As a photographer I'm responding to leads, but don't get very many folks reading my resp[onses. Am I doing something incorrectly?
I personally don't think that the inquiries from here are qualified enough. I'm an officiant, and most of my leads are below by budget, but even when they are in my budget, I rarely get a response. Just my experience.
I have had the same experience as Celia. I don't know if couples are unwilling to pay reasonable rates for officiating or simply do not know what to indicate for the budget, but I too have noticed most leads expect to pay below my going rates. I'm considered quite reasonable for my area.
I have had a very low response rate for the leads I have purchased here. I cannot speculate why that might be, but it has been my experience. This is in comparison to other lead generating sites over at least a two or three year period.
Rev. Ann Fuller
February 13, 2011
I have an invitation business and also event planner. I think this sight is looking more professional than it really is as a portal for people in the business. I too have purchased leads that were no responses. I think that something is not right and it is quite frankly crowding up my emails. I do not even bother purchasing leads anymore and the budgets that they post on here are not really worth my time or efforts.
I agree! I wish people would actually respond to the ideas or the venues we refer to them.They don't get charged for the ideas we give them. It makes me wonder if someone makes up these events.
February 13, 2011
I have been receiving leads from Eventective for about a year.
I am a photographer and out of 50 plus leads I have paid for I have only gotten 1 event and it was not a very profitable one.
I will not buy anymore leads from this site.
February 13, 2011
LOL...and I thought it was just me. :-)
I try sending re-peat emails to them...still no response. I have decided to not spend any money in this direction. I have done Eventective for 2 years now before starting to stop just recently.
Hi Celia (I'm also on WW).
I have had to request refunds several times. The brides here just don't respond to emails. It's very frustrating. They continue to offer advertising packages though. I wonder if they verify these people at all.
Eventetive is like any other form of advertising. Not everyone who sees your ad / response is going to reply. I have purchased over 100 leads in the past year. I have booked 6 weddings. So I am hitting about 5%. Really, that is much better than I do with a newspaper ad. The cost of is quite frankly, negligible.Two dollars and fifty cents compared to the thousand or more per job? I spend more on coffee a day. The fact that I can request a refund is an extra bonus. I get a refund on all of my unresponsive leads. That means my costs have actually been closer to about 25 bucks for 6 paying jobs. Pretty darn good I would say.
It is also important that YOU follow up as well. If you make no effort to contact after the initial email or phone call you make, you are selling yourself short. At least try three times. If they say no the first time tell them you will check back in a few weeks just in case something goes wrong with their chosen service provider.This is basic salesmanship. Also, do not rely on Evenective alone. Use other sites, including your own website and Face Book. I am a photographer, however, this type of sales technique works for ANYTHING. I would also suggest reading some instructional / motivational sales books. A very basic one would be The Salesman's Handbook by CY Charney, and also Getting Inside Your Customer's Head by Kevin Davis.
I just thought I should add one more thought. The budget that is listed by brides and grooms is quite often no where near what they are willing to pay. They usually have no real idea of the cost. It is up to you as the salesman to discover their needs and then offer the solution. The price should be the last thing you discuss before they say yes we will book you.
I too am a little concerned with the lack of replies that I've received from my replies. I have only booked one event since I've joined. $2.50 is a little pricey when you are replying to 5-10 replies a week.
I belong to another event booking forum that only charges $1.00 for each inquiry that is a little more economical than $2.50.
Glad I checked out the other replies to this topic...I too am quite frustrated and very disappointed in my lead capture rate (which is ZERO) so I'm glad it's not just us. I know that our messaging and sales technique is solid because we generate lots of business from our own website. Once clients engage with us either by phone or email, they are extremely happy with what we have to offer and how we operate.
I will say this, at the beginning of this year we did retool our Eventective messaging/marketing material and at least now we are getting more potential clients looking at our material and website. We're still not getting the captures though so I'm wondering what the heck is going on. We do make phone calls whenever there is a number provided (way too many don't though) and we always follow-up with more emails.
My business partner says he doesn't want to dump anymore money into this site but I'm willing to give it just a bit more since we have a new website about to launch in less than two weeks. I don't think this is the culprit since we get our own leads from there consistantly but who knows.
For anyone else that is following this string, could you fill us in any other lead generating site that has been successful for you. Thanks!
My main problem is a lack of information in the requests. The forms clients fill out should certainly say more than "live music"! Most musicians specialize in certain genres of music, and band size. There's no point in sending a large dance band a request, when the client only wants a solo flute player! Just saying they want "live music", especially if no budget is listed, thus leaving no clue whatsoever as to what kind of music they're seeking, only wastes our time & money.
It would not take much to have the form require they specify, at least somewhat, what kind of music, rather than send it to every live band in a city (as it looks like they're just trying to get more to respond)
Beginning to be quite frustrated myself. You purchase these leads, they provide for the most of them an email, you take the time to send them an email to offer your services, and out of my last 14 leads I have purchased, only TWO have read their freakin' emails!
Sure you can get a refund which is nice, but it is just site credit to put towards another lead which more than likely will bring the same outcome!
Has anyone actually landed any business off of here for any service? Starting to wonder....
I have used Eventective for two years... and have not booked one wedding. Not one e-mail answered... Not worth the money... digital photography has taken business away from wedding photographers... and the economy has helped.