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devuono311
02-07-2011, 01:35 PM
I was doing a search for craigslist ads around the country to get a feel for what everyone is using to sell themselves. Check out this guys ad,

http://palmsprings.craigslist.org/fgs/2181716005.html

He would be at the top of my list to call. I tried something like that a few days ago but I couldnt get it to post properly. I got the idea from another posting on this forum, but couldnt make it work. Any input guys? Sorry and Gals?

kdvandco
02-07-2011, 01:45 PM
wtf! how is that even possible with fuel being what it is.

devuono311
02-07-2011, 01:56 PM
Especially in Cali. Anyhow I'd be interested to see the type and quality of work they do, and know their secret. LOL

The Cleaning Doctor
02-07-2011, 02:50 PM
Remember California has very small lawns in the city. Some only 3-6 feet in depth on the front. Price still seems low though but that might just be the bait on the hook.

950thomas
02-07-2011, 04:00 PM
It cost $13 bucks to crank up the truck

jymie
02-07-2011, 08:31 PM
I was doing a search for craigslist ads around the country to get a feel for what everyone is using to sell themselves. Check out this guys ad,

http://palmsprings.craigslist.org/fgs/2181716005.html

He would be at the top of my list to call. I tried something like that a few days ago but I couldnt get it to post properly. I got the idea from another posting on this forum, but couldnt make it work. Any input guys? Sorry and Gals?

Check the attachment....

Craigslist how to post ads with html


What he did was he saved his picture or ad he made to photobucket.

Once he did that, he got the url of the ad, the location of it
and posted it into the following script:


<img src="replace between these quotes the url of the ad you made">


That is how to post it to craigslist.

MAKLawnCutter
02-10-2011, 10:00 PM
WAY WAY too busy for me.

Matt

Hedgemaster
02-10-2011, 10:37 PM
I was doing a search for craigslist ads around the country to get a feel for what everyone is using to sell themselves. Check out this guys ad,

http://palmsprings.craigslist.org/fgs/2181716005.html

He would be at the top of my list to call. I tried something like that a few days ago but I couldnt get it to post properly. I got the idea from another posting on this forum, but couldnt make it work. Any input guys? Sorry and Gals?


You say "he would be at the top of your list".

Can you explain why? I'm curious what it is about his listing that "got" you. There is no right or wrong answer - I'm just curious.

devuono311
02-11-2011, 10:43 AM
Let me start off by stating NOT the price. However, I have gone to craigslist and done a nationwide search by randomly choosing states and randomly choosing metros, cities, and small town areas, to get an idea of whats out there as far as Lawn Service ads. 99.8% (rough estimate) of what I found were bland, boring, VERY similar to the next "Lawn Guy Service" posting ads. When I'm looking for a service, its not that I am looking for necessarily the BEST ad however, a nice professionally presented ad like the one mentioned in the posting earlier POPS and it gets noticed. Sticks in my head.

In my OPINION, whether others think its right or wrong, I feel that is what gets us noticed and better odds of being contacted by potential customers. If someone takes the time to put this kind of work into a posting on CRAIGSLIST they seem more likely to have a professional manner. Sooo many ads out there are using poor grammar and mispelled. They are all in BLACK AND WHITE, and almost ALL name the exact same services. So heres my question to some of you:

If you were in search of a particular service, no matter what it may be. How do YOU choose who you go with for that service if there are lets say 10 different companies advertising the exact same services. Every ad you find is black and white, offers the same services, free quotes ect. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE one guy from the next?

Hedgemaster
02-11-2011, 12:02 PM
Let me start off by stating NOT the price. However, I have gone to craigslist and done a nationwide search by randomly choosing states and randomly choosing metros, cities, and small town areas, to get an idea of whats out there as far as Lawn Service ads. 99.8% (rough estimate) of what I found were bland, boring, VERY similar to the next "Lawn Guy Service" posting ads. When I'm looking for a service, its not that I am looking for necessarily the BEST ad however, a nice professionally presented ad like the one mentioned in the posting earlier POPS and it gets noticed. Sticks in my head.

