How often do you check your email?
Are you an email addict, checking your email every other minute during your waking hours? If so… join the club. We’re right there with you.
Or do you only check a couple times a day? Maybe you’re fixing someone’s car, carting your kid around to basketball practice, or just doing something more exciting than monitoring your inbox all day.
If you fall into the second group, this feature’s for you.
Today we’re introducing text message notification of job leads.
Thumbtack is sending more than 100,000 job notifications every week – hopefully these job leads will now be even more useful to you.
Here’s how it works:
If you have a phone number on file with us, you’ll get a text message from us every time there’s a new job for you.
The text message will include a link to a page where you can reply to the potential customer from your phone.
And the texts are only sent during the daytime – so no midnight notifications to disturb your beauty sleep.
Don’t want text messages sent to your phone? No problemo. You can go here to disable text notifications of job leads. Or you can text ‘Stop’ in reply to any notification.
Want to receive text messages but don’t have a mobile phone number on file with us? You can set up this feature by going to your notification settings and adding your phone number (“Send text messages to: -> another phone number”).
We’re hoping this new program will allow you to respond more quickly and conveniently to job notifications. After all, the faster you respond to a job, the more likely you are to please the potential client and win the job. Responding to a job within the first hour of being notified about it more than doubles your chances of meeting with the client and getting their business.
We’re also hoping this brings bids more quickly to those who post jobs on Thumbtack. We hear frequently that people are delighted when they post a job on Thumbtack and are in touch with a business or two within 20 or 30 minutes.
We think this could be a win-win for everyone.
We’ve heard requests for this feature for months now. We’ve known it’s something we needed to add for even longer. And now it has made it to the top of our priority list. Here goes!
Do you think this is a tool you’ll be using? Let us know in the comments below.
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