Thumbtack

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JFGLN, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    It wasn't that bad before. I got a request for an entire townhouse community earlier this year. I went to reply less than a minute later and it was maxed out.

    One thing I've done is attached my insurance and license when I send a message now
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  2. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    yeah it wasn't that bad even a couple of months ago around here. There was a job I got in March where no other company even bid. Now before I have chance to even check my message two "companies" have already bid. It's an absurd process all the way around. Sorry I spent my money to buy a bunch of quotes from them.
     
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,449

    I believe each job is limited to 4 or 5 quotes. I've gone to submit a quote and gotten the message the limit has been reached.I find it interesting that guys balk at spending 3.33 for a 1in 5 chance of getting an account,but will spend thousands on EDDMs for .01 call back rate.
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  4. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    At least with EDDM (although I've never used it) you have a chance to actually look at the property before you place a bid. Bidding without looking or really having any clue what you're getting yourself into is interesting to me.
     
  5. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    We were getting leads that worked out, but recently, I mean like 40 leads in a row never responded. Very unusual. This place is generating internal leads, too make a long story short, they are fraudulent. The best thing we can all do is report them to google, so they wont hog up the search engines. That's why they manipulate you into giving you 30 points, to "enhance your credibility", by linking to them on your own website. Their goal is to outrank you in the searches. Why pay a company to compete against you, and in my opinion, steal from you via generating fake leads?
     
  6. Del9175

    Del9175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    Are people able to see reviews before they choose your company? I've seen some reviews from some one on this thread. Yikes. Not good.
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  7. chefj

    chefj LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 538

    Yeah the prospective client can look at your profile and your reviews/licenses blah blah before they contact you.
    They have a "background check" that costs $7 and they put that on your profile as well.
    The concept is interesting, and I have gotten a few weekly and BW accounts from there. If you don't submit a quote within about 20 minutes of the job being posted you will probably not even be looked at. So its a waste of $3.33
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,449

    You're actually looking at all the hundreds or thousands of properties on your EDDM route and then elimininating (if that's even possible) the ones you don't want? At least I get a zipcode and lot size and what services they are looking for. You can also ask a narrowed down question. Compared to Home Advisor its a bargain and far more successful. You also get to rate the customers as well as dispute any issues they have. I have found very little bad press compared to AJ and HA.
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  9. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    No..not saying that at all. I'm saying if I were to use EDDM I'd send it out to everyone close to me, then when they call I'd get their actual address and an opportunity to take a look at the property, then I'd place my bid.
     
  10. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    With Thumbtack (as I've previously stated) you do not get a lot size. You get their silly version of a lot size.
     

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