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FourSeasons
11-08-2007, 03:43 PM
While I was working yesterday a real estate agent stopped to talk to me. He has built a great referral program and a service package that he gives home buyers when they buy a house. He told me he wanted to consider putting me on his "preffered" service provider list that goes in these packages.
Right away he gave me a coffee cup with his all his info on it and a thanksgiving card and small candle for my wife. The candle had all of his info on it to. What a great idea.

He told me he would help me make a flyer like the one he gave me which was very professional and nice. Also told me he could help me grow my business. Based off of referrals I'm guessing. I only talked to him for about 10 min cuz it was getting dark and I had to load up and leave.

I'll try to post the card and the inside of the flyer so you guys can see it. You can get some good ideas from them.

Steve
11-08-2007, 03:52 PM
I can't seem to open that file. Can you resave it as a bmp?

FourSeasons
11-08-2007, 04:05 PM
What is a bmp? I scanned it on my printer then saved them.
It wouldn't let me post the rest of them.

FourSeasons
11-08-2007, 04:30 PM
I'll try *to figure it out later. I can't get it to work.
On the front there was a picture of a family around a thanksgiving table that says "Happy Thanksgiving Thanks for making me part of your life."
On the inside is a recipe for pumpkin pie dip.
And it says his name and your realtor then "A referal is sending someone you care about to Someone you trust. Thank you for trusting me."
I think its a great idea with the recipe and all. I'll try to post it later.
And it came in a bag with the candle.

Steve
11-08-2007, 04:46 PM
I wonder if when you scan it if you can choose to save it as a bmp or jpg file type

pmblair
11-08-2007, 09:34 PM
Email me the file... I'll convert it.

pmblair@blairprod.com

FourSeasons
11-08-2007, 10:23 PM
My wife got home and showed me how to do it-
Here is the front of the card
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd175/rcalkins98271/Picture002.jpg (http://photobucket.com)
Inside of the card-
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd175/rcalkins98271/Picture003.jpg (http://photobucket.com)
front of his flyer-
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd175/rcalkins98271/Picture001.jpg (http://photobucket.com)
inside of his flyer-
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd175/rcalkins98271/Picture.jpg (http://photobucket.com)

I know this isn't related to lawn care but maybe someone on here might be able to get some ideas off of it.
I thought the card with the recipe inside and the candle with info was pretty cool. I'm going to do something like this with my Christmas cards.
Or would I use holiday cards so I don't offend anyone? Sounds stupid but thats the way it is today.

Steve
11-09-2007, 12:14 AM
Thank you for posting the images! Yea that is interesting! I think you could do something like that and it would be successful.

Quote[/b] ]He has built a great referral program and a service package that he gives home buyers when they buy a house. He told me he wanted to consider putting me on his "preffered" service provider list that goes in these packages.
Right away he gave me a coffee cup with his all his info on it and a thanksgiving card and small candle for my wife. The candle had all of his info on it to. What a great idea.

He told me he would help me make a flyer like the one he gave me which was very professional and nice. Also told me he could help me grow my business. Based off of referrals I'm guessing. I only talked to him for about 10 min cuz it was getting dark and I had to load up and leave.

Well he certainly knows how to network! Have you heard back from him? I'd like to know what more is involved with this.

FourSeasons
11-09-2007, 08:37 AM
Quote[/b] ]I think you could do something like that and it would be successful.


I think it would be successful to. He seemed to be doing good with it. I havent heard from him but I want to use some of his ideas in my referral service I create. I really like that thing about trust on the inside of the card. I might use that for in my referral info somewhere.

Steve
11-09-2007, 08:45 AM
Show us what you put together! Let us know too if he gets back to you and what is up with that.

FourSeasons
11-10-2007, 01:56 PM
He called me last night and gave me a customer to contact for some work. I'm going to there house tomorrow for a bid. I was suprised. I have talked to alot of agents and usually don't here back from them.
He said to let him know when i want to meet with him so he can help me make up some literature. He can probably give me some great ideas on a referral program since hes been so sucessful with his.

