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Hidden Features: Fixed Prices and Budget Ranges Explained

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

April 6, 2009

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Budget ranges at Voices.com

Do you have any questions about fixed prices and budget ranges at Voices.com?

This article will go over in detail what they mean and explain how you can make use of these features.

Fixed Prices

Have you been seeing fixed prices in some of the audition invitations you've been receiving since the Voices.com redesign?

Clients are now able to choose whether they present you with a fixed budget or a budget range. This option, which enables a client to enter a fixed dollar amount, is available to clients on the job posting form below the set budget ranges, designated as "Other".

Note:

At present, fixed budget rates are not filtered to match member preferences, meaning that a talent who has chosen not to be notified of jobs within the $100-$250 range will be notified of a fixed budget job that may have a rate of $100.

Instituted by Popular Demand

Having the ability to enter a fixed budget was a feature requested by a number of voice talent and client members. As we've noted, this feature indicates exactly how much money a client has allocated for their voice over, making their budget known and revealing additional information that makes it easier for voice talent to quote.

When the job has a fixed rate, the audition quote will automatically reflect the client's fixed rate into the total price field. For example, if a client lists his or her budget as $100, the same rate, $100, is automatically populated as the total rate including the SurePay fee.

Of course, if you feel the rate doesn't reflect the fee you wish to command, you are able to respond with a higher fee when you submit your audition.

An aside, for both budget ranges and fixed rates, clients are unable to enter anything less than $100.

Budget Ranges

A budget range gives clients more flexibility when posting their job to gather responses from a variety of talent. There are a number of budget ranges for clients to choose from, starting from $100 all the way to $10,000+.

This feature has been around for a long time and has been updated to narrow some of the wider gaps, for instance the ranges $500 - $750 and $750 - $1000, an improvement where there used to simply be a $500 - $1000 range.

What Do You Think of the new Fixed Budget Feature?

Looking forward to your reply,

Stephanie


Comments


    I think this is something other sites like yours have been doing ages ago. Nothing new.

    Posted by:
    • Michelle Falzon
    • April 6, 2009 6:25 PM

      Hi Michelle,

      Thank you for your comment and for adding your voice to the conversation. While perhaps these features aren't necessarily new, they aren't the most obvious, certainly not upon first glance. This is the exact reason why I am writing these articles over the next couple of days. This is incredibly useful information for many people and I hope it helps! It's truly the little things that make the biggest difference. Repetition doesn't hurt, either :)

      Best wishes,

      Stephanie

      Posted by:

        Hi Stephanie, I appreciate you writing on "our" new features. Although these features may be in place elsewhere many of the features you'll be explaining through your articles are new or improved features of our service. Hopefully our members will appreciate the information you're presenting to them as they often contact our Customer Service team for assistance using and understanding these very features.

        Posted by:
        • Laurynda Pasma - Product Manager
        • April 7, 2009 9:54 AM

          Thanks for explaining why I've had a few $100 jobs appear in my inbox. On a similar matter, is there even a remote possibility that you'll prevent members bidding lower than the seeker's preferred budget? Or is that a non-starter?
          This would be a HUGE plus for all actors as it'd prevent dwindling rates. This is my pet project :-)

          Posted by:
          • David Menashe
          • April 8, 2009 2:19 PM

            Hi David,

            Thanks for your comments :) Greatly appreciated!

            Thank you also for following up on your suggestion. I did run the idea by David, and before we could make any decisions regarding this suggestion, it needs to be explored and discussed in greater detail. It may appear to be a quick and easy programming item but there is always more than meets the eye. I'm curious to learn what your peers think of this idea. Perhaps it should be raised as a separate topic in another article to gather feedback.

            Take care,

            Stephanie

            Posted by:

              I love these producers who send us a five page pdf file for a narration and want it done for 100.00 . Should we tell them that they are being unreasonable or just let it go ?

              Posted by:
              • Mike Kirby
              • April 13, 2009 1:14 PM

                Hi Stephanie!

                I have a question about jobs posted. I can't seem to find the page to refer to, but I remember reading something about some people offering to do work for $10/page type deal. I noticed that some of the jobs coming in are basically offering that. One that came in last week had a budget of $100-250 with a word count of over 3000, making that job no more than a $20/page project, and I have seen some with per page rates of $10.

                Shouldn't something be said to the clients before this is passed along to the talents? We professionals are trying to get new clients and projects, but if we not only have amateurs (and let's face it, some pros) bidding $10/page, AND clients posting jobs like that, how is this equitable for those of us who do this for a living?

                Thanks!

                Posted by:

                  Hi Lori,

                  Very nice to hear from you :)

                  There is an article on the blog, as you indicated, that talks about the $100 minimum and how it may also include jobs that have budgets of $100 - $250 but the work load is considerably greater than what is allocated in the budget.

                  Here's a link to one such article explaining why we chose to implement this:

                  http://blogs.voices.com/voxdaily/2008/04/want_more_jobs_approved_at_voices-com.html

                  I hope that helps,

                  Stephanie

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