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Topic: Bark.com anyone?
Message: Posted by: JBiesecker (Aug 25, 2017 10:55AM)
Has anyone tried this yet- https://www.bark.com/
Message: Posted by: ibm_usa (Sep 6, 2017 07:51PM)
This screams Craigslist, Gigsalad, Gigmasters,Thumbtrap - I mean thumbtack. No haven't tried it but because all the red flags I listed came up the instant the page loaded.
Message: Posted by: JBiesecker (Sep 6, 2017 08:45PM)
I decided to add a listing, but haven't paid for their featured membership.
Message: Posted by: garys (Sep 7, 2017 01:54AM)
I think Bark have contacted me. I am a mobile Dj they want me to sign up. I think they ask you to pay per lead. I haven't used it I would guess this type of site is used by people looking to get a great deal. In most cases that will mean the cheapest.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Nov 9, 2017 01:04PM)
They emailed me 2 last night. The first one they offered me was for free. They gave me the information and I called the prospect and got a booking. I tried for the second gig they offered me. Now it is telling me to pay a fee to get credits to receive the prospects information. I did not go for it. In the morning time I received another gig offering from them. This time I did pay for the credits totaling $7.20 with my credit card. I found out it leads to a different magician. I guess he was putting in information to see how it works. I am not worried about the $7.20 I lost. I am making a lot of money from the first one they offered to me with free credits.

Bark reminds me of a different company we discussed earlier. I forgot the name of it. It has a logo of a man with a goofy face. I never tried for it. They might have changed their name.
Message: Posted by: JBiesecker (Nov 10, 2017 09:31AM)
Was it by any chance "Thumbtack"?
Message: Posted by: MikeClay (Nov 16, 2017 01:52PM)
I wouldn't pay for anything from them.

Just ran their site through SEMRush.com and they look like the ONLY traffic they get is from service providers looking to market themselves.
Meaning it doesn't look like CLIENTS are on the site at all.

https://www.screencast.com/t/KHnA9tf9WXyp

the best phrase they rank for is "local professional services"
and if I was looking for a magician, a balloon guy, handyman, plumber, or any other service provider I would look for the service and not a generic term.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Nov 16, 2017 03:23PM)
I've never understood why someone would want to advertise or be part of a general services site when there are specific ones for entertainment. People interested in performers would much more likely go to these than a site that also has handyman services, landscapers, pool guys, housewives who offer sewing services, etc. Why not be on Angie's List? Same reason.
Message: Posted by: Brainbu$ter (Feb 6, 2019 09:54PM)
Just google "[your city] magician"
Find the bark advertisement (see attached screenshot).

This is what a prospect sees:

Cheap Chicago Magician |Save up to $200
Find cheap local Magicians with Bark for Free!
Kids Party Magicians Event Magicians Wedding Magicians
Wedding Magicians - from $200.00 - Impress Your Guests

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RUN.

The first word in the ad is "Cheap."
The word "cheap" occurs again, then the word "save," then the word "free."
Then it says "from $200."

I don't want anyone who is attracted to that ad,
and I don't want my face shown once they do click it.

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P.S. I've seen Gigsalad run the same kind of ad--leaning on "affordable/cheaper-than-sewage" type of words.
Bark is really running with the idea, trying to sell magicians as if we were tupperware.
Message: Posted by: ViolinKing (May 4, 2019 07:08PM)
How about this: Bark features a "guarantee." They claim that if I buy 50 credits, and do not land an event with those credits, I will get my credits back.

The guarantee does not say I will get my money back. It says I will get my credits back.
Message: Posted by: MikeClay (May 5, 2019 07:53AM)
Your still better off just doing some good marketing.

It doesn't take much to beat these types of sites.
Get your basic business listings (audit what you have here https://knowem.com/ )

It would take less than 15hrs of work to bury most of these sites in a local market.
Message: Posted by: Neznarf (May 5, 2019 12:14PM)
Brainbuster: I did Search as you suggested and Bark came up.

and one of the things it said was Children's Birthdays from $75.

Yikes
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (May 6, 2019 09:38AM)
Wife's been getting spammed by them for the past couple days.
Message: Posted by: stempleton (May 6, 2019 03:50PM)
[quote]On May 6, 2019, WitchDocChris wrote:
Wife's been getting spammed by them for the past couple days. [/quote]

Me as well.
Message: Posted by: JBiesecker (May 6, 2019 10:14PM)
By Bark.com?
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (May 7, 2019 07:34AM)
Yes. They sent her a "freebie" offer, which she ignored other than showing me. They then proceeded to send her basically the same offer several times a day for a few days. Seems kind of desperate.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (May 8, 2019 04:10PM)
Haha, add me to the list too. I just received an inquiry to my office about an hour ago I'm told.
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jul 28, 2019 03:09AM)
FYI

GigMasters is no more effective 7/29/19.


Enter the Dragon:


THE BASH


So we have Bark and Bash..........perhaps a merger in the works in 2021....heard it here first
Message: Posted by: Brainbu$ter (Jul 28, 2019 02:29PM)
The name change from Gigmasters to The Bash is WELCOME by me.

"Gigmasters" sucks as a name. It appeals to performers looking for a gig...not to an event host looking for entertainment.
I'm glad they finally changed it.
Message: Posted by: JBiesecker (Jul 28, 2019 11:07PM)
The company that really needs a name change is Gigsalid.
Message: Posted by: Brainbu$ter (Jul 29, 2019 03:33AM)
[quote]On Jul 28, 2019, JBiesecker wrote:
The company that really needs a name change is Gigsalid. [/quote]

Agreed. Gigsalad is even worse than Gigmasters (just talking about the company name).
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Aug 1, 2019 12:17AM)
GM SEO is still there and same color patterns so no big deal so far.

I never understood GigSalad name.