Obviiously a disconnect hee. Working well for who? Not for those that have been paying! Works good for thumbtack, not those that provide the service. Those that want immediate responses are likely not good clients. Unrealistic expectations. You could position yourself as a high end source for services but instead try to compete with every non-pro that says they do a particular service and spout off about how reviews and thes and that will get you business. It's a falicy. Learn to satisfy your providers and they will pay you. You are going to lose them in droves.
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So, today this starts and they want to hear what we have to say. I responded earlier and guess what? I started getting requests within minutes of posting the comments.
I just got one for someone that wants a Dollar General photographed way out in the middle of nowhere. OK, I understand they need photographs of a store. Kicker is they don't have a shot list or any exact specifications as to what they want. Just asking if I can give an estimate. Oh, forgot to mention that they want it for less than $250.
Now, curious sort I am, I decide to respond... until I see that to just engage the person in conversation to get more details to give an "estimate" is going to cost me $18.19! For a "job" that's going to obviously be at the extreme lower end of the pay scale.
Say what you will but the system is not workable as it is. Who pays 10% of their net to engage someone to answer questions so you can actually give them a price? I wont. Likely no one else does either.
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I'm loathe to drop any money on Thumbtack leads anymore. No contact information is the rule and most of the people submitting requests are looking for unrealistic price points. Example: Received a request (with examples taken from high end publications showcasing CEO's) that said they were looking for in excess of 50 images for $250 to $500. Knowing the rates paid by various entities to get high end corporate work done, I knew that the person making the request knew nothing about what it involved in creating the images they used as examples. You'd not get anyone truly qualified to show up and create one location shot with the experience/equipment needed at the pricepoint they entered. The app shows they hired a "Pro". That's quite laughable. Not at the pricepoint they proposed. No reasonable person would and expecially not give the fact there was no contact phone number after you paid to make a pitch. Part time "pros" are not professionals. Thumbtack needs to differentiate certain types of providers according to experience that's not thumbtack related. If you've been published for years in various outlets and have been vetted to shoot sensitive events or things that require background checks and non-disclosure agreements, you obviously have a higher level of experience and abilities than someone who can create a good looking profile with little experience. You don't even know that the images or reviews given are authentic that are shown. If I can make contact via some other method than Thumbtack and the client has reasonable expectations, I'll be likely to engage via the platform. If there isn't any way to contact them and they want a $100 headshot on their premises with 5 wardrobe changes, it's obviously a waste of time.
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