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    Anybody have experience with putting out these signs @ exit ramps and busy intersections to attract business?

    If so, what are some things I may need to know? What kind of return should I expect from my advertising dollars if I go this route?

    I'm asking this because I'm not at all satisfied with my return on the door hangers that I have been using.

    I need more business. I feel like I'm getting left behind and only getting occasional customers that other Lawn Care guys don't want.

    I DONT' WANT THESE PROBLEM CUSTOMERS!!!

    I want regular customers that keep me busy and don't cause problems.

  • #2
    here's some info on these signs. I used them alot as a health/life insurance agent years ago....
    1)In most counties they restrict or forbid temporary signage without a permit, Now your not going to pull a permit for every sign (or any sign for that matter) so every now & then I'd get a call from the county saying these are illegal signs & that they removed some & those will be destroyed & that they recorded where others were. If I didn't remove them they would collect them & fine me per sign. (sometimes I went & got them, other times I did not) I never did get fined though. But the county will often pull them in a couple days so, I advise you to put them up on a friday night & at least then they'll typically be up til sometime monday or tuesday.
    2) a bit of advise. have the signs made proffesionally but don't spend a ton on them. If possible keep it a simple one color design. Don't buy the stands.
    Go to home depot & buy ladder wire. It will look like this http://www.h-b.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6 and will typically come in 12' peices, It's metal stuff typically used in bettween courses of cinderblock when building homes to add reinforcement so it will be in the construction supply isle (all the way to the left in most home depot stores). Get a cheap pair of bolt cutters & cut the ladders into smaller sections to use as your stands. You can usually get about 4 stands per 12' section. They are stronger & cheaper that way. And cheap is good since they will be removed by the county sometimes, others will be taken by jerks who want to cover your sign to make a yard sale sign! I had some sucess with them back then but have never used them for my lawn service company.

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    • #3
      So how do you attract business and what are some other suggestions as far as lawn service is concerned.

      I don't wanna be going blind doing this if you haven't done it for lawn service before.

      I did the door hangers, I got cards made. I have t-shirts I wear everyday. I can't afford the signs for my truck yet.
      I been getting calls, but very slow and not consistent.


      I also need a pitch when people call me so they are not so afraid to get into a contract with me. Whether verbal or written.

      HELP

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      • #4
        FASt Signs quoted me @ about $5.75 per sign. That's 1 color 1 side 12" x 18".

        Is that Good? If not, where can I get 'em cheaper?

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        • #5
          I did a 10 second websearch & found this http://www.supercheapsigns.com/price...?category_id=1
          Prices look much better but I have never used them.....
          I'll get into some details & tips tommorrow.... I'm tired man, going to bed. Sorry!

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          • #6
            I did a 10 second websearch & found this http://www.supercheapsigns.com/price...?category_id=1
            Prices look much better but I have never used them.....
            I'll get into some details & tips tommorrow.... I'm tired man, going to bed. Sorry!
            Tomorrow?

            What's up?

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            • #7
              coroplast signs

              Go to www.AGEGraphics.com

              Best prices I could find.

              I ordered 50 18"x24" 1 color 2 sides with 50 stakes for $150.00.

              I also had them make me 2 16"x 22" truck magnets to match for one of my trucks.(2 for $35.00)

              The coroplast signs made excellent signs for my open trailer.

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              • #8
                I also need a pitch when people call me so they are not so afraid to get into a contract with me. Whether verbal or written.
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                • #9
                  I'm going to wait before I get these signs made until after I get my website up and running.

                  That way I can put my site on the signs and any other form of advertising I spend money on.

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                  • #10
                    I'm going to wait before I get these signs made until after I get my website up and running.

                    That way I can put my site on the signs and any other form of advertising I spend money on.
                    I do like yard signs , but you need to know how to use them.

                    I use them every weekend but I work close with code enforcment and find out were to put them and what days they work. If fined the fee could be $500 per sign. But most of the time its a smack on the hand.

                    Keep trying you will find something that works well for you!

                    One of the biggest and best advertising I have done was that I went out to all business owner in the area and talked to them about my business and put a stack of my Business card on thier counter with holder.
                    You will be suprised on how many people wants to help and pass on referals.

                    Thanx!

                    AND OF COURSE OUR OUTDOOR BUSINESS CARD HOLDERS WILL WORK GREAT FOR YOU!!!
                    Artie Crowley
                    www.marketingholders.com
                    sales@marketingholders.com

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                    • #11
                      Artie,

                      When you use these lawn signs, you would only stick them in the ground for a few days and then pull them out? What do you think would be ideal as far as lawn signs go for lawn care business owners? Should they insert them in the ground for a couple days and then pull them out and put them into another spot for a few days?
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                      • #12
                        Artie,

                        When you use these lawn signs, you would only stick them in the ground for a few days and then pull them out? What do you think would be ideal as far as lawn signs go for lawn care business owners? Should they insert them in the ground for a couple days and then pull them out and put them into another spot for a few days?
                        Funny thing!

