Some swear by it others say they’ve been scammed out of hundreds, but if you’re just starting with Thumbtack, the following info should help you decide if the lead generating site is worth your time…. and cash.
- New Changes 2018: Something must have been going wrong behind the scenes at Thumbtack because they completely overhauled the entire Quote/Request system. Now there’s more ways to owe Thumbtack money! With the new format, some Pros will continue to pay each time a quote is sent ($4-10) However, now some select Pros can send as many quotes as they wish free of charge.. the catch? These lucky Pros pay through the nose when a response is sent to said quote. The cost depends on the job. Portrait photography (family, newborn, maternity) has a going rate of $12.50 per response which isn’t terrible, but adds up quickly. Oh yea and Wedding Photography fetches $75 per response…hmph. Engagement photography is somewhere in the middle with a response costing $35. I should add, these cost may be regional, so for reference, these costs reflect the Greater Philadelphia area.
- Credit card required. Before you can send a quote, you must set a weekly budget and a credit card. So this means that even if your potential client sends a polite “No thanks”, there goes $12.50 … or $75.
- Spend money to make money? Well that depends. Most requests are looking for a deal. Surprise surprise. So even IF you have the winning response, the cost to gain the response may seriously sink your CODB.
- Hidden competitor responses. Don’t be fooled by “0 Pros Contacted” This means THEY (potential client) haven’t contacted anyone yet. It does not mean Pros haven’t contacted them. It used to be that each response capped at 5 Pro responses, but I’ve read from several sources that some quotes receive up to 15. I haven’t verified this, but an easy way to do so would be to make a fake request and see how many quotes come in.
- Speaking of fake requests…. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if the requests are legitimate. If I had to guess I’d say about 50%, maybe more, are bot generated or other Pros sizing up the competition. Again unverified, but myself and others have seen some pretty suspect requests pop up.