to implement. Have other ideas? Reply below to share your suggestion and you may see it in a future update!
Updates for pros in May:
In case you’re curious, here’s one of the updates on the customer side:
@JasonB The monthly product roundups are great, but I've got two requests:
1) Could you please include not just new functionality but any functionality that's changed? Knowing depreciated features is as important to know as what you're adding.
2) Is there a way to send the list via email? It's still mysterious to me what threads show up in my highlights and product changes are important enough to warrant direct communication.
@TheLast10SF thanks for your note. Yes, this month's round up includes significant changes to old features...not just new features.
And we do send emails or in-app notifications for siginficant changes! The goal of this post is simply to gather all changes, large and small, in one place. We're always careful about sending too many emails to pros, but we do link to this post in our monthly pro newsletter, which goes out via email every month. So every pro has the opportunity to see and read this list!
Can you or someone else please explain to me how these changes will provide quality leads to Pros?
We're still receiving jobs in Jobs Tab up to 150+ miles away. Most of us will not travel outside of our travel preferences that we have set, but that only works for Promote for some reason. Would you travel 300 miles round trip to work for gigs that are way under budget? Or would you travel outside of your travel preference for a job?
As for Exact Match, we had a discussion with @Meckell on this topic 2 weeks ago here , so Exact Match needs further definition from Thumbtack.
The business hours and Review via Messenger doesn't affect me, as I don't have set hours for DJ business, and I use laptop for all of my correspondence, not a phone(which I explained in previous threads as to why I am unable to be on the phone 24/7)
The email notification, even though it's at a decent time, I would still like to see notifications as they come in, not sit by my laptop 24/7 waiting for jobs.
And what other changes are on the "customer" end besides flexible scheduling? This one doesn't affect me, as I need a confirm date because I rely on other platforms, word of mouth, local ads, etc to fill my schedule, not have a Job Poster provide me a list of dates that he/she possibly wants a DJ for.
But from what I see with these updates, there have been NO significant changes to Promote thus far. So I ask, how much longer do we have to be patient for? Majority of us have given suggestion for improvements 7+ months now
DJ Stevie 5-29-2019
@DJStevie while you may feel that most of these updates don't apply to you, many of these are things that we've heard different pros across all channels asking about for some time and are things that I'm sure many pros will be excited about. Specifically, Per-day Business hours and the Jobs tab distance filter are two that I've discussed with many pros. In terms of working to provide more quality leads the "Added additional targeting preferences" note is a big one that I think will help to do just that for the categories that it applies to. Again, while it may not have been yours specifically I think it's a good indicator and proof that it's not just a concern of yours, but one of our major concerns as well and something that we're working to improve on.
I, for one, haven't seen any of these changes discussed here in the Community.
I belive that you and I discussed travel preferences via Private Message at one time. Many of us will not travel outside of our travel preferences for jobs that are way under our pricing.
As for providing quality leads, can you, @Meckell , @DustiO , or@JasonB answer what additional target preferences are being added/deleted? I haven't seen any notice on that as of yet. Or have they been changed without notifiying Pros?
DJ Stevie 5-29-2019
@DJStevie re: jobs tab, this actually works much better on the mobile app than on the desktop browser. on the mobile app, you can set a permenant filter to only show jobs by distance, category, and a few other attributes. @JasonB it would be great to have the same filtering on the desktop, like djstevie, I also do most of my job selection on the desktop browser.
For various reasons, I will not travel outisde of my travel preferences. Back in January, we were still receiving local jobs via jobs tab, and then that was taken away from us, as we were given outside of area jobs for some unknown reason. If I was to even bid on a job say, 25 miles away, I will have to increase my fee a bit, but there is no filter in pricing to include for outside of travel(hope this makes sense).
DJ Stevie 5-29-2019