Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review!

Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! Lawn Care Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Discussion.

Phone numbers on advertising material


Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review!

Lawn Care Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Discussion.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-03-2012, 07:56 PM
thom thom is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Northern Ohio
Posts: 111
Rep Power: 4
thom is on a distinguished road
Default Phone numbers on advertising material

I am going to list 2 phone numbers on
my advertising material.
One of those phone numbers will be
clearly marked as a cell phone number.
The other will be a land line.
Should the land line be marked as "office",
or "home"?
Or something else?
What looks better?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 12-03-2012, 08:00 PM
patrick6411 patrick6411 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 106
Rep Power: 3
patrick6411 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by thom View Post
I am going to list 2 phone numbers on
my advertising material.
One of those phone numbers will be
clearly marked as a cell phone number.
The other will be a land line.
Should the land line be marked as "office",
or "home"?
Or something else?
What looks better?
Office if you are answering it professionally. I forward our office number to my cell when I know that I will be away from it.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-04-2012, 07:44 AM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by thom View Post
I am going to list 2 phone numbers on
my advertising material.
One of those phone numbers will be
clearly marked as a cell phone number.
The other will be a land line.
Should the land line be marked as "office",
or "home"?
Or something else?
What looks better?

why oh why would you use a cell phone number in advertising?

you keep it simple and advertise one business line and when you are out and expecting calls have it forwarded to your cell.
this way you will not be advertising your cell to the world as well as you will receive all the calls you are expecting.

always mark number as office anything else including cell phone is unprofessional as well as if you list a cell phone number that will be the first number they call and they will harass you with texts and annoying messages at all hours of the day.

we are just landscapers dude, no one is gonna need a emergency lawn mow or 50 ways to contacts us, we are just landscapers, its not that important and you are probably the only one in your world that thinks it is.

not trying to insult you, just saying.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-04-2012, 07:54 AM
patrick6411 patrick6411 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 106
Rep Power: 3
patrick6411 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dpld View Post
why oh why would you use a cell phone number in advertising?

you keep it simple and advertise one business line and when you are out and expecting calls have it forwarded to your cell.
this way you will not be advertising your cell to the world as well as you will receive all the calls you are expecting.

always mark number as office anything else including cell phone is unprofessional as well as if you list a cell phone number that will be the first number they call and they will harass you with texts and annoying messages at all hours of the day.

we are just landscapers dude, no one is gonna need a emergency lawn mow or 50 ways to contacts us, we are just landscapers, its not that important and you are probably the only one in your world that thinks it is.

not trying to insult you, just saying.
You have a great point. When I place ads I never place a cell or an email number on my ads. The reason I don't place email is because a live person is easier to sale my services to then a cell. I don't give my cell out, but don't ever reply to text messages even from family. I sure wouldn't reply to customers.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-04-2012, 01:00 PM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Do the same as above. It makes life MUCH easier! Dont leave your cell #, have the calls forwarded
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-06-2012, 09:52 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

My business number IS my cell phone number.

I sure as crap am not giving out my home number, and I don't see the need to pay for another land line where nobody is there to answer.

I'd never advertise that it's my cell number though.



I never thought I'd like texting - at all, but a LOT of my better clients are busy, working people who I communicate with via text messaging a LOT.
It allows for quick questions, offers, reminders, etc to be made in a manner that is much less intrusive than a direct phone call.
I just made an extra $100 today because I texted some clients while in their neighborhood to see if they needed anything while I was there.

All that said, the only other person who calls my cell, is my wife.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-06-2012, 10:17 PM
Cashin H&P Cashin H&P is offline
new member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Bedford NH
Posts: 409
Rep Power: 0
Cashin H&P is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
My business number IS my cell phone number.

I sure as crap am not giving out my home number, and I don't see the need to pay for another land line where nobody is there to answer.

I'd never advertise that it's my cell number though.



I never thought I'd like texting - at all, but a LOT of my better clients are busy, working people who I communicate with via text messaging a LOT.
It allows for quick questions, offers, reminders, etc to be made in a manner that is much less intrusive than a direct phone call.
I just made an extra $100 today because I texted some clients while in their neighborhood to see if they needed anything while I was there.

