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  • #31
    Today, while mowing one of my regular client's lawns, I noted a truck drive slowly past mine, then a minute later it came back up the street and stopped near my truck. I paused, as I wasn't sure why he stopped where he did, and then I saw him looking at the yard sign behind my truck as he was writing on a piece of paper.



    Then he noticed me and rolled the window down. He asked about getting a quote for leaf removal at his home around the corner. I gave him a card and he said he'd call when the leaves were done falling.





    The signs do get noticed.

    Speaking of getting "noticed" - I think that there are little things that can help draw attention to your truck, or sign that make people notice you, and get them thinking about things they may need done.
    For example, I nearly always put cones out when I'm parked. I think that leaving my truck cap window open is more notable than when it's closed, and it doesn't hurt to leave a rake, or blower in sight during leaf cleanup season - even if you're just mowing a lawn.

    When I'm finished trimming hedges, I place my FS90R with the hedge trimmer attachment where people driving by can see it. It's not your typical "hedge trimmer", and I think it tells people you've got some serious equipment - that you're not just some homeowner out trimming his hedges.

    None of these cost a penny to do, yet are "advertising" just the same.

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    • #32
      In the past we had talked a little about this. What if you had some type of sign that said warning landscaper ahead and then had your phone number on it? Something like this sign you put behind your trailer?

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      • #33
        I had a woman stop her car on a busy road to come talk to me about a quote.

        I was mowing when I looked up the slope towards the road, and there was a woman waving to get my attention. I noticed that she had parked her car up on the curb behind my truck and put her hazard lights on. LOL! I can't believe someone stopped on this busy road!

        I went to look at her property when I was finished. I don't think I'll get it, nor do I think I want it.
        The back is a large, steep hillside that must be accessed via an alley from the top. I HATE properties that require you to move your vehicle. It's like two jobs for the price of one.
        Speaking of price... I asked what she had been paying. She said "$67 a month - cut twice". (for the whole property) Pfffffttt!!! I told her I couldn't come close to that. Said that the hill alone would be $45-$50. I gave a price of $80 biweekly (not for "the month") for the whole property.

        She said she still has another estimate to get.I think I'm calling and telling her "No thanks". That hill is just an accident waiting to happen, and after talking, I foresee a "It doesn't need cut this week" situation.


        Either way, the SIGNS WORK!!!

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        • #34
          WOW! That would have been a property and a road to take a picture of!
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          • #35
            WOW! That would have been a property and a road to take a picture of!
            Yeah. I kicked myself for not taking a pic of that hill.

            Stand by for more pics of the signs though...

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              • #37
                Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...

















































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                • #38
                  I hadn't been putting my signs out lately, but did so today while trimming hedges along a highly traveled street in the city. I was parked along the curb in front of the home I was working at with no other parked cars around - front, or back.

                  At one point a car slowed and pulled over behind my truck/trailer. A lady got out and waved to get my attention.

                  She said she was on her way home across town and saw the sign, so she thought she'd stop to ask if I do lawn reseeding.
                  Unfortunately, I have no time for such work at the moment, but it was cool that the sign is what prompted her to pull over and ask.

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                  • #39
                    The good thing about you, is your signs and stuff relate to what you do, and they are very pretty.

                    When I make signs, they look good, but they look very Nazi-washed-out-post-apocalyptic-ish.

                    Bad habit... but cooool lol.



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                    • #40
                      Scott are those two signs or do you use both graphics in a sign?
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                      • #41
                        Scott are those two signs or do you use both graphics in a sign?
                        The first one is actually a card, the second is the heading for a special version of a contract, there's even custom paper made for it... lol

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                        • #42
                          What do you do with that kind of card? How is it utilized?
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                          • #43
                            What do you do with that kind of card? How is it utilized?
                            I haven't used it yet, not very interested in getting into aeration.


                            I write in an expiry date, then stick them in door jams. This card doesn't have a back side created, and just a phone number is shown. The back side could eventually have the company name, but I like being mysterious lol.

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                            • #44
                              Does he have a website? They look great!

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                              • #45
                                Does he have a website? They look great!
                                Are you talking to me?


                                Thank you. I designed them myself and he just printed what I gave him, so really, the guy who made them had nothing to do with how they look.

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