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gotta_mow
05-29-2008, 07:54 AM
<span style='color:black'>I am new to the lawn care business (which is to say I do not have any customers yet, giving my first estimate today). I have been placing an ad on craigslist and would like to hear your opinions on the ad.

Fist ad
http://columbus.craigslist.org/hss/691854346.html

Second ad
http://columbus.craigslist.org/lbs/699377498.html

I have run the second one a couple of times now.

Thanks
Ben</span>

Little's
05-30-2008, 12:37 AM
I think they look good. Right to the point. The first one has an issue on the image shown on my computer. The picture is split down the middle with a 2 inch space separating the halves. Other than that, they are good.

gotta_mow
06-01-2008, 01:35 AM
<span style='color:black'>With my latest ad I have taken a different approach, Marketing the time one will save by having me do their lawn.
http://columbus.craigslist.org/ths/702192735.html

I've had to remove the links that go back to my website since craigslist is blocking links now.

Ben</span>

quickcleanlawn
06-01-2008, 08:36 AM
looks good but what do you do about the lco running ad, he says he mows for only $20
I am have that problem on craigslist.
here is my ad
http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z230/southernslang_2007/lawngardenphoto-2.gif (http://s191.photobucket.com/albums/z230/southernslang_2007/?action=view&current=lawngardenphoto-2.gif)
could'nt get it straight from craigslist
how do you do that?

Steve
06-02-2008, 03:24 AM
Blaine,

I missed what you were asking.

Quote[/b] ]How do you do that?

How do you do what?



Also here are Ben's ads.

http://i29.tinypic.com/m96c0i.gif

http://gottamowohio.com/images/052508-craigslist/craigslist-02-02.gif

They are both very nicely designed and graphical.

I was thinking, you could create an offer that is available for a limited time only. That might help you get more callers to jump and make the call to you.

gotta_mow
06-02-2008, 03:28 AM
<span style='color:black'>I have not had any luck getting them to post here so here is a link to all the ads I have done on craigslist so far.

Craigslist ads from Gotta Mow Lawn Maintenance (http://www.gottamowohio.com/gotta_mow_lawn_maintenance_craig.htm)

Ben</span>

Steve
06-02-2008, 04:09 AM
Ben,

Very nice job!

What have you thought of your response from craigslist so far?

How would you compare the response to other marketing concepts you have experimented with?

UniversityLandscapers
06-03-2008, 01:36 AM
Craigslist has been working wonders for me. I've actually started getting a lot more mowing customers now than I was getting before...up to about 36 I think. I've been so busy that I've been working with 1 to 2 other employees every day and have been working 14 days straight with no breaks.

Just yesterday, Craigslist got me a last minute job at the Rocky Mountaineer Railtours station in Vancouver...they said they were willing to pay a "premium" to get the work done ASAP, so I billed them $45/hour per man vs. my regular $35 and put in a full 8 hours today...thank you Craigslist!

Steve
06-03-2008, 03:27 AM
Dave,

Have you been dealing with any tire kickers from craigslist? Do you have a lot of people looking for the cheapest price and that's it or no?

If you don't have that problem, how do you weed those low paying customers out?

quickcleanlawn
06-03-2008, 08:46 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ June 02 2008,3:24)]Blaine,

I missed what you were asking.

Quote[/b] ]How do you do that?

How do you do what?



Also here are Ben's ads.

http://i29.tinypic.com/m96c0i.gif

http://gottamowohio.com/images/052508-craigslist/craigslist-02-02.gif

They are both very nicely designed and graphical.

I was thinking, you could create an offer that is available for a limited time only. That might help you get more callers to jump and make the call to you.
I could'nt get the craigslist link to show up. I just pulled it up from my photobucket though.

New2thebiz
06-03-2008, 04:32 PM
Hey I was wandering how many customers you've picked up through craigslist and in what amount of time. Also how often do you post your adds

Steve
06-03-2008, 05:58 PM
There have been members on here I think Fernando was one of them and he put his ad up every day on craigslist to stay at the top.

gotta_mow
06-03-2008, 06:10 PM
I've only been doing this for a week, but I have been posting on craigslist daily. I have one full season contract from craigslist and one lady that needed her lawn mowed in the next hour. I could not help her.

