Just ran across this post: I know it’s a bit older, but I must say, it’s quite well put together! I think you cover great topics and provide your insight clearly! It was excellent to read through (and the ROI pie charts were clear and easy to understand). Thanks for sharing your insight!
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Hi JHC! I noticed the same in my category (Illustration/Graphic Design). For mine, I felt 5 bidders was a fine amount: gives you variety without overwhelming a client. I noticed a couple of months ago they opened it to 8-10 bids and now the jobs are open to 15. Speaking as someone that sells art, is far, FAR too many. This is discussed by artists on a regular basis: offer clients a handful of options, and only pull out more if you are making no traction with their needs. If they have too many options, then it’s easier to just choose nothing. For the Illustration category for example, if you and every artist offers 6 samples, if you have 5 bids that’s 30 pieces of artwork to look at (assuming someone isn’t offering more samples). So now, we open it to 15 bidders. Again, assume they have 6 samples attached, so that’s 90 samples. As you mentioned, you get to the bottom 2/3 of results and they won’t even bother looking. I’ve also noted on the handful of jobs I’ve bid on, with all of those options, no ones being contacted which by extension means no ones being hired. And as much as I want the job, if NO ONE gets the job, that’s a tell on the system that probably needs some tweaks. :) I’ve been very fortunate and gotten some amazing clients and work from this site, but currently it’s really not working well I feel. Options are great but too many options tends to overwhelm clients. -Cristal
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