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Old 01-13-2010, 09:47 PM
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Based on my experience in the security industry we had a GPS tracking product and the rights to it no one else did, we thought what a great opportunity and we spent thousands on radio advertising, results, next to NIL.

It was suggested we try those TV ad's, the ones where you go to a certain channel and it tells you what is on at what time and what channel on half the screen, the other half is scrolling advertisements, sometimes talking ad's, we tried that and the results were stunning.

Another thing that worked amazing for us was advertising on the benches at bus stops in target areas and advertising on city bus's.

I have never tried any of these in the Lawn/Yard Care so I have no idea what the results would be but I can tell you it's expensive and I personally found other ways to bring in more business than we could handle in 2009. I already have Landscaping jobs, wood chipping and excavation jobs coming in from people I have never dealt with and it's January and we are buried with snow.

Something happened this evening, I generally don't drive the trucks in the winter, I drive my Diesel Jetta, anyhow I decided to take myself out for a coffee and muffin at a local spot 15 min from the house and took one of the trucks, no specific reason, as I was getting in my truck to leave a fellow knocked on the window, said his son's house had burnt and they were looking to hire an excavation company and was wondering if it was something I might be interested in. I am going to have a look at the site tomorrow as I have two excavators that are heated so the temps don't really matter.

I have found aside from using my network and referrals, small newspaper ad's in specific areas and my post cards are what grew the company to where it is today. The website has been amazing also but I find getting high rankings very, very easy to do.

Perhaps in 2011 we will look at a spring trade home show but we are already getting to the point where we have to step back and what I mean by that when my waiting list gets to 4 weeks for a service, I hate putting people off.

The spraying program should be fine as I added two additional tractors for mowing and spraying and a new 20 foot trailer should be here this week which will free up another trailer that the lawn care guys can use, the 20 foot one will allow me to haul an excavator and tractor with a loader at the same time, the savings will be such that it will pay for itself it less than 90 days.

I still think and believe direct advertising will give the best results but that is just me.
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