                        My City of Cocoa Fl Code enforsment guy came into my office with 4 of my signs to let me know that I was going to be fined $500 per sign if I put them out again.

                        While he was in my office I sold him a house!!! So the signs work in so many ways. haha

                        I only put them out on sundays now because they work Monday to Saturday here. This the city part of town.

                        Now the county is a little easier they rarely ever take my signs down.

                        So do some research and find out were you can and can not put them.

                        Best way to find is to call and ask. They are pretty nice about it.

                        THE BEST ONES ARE DOUBLE SIDED!!!

                        Thanx!
                        Artie Crowley
                        www.marketingholders.com
                        sales@marketingholders.com

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                        • #13
                          Artie,

                          When you use these lawn signs, you would only stick them in the ground for a few days and then pull them out? What do you think would be ideal as far as lawn signs go for lawn care business owners? Should they insert them in the ground for a couple days and then pull them out and put them into another spot for a few days?
                          Another thing I would do is get smaller yard signs and put them in your costumers yards. Not full time move them around. People will see them while walking the dog or just driving by, Put our outdoor businees card holder on those ones.

                          Code will not pick those up unless in a community that has restriction.

                          Thanx!
                          Artie
                          Artie Crowley
                          www.marketingholders.com
                          sales@marketingholders.com

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                          • #14
                            Coroplast signs VS. other advertising methods?

                            I'd really like to know the return on these signs vs. other advertising methods.

                            I have tried the door hangers and I'm not satisfied with my return no matter what neighborhood I put them in. I've even talked to people, shook hands, etc and gotten nowhere near where I'd like to be.


                            I really want to know what I can expect as far as calls.
                            I know every call won't result in a client, but I need to have my phone ringing more!


                            Artie, I'm thinking of getting 100 to start. This a good idea? Should I start with 50?
                            I say 100 because monetarily, it seems to make the most sense when I crunch the numbers. It comes out to about $2.24/sign for 18"x24", 1 color, double-sided.
                            While 50 signs would cost me $3.44/sign for the same .

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                            • #15
                              Anybody have experience with putting out these signs @ exit ramps and busy intersections to attract business?

                              If so, what are some things I may need to know? What kind of return should I expect from my advertising dollars if I go this route?

                              I'm asking this because I'm not at all satisfied with my return on the door hangers that I have been using.

                              I need more business. I feel like I'm getting left behind and only getting occasional customers that other Lawn Care guys don't want.

                              I DONT' WANT THESE PROBLEM CUSTOMERS!!!

                              I want regular customers that keep me busy and don't cause problems.
                              here's some info on these signs. I used them alot as a health/life insurance agent years ago....
                              1)In most counties they restrict or forbid temporary signage without a permit, Now your not going to pull a permit for every sign (or any sign for that matter) so every now & then I'd get a call from the county saying these are illegal signs & that they removed some & those will be destroyed & that they recorded where others were. If I didn't remove them they would collect them & fine me per sign. (sometimes I went & got them, other times I did not) I never did get fined though. But the county will often pull them in a couple days so, I advise you to put them up on a friday night & at least then they'll typically be up til sometime monday or tuesday.
                              2) a bit of advise. have the signs made proffesionally but don't spend a ton on them. If possible keep it a simple one color design. Don't buy the stands.
                              Go to home depot & buy ladder wire. It will look like this http://www.h-b.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6 and will typically come in 12' peices, It's metal stuff typically used in bettween courses of cinderblock when building homes to add reinforcement so it will be in the construction supply isle (all the way to the left in most home depot stores). Get a cheap pair of bolt cutters & cut the ladders into smaller sections to use as your stands. You can usually get about 4 stands per 12' section. They are stronger & cheaper that way. And cheap is good since they will be removed by the county sometimes, others will be taken by jerks who want to cover your sign to make a yard sale sign! I had some sucess with them back then but have never used them for my lawn service company.
                              Gotcha. I put in my order yesterday and they are gonna send me a proof today.

                              I got 100, 18"x24", double-sided, single color signs with no stakes for $250.12 including shipping. Is that good?

                              I didn't go with A.G.E. because they couldn't get the proofs right. I kept going back and forth with them and I didn't get what I wanted.
                              I'm confident that I made the right choice in who to give my business.

                              I'ma go check out the ladder wire next time I pass a home depot, just to get an idea of the cost.

                              Then I'll try to catch up w/ code enforcement to see if I can get word on how and when to place 'em out without the signs getting mowed over and snatched up.

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