I have been in the piano teaching business for 65 years, so I think I know how to be successful. I agree with this post, in that a generic contact is not very successful. If I'm not mistaken (because I work with other such services), when I started with Thumbtack, I was asked to "turn on the charm", be warm and personable in the first contact because this may be the only opportunity I have to sell myself. It was suggested that I address them by name. Mention any goals orthey have expressed in their request and keep referring to things in their request so that they will know they are dealing with human being and not some (don't care) type of teacher. Sometimes one of the many templates that I made to suit each student was sent to the prospective student mentioning the wrong instrument, wrong person or wrong location. I believe that Thumbtack is trying to address this problem. But, in the meantime, we are losing leads. So I hope they can come up with a solution soon, or revert back to that which worked well up to this point. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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