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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

help me please


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 01-23-2009, 08:55 AM
EasyPro's Avatar
EasyPro EasyPro is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 167
Rep Power: 7
EasyPro is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by KYGRASSMAN View Post
in louisville ky is where all my accounts are at i live right outta louisvile in spencer county....looking for equipment if you know of any at all
OK cool im in carrollton. I'll be in louisville on the 29th for a HBAL meeting if you wanna meet up for lunch just let me know
__________________
DJ Carroll
EasyPro Property Services
502-525-3279
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


  #12  
Old 01-23-2009, 11:33 AM
KYGRASSMAN's Avatar
KYGRASSMAN KYGRASSMAN is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 7
KYGRASSMAN is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by StartALawnCareBusiness View Post
Welcome.



Also, when you say a newspaper ad, where in the paper are you placing it? I have done extensive newspaper advertising over the years and can give you some pointers of what works and what doesn't. Don't neglect the free advertising that Steve pointed out too. You need a well rounded marketing plan especially this year when times are a bit tough. Any advantage you can gain will help you.

Keith
It would be in the classifeid section of the paper...and the craigslist was done about 2 minutes after i read it...cant beleive i didnt even think of that
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-23-2009, 11:36 AM
KYGRASSMAN's Avatar
KYGRASSMAN KYGRASSMAN is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 7
KYGRASSMAN is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by EasyPro View Post
OK cool im in carrollton. I'll be in louisville on the 29th for a HBAL meeting
What it a hbal meeting.....so you live in carrollton, i used to deliver electric motors down there every day to NAS you any where near there
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-23-2009, 11:21 PM
EasyPro's Avatar
EasyPro EasyPro is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 167
Rep Power: 7
EasyPro is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by KYGRASSMAN View Post
What it a hbal meeting.....so you live in carrollton, i used to deliver electric motors down there every day to NAS you any where near there
Yep bout ten min from NAS i live right in town . . . HBAL is Home Builders Association of Louisville. I am an associate member, and we are having a meeting at 2 so I'm heading down that morning to bid some jobs and then to my meeting then come back to carrollton to class at 6 . . . I have a job coming up cleaning part of a building over on crittenden dr when it warms up
__________________
DJ Carroll
EasyPro Property Services
502-525-3279
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-23-2009, 11:28 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Yep bout ten min from NAS i live right in town . . . HBAL is Home Builders Association of Louisville. I am an associate member, and we are having a meeting at 2 so I'm heading down that morning to bid some jobs and then to my meeting then come back to carrollton to class at 6 . . . I have a job coming up cleaning part of a building over on crittenden dr when it warms up
I think it is fantastic you take part in these meetings. Can you give us a little advice on how to get the most out of such meetings? How do you use them to market your business?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 01-24-2009, 07:05 AM
EasyPro's Avatar
EasyPro EasyPro is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 167
Rep Power: 7
EasyPro is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
I think it is fantastic you take part in these meetings. Can you give us a little advice on how to get the most out of such meetings? How do you use them to market your business?

How to Network at an Association Meeting

Share
Did you know that approximately 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking?

Needless to say, effective networking is vital to your continued business success. Very rarely
does business just “fall into our laps.” Instead, successful business partnerships are created when
we make an effort to target potential customers, establish communication, and cultivate longterm
relationships.

As a member of the home builders association, you should try to take full advantage of all the
business-building opportunities of your membership. By getting actively involved in the
association, you can develop a substantial network of business contacts. There is nothing like
working side-by-side with another member on a committee or community project to learn what
really makes them tick, and to show them what you are all about. But to get to that point, you
first have to master the basics of networking, the first step toward connecting with other people.
Below are the “Top 10” secrets for networking. Feel free to adapt these basics to your own
approach, and develop a networking style that feels most natural and honest to you. You will be
networking like a professional in no time!