Steve
11-10-2007, 04:00 PM
Does he want a referral fee for this? Or how does this work?

FourSeasons
11-10-2007, 04:37 PM
No fee. Just expects the same. I run into people about twice an month that are selling there houses so I will refer him.

He had a very good presentation for his service package and referral program. A notebook full of colorful, lamenaited pages that he has spent some time on. Not just something he threw together. Unfortunately I can't explain it very well because he showed me briefly on the side of the road.
I plan on taking up his offer on the help.

Steve
11-10-2007, 05:43 PM
I think that is really sweet.

Here is a thought on this. One of my friends in the past had hooked up with a garden center and gave the store employees 10% cash when they referred a customer to him to do a job with material that was purchased at the garden center. Because of this, he had consistent business referrals all year round. He was always doing so much better than any other business around him. So the lesson he told me from that experience was cash referrals can make a huge difference in your bottom line.

You could experiment with this and if it works for one realtor, you could experiment and try to replicate it with others too.

Any thoughts on this?

FourSeasons
11-13-2007, 08:29 AM
He reffered me to one of his customers. I went out and gave them a bid and got a $650 job this weekend!

Steve
11-13-2007, 05:50 PM
WOW this is rolling!

pmblair
11-13-2007, 10:18 PM
Jason and I are starting a referral program... we're giving our customers (and anyone else, for that matter) $5 for every customer they send to us that uses our services. OR They can have an "account" with us so that when they get a certain amount in referrals, they get free service.

I'm going to be posting it on MySpace tonight. We're going to be using this for a couple of the real estate people we've been in contact with... Jason talked to one of the guys yesterday and he LOVED the idea...

FourSeasons
11-13-2007, 10:49 PM
I'm going to put one together soon to. I have a lot of things I want to do but I'm still real busy (fortunately).
Patrick - I would consider more than 5. At least 10 maybe. Give people a good reason to remember to tell others about you.
Dont give them the bonus until the new customer signs a contract or the work is completed.

pmblair
11-13-2007, 11:03 PM
I was wondering if $5 was enough... I may do $10, but for now, we'll see what kind of spirit $5 raises...

...and NOOOOOOOOOO... I will not pay anyone until I've been paid from their referral. *It's safe for everyone like that. *=)

Here's what I posted on MySpace:

Subject: *Send us new customers, get paid for it!!

Green & Clean is instilling a new referral program for EVERYONE... NOT just our customers! If you refer someone to us and they use our services, we'll send you $5!! ...or you can use that money as credit on your next bill from us!

Anyone can participate, but the person coming to us for service MUST tell us that you sent them. They must provide us with your name and phone number for verification purposes.

Simple enough, right? So go on... get out there and make yourself some money!!

ALSO
If you're receiving this bulletin, it means that you're on our friends list.... we ask that you copy this bulletin to all of YOUR friends and have them do the same. Ask them to add us as a friend (http://www.MySpace.com/GreenAndCleanGA). Then they can take advantage of all our exclusive MySpace discounts... and so can their friends... and their friends... and their friends...

Steve
11-14-2007, 05:00 AM
Very nice work!

What's your view been so far of using myspace as a promotional tool?

Keep us posted on how this works.

pmblair
11-14-2007, 07:07 AM
Well, so far there's no changes in business... I still market through Craigslist, and now through MySpace, but no change in business...

I think the MySpace will do better for me than the Craigslist will... Once people start using us, I plan to ask them to leave a comment on our MySpace as a testimonial and then I will pass it along to all of our friends...

There is really a lot of potential in MySpace marketing.

Steve
11-14-2007, 08:06 AM
Quote[/b] ]Well, so far there's no changes in business...

Can you explain that more? What do you mean?

Thanks.

Steve
11-01-2008, 07:21 AM
Has anyone else been experimenting with co-marketing along with a real estate agent?

Listen to this GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Podcast (http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/audio/GopherHaul-podcast-11-01-08-realtor-co-marketing.mp3) Here.

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