Hello all! This time last year Thumbtack was the main source for all my business as a wedding officiant, and I had enjoyed over four successful years with well over 500 five star reviews and 800 hires. Since the changes implemented in February 2019 my business has dwindled to insignificance on Thumbtack. Because I serve a multi state area I cannot use any pre-pay system; I must always be on the watch for weddings that fit in with my existing schedule and work locations. If Promote (or whatever it's called now) had a flexible geographic feature I'd definitely use it--instead you can only block out periods of time, which helps very little. It's been very illuminationg to see the new blue checkmark "read by the customer" feature. I note that almost none of the individuals I sent quotes to via "Opportunities" ever looked at what I sent them. In just the past thirty days that's over one hundred quotes (each which took six to ten minutes to prepare) wasted. I should add that none of these people have hired any Thumbtack professionals anyway, but I certainly fear that plenty of good honest pros lost money on such leads. Add in eight other individuals who requested my availability in the past thirty days but never pursued things any further, and the ratio of time and money spent versus results is anemic at best, pointless at worst. One final chilling stat, considering how good my numbers used to be; on July 14, 2019 I had 848 reviews, today it's 870. I don't know any current Thumbtack wedding pros to compare stats with, but I know plenty of former Thumbtack pros who ended their association for two main reasons: no return for the money spent, and the predominance of "bottom feeders" who think $20 is all they should pay to have someone marry them, and $150 is plenty to pay a dj for the whole evening. New Year, my fellow pros; may 2020 bring you prosperity.
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