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  1. #11
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    whoever

    don't know about you guys but I would never pay for the opportunity to bid work I may not get...free estimates cost gas money and my time..no way I'm paying for a customers contact info.
    But that's just me it may work for some of you.

  2. #12
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    For $350 annual membership and 20 to $60 per lead, you could take that money get you a Yellow Pages ad print out thousands of business cards mail letters or put them in the door handles of people's doors and tons of neighborhoods. With the internet you would pretty much have to use Google's services to be listed on the front page in your area.

    If the average lead cost $30, even if you got 50% of those jobs, which sounds like a really high number by most of you that have experience with Home Advisor, you'd come out ahead simply by dropping or simply printing $25 off coupons in your flyers or on select business cards
    Electricians do it until it Hertz!

  3. #13
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    I use the following services:

    Porch - no membership fee, $25 per lead, $2.50 refunded if you respond within an hour.
    Google local - no membership fee, $18 per lead
    Better Business Bureau - basic membership which gets you a basic listing on their site and a rating you can advertise $56/mo, no charge for leads, although leads are infrequent.

    Home Advisor scares me for the reasons I detailed in post #3.

  4. #14
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    Please give us more information about your success with leads from Portch etc. How has this worked? Can you limit or target the number of leads to control spending?

  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg1707 View Post
    Please give us more information about your success with leads from Portch etc. How has this worked? Can you limit or target the number of leads to control spending?
    Well, first of all look at post #3.

    With both Porch and Google Local you can set your "service area" by zip code. Supposedly you will only get calls from the zips you select. This is really a rough approximation but it's close enough.

    Also with both services you can set the "job types" you want leads for. Both services make half-assed attempts to limit leads to those jobs types. My biggest problem with both is receiving calls outside the job type list. I have selected only bigger jobs from the list as I don't think it's profitable to get charged for a "change a light switch" lead. You can dispute leads outside the job types. With Porch this is fairly easy. With Google Local the calls are recorded (and they listen if you dispute) and if you indicate even a passing interest in the job, they will deny your dispute.

    Both services allow you to set a spending limit after which you will stop receiving leads and charges.
    Last edited by Coppersmith; 03-22-18 at 07:12 PM.

  6. #16
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    Just an FYI, the leads they're giving you are not qualified. What I mean is that you mat be getting a lead from someone that is price shopping and calling as many EC's as possible. The other thing I found is that they send you a text for the lead. If you don't call back immediately you lose the lead. Think about being up on a ladder, 20' in the air, connecting a service and your phone goes off. What are you supposed to do, drop everything, slide down the ladder to talk to someone who's price shopping ? IMHO, stay away from this type of referral service.

  7. #17
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    Most lead generation services were spawned via the '08 crash

    A lot of us went about chasing our tails ,looking to stay afloat

    FF, to '18. This is the best economy i've seen since the crash

    allbeit another 'bubble', i can't ride downtown w/o seeing hiring signs

    The temp agencies are having afield day, anyone with 2 arms/legs & 1/2 a brain can make good

    Every trade i run into is turning work down, or scheduling a season ahead

    This is a point in time to cultivate local business that has some allegiance that can come back to us when and if things go China again.

    This is not the time to waste such opportunities on whoever is looking to prostitute us via this soul sucking device

    thx

    ~RJ~

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg1707 View Post
    Please give us more information about your success with leads ...
    I just realized I missed this part of your question.

    Approximately 25% of the calls I receive are in the job types I'm interested in pursuing. Keep in mind I am severely limiting the job types and the services don't filter them very well. If you are willing to accept any job they send your way, this number would be closer to 90% after you take out the people just calling to ask questions or looking for a job.

    Of the 25% I am able to close about 20% each of which are between a $1700 and $3500+ sell price. I have a much higher close rate on jobs referred to me by previous clients, and people with whom I network probably because they refer people who are close to their income level. (In the cases of businesses referring me, they refer people who can afford "their" services e.g. mechanical contractors.) Through the services, you get a lot of calls from people who could never afford your services, but have big dreams. I recently started culling zip codes from my service area where the median income is below a certain threshold to minimize these calls.

    So overall I get about a 5% close rate on a good sized sale (for a small mostly residential shop). If I were accepting any job, the close rate would be much higher, but the average sale would be much lower. YMMV.

    Bottom line: a lot of sorting wheat from chaff, but high value wheat so worth the effort (somewhat).
    Last edited by Coppersmith; 03-23-18 at 09:07 AM.

  9. #19
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    We signed with home advisor in early 2017. At first, we had a couple bogus calls and people just fishing for prices. I will say that we have had GOOD LEADS that have lead to nice jobs. With the yearly $295 and our $100 monthly target for leads, we wind up in the green. I would say on average we get 50% of our leads we pay for. We actually turned our leads off for for the full 90 days, which requires a call, and our info is still up on home advisor so we get calls even without having our leads on. For our company, it makes sense. But I will not be paying for leads anymore. We have 9 5 star reviews so we are In the top 3 in our area. I am not sure about consequences of leaving home advisor but we DO NOT have a website so I would not be worried about home advisor having authority over it if we leave.

  10. #20
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    Home advisor & Its Services

    A home advisor and his services are still not as good as having a recommendation from a close friend or neighbor.
    Last edited by ActionDave; 04-08-18 at 10:44 AM.

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