In my OPINION, whether others think its right or wrong, I feel that is what gets us noticed and better odds of being contacted by potential customers. If someone takes the time to put this kind of work into a posting on CRAIGSLIST they seem more likely to have a professional manner. Sooo many ads out there are using poor grammar and mispelled. They are all in BLACK AND WHITE, and almost ALL name the exact same services. So heres my question to some of you:

If you were in search of a particular service, no matter what it may be. How do YOU choose who you go with for that service if there are lets say 10 different companies advertising the exact same services. Every ad you find is black and white, offers the same services, free quotes ect. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE one guy from the next?


Cool. Thanks for your reply.

As a graphic designer, I can say that you are absolutely correct in that a color, well designed ad, will catch people's attention. I don't particularly find that ad to shout "professional", and depending on how a plain, "line ad" were worded, I may choose them over "this guy", but that's just a hypothetical scenario. In reality, this ad will "stand out" in a sea of text-only ads.

If I run on Craigslist, I will likely do a nice, color ad that appears more "upscale" in hopes that it weeds out the people looking to get work done at the lowest possible price.

I look for indicators that the advertiser is well-established, and has taken the time/effort to create an advertisement that is free of "gimmicks" and uses proper English.

You mite be the grate-est lawn cutter in the cownty, but if'n this iz how you prezent yorself, get used to sitting by the fone.
"I will mow your grass THE CHEAPEST!" is NOT a headline that would convince me to pick up my phone.

;)

Steve
02-11-2011, 06:50 PM
I look for indicators that the advertiser is well-established, and has taken the time/effort to create an advertisement that is free of "gimmicks" and uses proper English.

Have you seen any craigslist ad gimmicks that turned you off to that company? What kinds of things should lawn care business owners try to steer clear of putting in their ad?

jymie
02-11-2011, 10:26 PM
Here are a couple ads I have running now

http://buffalo.craigslist.org/fgs/2206813064.html

http://buffalo.craigslist.org/fgs/2159354978.html

Growing Green
02-12-2011, 12:55 PM
I like that idea of adding zip codes. I'm going to do that from now on.

Matt

Steve
02-12-2011, 05:01 PM
LOL I like this one a lot, it really caught my eye.

http://www.imagecoast.com/images/jymiec/scandoc0006medium.jpg

dirtywork
02-13-2011, 03:28 PM
They are a Lawn Route reseller...they build a lawn route for you and sell it to you at around 3x the monthly service.

Here in Southern Cali, lawns can be very small 300 sq.ft. to about 7,000 sq.ft.

http://www.lawnroutes.com/
http://billslawnservice.org/

tricountylawncare
02-13-2011, 03:33 PM
This is one of the one's I put on craigslist.

<a href="http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c159/00stingray/?action=view&amp;current=cryingad.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c159/00stingray/cryingad.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

This is the one I am putting on Craigslist for Valentine's Day.

<a href="http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c159/00stingray/?action=view&amp;current=valentines.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c159/00stingray/valentines.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

Steve
02-14-2011, 11:32 AM
Those are fantastic! How often do you find yourself changing your craigslist ad graphics?

devuono311
02-14-2011, 11:37 AM
Look at this one, I hate to say but I think somebody is going
to lose their _ _ _ !

30% off Seasonal Lawn-care

Weekly service - $520.00 your cost $364.00
BI weekly service - $260.00 your cost $182.00

Sign up today to get your name on the list before its to late we are filling up fast.
Don't worry you can pay latter!

E-Mail me back through this listing.


http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/fgs/2213535386.html

tricountylawncare
02-14-2011, 03:58 PM
Steve, I have several different ads that I rotate around every day.

Steve
02-15-2011, 11:14 AM
Steve, I have several different ads that I rotate around every day.

Do you test them at all or do you mainly focus on rotating them to keep them constantly changing?

LawnMoore
02-15-2011, 06:52 PM
I saved his keywords to my keyword notepad! ;)