BEFORE THE MEETING
1. Develop a memorable introduction for yourself. It should be brief (five to seven seconds)
yet intriguing. “Hello, my name is Joe Builder, and I help people landscape the homes of
their dreams.”
2. Put your business cards in only one pocket of your jacket. Leave the other pocket free to
put in business cards from your new contacts. This way, you will look prepared when you
pull your card out easily from one pocket instead of fishing through a pile of cards.

3. Check your appearance (and your breath)! You only get about ten seconds to make a first
impression. Why take any chances?

DURING THE MEETING

4. Smile! Be friendly and show enthusiasm. People are drawn to pleasant people.

5. Ask questions and, above all, listen to the answers. A general membership meeting is also
a social function. Give and get information. Ask other members how long the have been
involved in the association, what committees they serve on, or if they have ever heard the
guest speaker before. Find out what interests them and keep on that subject. You do not
have to know much about the topic; the important thing is to simply establish a good
dialogue.
6. Do not sell. Do not sell. Do not sell! This point cannot be emphasized enough!
Networking is a means of giving and getting information; it is a mutually beneficial
exchange. It is not a one-way street for you to make sales. It is not making one party feel
intruded upon at an event that was intended to be fun. This is a great opportunity to find out
about a person’s interests in a relaxed atmosphere, and to let him know how you can help
him in the future; but do not try and close a deal at a monthly meeting or any other social
event. There is a time for everything, and this is not the time.
7. Hand out your business card wisely. If it is not suitable to the conversation, or if you have
not even really had a conversation, keep your card in your pocket. Use your business card as
a means to follow-up a personal exchange and as a way for that person to remember you.
8. Moderate your eating and drinking. Do not drink too much, and do not be the first person
in the buffet line. Good manners still matter a lot, especially when you are making a first
impression.

AFTER THE MEETING

9. Follow-up with the contacts you have made. If you told someone at the meeting about a
recipe she would enjoy, send it immediately with a handwritten note. Did you see a
magazine article on that product a particular builder member was talking about? Mail it to
him with a personalized message. Such small courtesies are remembered for a long time.
10. Volunteer for any committee or association activity that you expect the targeted
customer to attend, based on your earlier conversations. Volunteering for the association is
one of the best ways to show your trustworthiness and commitment as a partner in the
industry, and one of the best opportunities to work next to builders. Whether that means
sponsoring an event or joining a committee or council, you can be pro-active in your
networking strategies without being aggressive.
Remember, the follow-up contact you make after the meeting is just as important as your initial
encounter. Treat the potential customer or client as you would like to be treated, and you will
definitely be on the right track to increased sales.
__________________
DJ Carroll
EasyPro Property Services
502-525-3279

Last edited by EasyPro; 01-24-2009 at 07:09 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 01-25-2009, 01:19 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,982
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Great information!

One of the points I find most fascinating is this one.

Quote:
6. Do not sell. Do not sell. Do not sell! This point cannot be emphasized enough!
Networking is a means of giving and getting information; it is a mutually beneficial
exchange. It is not a one-way street for you to make sales. It is not making one party feel
intruded upon at an event that was intended to be fun. This is a great opportunity to find out
about a personís interests in a relaxed atmosphere, and to let him know how you can help
him in the future; but do not try and close a deal at a monthly meeting or any other social
event. There is a time for everything, and this is not the time.
We all have this urge to fulfill our immediate gratification desires. We want to go to a meeting 'make it worth our time' by leaving with sales. If we don't then we may feel like this meeting was worthless. However, this point really hammers home, the meetings are there to allow you to meet others, who down the road will help you grow financially.

Have you found this to be the case too? Is it difficult to not try and make sales on the spot some how? Or what is your view on this?

