Thank you, @leahemme. You took the time to look over my gig and to provide some well thought out advice and encouragement, and I sincerely appreciate it.
As far as the video goes, I know exactly what you mean and I agree 100%. In fact, I had a video up for about three weeks until recently when I took it down for two reasons: (1) I was unable to combine it with my demo reel as it was too long per Fiverr standards, and (2) the quality was not very good. Needless to say, even with that video, I received no orders. What I have noticed is that some video intros, including yours, are simply an image with a high-quality audio introduction, which seems to serve just fine. What you said about potential buyers being able to simply click on your thumbnail to hear an introduction is key. I am going back to the drawing board to improve that aspect of my gig, which will include shortening my demo reel.
My wife took the photo, which is considerably better than what I had before which appeared as a photo of me from the mouth down with a mic and pop filter in front of me. I thought it would be better if potential buyers could see my face. Conventional wisdom is that headshots should communicate a degree of warmth and professionalism. What I did was crop one of the photos my wife took so that it would focus in my my face, but I do know what you mean about not having to use your face. As a matter of fact, I set up a recent gig that doesn’t show me at all. Some say you need to show your face, but I do think it’s good to experiment in order to stand out, as you said. I noticed at least one of your gigs has a different image, which is good, and also your headshot is of excellent quality; I do need to improve mine. Funny thing is I have noticed some top sellers with only fair or average quality headshots, and even one with just a close up of the bottom half of his face, so who knows? lol
I am currently doing some pro bono VO work for the non-profit radio station which I volunteer at just to stay fresh, but don’t yet have any clients. Through social media (Linkedin, Facebook) and also through accounts at voice123 (free, not premium) and upwork, I have been trying to market myself and my gigs and get myself out there. I will definitely keep your suggestion of offering special deals to first time buyers and repeat customers.
Yikes…I don’t know that I’m ready to reboot or restart my entire Fiverr account, but you’ve given me something to consider. Maybe I will. I see your point about my 10 month old account with no sales could appear as a negative to a potential buyer. I recently created a new gig which gave me a bit of a bump in the in the “new arrivals” but I didn’t see any results from it other than impressions and a few clicks. I do have ideas for some new gigs and will be looking to set those up in the near future.
I believe the quality of my demos are pretty good (not perfect) and certainly as good as many current voice over artists who are currently completing orders. And I do believe I have something unique and of value to offer. That’s why sometimes I am a little baffled as to why nothing has come through, but I know I have a lot to do to better market myself and spruce up my gigs. I know we all have to pay our dues to break through, and now is a time for preparing and sowing before the harvest, so to speak.
Your gigs are nicely done and everything in general looks bright and professional, so it’s no wonder you are doing well and have so many satisfied customers as evidenced by your high rating. I am sure this is a result of all of your hard work and sticking with it through the rough times, especially in the beginning. I wish you continued to success and sincere thanks for your valuable feedback.