Indeed. If you dig into the responses enough, skimming past the acres of mek sells/complaints on any official post relating to this, there’s quite a few randos saying “lol $3000 of cheap $5 gigs! Why bother?”.
There was a good post earlier from @mediacorp (“what social media marketers actually do”–was in the ranting pot, now in conversations) you might want to check out. It’s long, but I found it interesting as someone who doesn’t know too much about SMM besides the obvious stuff. You should check it out. I mention this because you’re you’re correct that there are some absolute world-class experts at their job here. There’s no case studies of this kind of work, just pointless blogs like “superseller xyz bought a phone AND a house solely with his Fiverr income!”.
That’s bullshit. Sure, if I did something like that I’d let Fiverr know for my healthy blog spot and PR, but it’s aspirational crap for newbies who then clamor to mek sells. Where are the blog posts that focus on the concrete value that a service has added to a business’ bottom line? Best I can see is trivial stuff like “I made my CD and everything on Fiverr”. Well, that’s nice, but it’s not exciting. It’s not driving $10m worth of sales with one letter (that probably didn’t cost $5–but that’s where you drive the value of Fiverr…this $25 letter drove all that as opposed to $20,000). Or even how one idiotic video went viral and got this unknown personality into a global phenomenon. Those are both wildly exaggerated examples, but you get my point.
Fiverr DOES have a great pool of talent. It should make better use of it in a semi-official capability. I think we can all mostly agree that the refund/“Fiverr credit” system needs major overhaul, as well as security on all payments for sellers (regarding the PP loophole). Mainly because if Fiverr wants to grow even more, it also needs to demonstrate that it can be trusted with money when it comes to issues.
The biggest problem Fiverr has after this is its cheap image, and bad sellers are flooding the place, or so it seems. I could spent all day ripping up Fiverr’s numerous problems, including just about every PR drive they’ve had like this where the goods simply haven’t been delivered and after the event they’ve dropped it. How is that good for PR?
Still though, isn’t it fascinating that the great social media marketer hasn’t promoted this at all? My guess: someone at HQ is a fan of Gary and evangelized about him and then the idea snowballed into “what if we were on his popular Q&A show? GREAT PR and it will drive new users to us! Throw money at him!” and the rest is history. Guys–what if those new people who see the PR order from the too good to be true shit buyers, then discover that they can’t get refunds? What if erstwhile winners discover a loophole of free credit? Yeah I know they will have a “personal team member” on-side, but… c’mon.
I think a Fiverr seller based in NY/SF/Chi should join, let us know, get a shitload of votes (1 per day, not at all riggable!) and win the prize, then withdraw the entire $3000 without the 30% fees or whatever. Or, if a competition winner wanted to then just withdraw the money, it would be ridiculously simple to do so with a quick and dirty review ring.
I mean, even their comp page has stock image sellers and the actual gigs don’t exist (yeah I checked). Erm… this is incredibly bad. Still–the businesses are now up and guess what! THEY’RE ALL (ok, not all) STARTUP SEO COMPANIES! Hilarious.
It’s just gold-plated shit, really. Fiverr needs to start listening to its users more and take note of the most common complaints and work out how to fix them. Or make the inbox look prettier and hire a brash internet marketer to scream about whatever instead.
(your comment was first in that thread, so you are The Tonemeker)