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MCSLAWNCARE
02-22-2006, 04:41 PM
Has or does anyone make adds for newspapers if i give them the sizes needed. ANy info would be great.

chris

Steve
02-22-2006, 10:20 PM
Is this going to be a text or a graphical ad?

MCSLAWNCARE
02-23-2006, 08:08 AM
Most likely just text with my logo or something simple. Im junt not very creative with things like this(you give me some landscaping though and im your guy lol) so i dont have any ideas on what it should look like.

chris

Steve
02-23-2006, 08:48 AM
Well, what size are you looking at for the paper and graphics will usually cost more in the paper than just text.

NickN
02-23-2006, 08:50 AM
I'll help ya out if ya need it.I've done newspaper ads.I used a photo background with text across the photo and the logo included.Only thing right now,is finding the time to do it.:D

Steve
02-23-2006, 08:53 AM
Hey NickN,

Could you post an image of one you have done in the past?

NickN
02-23-2006, 09:52 AM
This is the only copy I can find at the moment.I ended up leaving off the email address(Ritchiem and I were working on getting my website set up).I also removed the Licensed and insured/commercial and residential text.Just seemed like too much info in a small space.The ad size was 4x6 and was ran in a special home & garden section of the paper.

Steve
02-23-2006, 11:16 AM
whoops i don't think it attached for some reason.

Can you email it and I will get it online?

support@gophersoftware.com

MCSLAWNCARE
02-23-2006, 03:26 PM
the sizes im looking at are 2x3 or 3x2. Im looking for something catchy not to wordy though.


MCS LAWNCARE
352-243-8881
all calls returned
spring special 20% off first month of new lawn service
spring special 20% off any powerwashing service
services availible: mowing, edging, mulching, powerwashing storm clean up

any help is greal.

im looking at all black and white(low budget paper) but very effective 30,000 weekly circulation ths size given is only $20 per week.

chris

MCSLAWNCARE
02-23-2006, 03:59 PM
OH I FORGOT this need to be in PDF format.

chris

MCSLAWNCARE
02-23-2006, 04:06 PM
some services i forgot


weed removal
landscape instalation
hedge and shrub trimming

things to use maby?
my saying" I take care of your lawn so you dont have to".

free estimates
fully licenced & insured

just some ideas from my end

Steve
02-24-2006, 12:07 PM
Hi MCSLAWNCARE,

One of the things I learned in the past that seemed counter intuitive is to NOT put your company name at top in such ads. It may seem strange to you but the ad header is the thing that must jump out to catch the readers eye. If you don't catch the readers eye, there is no hope your ad will be read.
Words like FREE really stop someone dead in their tracks when reading classified ads.

Here is something that is off the wall but may inspire you.

What if you did something like this

FREE
I will mow your lawn for free.
Call now.
xxx-xxx-xxxx

Then when they call you could have a special offer, you will give them their 5th mow for free with a sign annual contract.

This should get people to call. That's an important step. Then you can get their information and check out their yard for a price quote.

What are your thoughts?

MCSLAWNCARE
02-24-2006, 01:38 PM
This add is not a classified ad this is in the paper i can put grafics, or any thing else im just not that creative.

chris

Steve
02-27-2006, 07:20 AM
How about if we put the text in there with some grass clipart at the bottom like the one used in this flyer.

http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/uploads/post-9-67028-free_flyer_2_preview.gif

MCSLAWNCARE
02-27-2006, 07:49 AM
That sounds good i was thinking along the same line, only thing is what about the color. also the dead line for this is wed so any help is so very much appreciated.

chris

MCSLAWNCARE
02-27-2006, 08:38 PM
PLEASE HELP DEADLINE TOMORROW AT NOON

chris

Steve
02-28-2006, 06:37 AM
Hi MCSLAWNCARE,

Maybe one of these will help you.

Steve
02-28-2006, 06:37 AM
The pdf file is here.

MCSLAWNCARE
02-28-2006, 07:25 AM
They look great can they be done individually done and can i also get them non pdf so i can make changes. also what size are they

chris

Steve
02-28-2006, 08:19 AM
Hi MCSLAWNCARE,

If you wanted the paper to use a specific one I am sure you could just tell them which one on that page you wanted to use and they could do it. Each should be 3 inches wide by 2 inches high.

If you want to edit the file. Here you go.

Steve
03-01-2006, 02:53 PM
Hi MCSLAWNCARE,

Which ad did you go with? When will it be in the paper?

MCSLAWNCARE
03-01-2006, 09:18 PM
I used your warning sign but changed it to read "WARNING you may be paying too much for lawncare call MCS LAWNCARE for information"

it runs starting next wed and runs until i stop it.

chris

Steve
03-02-2006, 05:41 AM
Oh this is going to be very interesting. Let us know when you start getting your calls!

Nice job!

MCSLAWNCARE
03-02-2006, 07:00 AM
Why interesting? Does this sound ad to you??
chris

Steve
03-02-2006, 07:13 AM
I bet your ad is the first one read on page. Which is a good thing.

When you get the paper, you should scan in the page to show the headlines other companies use. I would guess none of them will be as attention grabbing as yours.

Billz
03-02-2006, 08:28 AM
be sure to let us know the responce... I have often thought of this but it costs about $200 per week in our local paper...with a good responce, it would be worth it, but really can add up fast with no calls!

Steve
03-02-2006, 08:44 AM
Hi Billz,

How many LCO's advertise in that paper? Also have you been able to save any for the past couple of weeks or can you? Then we could see how many repeat ads there are placed.
The more repeats ads, the more it may potentially work.

Billz
03-02-2006, 11:07 AM
that is a good idea. I will start saving them and looking.

bcflawnlandscape
03-05-2006, 07:27 PM
The newspapers I advertise in will design the ad for you usually for free when you place and ad with them. I know all the papers I've advertised do!