Also which point did you find most important from your list?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
advertising, association meetings, flyers, getting more customers, lawn care customers, lawn care marketing, marketing, networking, social, trade meetings

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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
pros and cons on...
Wolf4dk
Today 12:26 AM
Today 12:26 AM
by Wolf4dk
0 4
Online Estimator
acrajchel
Yesterday 05:58 PM
Yesterday 11:32 PM
by Just for Cuts
2 48
Opinions on truck wrap
Truro
02-28-2015 04:21 PM
Yesterday 11:32 PM
by Chilehead
5 134
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
02-27-2015 01:07 PM
Yesterday 08:13 PM
by SGL1
3 80
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
Yesterday 07:57 PM
by SGL1
14 598
New Website
brian'slawncare
Yesterday 06:35 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by SGL1
1 35
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
Yesterday 04:18 PM
by SGL1
3 306
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
Yesterday 01:46 PM
by Chilehead
8 587
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
Yesterday 12:38 PM
by Mr. Mow
42 1,334
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
02-28-2015 08:46 AM
by jrs.landscaping
23 510
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
02-27-2015 08:54 PM
by Bradcook21
5 206
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
02-27-2015 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,826
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
02-26-2015 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,760
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
02-26-2015 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 517
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 01:06 AM
02-26-2015 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 124
Another website update
Chilehead
02-26-2015 11:24 AM
02-26-2015 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 118
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
02-26-2015 02:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 727
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:49 AM
02-26-2015 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 131
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
02-25-2015 10:15 PM
by SGL1
13 468
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,809
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 247
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 240
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,843
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 667
2nd year advice anyone
Bradcook21
02-18-2015 07:00 PM
02-24-2015 05:15 PM
by Bradcook21
14 649
need help
lawnexpers115
02-23-2015 05:36 PM
02-24-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
3 283
Hello People
nativikee
02-23-2015 07:17 PM
02-24-2015 02:43 PM
by Steve
4 280
New member
qua ke zik 001
02-23-2015 11:24 AM
02-23-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 238
New Video
Sprinkler Buddy
02-22-2015 09:18 PM
02-23-2015 03:19 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 264
need help with SCAG...
apmAkron
02-23-2015 09:14 AM
02-23-2015 01:57 PM
by apmAkron
3 262
which degrees would be...
BLAZIER-1991
02-20-2015 04:46 PM
02-23-2015 01:47 PM
by Steve
9 423
Trouble logging in
avetslawncare
02-21-2015 02:06 PM
02-23-2015 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 566
John Deere Quik Track...
acrajchel
02-20-2015 03:12 PM
02-23-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
1 292
Trimming and...
joshlawncare
02-15-2015 02:04 PM
02-22-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
5 628
where can i post this
zippy-phil
02-17-2015 07:58 PM
02-20-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
7 512
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
02-19-2015 04:43 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
29 2,673
Thumbs up or down?
lawnman1959
02-18-2015 11:40 AM
02-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Chilehead
3 427
Am I growing too fast?
Mattcrump
08-04-2011 11:54 PM
02-19-2015 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 5,221
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
02-19-2015 12:31 PM
by Steve
1,215 372,227
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
02-19-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
3 537
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
02-19-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
16 1,485
FREE Custom Website...
breadcrumb
01-31-2015 10:58 PM
02-18-2015 01:32 PM
by Steve
5 1,128
Taking a step back
Billy Goat
02-16-2015 07:37 AM
02-18-2015 01:17 PM
by Chilehead
9 607
Employees
stevej
02-17-2015 05:25 PM
02-18-2015 12:47 PM
by Mr. Mow
1 416
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
02-17-2015 07:48 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,033
Cannot access your Itune...
winkie61
02-17-2015 10:00 AM
02-17-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 366
Advertising on internet...
Sprinkler Buddy
02-13-2015 01:22 PM
02-17-2015 01:00 PM
by Steve
9 689
new to this forum
NIP'N'TUK
02-14-2015 07:54 PM
02-16-2015 10:03 PM
by Steve
2 505
Advice on bidding 20...
sleepydunn
02-15-2015 07:38 PM
02-16-2015 09:59 PM
by Steve
4 627
New to me mower
xandrew245x
04-27-2014 08:02 PM
02-16-2015 09:48 PM
by Steve
8 1,408
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blowout bush commercial contract help deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook foreman four wheel drive google gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower patio install per hour service podcast scag v-ride search engine optimization secrets to landscaping seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:56 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:56 AM.

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