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Old 08-10-2012, 11:16 AM
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Is your number registered on the "do not call" list? (Does that exist in all states?)

Mine is. I don't know that it really makes a difference or not, but when I get a call like that I inform them to remove my number and that the next time I get a call, I will contact the attorney general's office.

I've even received a text message from someone trying to sell me "leads".
I texted them the above info and haven't heard back.




I dunno... maybe it's because where I live there are a lot of potential clients out, but I can't see paying someone for a lead to mow lawns.
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The guy keeps calling me and harassing me now, keeps leaving me messages like "Oh my god, we keep getting all these calls for lawn care" and "I guess your not serious about using our service, I have plenty of other businesses to give them to" and i'm thinking, yea this is defiantly making me want to use your service even more now. He told me multiple times that "if you get a bad lead just tell me and i'll replace it free" I don't believe that one bit.

all they are doing is trying to find more suckers to rope in.
that is how they make their money by having a ton of landscapers send them all a lead and charge them the bird dog fee.

the way i see it is we all work our tails off to build a business in hopes of one day being a success and i myself have been pretty successful but in the overall scheme of things considering how many landscapers there are individually we are nothing.

these people call up businesses acting as if they hand picked you and you are so special that they want you to represent them when all they really did was look up landscapers in a specific region that they want to service and they give them all the same line until someone bites.

unless you tell them no outright they just keep calling and calling and then try to twist your words and play mind games to rope you in.

when people like that call unannounced i tell them piss off assclown and hang up on them.

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when people like that call unannounced i tell them piss off assclown and hang up on them.
Haha, I like that line.
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I know these sales people are just trying to to make a living also but damn it gets old after awhile, they don't understand the word no !! Tell them to get a real job, buy a mower and get to work...
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Do not call list does not apply in most states to business numbers. If your business number is listed as your cell phone then you are out of luck.

It is a service site and it is magic if you get the work... Hence the name.
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SM has questionable ethics. I question the tactic of referring the same lead to three different contractors and charging each of them a lead fee. Then you do get a lot of tire kickers, or people who you're unable to get a hold of. For every ten leads I will land 1-2 jobs. I have found some excellent customers through them though, people who keep calling me back. I've done north of $4,000 worth of projects for a couple from what was initially a one time irrigation repair lead that cost me $11. Then they hired me to do their monthly landscape maintenance, and she referred me some other work for her friends. So I honestly think SM could be worth it to help you grow your business. The trick is to get in good with a good customer if you are lucky enough to get the initial job. They'll keep calling you back if you treat them right (this time no lead fees). Another good idea can be to use SM with just a couple of local zip codes. You won't get that many calls, but when you do it'll be minimal travel time making it easier and more profitable if you get the work.
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I've done north of $4,000 worth of projects for a couple from what was initially a one time irrigation repair lead that cost me $11.
Do you still use the service? Do you think it would have helped you to use them earlier in your business or did it work out better when you did start to use them?

Also, how do you find your return on your marketing dollar spent on SM compare with other methods?
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Personally, guys, I would stay away from Service Magic. I know this is my first post, but you'll get scammed.

They get all their leads from google ppc and seo.

If you can get listed on page 1 of google maps and in the search engines for your local area... you'll get 100% of the leads.

Being this is my first post, I guess an introduction is in order. I'm considering taking on a handful of customers this spring/summer... I live in a small area, 20k population.

In real life I'm a marketer and help small businesses get customers from the interwebs.

Well, what gets old is sitting inside in front of my computer all day. Last year, I picked up a commercial account that included 8 yards every 10 days.

Problem is that the 8 yards are along an 87 mile route... so it wasn't the most profitable venture.

But it got me out the house.

Anyways, they're expecting me to keep the account this year, but I haven't decided whether I am or not.

So, I just set up a simple bare bones website 2 weeks ago and have began the ranking process I use for my local marketing clients.

Believe it or not, I've already gotten page 1 rankings for a handful of search terms. Unfortunately or Fortunately, depending on how you look at it, mowing season is still 6 or so weeks away.

That's one of the reasons I came to this forum, to see what other folks are doing and how early they start their marketing before the season.

Anyways, final thought, I'd stay away from Service Magic. I've done the web research, and the market is pretty sparse in a lot of large cities (online market).

If any of you want to see what I mean by "Google Map" listings and what I've done, just shoot me a PM.

Being that mowing season is still around the corner, I may be willing to help some of you get listed in your area for a small fee to help cover the costs of my web team doing the actual work.

Anyways... hope to contribute and learn a lot here.

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I have gave SM/HA a chance mid summer and they waived the sign up fee. I had to modify my area rather fast cause I got a ton of garbage. I have landed one hedge trimming job that has covered any money I have into it. However the quality of customer I have experienced on SM/HA is worse then Craigslist. I have actually landed 4 good customers via CL.
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