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Poll: Platinum members: How many clients have you met through ProZ.com (per year of membership)?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Platinum members: How many clients have you met through ProZ.com (per year of membership)?".

This poll was originally submitted by Ines Garcia Botana

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xxxBrandis
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this type of polls are getting boring Nov 29, 2005

this is my honest opinion. There have been various polls along these lines. Best regards, Brandis

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RHELLER
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too superficial Nov 29, 2005

The question for me is how many of the clients encountered through Proz are actually willing to pay the going rate for quality?

I have encountered many but would not consider working for low rates. So, are you referring to potential clients or actual jobs that I have accepted?

[Edited at 2005-11-29 16:15]


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Steven Sidore  Identity Verified
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Not boring, but it is ambiguous Nov 29, 2005

I wasn't bored by this question, since I was curious how other freelancers do in pulling in clients off of proz.

I'm going to presume that the poller is after contacts that led to actual billable work, since as Rita notes I get plenty of 'nibbles' that are of zero interest to me due to low rates.

Yet even talking about the billable jobs is ambiguous. Are we talking jobs won directly through the jobs board, or relationships that have now been built after a client looked through the directory, etc. Going back through my records, I feel I did well on both counts (15+ directly related to proz) in the last 12 months, but the relationships are much more important, and lucrative, than the one-off deals won through the job board.

The better question for me might be: after having won a job on the job boards, what percentage of clients come back for more? I trust the quality of my work (certainly my core clients like what I do for them), but I find that a surprisingly low number of the clients who post for bidding come back calling for more.


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Patricia Torres  Identity Verified
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Propose a new poll Nov 29, 2005

Steven Sidore wrote:

The better question for me might be: after having won a job on the job boards, what percentage of clients come back for more? I trust the quality of my work (certainly my core clients like what I do for them), but I find that a surprisingly low number of the clients who post for bidding come back calling for more.


Why don't you propose that poll? It's interesting. I always have wondered why an agency posts a job with language combinations as common as yours or mine (English-Spanish). I'm not talking about agencies willing to expand their database of translators, but those searching to translate a handbook or a web site from English into Spanish, for example. Don't they have any translator available for that?

Patricia


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John Walsh  Identity Verified
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. Nov 29, 2005

Steven Sidore wrote:

Are we talking jobs won directly through the jobs board, or relationships that have now been built after a client looked through the directory, etc.

Most of my clients through Proz contacted me from the directory.


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Maria Karra  Identity Verified
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Interesting poll Nov 29, 2005

I think it's an interesting question. My dear fellow Prozians, if you find a poll boring or superficial you don't have to answer, just wait for the next one. We don't have to like all polls.

I've met many clients through ProZ and I was curious to see if the same applies to other colleagues. Perhaps we could distinguish between steady clients or one-time clients, but other than that I think we can consider clients those who we have worked with at least once, those to whom we provided our services. If they haven't paid (yet) they're bad clients, but they're still clients. I also consider clients those who pay us lower rates than we'd like, although they may not be our favorite ones

Whether the collaboration was the result of bidding or direct communication via our profile or the directory is IMO not relevant; the way I read this is, how many clients did you get thanks to ProZ in general?

Maria

[Edited at 2005-11-29 17:09]


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Konstantin Kisin  Identity Verified
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A little ambiguous Nov 29, 2005

Since the visitors tab has come in I have got 2 new clients (out of about 15 in the last year) through Google. Do they count towards this poll?

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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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I find Proz.com a very good place to meet new clients Nov 29, 2005

I am very happy with Proz.com as a place for finding new clients. I have met 30 new clients so far through Proz, and hope to meet many more. The number would be much larger, but for the fact that I have been too busy working for the ones I have already met to take on any more, so now I can only add new ones occasionally. Without Proz it would not have been feasible for me to become a full-time translator.

Astrid


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Saskia Steur  Identity Verified
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Platinum or not Nov 30, 2005

I am no longer a platinum member and I still gain a good number of clients through ProZ, at least no fewer than when I was a plat.

From my own personal experience I think that working experience, quality, language combinations and specialisties may be of more importance to clients outsourcing translation work than the type of membership. Platinum membership means that you've paid money to gain a higher ranking, it does not affect your translation skills, does it now

Interesting to see everyone's point of view. Happy translating!

Saskia


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Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
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Number of new clients has dropped Nov 30, 2005

I met many new clients when I was a Jobs Platinum member. Most of them contacted me through my profile. Now that I'm a Full Platinum member, I haven't met any new clients for about a year or so. I guess this may have to do with the fact that there's more competition now, since the number of ProZ members has grown dramatically. Not that I particularly look for any new clients because I already have too much work, but this is something I noticed that I thought was worth pointing out. I’ll still renew my Full Platinum membership to be able to use all the features of the site.

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Steven Sidore  Identity Verified
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Plat membership isn't just job introductions Nov 30, 2005

Saskia Steur wrote:

I am no longer a platinum member and I still gain a good number of clients through ProZ, at least no fewer than when I was a plat.
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Platinum membership means that you've paid money to gain a higher ranking, it does not affect your translation skills, does it now


All true, but somewhat beside the point. This is a business, and platinum helps me manage risks with new clients. I know I would miss the Blue Boards. They have definitely saved me some headache.

[Edited at 2005-11-30 09:15]


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Saskia Steur  Identity Verified
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blueboard Nov 30, 2005

I get plenty of blueboard access thanks to my accrued brownies.
I do value ProZ and I help sustain it by active involvement.
Best regards,
Saskia


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