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Old 06-19-2015, 09:54 AM   #241
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I spend 150 - 400 a week w/them.
You just have pay attention everyday.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:28 PM   #242
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Got a lead yesterday. I know it's a good lead because I actually gave the guy a price already a few weeks ago when he saw my add in the local paper for soffits and gutters so he's apparently researching this job like he's building the Taj Mahal.
5 minutes later I got another lead from them for same guy for copper gutters with the address spelled incorrectly. The lead will be credited easily but ...wtf home advisor????
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I have always been able to receive credit when I get duplicates(even if they are a couple months apart) and if information is blatantly incorrect. They haven't found a winning argument against the basic qualifications of paying for a new lead.
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It really depends on the category and price. We just stopped using them after analyzing the data and seeing that while we close 50% of leads, we only close 10% of Home Advisor leads. The cost of doing estimates was exceeding the return. This was for pressure washing and roof cleaning.

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First off, I have not joined Home Advisor ("HA"), yet. However, I am preparing to sign-up for the service in the next month after my company's newly, re-designed website is published. Secondly, I have been speaking with Mauricio, rep from HA, regarding the specifics. So far, this is what he has explained to me:

1. The initial fee for the first year is $288.

2. There is a current promotion running for a $100 lead credit.

3. Each lead cost money.

4. There are 2 different types of leads: Market and Exact.

5. Market match leads are leads for the category that you choose such as kitchen remodel, but the leads are given to 3-4 contractors, so there is competition with these leads. The typical lead is around $55/lead.

6. Exact match leads are leads for the category that you choose such as kitchen remodel, but the leads go only to one contractor. This contractor may have been selected specifically by the homeowner for consideration and estimation or referred to by HA. These leads are $85/lead on average.

7. HA has enhanced the exact match leads so that when the homeowner is on the phone or in front of the computer, HA will call you while the homeowner is on the line to setup an appointment at that moment.

This is what information has been explained to me via Mauricio from HA. It definitely is an investment with each kitchen remodel lead going for $93/lead (most expensive out of all categories). Oh, and each category subdivides into smaller categories, so each lead is specific. Therefore, if you select a lead category, I would focus efforts on one single category to start. This is what I am going to pursue.

But, I am going to start with HA in the next month. If I close 1 out of every 5 leads for say roofing, which will costs me $85/lead for an exact match that sums to a total of $425; so, I will monitor my close rate and profitability to determine if HA is worth the investment.

I will post in a couple of months to update everyone.


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"7. HA has enhanced the exact match leads so that when the homeowner is on the phone or in front of the computer, HA will call you while the homeowner is on the line to setup an appointment at that moment. "

I call BS .Unless they have changed their way of doing business.How much do these types of leads cost?
If you and HA and the HO are on the phone together and it's a $400 job 20 miles away like I see around here and HA is charging you $75 dollars for the lead what do you do?
You can't make any money on it and if you turn it down they will still charge you because it was a good lead?
I could make a good living sitting on my computer and doing this for guys all day long.

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"7. HA has enhanced the exact match leads so that when the homeowner is on the phone or in front of the computer, HA will call you while the homeowner is on the line to setup an appointment at that moment. "

I call BS .Unless they have changed their way of doing business.How much do these types of leads cost?
If you and HA and the HO are on the phone together and it's a $400 job 20 miles away like I see around here and HA is charging you $75 dollars for the lead what do you do?
You can't make any money on it and if you turn it down they will still charge you because it was a good lead?
I could make a good living sitting on my computer and doing this for guys all day long.
You aren't going to pay $75 for a $400 job. It's not how it works. The price of the lead is determined by the job. Bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, basement remodels...those are the ones that cost that much. $400 jobs are handyman job l jobs that cost something like $15.
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I am glad to tell my fellow roofers what works personally. There's enough roofs for all of us to get some. And from another perspective, I wouldn't want to encourage anyone struggling to stay afloat to waste money on something that is not what it is presented to be.

You know what works? Putting a business card in every hand you shake. Bandit signs. Putting a wrap on your vehicle and believe it or not, posting before after pictures on facebook page.

