Remember when I told you about Sortlist, about 3 months ago? I promised you on that day that I would give you a Sortlist notice. And so, it's time ! But before I tell you how I feel, I first want you to understand why I'm on this platform.
For one thing, I had a lot of work, which made it impossible for me to prospect for new clients. As you probably know, prospecting takes a lot of time! You always have to phone, organize appointments, do research... So I wanted to register on a platform that would save me all this work, and in my opinion, Sortlist really seemed to be the one for me!
Secondly, I now want to take care of bigger projects without having to shout from the rooftops that I'm the right webdesigner for the job. But not just big projects; I want to make it last. I want to be more stable, and thus, have long-term projects, continuous projects (as soon as one ends, another should start, and so on).
Advertising is a good idea, but advertising means extra expenses. It's true that I'm already working on the natural referencing of my site, but it takes time for it to really work. So, if I want faster results, I obviously have to get into advertising (on Facebook, Google, etc.). But I think Sortlist is faster than that ;)
Finally, the fifth reason that motivated me: I want to discover new things, more precisely, the world of agencies (most of the clients we attract on Sortlist are agencies).
Sortlist Opinion: Free or Paid?
When I first signed up for Sortlist, I took the free plan. And yet, I had been able to win two projects! So I figured that if I spent nothing and could have such opportunities, what would it be like when I signed up for the paid plan?
That's when I signed up for pay-per-view. But just like me, you don't have to sign up for a pay-as-you-go offer in the first place. Instead, start with the free plan, the time to familiarize yourself with the platform for example (don't worry, there's no hurry).
Verdict about Sortlist
What happened when I switched my offer to the paying one? Everything went well :) I still have to admit that the first month wasn't at the top yet. The project I was offered wasn't really interesting (at least, to my taste). However, in the second month, I had about 4 opportunities! And there, I can say they were quite interesting.
I'm still talking about opportunities here, but not signed contracts. All this to tell you that the listing on Sortlist is an investment. Your real goal should be to attract leads (but not necessarily customers). In my field, for example, I have more than 900 competitors. 900 providers offer the same service as me. In my opinion, Sortlist will end up bringing you a lot of money (like all other investments for that matter).
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Any tips on Sortlist?
You want to enhance your profile on Sortlist? Then do what I do:
- I have inserted videos so that my profile is very attractive. For example, I put in case study videos. My potential clients will already have an overview of my expertise.
- I've gathered as much customer feedback as I can.
- My profile is very complete (logo, description, contact information, site, phone number, etc.). The opportunities that are offered to you are for example based on where you are located. So don't really neglect any information (even your address).
- If you're convinced of Sortlist's efficiency, I advise you to migrate to the paid plan. You will have access to more features (for example, the ability to show more projects...). The ideal would be to pay per year, but I prefer the monthly plan to start with (300 € per month). It renews itself automatically.
- Works well with customers. It may take you a little longer before you can get the opinions of all your customers, but it's worth it!
- Use Sortlist badges wisely.
After two months, more famous brands contacted me :) I remind you again: there is nothing to gain so far (no signed contract), but I'm moving forward. The concept is the same for all methods. If you make advertisements, they won't bring you customers right away, you have to be patient.
How does Sortlist work?
When there are opportunities, you receive notifications from Sortlist. If you are interested in these opportunities, you have at your disposal the contacts of your potential client. You call him or send him an email (your quote), and voilà :) All you have to do is wait.
In the end, here is my Sortlist opinion: I like it! It is practical. Even though you don't get assignments right away, you'll get a lot of leads. If you really want to get results, I advise you to fill out your profile (as I showed earlier).
YouTube: My NOTICE on SORTLIST after 3 months (2020)
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