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08-02-2007, 02:05 PM
hey guys, i just wanted to update my progress

i bought a 48" exmark metro walk behind with grass catcher

i borrowed a small back pack blower and trimmer from my dad.

then i got my name and logo finalized

Got Grass?
Landscaping

has been born

i ordered 1000 flyers 4 colors and gloss for $209
those will be here saturday.

also today i got my son and daughter and there 2 friends to put up 350 black and white versions of my flyer.

we did 2 local super stop and shops and about 150 houses in my area.

we did that in about 2 hrs.

i notice that know one says anything to little 8 yr old kids.....
heck they even ask and wait for for the flyer...

its was hot and fun!!!!!!

i also ordered my magnetic signs and should have them any day now!

heres my final flyer.....

i am also going to work on my myspace page today and start friend requesting to get my name out there.



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Steve
08-02-2007, 02:14 PM
Oh I don't see your flyer. Were you having problems posting it?

08-02-2007, 02:30 PM
yes i cant upload it

its in pdf format

08-02-2007, 02:31 PM
this is the flyer

hopefully this works this time

Steve
08-02-2007, 02:46 PM
I made an image file so others can see it quickly. I like the flyer a lot!

As you were out handing out flyers, were you able to talk to people? Were you able to offer any price quotes on the spot?

Can you take some pictures of your setup now to share with us?

Also send me a friend request when you get your myspace site up.

08-02-2007, 02:49 PM
there wasnt many people home!

we just put them in the doors.

hope fully when peole get home i will get some calls

Steve
08-02-2007, 03:13 PM
Keep me posted on how the calls go. Quite often when we talk about flyer distribution on the forum, some lawn care operators have found it a better response when they go out in the evening or the weekends when they can talk with home owners and give quotes on the spot.

The more people you talk with the better your chances are of making a sale.

What would be interested would be to keep track of how many flyers you handed out now and how many people you talked with and how many jobs you got from them.

And then compare it to when you hand out another round of flyers when more homeowners are home.

Then we all could see which way lands you more jobs.

08-02-2007, 05:15 PM
how do you feel if there werent home and i left a quote on the flyer???

Steve
08-02-2007, 05:56 PM
Well it is something that is done but from what we have seen the best way is to give the quote in person because then you can sell the price. If you are not there in person, the home owner will compare the price to other lcos without having the added value of knowing you.

When they know you, when they are talking with you, they become more comfortable with you and may ultimately even pay more to have a service provided by someone they are comfortable with.

What's your view?

08-02-2007, 06:54 PM
i was just going to do both so i can test it.

i would do alot better if i was in front of people.

what type of houses to you guys usually target.


small medium large commercial?http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

i targeted alot of small yards today.

most look like they havent been cut in like 2 weeks atleast!

and i also looked for people that there yard has never been trimmed before??

Steve
08-03-2007, 02:51 AM
Quote[/b] ]what type of houses to you guys usually target.


small medium large commercial?http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

i targeted alot of small yards today.

most look like they havent been cut in like 2 weeks atleast!

and i also looked for people that there yard has never been trimmed before??

From our experience, you make the most money targeting the most expensive well maintained lawns in your area.
Don't target homes that look like they haven't been cut in a while. It's a sign they don't care about their lawn or they don't have any money. Same with never been trimmed before lawns.

If you want to experiment, test your marketing between a richer area and then an area where the yards aren't well maintained and see what happens.

Keep us posted on what you find.

08-03-2007, 02:21 PM
update:

my first call was today around noon!

to my surprise it was a house that didnt really look that maintained.

should i be scared... lol

today im going to drop my flyers in the richer neighborhoods

ill keep you guys posted.

Steve
08-03-2007, 03:16 PM
Yea let us know what happens. Congratulations too!

AMW Graphics
08-07-2007, 06:07 PM
Quote[/b] (cwr525 @ Aug. 03 2007,2:21)]update:

my first call was today around noon!

to my surprise it was a house that didnt really look that maintained.

should i be scared... lol

today im going to drop my flyers in the richer neighborhoods

ill keep you guys posted.
Chris, please give us a call when you have a few mins.
Sent you a PM also.

Thanks

Little's
08-08-2007, 12:12 AM
Congrats on the first call. One thing that has helped my business tremendously was getting in good with the local nursery. There is a nursery on the West side of our town (doctors, lawyers, etc.) and they refer people to me constantly. At least 2 calls per week. Some of them are my biggest paying accounts. I have noticed that they dont mind paying more for your services if you assure them you will do a good job, then follow through of course. Good Luck! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/yourock.gif

Steve
08-08-2007, 07:08 AM
Do you pay them anything for referrals? A while back another business owner was telling me how he went into the store every week to pay the counter staff 10% cash for any referrals he got from them and that really helped him grow.