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picframer
09-26-2010, 06:00 AM
I saw something yesterday while leaving a job site for lunch that really cought my eye.

We have all seen those fold up signs the real estate guys and gals use, they are about 3 feet high and 2 feet across, generally advertising an open house.

Well yesterday I saw one that said "We are in your area pressure washing" Call xxx-xxxx for a free quote.

It was big and it really cought my eye and I was thinking, not that is a super way to advertise.

In my case it could be used for

Pressure Washing
Chipping
Tree Cutting
Organic Fertilizer

and probably more but it could include things like lawn mowing, leaf clean up etc.

I should have taken a picture but was in traffic, if I see them again I will.

Hedgemaster
09-26-2010, 09:05 AM
Funny you mention that. I was planning on doing exactly that once I get some things finalized.
I wonder why I've never seen anything like that before around here... perhaps it's not as effective as I think it could be?

picframer
09-26-2010, 04:34 PM
Funny you mention that. I was planning on doing exactly that once I get some things finalized.
I wonder why I've never seen anything like that before around here... perhaps it's not as effective as I think it could be?

I personally think it very effective and maybe no one has cought on, it cought my eye and trust me I see so much advertising that it takes something pretty special to get my attention......the cute girl on the corner dressed in a Pizza seems to work also...LOL

Hedgemaster
09-26-2010, 07:51 PM
Yeah, I toyed with the idea of mowing in a thong for the attention it would create, but I think there may be some ordinances that prohibit it - or there would be, soon thereafter. :D

picframer
09-26-2010, 08:06 PM
Yeah, I toyed with the idea of mowing in a thong for the attention it would create, but I think there may be some ordinances that prohibit it - or there would be, soon thereafter. :D

Whatever it takes to get attention, many of the big guys have made their mark doing it.

On a serious note, try it, not the thong but the tent poster, we are in your area doing...........it would not cost much to have made, it could be one of those off the wall things that all of a sudden bring in business.

We all read about flyer's, mail drops etc here and elsewhere, they don't work because everyone is doing it, we need to do things others are not to get a leg up, this could be the ticket

Steve
09-27-2010, 10:24 AM
Do you think that was temporarily set up for the job or for the day or maybe for even a longer period of time?

Did you happen to see the contractor anywhere near the sign or was it out near a busy intersection? Possibly with an arrow pointing in their direction like they use in an open house?

How about adding balloons to it?

And a take a card container?

LawnMoore
09-28-2010, 09:30 PM
Sounds like a great Tool!

If i can get some extra time at the shop i will try to make one.

Thanks.

FloridaBoy
09-28-2010, 09:41 PM
That is a great idea. Has anyone seen the hard plastic style that you can insert your own message, some what like a bulletin board style?
i will see if i can find a pic of one.

FloridaBoy
09-28-2010, 09:48 PM
Something of this nature, you could customize it to what ever you might be doing that day.
There are other styles, just the first one i found.
This one listed for $150.00

picframer
09-29-2010, 05:54 AM
Do you think that was temporarily set up for the job or for the day or maybe for even a longer period of time?

Did you happen to see the contractor anywhere near the sign or was it out near a busy intersection? Possibly with an arrow pointing in their direction like they use in an open house?

How about adding balloons to it?

And a take a card container?

All excellent Ideas, the first was at the entrance to the subdivision which is off a fairly busy street, then about three blocks in I saw another....my brain was really going. I thought OMG this would blow us away when we start leaf clean ups and here is my thought.

We have lots of work so that is not the issue. I really hate moving one crew to four or five sites in a day as it no only costs money, I have to tie up trailers etc. Why not get two or three jobs in the same subdivision and get two or three of these made up. So I did, I contacted a company here that does my lettering and they are being made for leaf clean up, 32" wide, 48" high, I am getting 12, enough for four crews, lettered both sides.

Baloons are an excellent idea and mine are designed with a card designer, I have the folding parts with the card holders all made (I have a woodworking company as well), everything is at the printers. I used 1/2" marine plywood with exterior hinges at the top, the printing company will make the signs on an exterior grade almost like a foam core then these lettered foam core pieces slide into a track on the wood, idea is, we can easly change the insert based on the service being performed.....

I am willing to bet this is going to bring in massive amounts of business in the same areas.

Next year we will do it for pressure washing also.

picframer
09-29-2010, 05:55 AM
Something of this nature, you could customize it to what ever you might be doing that day.
There are other styles, just the first one i found.
This one listed for $150.00

That is the basic idea however you need lettering on both side, people coming home and people leaving the area

Steve
09-29-2010, 04:58 PM
This reminds me of a discussion we had a few years ago, where you could put together a warning sign like this and put it on both sides of the yard being serviced.

You could use this for lawn care, tree services, landscaping, or anything else.

jklawncare
10-01-2010, 11:18 PM
This may sound weird but i was planning on doing something this fall and summer

im buying a suit. if any of you watch Always Sunny in Philidelphia then youll know what im talking about.

its called a zentai suit (also known as green man by the show)
i am having one custom made. i thought it would be fun to have one to mess around in but then i though..i can get the green one and advertise while having some fun..it will brighten some peoples day haha.

heres a picture and a video link to them
im hoping it will draw some attention if i have a sign on my etc.