Leads for roofing are a lot more expensive than other leads and yes one roof sale may make it worth whatever you spend, but when you're bidding against 3 other contractors that may or may not be better salesmen than you or may use seconds or whatever they have to to get the price down and job sold... consider the impact of the financial loss. If you can afford it, go for it. If you cant, move on, get off your azz and go knock on some doors. It's not that hard.
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I am glad to tell my fellow roofers what works personally. There's enough roofs for all of us to get some. And from another perspective, I wouldn't want to encourage anyone struggling to stay afloat to waste money on something that is not what it is presented to be.

You know what works? Putting a business card in every hand you shake. Bandit signs. Putting a wrap on your vehicle and believe it or not, posting before after pictures on facebook page.

Leads for roofing are a lot more expensive than other leads and yes one roof sale may make it worth whatever you spend, but when you're bidding against 3 other contractors that may or may not be better salesmen than you or may use seconds or whatever they have to to get the price down and job sold... consider the impact of the financial loss. If you can afford it, go for it. If you cant, move on, get off your azz and go knock on some doors. It's not that hard.
Who isn't bidding against other contractors? I am not sure why people think this is something odd with SM. When someone calls from your website I guarantee you they have called other roofers and you are bidding against others that may low ball, out bid or out sell you.

I am also not sure why you couldn't do it all. LGS, website, facebook, signs, wraps, business cards. No one should be foolish enough to rely on just one source for leads.
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Dump the exact match! Sign up for the $29.00 per month. Just go with the standard Pkg. Three jobs today for my company.
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The exact match is also the package that they hijack your business listings online and use redirect numbers so when you decide to leave you have to untangle a huge mess.
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The exact match is also the package that they hijack your business listings online and use redirect numbers so when you decide to leave you have to untangle a huge mess.
I read that online and I specifically asked the associate about that issue. He explained that it is true that they list your company name and their number, but it is only on their listing partner's websites. If you look at it from their perspective, it makes sense that they do this because they want traffic directed to their website so that you use their service. But, I built profiles on all of the major and intermediate business listing sites, so I can protect the business and make it easy to find the business and the correct number.
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I read that online and I specifically asked the associate about that issue. He explained that it is true that they list your company name and their number, but it is only on their listing partner's websites. If you look at it from their perspective, it makes sense that they do this because they want traffic directed to their website so that you use their service. But, I built profiles on all of the major and intermediate business listing sites, so I can protect the business and make it easy to find the business and the correct number.
Trust me I know what they say and what they do. You need to read the TOS. There is nothing about listing partners.

It also doesn't make sense that they need to use your information to drive traffic to their site. They have enough SEO juice.

So you are okay with them using your name to generate business for your competition? That's just dumb.
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Home advisor told me they don't do any seo for the client. Oh they call it seo, but listing your biz name on their website is not seo.
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Indulge us all plesea
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Hey I know a service does a trial period and works on a month to month agreement
What are you selling? Go to 'introductions' and tell us all about your painting business----
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A lot of HomeAdvisor leads are completely unresponsive, especially at first. It can also be a pain because you have to stay on top of every lead by responding extremely quick and constantly requesting refunds on bad leads when applicable. Once you build up reviews though, a little higher percentage will respond and turn into appointments. All in all, it has been worth the trouble so far.
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After 6 weeks I can't say I'm too impressed with them. I've gotten a few fake leads, a few that aren't worth my time due too being too far or too small and just two for full replacement. Closed the two full houses so I made money but the crap out ways the good too much for my liking.

Thankfully we are having a real good year so I'll prob give HA another month or so before I turn off the leads. I needed to see for myself if they sucked or not. I joined angies because of all the bashing to also see for myself and it's been awesome for me. AL. Has added 25% to this years gross so far even with a horrible winter.

Just an assessment of my experience from a guy who's been in business a while and who stubbornly refused to even have a website till recently.
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I have been using Home Advisor for a while with mixed results. My only real complaint is that it seems like I have to fight to credits for bad leads. I signed up for siding replacement only, and I tend to get a ton of siding repair leads
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Gave it a fair shake. Home advisor blows for me. We install gutters all day everyday.
Had people wanting to pay me by the hour, use the gutter covers their neighbor was throwing away, paint while gutters were off etc etc. I'm only interested in full removal and replacement. Might work better for gutter cleaners and repairs but has sucked for me. Turned leads off


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