Ben

quickcleanlawn
06-03-2008, 07:14 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ June 03 2008,5:58)]There have been members on here I think Fernando was one of them and he put his ad up every day on craigslist to stay at the top.
I only post once a week on craigslist, because if you post to much they wills pam you, and delete your post for over posting .I found that once a week in diferent catagorys is good enough. I used to get a response everyday, until it was flooded with competition.

UniversityLandscapers
06-04-2008, 01:16 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ June 03 2008,4:27)]Dave,

Have you been dealing with any tire kickers from craigslist? Do you have a lot of people looking for the cheapest price and that's it or no?

If you don't have that problem, how do you weed those low paying customers out?
I get those kind of calls for sure, but I give them my price and if they don't like it, it's their problem. I actually find I get some of these desperate last minute type of things, since they don't have time to research companies etc. they just look for a quick solution on Craigslist.

I've gotten a number of good commercial accounts out of Craigslist and some other jobs for estate sales and things of that nature where people just need to find someone to handle the work, and they don't want/need to put too much time and effort into it.

My advice is to have a nice, clean, professional looking ad rather than the "I'm a guy with a mower" type of thing, then people know you're legit.

This is my ad, in case people haven't seen it:

Craigslist ad (http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/hss/692936173.html)

Also, to avoid having yourself flagged for spam, set up an account and delete your previous ads before placing it again. I was going daily/once every two days for a while and I never had any problems.

Steve
06-04-2008, 02:25 AM
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm233/davesmunroe/CraigslistFlyer-1.jpg

Very nice ad!

gotta_mow
06-08-2008, 08:53 AM
A couple of weeks into using Craigslist and I am now turning away jobs. I turned down a job this morning from a lady who has 2 acres in a way upper class neighborhood. She told me on the phone that she had 2 companies so far this year had had to stop using them. (that was on Saturday). She wanted me to come out on Sunday morning and give her an estimate and bring the gear to mow the lawn. Then she called me Saturday night and said she had yet another company come out and mow on Saturday but still wants me to come out for the estimate on Sunday.

I called her and told her that were just not interested and that were looking for customers to build a relationship with not somone who is changing companies eveytime the sun comes up.

Ben

gotta_mow
06-09-2008, 01:12 AM
Today I found the following ad in our local craigslist
http://columbus.craigslist.org/lbs/712198858.html

UniversityLandscapers
06-09-2008, 01:31 AM
Haha...I've seen a few like that around here, guess they're going for the lowball market. I saw one that was something like "fat kid likes to mow grass"

smfreeman
05-11-2009, 12:30 AM
I like you ad. How did you create it and get it on Craigs? I have noticed flyers on photobucket. Does anyone know how to do or get flyers onto photobucket to use on Craigslist? Thanks for your help.




I get those kind of calls for sure, but I give them my price and if they don't like it, it's their problem. I actually find I get some of these desperate last minute type of things, since they don't have time to research companies etc. they just look for a quick solution on Craigslist.

I've gotten a number of good commercial accounts out of Craigslist and some other jobs for estate sales and things of that nature where people just need to find someone to handle the work, and they don't want/need to put too much time and effort into it.

My advice is to have a nice, clean, professional looking ad rather than the "I'm a guy with a mower" type of thing, then people know you're legit.

This is my ad, in case people haven't seen it:

Craigslist ad (http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/hss/692936173.html)

Also, to avoid having yourself flagged for spam, set up an account and delete your previous ads before placing it again. I was going daily/once every two days for a while and I never had any problems.

CHEESE2009
05-11-2009, 01:09 AM
I post ads every day on craigslist, trying to compete with another company who posts right after me. I took a few days off, & so did the other guy. I decided to post again and BAM he did right away lol...

http://montreal.en.craigslist.ca/search/hss?query=Breeze

Steve
05-11-2009, 04:10 AM
How have you liked or disliked the results of your craigslist ad placement?

CHEESE2009
05-11-2009, 05:48 PM
The only phone calls I've received from craigslist were from people who couldn't read what my service offered & where I work.

I get tons of calls & emails, it's too bad their far :(

jesseboy512
12-25-2010, 02:50 AM
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm233/davesmunroe/CraigslistFlyer-1.jpg

Very nice ad!

how do you do something like this?! awesome work!

Steve
12-26-2010, 10:12 PM
Do you mean insert a graphic like that or make a flyer?