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Old 07-11-2012, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by dpld View Post
call me what you like but if any business knocks on my door to try and either sell me something or promote themselves whether i need the service or not will be not only told to get the hell off my property they will also be the last business i would ever call for that type of service.

knocking on doors and stuffing flyers may have worked or been common practice decades ago but it is mostly frowned upon these days and in most communities is against the law and putting anything in or on a mialbox is against the law as well.

to me knocking on doors or stuffing boxes or sticking cards on doors says, " hey i got no work and i am desperate " and most people who bite at that sales method are people looking to take advantage of you to see if you hand out sucker prices or someone who just does not have the balls to say no and get the hell off my property.

no one said starting a business is easy or cheap and there is no fast track method to build one as well as it takes years to do so and if you do not have the money to invest in proper professional advertiseing and wait for your business to grow more often then not it will not end very well.

i am not trying to insult anyone and i admire the gumption and balls to attempt to do it that way but it just is not a good way to do business in 2012.

i would suggest if you are hell bent on trying to drum up business that way to do so by getting a few hundred calanders or mugs or something cheap but usefull and knock on the doors and intoduce yourself as new to the neihborhood and give them a free gift and tell them if they ever need something in the lines of the services you offer to give you some consideration and thank them for their time and walk away and not say another word unless of course they ask you something.

don't offer a free mowing or service and keep it short and sweet, basicly bait the hook and wait for the bite and at the very least every time they look at that calander or drink from that mug they will see your name and be reminded of you and who knows, maybe when they do need something they will give you a try.
So,......Don't make offers in your marketing...
Don't use flyers.....
Don't introduce yourself to anybody??

Got me beat how you have a business at all. To not use "old fashioned" marketing media means not contacting 50% of your potential clients.
Most people intend to look someone up to call them, but either forget or put it off for what ever reason. If you give them a good reason to call "you", they will.
It really does not need to take a long time to build a business. I had 100 clients in my first year.
I made a deal to myself from the start, that if I was still on the tools myself after 5 years, I would have to reassess my way of thinking.

As far as sticking a business card on a door, Its not something that I would probably do myself, unless the card had an offer of some kind on it, otherwise i feel it may be better than nothing, but a quite passive form of marketing.
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