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  • #31
    This thread keeps going and going.

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    • #32
      Quote[/b] ]Here's my partner's MySpace page:

      Green & Clean

      It's his personal page, but we customized it tonight. Let me know what you guys think.
      I think there might be money in customizing myspace sites for businesses as well!
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      • #33
        I'd never done that before... he wanted me to spruce it up a bit and add some company information on there... that's how it turned out... lol I went a little crazy, but he LOVES it...

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        • #34
          Patrick,

          Who does the marketing for your business or do both of you? Who seems to enjoy it more?
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          • #35
            Well, Jason works at Blockbuster until our business picks up, so he meets all kinds of people, passes out business cards and fliers there... I do the mainstream marketing... design work, online marketing, etc... we both go out on his days off and shake hands and hand out business cards and insta-quotes (go to the property, look it over, quote it, then go in and introduce yourself with the quote in hand)....

            I think we both like doing it... it's just the feeling of "hey, I got that customer for our business" that makes us want to do it... ya know?

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            • #36
              Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Oct. 15 2007,6:05)]Great Job! Let us know how it goes.

              You can submit your website to google to get listed. It's free. *Go here

              http://www.google.com/addurl/
              This was very helpful info. but while checking our website stats. I ran across another site that has me bummed...

              This year I have recieved a couple of calls asking if we were The Other Side and when I say yes they tell me that we do their neighbors lawn and they want us to start doing theirs BUT when they give me their address I am confused because we don't have customers that are next door. *This has led me to suspect that their was another lawn and landscape company doing business with a name close to ours.

              Well tonight I found their website. *Their name is The Other Side Landscaping Company and their site looks like they do really nice work. *They are located in McKinney, TX which is actually 37 miles from us so we are not really in each others service area and besides The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is a HUGE place with plenty of work for all but I don't want to butt heads with them...

              My brain is clicking with thoughts of trying to maybe network with them because I do get calls looking for them ...but I don't know???

              What do ya'll think???

              Anyways I cheered myself up a bit by adding some music to our website... ya'll check it out and tell me what ya think

              http://www.theothersidelawncompany.com

              Now back on topic or maybe it's not but Texas Star I like your site and I was pleased to see that you service North Richland Hills.

              We have had a route over there for the last 4 years that each year we consider dropping because the drive time is almost 5 hours to and from. *We make good money off of the 4 lawns we do over there and they are good customers that we have had from day one but the drive time just eats the profits. *And we certainly can't afford to add on anymore properties over there because we most definately don't want to make the drive more than once a week. *This has led to us turning down work in the area...

              It is nice to be able to network with someone who services the area just in case we get any more potential customers that we have to turn down or if we ever do decide to give up the four we have over there...not something we are ready to do yet but if we get any busier we might have to make that decision...

              Anyways I didn't mean to take this off topic...but I wanted to say howdy to our neighbor



              Tara Gray
              Green Paws Lawn Care
              http://www.greenpawslawncare.com

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              • #37
                You know, come to think of it. There was another lawn care business owner on here a while back that had the name The Other Side Lawn Care. Hmmm Very interesting. I guess this is the other businesses site http://www.othersidelandscaping.com/

                Are you both in the same county? That could get messy and such a similar name shouldn't have been allowed to be registered. In fact if you are in the same county and both registered there, the earlier one could send a cease and desist from using that name. This also has the potential of getting messier as you both grow.

                If you get calls for that area you could simple tell the customer to call them or you could take their info and pass it to the other company and ask they do the same. Who knows it just might work.

                I like your websites music too

                Let us know what you think of all this.
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                • #38
                  Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 05 2007,6:15)]You know, come to think of it. There was another lawn care business owner on here a while back that had the name The Other Side Lawn Care. Hmmm Very interesting. *I guess this is the other businesses site http://www.othersidelandscaping.com/

                  Are you both in the same county? That could get messy and such a similar name shouldn't have been allowed to be registered. In fact if you are in the same county and both registered there, the earlier one could send a cease and desist from using that name. This also has the potential of getting messier as you both grow.

                  If you get calls for that area you could simple tell the customer to call them or you could take their info and pass it to the other company and ask they do the same. Who knows it just might work.

                  I like your websites music too

                  Let us know what you think of all this.
                  Yes that is the other company's website and no we are not in the same county. *We are registered in Dallas and they are in McKinney. From the map it looks like they may be in Collin County so I assume they are registered there. *There is a 37 mile distance from us and so we really don't service the same areas except for I did notice they service Richardson and we do have a couple of customers in Richardson.

                  But, like I said The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex is HUGE and there is plenty of work for all so I think the chances of us butting heads would be slim.

                  But if we both grow *sighs* I don't know???

                  What I do know is that we have been The Other Side Lawn Company for 4 years and I don't want to change it.

