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Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 09-05-2012, 03:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,423
Posted By PVMS
I offer the exact same thing in our referral...

I offer the exact same thing in our referral program. I just had the busiest winter because of it.
Forum: General Talk 08-26-2012, 05:27 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,084
Posted By PVMS
Hey Simmo,....you should post one of your free...

Hey Simmo,....you should post one of your free kebab ads lol.;)
Forum: Introduce Yourself 08-18-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,372
Posted By PVMS
Flyers work, you just need to put out enough at...

Flyers work, you just need to put out enough at the right time of year. Look at other ways to get your foot in the door for mowing, like weeding, pruning and cleanups.
Get to know other local...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 08-18-2012, 05:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,756
Posted By PVMS
Most of our mowers here have 4 swing back blades....

Most of our mowers here have 4 swing back blades. Not many contractors buy Honda's any more, because the Sp models don't catch wet grass, since they stuffed the design and made the rear shoot too...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 08-08-2012, 03:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,640
Posted By PVMS
I like the first,....at least it is a real offer....

I like the first,....at least it is a real offer. Money talks and BS walks as they say. That one would make me pick up the phone before an unknown percentage figure would.
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 08-07-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,640
Posted By PVMS
We mow all year round, so with my last lot of...

We mow all year round, so with my last lot of printing, I just put "Offer ends soon!...Call now!
That way I can use them when ever I want.
I think you guys have a set mowing period due to snow?
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 08-07-2012, 04:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,640
Posted By PVMS
I like it Andrew. The Guarantee looks great! The...

I like it Andrew. The Guarantee looks great! The only different thing I would have done is swapped the font size of your main offer, with the "Enjoy Summer and save!". I would also make the highlight...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 08-03-2012, 06:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,640
Posted By PVMS
Hey Andrew, when I look at my own marketing, I...

Hey Andrew, when I look at my own marketing, I stand back a bit and look at the overall picture, and judge whether or not my main message is most of what you see.
The content of your message is...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 08-03-2012, 08:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,640
Posted By PVMS
I would say keep your referral program seperate,...

I would say keep your referral program seperate, and keep the post card or flyer idea. You don't need to waste ad space with anything or much about who you are. The main headline will explain what...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 08-03-2012, 07:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,640
Posted By PVMS
Well,...no,....just offer friends and relo's the...

Well,...no,....just offer friends and relo's the same one off offer, but make it seem extra special, and give each three or four "special referral coupons" to give out to others. I would give the...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 08-03-2012, 07:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,640
Posted By PVMS
To add further,.....the opposite is true before...

To add further,.....the opposite is true before they pick up the phone, so one off offers do get the phone ringing.
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 08-03-2012, 07:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,640
Posted By PVMS
This attack is very common, and,....i'm afraid...

This attack is very common, and,....i'm afraid useless. You need to market a fair dinkum offer with no BS attached to get the phone ringing.
People want a great offer today,....not in a month or two,...
Forum: General Talk 08-02-2012, 06:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,145
Posted By PVMS
I respect that you started your business before...

I respect that you started your business before internet marketing was important, and I agree that quoting should be done face to face, but far more people search for a local business on the...
Forum: General Talk 08-01-2012, 02:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,145
Posted By PVMS
Be careful if you are getting every single quote....

Be careful if you are getting every single quote. It is a sure sign your market can afford more.
When a large mowing franchise started here in the 80s, all the indies laughed at their over the top...
Forum: General Business Discussions 07-31-2012, 04:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,389
Posted By PVMS
Weekly mowing cycles are rare here. In Spring to...

Weekly mowing cycles are rare here. In Spring to Autumn, most clients will be on bi-weeklys, in winter monthly. We generally pick up alot of fruit tree pruning over winter to fill the gaps, as well...
Forum: General Business Discussions 07-31-2012, 03:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,389
Posted By PVMS
We are lucky in that regard over here. We don't...

We are lucky in that regard over here. We don't get snow in any of the capital citys, and its not too hard to target and get $4-500 a day all year round.(not rainy days of course)
I have talked to a...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 07-27-2012, 05:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,884
Posted By PVMS
Here in Australia, many contractors including me...

Here in Australia, many contractors including me use these machines. They do a great job, and can be used at a brisk pace once an edge bed has been layed previously. They are available in the...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 07-26-2012, 11:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,814
Posted By PVMS
As far as I knew, the 875 wasn't an I/C engine....

As far as I knew, the 875 wasn't an I/C engine. The 850 is though. When my clients strectch out their mowing cycles to the point of unfairness, I simply requote.
Double the normal lenghth = double...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 07-26-2012, 05:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,302
Posted By PVMS
I take parents background into account when I...

I take parents background into account when I hire. Odds are if the parents are manual labour types, they have instilled good work ethics into their children.
I stay clear of Uni students and the...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 07-25-2012, 04:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,019
Posted By PVMS
Hey Samurai, I have never heard of one, and I...

Hey Samurai, I have never heard of one, and I live practically next door in Aus. Most contractors here use Rover, Honda, Masport or Proscape. The Briggs 850 is an old engine. Americans know it as the...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 07-25-2012, 02:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,423
Posted By PVMS
From what I have seen since I have been in...

From what I have seen since I have been in business, and looking hard at how larger companys become successful, .....they are not focused at all on dreaming up schemes to either steal clients, or...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 07-23-2012, 05:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,001
Posted By PVMS
There are plenty of people out there that can not...

There are plenty of people out there that can not afford a real contractor, so they call lowballers. Be thankful that these customers are not wasting your time.
Great genuine customers do not call...
Forum: Franchise Building, Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, & Innovators Discussions 07-21-2012, 07:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,944
Posted By PVMS
I have purchased some accounts in the past, but I...

I have purchased some accounts in the past, but I will not pay more than 3 times cut value for each, and the jobs have to be priced at least at 1 dollar a minute, and in my service area. I will not...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 07-21-2012, 01:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,385
Posted By PVMS
The best advice is that you should only take off...

The best advice is that you should only take off small amounts at at time. You can always shave more off, but you can't put it back on. Stand well back and check it by eye frequently, and pay...
Forum: General Talk 07-13-2012, 01:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,254
Posted By PVMS
I have had a few that done the midnight flip on...

I have had a few that done the midnight flip on me, owing plenty. Early on let it get to me, but a good friend in the industry sat me down and taught me to expect it, as unfortunately it is part of...
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