<object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/_UqcmHwWMBc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/_UqcmHwWMBc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1125/532033999_4aaec67bce.jpg

Steve
10-03-2010, 03:32 AM
Very interesting! Ok tell me how you are planning on pulling all this together. No doubt the green man suit stands out, but how will you take that standing out and tie it into your business to help get the word out?

jklawncare
10-03-2010, 05:54 AM
you can get them silk screened and i will get my company info on it. I will walk around town in it and just make people smile. Itll be a conversation between people and it will get word around quicker i assume..

plus itd just be fun to have

i could even mow a lawn or 2 in the suit with my normal pants and tshirt over it

if you see people wearing them with clothes on it looks real intesreting cause its like its a normal person but there all green haha

i just think itd be something other than the website,google,flyer,lawn sign deal.
something more creative

Steve
10-03-2010, 11:32 PM
Well I can't wait to see some photos of this. Make sure you bring a lot of business cards with you :)

picframer
10-04-2010, 05:31 AM
I was just thinking about yesterday.

The fall home show was this past weekend and exhibition park is 5 min from my home so I have to drive by it, traffic is nuts but I leave so early in the morning and get home so late it's not much of an issue for me.

However yesterday I had to come home to get something and drove by.

I saw a few cargo trailers and trucks parked in places that could be easily seen from the road, these companies invested quite a but in looks and man do they stand out, get my attention so they are getting others, image sends a massage to the prospect.

We do not have to brake the bank but guys spend a little money in paint and lettering, the target income earners you want notice this stuff. You can do the best quality work in your area but I have found and I know people do care about what is parked out front and on their property.

This is only an observation, nothing critical. I have my laptop in the truck for a number of reasons, sometimes at lunch I can stop into this site or others for a brake, I visit websites from time to time to see what members are up to. Sometimes I need information or I am looking for images of something, could be rock, flowers, trees whatever.

I saw one yesterday that really stood out, beautiful tractor that I am very familiar with, there is an image of it on the fellow's website on a trailer that is mainly rust, rims don't match, not even sure it would pass a highway vehicle enforcement inspection, I thought OMG a couple hundred bucks could make that fellow thousands as the areas we work in, if that setup were to show, I can pretty much guarantee he will not get work from people walking or driving by or the neighbours.

Big companies in every industry I know of have an image, we must also if we want to win, if you are not getting calls something is wrong, don't spend a lot of money trying more flyers, start asking the prospects for feedback, you will find that some will be up front and frank with you and it could be some little thing you can change to all of a sudden start getting the calls.

Steve
10-05-2010, 03:01 AM
if you are not getting calls something is wrong, don't spend a lot of money trying more flyers, start asking the prospects for feedback, you will find that some will be up front and frank with you and it could be some little thing you can change to all of a sudden start getting the calls.

Andy,

What sort of questions do you feel business owners should be asking? Should they simply come out and say, "I am not getting any calls and I can't figure why? Could you help me understand?"

Or what is your thought on it?

picframer
10-05-2010, 07:26 AM
Andy,

What sort of questions do you feel business owners should be asking? Should they simply come out and say, "I am not getting any calls and I can't figure why? Could you help me understand?"

Or what is your thought on it?

Probably the million dollar question and answer and I don't have it. If I bid a job I follow up if we do not get it however we generally do get them. I tell the client I appreciated the opportunity to look at and bid on their project and if they do not mind sharing, was their something about my proposal that made you look elsewhere, honestly it's almost always been price. A few were because I can't draw worth a darn, I see it in my head but I can put it on paper.

Steve
10-06-2010, 02:47 PM
If I bid a job I follow up if we do not get it however we generally do get them. I tell the client I appreciated the opportunity to look at and bid on their project and if they do not mind sharing, was their something about my proposal that made you look elsewhere, honestly it's almost always been price.

This has got to be something everyone faces. When you get such a response back from a person who's property you bid on, what's your view on playing with the price. Should you or at this time would they have had already committed to another company and there is nothing more you can do? Is there any further attempt on the sale that should be tried for?

picframer
10-06-2010, 07:49 PM
This has got to be something everyone faces. When you get such a response back from a person who's property you bid on, what's your view on playing with the price. Should you or at this time would they have had already committed to another company and there is nothing more you can do? Is there any further attempt on the sale that should be tried for?

I don`t play with quotes, I do go back after the other company is done and have a look, if the client is around and it is good work I say so, if the work is not good, I simply say well, if there is anything my company can do to help you, please give us a call, we actually do get quite a few where we have to go in and fix other`s mistakes, there is good money in this.

Steve
10-07-2010, 05:03 PM
This seems like it would make for some fantastic marketing material. Where if you bid on a property and you don't get it because price, you could then send a brochure or postcard or something that would include a couple of jobs where you had to fix others mistakes. Then also have a few testimonials from the customers where they say something like, I took the cheap road and paid for it in the end.

This might make a potential customer stop and think why they are choosing the other company and why it might be a big mistake. Even a little doubt may go a long way.

picframer
10-07-2010, 08:44 PM
This seems like it would make for some fantastic marketing material. Where if you bid on a property and you don't get it because price, you could then send a brochure or postcard or something that would include a couple of jobs where you had to fix others mistakes. Then also have a few testimonials from the customers where they say something like, I took the cheap road and paid for it in the end.

This might make a potential customer stop and think why they are choosing the other company and why it might be a big mistake. Even a little doubt may go a long way.

We have to try everything, I hate loosing because I want to know why, if price, did the job meet you expectations? If not can we help?