                  I think because the names are different and that because there are about a thousand lawn and landscape companies in the metroplex that neither of us could make the other cease and desist...I think anyways??

                  I do not know how long The Other Side Landscaping has been in business...maybe I should try and find out???

                  Maybe I should just leave it alone and concentrate on growing my own company *



                  Tara Gray
                  Green Paws Lawn Care
                  http://www.greenpawslawncare.com

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                  • #39
                    Here is the map...what do you think?? Kinda close or not enough to be concerned about??

                    Map
                    Tara Gray
                    Green Paws Lawn Care
                    http://www.greenpawslawncare.com

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                    • #40
                      Have any of you used the GoDaddy.com website builder program? and how easy would it be to upload one of the free templates on here? Just getting some ideas.

                      Thanks,

                      ANDY

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                      • #41
                        Quote[/b] ]I do not know how long The Other Side Landscaping has been in business...maybe I should try and find out???
                        From their site "The Other Side Landscaping was founded in January of 2004 by Michael H. Kennedy"

                        Quote[/b] ]But if we both grow *sighs* I don't know???
                        I think there is a potential for problems as you both grow. For instance: now what if they do a bad job and people think yours is the same company? I think it is good though that you are aware of this.

                        When you look at the map you can see how a radius of 15 miles makes your service areas overlap. That really isn't too big of an area either. Which I mean there is a potential for problems.

                        I think sooner or later someone will be sending the other a letter on this issue.
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                        • #42
                          Quote[/b] ]Have any of you used the GoDaddy.com website builder program? and how easy would it be to upload one of the free templates on here? Just getting some ideas.
                          Hi Andy,

                          You should be able to do it. If not, there are plenty of lcos on this forum that are web savvy and could offer you help.

                          So try it out and see how you are able to do.
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                          • #43
                            Andy, if you need some help with a website, you should check out http://ebuildlawncarewebsites.com/

                            ...and if you need a logo, contact me... I can give you a GREAT deal!
                            pmblair@blairprod.com

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                            • #44
                              [QUOTE]Have any of you used the GoDaddy.com website builder program?[QUOTE]

                              A couple people on here said they didn't like godaddy.com to much. And to try afmu.com or yahoo.com for a hoster.
                              Rob
                              Green Image Lawn & Landscape

                              \"If you don't feel the same way about Friday nights as you do Sunday nights, then you are not doing the right thing.\"

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                              • #45
                                Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 06 2007,3:39)]
                                Quote[/b] ]I do not know how long The Other Side Landscaping has been in business...maybe I should try and find out???
                                From their site "The Other Side Landscaping was founded in January of 2004 by Michael H. Kennedy"

                                Quote[/b] ]But if we both grow *sighs* I don't know???
                                I think there is a potential for problems as you both grow. For instance: now what if they do a bad job and people think yours is the same company? I think it is good though that you are aware of this.

                                When you look at the map you can see how a radius of 15 miles makes your service areas overlap. That really isn't too big of an area either. Which I mean there is a potential for problems.

                                I think sooner or later someone will be sending the other a letter on this issue. *What do you think a letter should include??? *Should maybe I contact them and see if maybe we can work together...perhaps refer customers to each other??? *I just don't know and would appreciate any ideas or suggestions.

                                I do offer my apologies for taking this totally off topic. *Perhaps you could answer me in a new topic so we can get this one back on track???

                                The more I talk about this the more concerned I get
                                Where did you find their founded info.? *I have searched the site and can't see it. EDIT ok Duhhh I found it...*I did see on their employment area that they have been in operation for four years...

                                Looks like we both started up the same year. *It also looks like that maybe they started up with more funds available and have had better growth than we have...

                                From the site it appears that they have employees and crews while we are still just my husband, son, and me.

                                I do know that we had our website first...but that doesn't help me feel any better.

                                I too think we are a little close for comfort. *You make a real good point about what if they do a bad job or vice versa and it gives the other a bad reputation...

                                I too think that it is good that at least we know and wonder if they know about us???

                                I just don't know what steps I should take to address this???

                                What if this were to happen to you??? *what would you do as a LCO if someone opened up another LCO at the same time as you with a VERY similiar name???

                                You mentioned that sooner or later one or the other would be sending a letter out to address this issue...

                                What do you think a letter such as this should include??? *I keep thinking that maybe we could network and perhaps send customers that are outside our service areas to each other but I don't know???

                                What I do know is that I have taken this thread totally off topic so maybe when you answer you can start another thread???

                                That way I can get the advice and suggestions that I really would appreciate and this thread can get back on topic...

                                The more I think about this the more concerned I get...



                                Tara Gray
                                Green Paws Lawn Care
                                http://www.greenpawslawncare.com

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