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Old 01-12-2013, 12:01 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I am in the gutter business always looking for more leads.

I have been getting hounded by a angies list salesperson..wow they are ambitious!

My question is this:

I have a listing on there, and I do get business from it. I am wondering if moving up to there premier status is worth it. Its not cheap! They claim some pretty big returns.

Anyway, if you guys can give me some explanations of experiences that would be great.

Thanks a ton.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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Hey Guys,

I am in the gutter business always looking for more leads.

I have been getting hounded by a angies list salesperson..wow they are ambitious!

My question is this:

I have a listing on there, and I do get business from it. I am wondering if moving up to there premier status is worth it. Its not cheap! They claim some pretty big returns.

Anyway, if you guys can give me some explanations of experiences that would be great.

Thanks a ton.

Ask them to provide how many Angies List members they have in your 100 mile radius and then asking them to provide how many of those members search for Gutters! I can promise you that number will be very small. You would be better served advertising on a FREE Directory. Consumers have to pay to view Angies List, thus they give a very small amount of traffic.

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:05 PM   #3
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Here's some info from another site. It would appear they are full of it.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/0...business-model
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Put your money into an AL coupon promotion, I have some friends that use the coupon to dig up work when they are slow.

A garage door friend closed out 40 tuneups in a week, after a few weeks finished them, and are running another one soon.

A painter friend ran a coupon, for a week, and booked over a months worth of work from 10 different customers.

It only costs you a percentage of the coupons purchased, if no one buys a coupon you do not pay.

It is a rare situation where you get to test your message, and only pay if it is successful, not much to lose there.
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Use the search function here & you'll find all you need to know about angie's list & the scam it really is.....
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Tried speaking with them AL pretty much acted like they could care less about my business. Told me to get some of my customers to leave reviews my customers didn't want to drop 50 bucks as they had no interest in joining. If it works for you great.
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From personal experience, not worth it.
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I wouldn't bet a bucket of piss on the future of Angie's List. The company itself is pure crap in the investment community and that speaks volumes about it's service. It's gotten so bad and it's in the news so much now that consumers are starting not to trust them.

Do your own marketing.
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Probably will go the way of "service magic" renaming itself "home advisor".

......Hey, sounds like what a lot of scurvy contractors do by going out of business and popping up the next week under a new name / phone #.....
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Here's a new article on the topic of Angies List

Follow the Money - Is Angie’s List a public service provider or an online lead generator?

Angie Hicks no longer owns Angie’s List, but her story warms hearts. Her story is that she was “inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus,” and thereafter went door to door in that Ohio town signing up subscribers for a listing service where members could share their experiences — typically in the form of reviews — about contractors and other businesses they had used. That was in 1995.

Today Angie’s List has more than a million members in more than 170 local markets. Members post an average of 40,000 reviews each month. Angie is featured in advertising on TV, inviting homeowners to join the organization. Cost to homeowners varies by market but averages about $29 per year. Prominent among her claims is that “companies don’t pay to be on Angie’s List.”

Getting on vs. Being Seen

Technically, that’s true. Contractors don’t pay to belong. They do, however, pay to advertise. And being on Angie’s List, if you’re a contractor, and being seen on Angie’s List, are two different things. This is where the money comes in.How is it that home improvement companies spend $20,000, $30,000, or $40,000 on Angie’s List if the list is, as implied, a completely unbought and therefore unbiased online community of homeowners? Well, that’s why Angie is on TV. The more subscribers Angie has, the more the company can charge service providers for its services.

Full article here http://www.remodeling.hw.net/sales-l...the-money.aspx
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I am happy I am no longer a part of their scheme. At first the advertising was barely $100. By the time my last contract expired, it was nearly $500 a month. Way too much money to reach a potential of 13k customers for my region of over 1.5 million people. Not only that, the question is, how many of those people are actually looking for roofs?

I am a paying member of Angieslist but only because I want to see other companies reviews. It is funny to always see the top 14 companies (the ones who pay to advertise although it used to be 10) changing. Only one or two have continually had the paid advertising since I started and those are the ones with the most reviews. There is even one company that advertises here that is from Illinois.

Their customers feel like they are entitled to perks and extras otherwise you get threatened with "we will write a bad review on Angieslist". I even had a bad review from someone who REFUSED to pay our signed contract because he thought it was too much (well then why did you sign it buddy?).

My point simply being, it is a huge waste of money for contractors.
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My point simply being, it is a huge waste of money for contractors.

Agreed!
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I have received a few reviews from some clients, and now A.L. consistently calls me asking for me to join up. Bam, thanks for your input.
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I wouldn't bet a bucket of piss on the future of Angie's List. The company itself is pure crap in the investment community and that speaks volumes about it's service. It's gotten so bad and it's in the news so much now that consumers are starting not to trust them.

Do your own marketing.
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I picked up a quickie window repair today from it. I had forgotten all about filling out my profile.
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mybosss say tht all thos websites anadvrtis ar awaste thos peopl shol get reeljob and wrk fora livin
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mybosss say tht all thos websites anadvrtis ar awaste thos peopl shol get reeljob and wrk fora livin
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mybosss say tht all thos websites anadvrtis ar awaste thos peopl shol get reeljob and wrk fora livin
Dude,
Please stop posting like this, it reads like you are 13 yrs old and from southern Indiana...
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Mavis has shared on a couple threads that he has disabilities following a bad accident.
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