I was talking to a fellow photographer the other day and we were discussing advertisements solutions that worked and which one’s didn’t. So, I asked him why use thumbtack? He explained that he did not have great success with it, and after awhile closed his account. So, I thought I would try it out and give you, my audience my opinion.
Thumbtack is based on Angie’s List, where contractors must pay and not the consumer. It is fairly easy to setup. It takes about 15 minutes, if you have all your information readily available. You sign up by telling Thumbtack, what service or services you provide. You enter a few questions about How far you are willing to travel, your information, Business name and some descriptions about your business. You can also post your pictures, share business links such as: company website, Facebook and Twitter. The final step is reviews, you can share a link on your social media site or enter clients Email address directing him or her to Thumbtack. Within 5 minutes, I started to receive leads from potential clients or so I thought I was. Here are some additional thoughts:
- If you have an issues, you cannot contact Thumbtack, just browse their FAQ’s. I like being able to pick up the phone or chat with someone.
- Must purchase credits to place bids. This is how Thumbtack earns its money.
- Chose your bids wisely. Bidding on every job will make you broke. People have spent hundreds of dollars trying to get a job.
- Cost of credits may increase, even on the same type of bid/job.
- Most leads are false/fake leads. I have never heard back from a single person personally.
- The majority of clients are cheap and looking for a bargain, if they are real people. Revert to the previous bullet item.
To be quite honest, after being on Thumbtack for a year or so; I have yet to have one lead. Like everyone else, I send quotes, which costs money to multiple parties looking for a professional. My quotes seem to go into the abyss. Sometimes they are opened, but I’ve never had anyone check out my website or contact me, no matter what price I quoted. If you would like to review other peoples comments and form your own opinion, click here.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.