I have received countless phone calls from Bid Clerk and Serivce Magic. I have reviewed the sites and am skeptical of paying for leads. Has anyone dealt with either of these companies recently and was the experience what you expected? Thank you.
Tried bidclerk for about 3 months. I thought the biggest problem was that there wasn't much time between the job posting & bid date. I thought a week was short notice to pick up plans, get muncipal specs, put together price, cold call as many GC's that were bidding on project & getting them bid on commercial projects that were $100,000-$150,000 in site work.
There are a few other lead sites that some guys I know use who do municipal pipe jobs. Those site cost about $3000/yr.
They are more in depth & have sections about jobs in planning stages. Those sites also seem to post jobs earlier than bidclerk. I miss the days when my phone was ringing daily with jobs.
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I have tried both of those and a couple of other lead sites but have not had much luck with those leads provided by those sites. Right now, I've been using Quozzy.com for a couple months and its been pretty good so far. I saw them at a home show and their commercial on TV so I gave them a try. They don't charge a ridiculous amount and there was a free trial to test it out first. I have been in the business for quite a while and pretty skeptical about these leads sites and there are a bunch of crap out there. Times are tough but I'm rocking!
I've been using ServiceMagic for a bout a year now. I finally got quality leads that would answer the phone when I put my monthly spend target below $250/month and tweaked the services that I wanted to cover. I"m a general, so I choose potentially larger project tasks instead of small stuff like repairs on anything they offer.
I tried everycontractor.com and hated every minute. Don't bother.
Buildingpros.com is a new service and they are offering free 6 month trail period. I never received anything in my trial period, so I turned off before my time was up. Maybe if they do more advertising I'd go back for another trial time.
I don't plaster large projects and dont have a connection to one, but a costomer insisted on plaster which I agree is an outstanding finish. I posted on bid clerk for a plasterer and got well over 100 e-mails. Now I can't even believe there is 100 reputable plaster companies in my area. Imagine how many responses you would get for a deck contractor? I would spend money on old fashioned advertising.
i use bid clerk and my email stay full with invites and 90% of what i get is atleast 3 to 4 week lead time to bid, guess it depends on size of job and location. 1 thing i have learned is some contractors like to give u much less time so u have the opportunity to miss things in ur bid, to line their already fat pockets.
I was on servicemagic.com and it was worthless. I was on for several months and it just cost me time and money. I asked for a refund and they said sorry. They just wanted to send me more leads, leads that were dead ends. They have been calling me for over a year now trying to get me to come back on board.
Their problem is they charge you for a lead no matter what. There was no qualifying the lead to make sure it was credible. Crooks!!
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