We have had many internal discussions about whether or not to use Thomasnet to advertise our OD centerless grinding services. On the pro-side, Thomasnet is a great solution that many engineers and product designers use to help source contract manufacturers for their projects. On the con-side is simply cost.
Our Google Analytics account shows a decent amount of traffic from our free Thomasnet account although to date we haven’t had a direct conversion from Thomasnet. Instead our conversions come from blog posts which educate our customers about how we approach manufacturing problems and the solutions we come up with. This helps draw educated customers that know whether or not we can solve their problem from the starting point.
We have decided not to advertise on Thomasnet to list our centerless grinding services but we will review again in the future.