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Old 03-29-2017, 06:17 PM   #1
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I get calls from Yelp constantly. Now they're telling me that if I was a preferred plumber, I would have had a shot at 2659 leads for plumbers in Reno last month. Hmm. Sounds like BS to me. But I am curious...
  1. Does anyone use Yelp for their plumbing business?
  2. Are you getting enough verifiable leads for business to justify their pricing?
  3. If you're in a contract with Yelp, do you wish you weren't?
  4. How much are you spending with Yelp? (they want 3k a month from me).

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Say whaaaaat? They only asked for 380/mo from me. Politely hung up
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I get calls from Yelp constantly. Now they're telling me that if I was a preferred plumber, I would have had a shot at 2659 leads for plumbers in Reno last month. Hmm. Sounds like BS to me. But I am curious...
  1. Does anyone use Yelp for their plumbing business?
  2. Are you getting enough verifiable leads for business to justify their pricing?
  3. If you're in a contract with Yelp, do you wish you weren't?
  4. How much are you spending with Yelp? (they want 3k a month from me).

-Paschall

They are a bunch of cock suc/ers if you ask me...

You should do the free site that they give you but that is about all you
want to do with them...
I have the FREE site on Yelp and that is all I am gonna do with them
because they shake you down for money ////

I attempted a 300 a month program with them but the site stayed stagnant and they basically tried to shake me down for more money claiming my 2 1/2 star rating would go up . i have 23 good reviews hidden on the back page and 2 bd reviews on the front page just because they are dicks...

........ of course they are totally lieing to you......send them 3000 and find out.
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They are a bunch of cock suc/ers if you ask me...

You should do the free site that they give you but that is about all you
want to do with them...
I have the FREE site on Yelp and that is all I am gonna do with them
because they shake you down for money ////

I attempted a 300 a month program with them but the site stayed stagnant and they basically tried to shake me down for more money claiming my 2 1/2 star rating would go up . i have 23 good reviews hidden on the back page and 2 bd reviews on the front page just because they are dicks...

........ of course they are totally lieing to you......send them 3000 and find out.
Other then even trying yelp, you sound just like my Master. You should hear him when he has a hair up his azz when google or "Jenny's" list calls, can be quite comical.
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Other then even trying yelp, you sound just like my Master. You should hear him when he has a hair up his azz when google or "Jenny's" list calls, can be quite comical.

I know what you mean.....if they would have just treated me right, then I might have eventually signed up for more than 6 months but they basically pissed down my back........

once I have been screwed and lied to,
you are on my hit list until the day I die......

I never forgive and I never forget.......
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Pay to play here. You gotta know where your advertising dollars are best spent. I don't see yelp as the the best place for my dollars.
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Don't do it. Spend your money on a decent website and some professional SEO (not easy to find).
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How many people actually use phone books these days? Better off investing in growing your online presence.
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To be honest yelp has worked for me so far, but we shall see- I've been doing their ad program for about 4-5 months now- I decided to pay into it when I started my company. I pay $325/mo. $50 of that is 'page upgrades' on their site, the other $275 goes towards actual ads. They don't charge for the ad to appear, they only charge when someone clicks on my ad. The cost per click seems really high to me, but just ignore that it doesn't really matter. I Also don't care how many clicks I get, because that means nothing as well. Here is how I look at it: Whenever a new customer calls they are always asked how they heard about us. If they say it was through yelp, that is noted on their account. Looking back at last month (July) I had 6 customers who identified yelp as the source. So simply taking $325(the amount I paid yelp) and dividing against the actual 6 customers who paid me for services, that is $54.17 to get the lead. That ain't too shabby to me, seeing as how 2 of those calls were for water heaters I more than made the money back so I deem July's yelp budget to have been worth it. In addition, I got a 5 star review from one customer who really liked me(I rarely ask for reviews, I let people choose to post on their own). I am also very optimistic that most of these customers will use me again in the future because they were happy with the work I did and didn't try to sell them a repipe or something like a lot of these guys do around here.

I'm sure everyone's experiences vary from mine, I'm a start-up company trying to get some visibility. I get many word-of-mouth referrals, but you got to get the ball rolling somehow....

I also have a decent website, Facebook and twitter accounts, so when people click on me on yelp they can start seeing some of my internet presence and some photos which lots of people like. If they click on your ad and can't find out much info about your business they will probably just move on
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To be honest yelp has worked for me so far, but we shall see- I've been doing their ad program for about 4-5 months now- I decided to pay into it when I started my company. I pay $325/mo. $50 of that is 'page upgrades' on their site, the other $275 goes towards actual ads. They don't charge for the ad to appear, they only charge when someone clicks on my ad. The cost per click seems really high to me, but just ignore that it doesn't really matter. I Also don't care how many clicks I get, because that means nothing as well. Here is how I look at it: Whenever a new customer calls they are always asked how they heard about us. If they say it was through yelp, that is noted on their account. Looking back at last month (July) I had 6 customers who identified yelp as the source. So simply taking $325(the amount I paid yelp) and dividing against the actual 6 customers who paid me for services, that is $54.17 to get the lead. That ain't too shabby to me, seeing as how 2 of those calls were for water heaters I more than made the money back so I deem July's yelp budget to have been worth it. In addition, I got a 5 star review from one customer who really liked me(I rarely ask for reviews, I let people choose to post on their own). I am also very optimistic that most of these customers will use me again in the future because they were happy with the work I did and didn't try to sell them a repipe or something like a lot of these guys do around here.

I'm sure everyone's experiences vary from mine, I'm a start-up company trying to get some visibility. I get many word-of-mouth referrals, but you got to get the ball rolling somehow....

I also have a decent website, Facebook and twitter accounts, so when people click on me on yelp they can start seeing some of my internet presence and some photos which lots of people like. If they click on your ad and can't find out much info about your business they will probably just move on




you are getting by cheap and I would not complain too much about it...325 a month is ok .

It is certainly a better deal than crappy Home Advisor...I forgot to shut off my leads and they screwed me out of about 100 bucks for basically 4 leads to folks who would not answer the phone.

Just recently I get a 5 star review on Yelp from someone who had over 200 reviews and it boosted me up to almost a 5 star company .... I was suprised to see it happen since I walked away from them 6 months ago....
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