All that said, the only other person who calls my cell, is my wife.
I agree with hedge, texting customers is awesome. I never though I would allow it but it makes things so much easier. I do have two cell phones though, one for the company and one for my personal use, it only takes drunk dialing a customer once tomake you get a personal phone.

ps. its a good thing that customer happens to be a family friend and though it was the funniest thing it the world!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-07-2012, 12:29 AM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dpld View Post
why oh why would you use a cell phone number in advertising?

you keep it simple and advertise one business line and when you are out and expecting calls have it forwarded to your cell.
this way you will not be advertising your cell to the world as well as you will receive all the calls you are expecting.

always mark number as office anything else including cell phone is unprofessional as well as if you list a cell phone number that will be the first number they call and they will harass you with texts and annoying messages at all hours of the day.

we are just landscapers dude, no one is gonna need a emergency lawn mow or 50 ways to contacts us, we are just landscapers, its not that important and you are probably the only one in your world that thinks it is.

not trying to insult you, just saying.
This is interesting.... I made the mistake of advertising my cell phone for years. So when I get some crazy looking number I dont answer. Then I find out it was a job. Then I get another and answer and its spam. So now I dont answer my phone while I'm working.

I was just doing a tree job and the lady called me 4-5 times from 3 different numbers. When I was done I pulled out my phone to call her and seen all the calls. She was just trying to come by with a check and when I did call her back it was to late. She sent the check in the mail fast but still that was $900 I had to wait 2 days for that wouldve been in my hand.

I talked to another local guy and he did it the same way DLPD mentioned. He only gave out the office number and checked the messages when he was home and done for the day. It does end up being a distraction to handle calls when you have crews to direct and decisions to make in the field.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-07-2012, 04:01 AM
Billy Goat's Avatar
Billy Goat Billy Goat is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 163
Rep Power: 3
Billy Goat is on a distinguished road
Default Office Line

I hope to have my lawn business up and running before spring. I was wondering what to do about a office line also. From the posts above I see its not a good idea to use your personal cell phone as a office line. I like to sleep at night also.

A second land line would be nice in the future if the business grows but for now I was thinking about getting a second cell phone just for the business. I have a family plan so adding extra phones is cheap. People today text more and more instead of calling on the phone.

Another cheap option not getting a second land line is getting magic jack for your computer. I have a older one but never really use it but I think when I got it, the number is active for for 5 years before renewal. I think the new magic jacks dont even need a computer. They plug right into a network jack.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-07-2012, 11:14 AM
patrick6411 patrick6411 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 106
Rep Power: 3
patrick6411 is on a distinguished road
Default

If the cost of the second phone line is what is holding you guys back, try a majicjack. They work pretty good and are cheap. You are able to forward it to your cell.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Important numbers - marketing idea Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 25 10-31-2008 04:19 PM
GL numbers patphish123 General Business Discussions 0 06-09-2008 08:22 PM
Vanity Phone Numbers jrwalker333 Introduce Yourself 10 02-07-2008 12:21 PM
Crunch All Numbers tiedeman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 0 03-08-2007 07:27 PM
input check numbers Accuscapes Landscaping Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 5 12-26-2005 03:28 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Yesterday 05:57 PM
by TRV
12 1,452
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Yesterday 04:35 PM
by achri12
26 2,670
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
Yesterday 04:29 PM
by achri12
3 8,632
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Yesterday 10:27 AM
by kslawn
6 447
Happy Thanksgiving!
Steve
Yesterday 09:48 AM
Yesterday 09:48 AM
by Steve
0 34
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
11-26-2014 10:30 PM
by Just Cuts
1,194 349,264
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
11-26-2014 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 314
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
11-26-2014 09:16 PM
by stevef1201
9 371
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
11-26-2014 07:32 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
4 468
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
11-26-2014 07:22 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
178 14,358
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
11-26-2014 12:12 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 268
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
11-26-2014 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 93
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
11-25-2014 07:27 AM
11-26-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 99
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
11-26-2014 11:19 AM
by Steve
18 686
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
11-26-2014 10:58 AM
by Steve
10 431
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
11-26-2014 10:57 AM
by Steve
22 6,327
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
11-26-2014 10:40 AM
by Steve
14 490
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 255
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,295
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 719
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 383
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 612
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 211
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,071
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 619
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,989
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,557
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,287
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 877
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 651
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 573
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 402
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,497
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 356
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 625
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,708
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,830
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 32,031
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,796
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 534
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 744
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 423
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 494
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,452
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 700
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 602
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 400
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 414
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 683
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 456
» Popular Tags
4wd aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bid billy goat brushcutter blades bush charge christmas decorating deliquentaccounts ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate ferris first truck foreman georgia gopherhaul growing a lawn care business hiring how much to charge how to husqvarna hydraulic installation introduction landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website marketing mechanic monthly mulch mulch price new business new mower ordinance per hour charge podcast profit on employee reo running a business savannah scag v-ride shreaded snow plowing starting a business start up lawn care business steep lawns steve stihl toro trailer trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:01 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:01 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy