Your right about tire kickers. Get about 6 or so a week on avg just seems cheapest people are attracted to cheap ass places. It would be interesting to see how many pinterest users get contractors to do work. I compare it to Craigslist as I'm sure some contractors get a good customer but the bulk of the customers are out to get a cheap ass job. Hopefully pinterest don't turn out to be a place for customers to get more contractors round to tire kick when they get ideas on there. I bet if I would have been 1/4th my quotes they would have got me to do it though.I can understand your frustration with losing jobs. I don't think that Pinterest is a bad thing. It's a place to give people ideas. Also its a really good place to build links to your website. I'm definitely no expert on seo but what I understand the more links from credible we sites with higher page ranks like Pinterest the better. So if you "pin" a picture from your website and then people repin that same picture 5, 10, or even 50 to a hundred times, you've just created that many high page rank links as Pinterest has a page rank of 7/10 I believe. I'm afraid you didn't lose your potential customer to Pinterest, you lost a tire kicker who was already thinking they could do it themselves and just wanted to see how much it would cost if they hired someone to do the job.
Tons of stuff. People are always trying to figure out how to do plumbing themselves and then they screw up and eventually call a real plumber out to fix their mess....obviously what they should have done from the beginning.Interesting idea... I wouldn't have thought of that. What kind of things could a plumber put on Pinterest to drive traffic to their site?